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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Todd Bol's home in Hudson is a reflection of the man who lived in it. Overlooking the St. Croix River, the modest house he shared with his wife Susan has two Little Free Libraries in its front yard, and a room being built onto the back specifically to fill with friends and families for parties and holidays. "He loved this," his brother Tony Bol said, gesturing to the view from the deck where Todd Bol would often sit.
Hudson will mark National Move Over Day on Saturday, Oct. 20 with an event featuring representatives from area law enforcement, emergency and maintenance services to highlight the law requiring drivers to move over for vehicles on the side of the road.
Hudson will be waiting another year to cheer on the St. Croix River Hounds after the team announced it will not be playing until the 2020 season. The Hounds were to play as part of the Northwoods League in a new stadium planned as part of the Hudson Gateway development at the site of the former St. Croix Meadows Race Track. "We have worked hard to make the summer of 2019 our inaugural season, but several factors beyond our control will not make that possible," a release from the team said.
With five kids between them, sisters Shannon Cohen and Katie Anderson know just how much stuff can accumulate with a family, and how expensive it can all be. That's why they've teamed up to start St. Croix Kids Consignment, a business with two consignment sales a year for all things kids, to helps parents clean house and stock up. "We're just two moms who are looking to do the same thing they are really," Anderson said. The first sale will be three days of shopping Oct. 25-27 at White Eagle Golf Club in Hudson.
HUDSON — Tomie dePaola's "Strega Nona" at The Phipps brings fun and laughs to the audience of the Black Box Theater, as well as a few Italian vocab lessons too. The Children's Theater production, performed by local students in seventh through ninth grade, follows the witch of an Italian village, Strega Nona, played by Ella Thomsen, as she takes on a new protege in magic, Bambolona, and a new helper around the house, Big Anthony. When Bambolona, played by Heather Derrick, begins her lessons, Big Anthony, played by Max Steiner, becomes intrigued by the magic.
A new way to tour Hudson and all it has to offer is now available for visitors and residents alike with the Hudson Trolley Company. From its scenic overlooks to a bustling downtown, owner Kim Bennewitz knows Hudson has a lot for visitors to experience. "What better way to showcase it," Bennewitz said of the trolley company. The 14-seat green trolley started its tours around Hudson about a month ago, after a year or so of planning with partners Rich and Vickie Erickson.
More than a year of work and fundraising efforts by a group of St. Croix County parents and supporters have proven successful as the community welcomes a Hudson-based GiGi's Playhouse for children and adults with Down syndrome. Supporters began campaigning last year for a center in the area after approval was given by the national GiGi's Playhouse organization. Previously families would have to drive to St. Louis Park to reach the closest center.
On a surprisingly sunny and warm day, as summer began its first turn toward fall, a group of women gathered on the grass overlooking woods extending around them in every direction at Willow River State Park for a session of outdoor yoga. Some were first-timers, some were regulars who had already hiked, kayaked and more, a couple came with friends and a few came alone, for the Women in the Parks event. The program is designed to be a comfortable environment for women to get more experience outdoors with other women.
Pull up a seat to the family table, and be ready for a show, as The Phipps presents "A Nice Family Gathering," a story of one extraordinary family holiday that still maintains a relatable sense of ordinary. As the undoubtedly Midwestern Lundeen family gathers for the first holiday since Dad passed away, the three siblings and Mom are dealing with a host of their own life problems. Financial trouble, infertility issues, job woes and health concerns all find their way to the dinner table, where an unexpected guest has joined.
The history of the St. Croix River is at the hands of players in a new interactive video game experience named "Tombeaux", unveiling at The Phipps as part of the Heart of the River exhibition. Created by UW-Stout Professor and School of Art and Design Director Dave Beck, the interactive experience will be unveiled Friday, Sept. 14 as part of the Heart of the River exhibit at The Phipps.