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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Some come in large groups, five, ten or even more. Others are a solitary addition. Together the pink links accumulate into a bright chain stretching out across the black track. Each link represents a year of survival. Cancer survivors from across St. Croix County added one link for each year since they were diagnosed at the combined St. County Relay for Life event on Friday, June 7. This year was the first time the Hudson and New Richmond events were combined. The event was held at St. Croix Central High School in Hammond.
A variety of art forms make up the newest exhibit at the The Phipps Galleries. The exhibit runs through June 16. A mixed media installation by Nicholas Kovatch, of St. Paul, welcomes visitors into the gallery. "I am driven by a curiosity to see how people react when their traditional environment is disrupted, or unfamiliar, prompting viewers to slow down and contextualize their surroundings," Kovatch said in his artist description.
A short drive away from St. Patrick's sister parish in northern Guatemala, in a traditional home in a small village lives a family that has been thrown into an international spotlight. On a Sunday afternoon in March a group, including St. Patrick's Father John Gerritts, made the drive from the already rural parish community to the even more remote village where the family lives. The group was there to offer their condolences to the family.
Cindy Schlegel has a lot to celebrate on Mother's Day. A mother of six, she and her husband Bill decided early on she would stay at home with their children. She made the most of that time, not only raising her six children, but also taking care of hundreds more as a foster parent. "If I'm going to be an at-home mom I may as well make it worth it," she said. This May, as part of Foster Care Month, Cindy and Bill Schlegel have been awarded the Governor's Foster Care Award, recognizing their dedication as a foster family.
Law enforcement from various departments and community members gathered together Wednesday, May 15 at Hudson High School to honor law enforcement as part of the annual St. Croix County Law Enforcement Memorial. The ceremony paid tribute to the 144 officers killed in the line of duty in 2018.
The St. Croix County Administration Committee voted to send $8.4 million in bonding again to the county board without changes, after the board sent it back to the committee level on a 12-5 vote May 7. The main item of concern in the three-part borrowing request was a new mobile command vehicle. The command vehicle makes up $400,000 of the request, alongside a new wing in the jail to accommodate inmates with mental health issues as well as a heating-air-conditioning-and-ventilation (HVAC) overhaul to the Government Center.
Pack your bags and peel off a forever stamp to travel the world with Stanley Lambchop in the Phipps Children's Theater production of "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr." on The Phipps' main stage. The musical follows the classic tale of an everyday young boy Stanley, played by Michael Wirth, whose life is changed when his bulletin board, brought to life by Riley Culver, falls on him, leaving him flat.
More than 200 gathered Wednesday afternoon for the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce's highest-attended annual Women's Business Luncheon and Expo. Linda Soifakis, owner of Champs Sports Bar and Grill, was named the 2019 Business Woman of the Year. Soifakis thanked the chamber and all of her employees. "To all the nominees, you should be up here as well," Soifakis said.
After a dedication service on May 2, 1992, the Transport for Christ tractor-trailer was driven to its home off Exit 4 in Hudson. At its first service the next morning, the house was full. Nearly 27 years later, the chapel, in a new trailer but with the same mission, was full once again for its final service. "I almost thought we were going to have to hold it outside," said chaplain Tim Sackett.
A couple days in her own barber shop was all it took for Jenna Darcy to know she found where she belonged. Darcy has been in the industry since she was a sophomore in high school. Now she's opened her own place, The Barbers Den, located in Escape Salon at 2421 Hanley Road. Darcy's first exposure to cosmetology was as a receptionist in Hudson. The stylists she worked with there bought her a pair of shears, and told her to jump in. "It kind of just became a part of me," she said.