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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Hudson High School is looking to give its parents resources to manage their students' screen time, with a screening of the documentary "Screenagers" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in the Hudson High School auditorium. HHS Principal Peg Shoemaker said the documentary follows a family as it deals with the use of technology, and works to give parents resources on how to find balance. One of the producers of the documentary will be present at the showing to lead a discussion.
A civil debate unfolded Tuesday, March 13 as the candidates for Hudson mayor, incumbent Rich O'Connor and current council member John Hoggatt, agreed on many of the night's topics during a forum hosted by the Hudson Chamber of Commerce at The Phipps. One issue that the candidates said separate them is EMS, and how to best staff and run the service.
About 80 businesses set up shop at the Hudson Sports and Civic Center on Sunday, March 18 for the annual Spring Showcase Business Expo held by the Hudson Chamber of Commerce. In addition to booths for local businesses, the day also featured kids crafts and activities and performances throughout the day including a mascot dance off, the Hudson High School swing choir, The Phipps Dance Company and more. "It was a successful event," said Andrea Jorgensen, director of communications and programs at the chamber.
The Hudson Common Council awarded the construction contract for the Hanley Road street improvement project to Monarch Paving for $921,911.68. Selected as this year's street improvement project, the work on Hanley Road will run from Carmichael Road to Heritage Boulevard. Work includes mill and overlay with concrete curb and gutter repairs, as well as the conversion from a four-lane to a three-lane highway and the inclusion of concrete medians for safe crossing.
Hudson Common Council approved updates to the building permit fee schedule that were prompted by a request from the Hudson School District as it undertook its middle school and high school project. The update reduces the multiplier for larger projects, meaning the city will collect less on permits on projects that cost more than $30 million. Hudson Building Inspector David Gray said the fee had not been changed in the 17 years he has worked with the city. The last update was in 1999.
The city of Hudson and its police and fire commission paid special honors to Police Chief Marty Jensen Monday night at the Common Council meeting ahead of Jensen's retirement this month. Mayor Rich O'Connor told Jensen he appreciated all he's done for the city, and how well he's represented his department. "You've done a marvelous job," O'Connor said. Jensen has served as chief for 10 years, with another 21 years on the department before that. "I fell in love with this community and decided this was where I was going to put up my roots," Jensen 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.
A request for the city of Hudson to join the American City County Exchange was postponed Monday night after council members requested more time to review the organization. According to its website, the American City County Exchange is a nonpartisan forum for local leaders and focuses on making taxpayers a priority in decision-making. The cost for membership is $50 a year.
About 50-100 Hudson High School students joined thousands of others nationwide in a walkout on Wednesday, March 14 one month after 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Hudson Star-Observer was informed Tuesday that a reporter would not be allowed at the school during the event. Hudson School District officials did not immediately return messages as to a reason why.
Hudson students may be joining others around the nation walking out to commemorate the loss of lives at the Parkland, Florida school shooting and bring attention to gun violence. A post on the Indivisible Project Website states that students will participate in a walkout at 10 a.m. March 14 at Hudson High School. RiverTown Multimedia was informed by district staff that reporters would not be welcome on school property during the time of the walkout.