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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Family, friends and staff filled the seats of the Somerset High School gym to watch the Class of 2018 graduate on Sunday, June 3. Valedictorian Vienna Branom spoke to her classmates of the changes she has seen in the school over the last four years. She told them this class is full of smart, kind, incredible individuals who have the potential to do great things. "Do what you want to do, and do it with complete goodness and you will make a difference," Branom said.
Spread out across the living room of their Hudson home, Yam Haus makes it clear that they're more than just the four guys on the cover of their album. Sitting alongside bandmates Seth Blum, Zach Beinlich, Lawrence Pruitt and Jake Felstow on a Monday afternoon is just part of the "village" that has made their soon-to-be-released album possible. There's studio owner Jordan Erdman, producer Mark Heimermann, street team member Oprah Wood and manager Patrick Veilleux, all filling their own roles and seats in Yam Haus.
The newly-elected St. Croix County Board met, minus one member while a recount is conducted in District 13. Supervisor Roger Larson was re-elected as board chair against Supervisor Andy Brinkman. In discussion before the election, Larson said the county has been doing well during his last four years of service as chair. He said he attends a lot of meeting and events throughout the county, and thinks making himself present brings the attention back to the county board. "I'll just stand on what I've done for the last four years," Larson said.
In a far off kingdom, there is a castle full of ladies-in-waiting, and waiting and waiting, for the prince to marry, so they can as well. In The Phipps' production of "Once Upon a Mattress" the subjects of a royal kingdom cannot marry until their prince does, but the queen is making that difficult. With each prospective princess, the queen concocts a new impossible test, leaving the prince, and his people, single against their wishes. The musical is a humorous retelling of the fairy tale, where a princess passes the queen's test by feeling a pea under her mattress.
An old downtown building has new life as Rio Loco Cantina opens Monday, March 12 at 417 Second St. The former Ellie's location has a new look thanks to the work of new owners Mike Tupa and Tom Tomaro. The Mexican restaurant has a 75-foot bar, a wealth of seating, a garage door window and an outdoor patio that's also heated. "You've got a nice view of the river, a nice view of Main Street," Tomaro said. "Those are both big pluses." Creating the new space took some time, more than 2 years from purchase to opening for Tupa and Tomaro.
Area stylists have a new option for salon space, one they can call their own. Owned by Darcie and Dave Rochon, Escape Salon Suites at 2421 Hanley Road offers stylist spaces for lease. "Each one of the stylists that are here are their own individual business," Darcie said. They set their own prices, Darcie said, and they run their businesses in their own way. Darcie said the salon is an option for stylists to move out on their own, or ones who live in Wisconsin and work in Minnesota to have a space closer to home.
A 100,000-square foot Mayo Clinic could be coming to Hudson in the future, pending conditional use permit approval by the city. The clinic would be built on a 9.2 acre-site off Stageline Road, north of the Hudson 12 Theatre near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 35. If approved, the clinic would include 60-75 clinic rooms, six to eight operating rooms and four procedure suites. It will offer both clinic functions with primary and speciality care providers, as well as outpatient surgical services.
Amid a busy year for the region, Hudson saw a strong year of development in 2017, one of its strongest in recent years. "Development in general, not just on the home side, has been really robust," Community Development Director Mike Johnson said. From new development to alterations after storms, surrounding areas like River Falls and New Richmond also saw an above-average number of permits issued. Hudson
When the Superbowl came to the nearby Twin Cities in 1992, nearly every hotel, motel and bed and breakfast room was booked the week leading up to the big game. These days, hotels aren't the only ones opening their doors to the crowd of fans. Hudson had about 20 Airbnbs up for rent in the weeks ahead of the game, with several specifying rental for Super Bowl weekend. About half of those were still available the Monday before Super Bowl. Prices ranged from $150 a night to more than $7,000.
Mindy Leadholm, formerly of Hastings, has been a Vikings fan her whole life. Not even crossing the river into the Packer territory of Prescott could change that. "It was the hardest thing for me to think about moving to Wisconsin as a Viking fan," Leadholm said. Changing her license plate to Wisconsin was especially difficult, but she lessened the blow with a speciality license plate — SKOL MN.