Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism.
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The Hudson Fire Department reminds residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow after several heavy downfalls. A video from the Oshkosh Fire Departmnet shows the extra time it can take firefighters responding to a call when the hydrants are not clear. Hudson Fire Chief Scott St. Martin also said residents should be sure to keep gas meters and furnace vents clear, and be careful of falling icicles.
Walking into the Black Box Theater for "84 Charing Cross Road," one might think you're accidently walking onstage. The room has been transformed, as intended with black box theaters, to put the story, quite literally, at the center. The audience joins the characters inside the bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road. In search of a good book, Helene Hanff, played by Jennifer Alton, sends a letter thousands of miles to Marks and Co., bookstore at 84 Charing Cross Road. Her letter is received by Frank Doel, played by Andrew Troth, who is happy to oblige her request.
Longtime WCCO radio host and singer Jearlyn Steele has always had a tradition to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When her children were growing up, she'd pull out VHS tapes of the March on Washington when people of all walks of life and ethnic groups came together in one fight. They would listen to the speeches and the songs from that day and that movement. One year Steele's then-teenaged son asked why they had to do this every year, when they knew the story already. Steele told him it was because traditions matter.
"The Jazz Age" tells a thrilling, heartfelt tale of love, glamour, spotlights and murder, and it does it all in very few words. The most powerful narrative of The Phipps' Dance Theater production comes, perhaps unsurprisingly, through movement. The skill of the choreography is to be expected from a Phipps Dance Theater production, but this performance brings a new level of storytelling to the movement.
Anchor Paper Company is finding a new, larger home in River Falls, constructing an 87,500 square foot building in the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park off Highway 35. The company made the announcement on Thursday, Jan. 10 and started work on the site at the end of last year. Construction will continue this year, with an opening set for summer. The facility will consolidate the two the company currently operates in Hudson, one of which has been in operation for 30 years.
'Tis the season for giving, and Sara Evans thought of a way to do so in a fun and fuzzy way with a donation of more than 50 stuffed animals to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office gives the stuffed animals to children who witness or are involved in traumatic events. The stuffed animals serve as a reassurance for those kids, Evans said. "It helps them to have something to hold, to look at and to respond to," Evans said. The stuffed animals are collected all throughout the year, Evans said, with stops at different stores.
When they lay their heads down on a lap, ears ready and waiting to be pet, dogs bring a unique sort of comfort. They inspire a serenity of just being in the moment, or perhaps a trip down memory lane. They don't ask questions, or say the wrong thing. A visit from a dog can be a great comfort at any point in life, and especially welcome for those facing the end of their life, Lakeview Hospice has found. The program works with therapy pets and their human volunteers to provide calming visits to hospice patients.
A classic Christmas tale receives a family-friendly twist in The Phipps Children's Theater's "Bah Humbug! Scrooge's Christmas Carol," a production that will entertain all ages. This simpler version of Charles Dickens' story adds music and dancing to the adventure of Ebenezer Scrooge and his night of ghostly visits.
From a four-car accident at the Highway 35 exit to a semi-truck fire on the Interstate 94 bridge, drivers facing construction on I-94 from Minnesota to Hudson may have felt like there were more backups than normal this season. They were right. The stretch of I-94 from the St. Croix River to Exit 4 at Highway 12 saw a 98 percent increase in traffic crashes from the previous year. Between April and October 2018, authorities responded to 162 crashes, according to preliminary Wisconsin Department of Transportation data. In 2017, that number was 82.
Located just off Highway 35 in River Falls, the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties is often thought of as the River Falls clinic, though it serves people throughout the two counties. The clinic wants to make more connections beyond its host city to all the communities it serves, especially to the Hudson community, so they can see it as their clinic, Clinic Manager Mary Steele said. "I'd like to see champions of the free clinic in those communities," Steele said. Efforts to connect with Hudson are facing a time pressure.