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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A shed fire at a residence on Girard Street in Hudson spread, causing damage to a next door garage and home in the early morning hours on Sunday, Sept. 9. The fire originally started at 822 Girard St., before spreading to a fence and a portion of a garage at 902 Girard St. Siding at the residence on 902 Girard St. was damaged due to the heat, Hudson Fire Chief Scott St. Martin said. The fire appeared to have been started from discarded materials from a fire in a fire pit, St. Martin said. He said residents should be careful when disposing of fire pit materials.
Communications and Program Director Andrea Jorgenson has stepped down from her role at the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, the board announced last week. Jorgenson has been hired as the community service manager for Xcel Energy. "We thank Andrea for her years of service and wish her the best of luck in her exciting new endeavor," the board said. Jorgenson's last day will be Sept. 26. She will finish off her time with the chamber with the annual Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival.
A St. Croix County judge on Friday made rulings on key pieces of evidence as the case of a 19-year-old New Richmond man accused of terroristic threats heads to trial.
Recently-appointed interim St. Croix EMS Chief Joe Elkin is on paid administrative leave pending an independent investigation of past posts from a Twitter account associated with him. The council approved the outside investigation in a special meeting Monday night after several tweets from account The Real Joe Elkin, handle @joekuhlshow, were shared with the city and the Star-Observer last week in an email signed "Concerned Citizens" from email@example.com .
Tom Zeuli's roots in Hudson run deep. He was born and raised in town, and his great-grandfather's farm was located where Hudson High School is now. As the Parks and Public Works Director for the city for the last 40 years, Zeuli has helped the town he loves grow. A passion for the city kept him here for all those years of service. "I've always had a vested interest in the city," Zeuli said. Now he's finishing his final days working for the city before his retirement in September.
St. Croix EMS Chief Brandon Lyksett resigned from his position last week, according to the city of Hudson. Lyksett said he felt it was time to move on after his many years with the department. He also said uncertainties about the future played a role. "It's been a pleasure working for the city for the last 19 years," Lyksett said. He will continue to be a member of the fire department. "I'll still be around," Lyksett said. A copy of the resignation agreement/letter has been requested by the Star-Observer.
Off Judson Avenue, at the entrance of the International Bazaar, Minnesota State Fair visitors can find a taste of Hudson at Shanghaied Henri's. For the last 30 years, owners and Hudson residents Hank and Ellen Hanten have owned the food stand at that spot. They raised their kids, worked full careers and retired while running the stand, under a couple different names and types of cuisines, every year for the nearly two weeks of the Great Minnesota Get Together.
The annual Carpenter Art Festival is ready to kick off another year, with a few changes. Located at the Wisconsin section of the Carpenter Nature Center, the Thursday, Aug. 25 event features 45 various regional artists and vendors, including award-winning photographers. This year food will be available, provided by local Urban Olive and Vine, and 65 Vines and Rush River Brewery will be represented at the event. The Carpenter Nature Center will present live raptors and reptiles, and education on the importance of the natural habitat.
North Hudson celebrated the annual Pepper Fest over the weekend.
The next group of Pepper Fest royalty were crowned on Sunday, Aug. 19 at the coronation at the Pepper Fest event. Representing North Hudson this year are King Kevin Baier, Queen Carly Simones and Princesses Emily O'Brien, Carah Fitzgerald and Joy Rambo. 2018 Royalty King Jim Gianforte, Queen Anna Thielke and Princess Maddie Gunderson, Jenna Van Allen and Sydney Rossini bid farewell.