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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High humidity and temperatures closing in on 100 didn't keep the crowds from the 2018 Hudson Booster Days last weekend. Concerts, carnival rides, games and more filled the weekend. On Saturday morning, grand marshals Holly Schultz and Dave Huehn led the annual parade down Second Street with
With nothing but the barest bones of the former St. Croix Meadows Dog Track behind them, Gov. Scott Walker joined developers and local representatives Tuesday, July 3, to recognize a $500,000 redevelopment grant for the site. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's idle sites grant, accepted by the Hudson Common Council in May, will help fund demolition, including the complete tear-down of the old building. Walker said the grant is designed for projects like this site, which has sat vacant since the dog track closed in 2001.
Best-selling author W. Bruce Cameron is making his way home, sort of, with a visit to Hudson. The Michigan native known for his story "A Dog's Purpose," now a movie, will be at Angel's Pet World on Thursday, July 5 from 5-7 p.m. for a book signing hosted by Angel's and Chapter2Books. "I just always find it refreshing to go back to, I would call it home," Cameron said. The event is a collaboration between Chapter2Books' Sue Rogge and Angel's Pet World's Angel Duratti.
Mike Herink's last Booster Days will end with a bang, as it has for the last 15 years. Since 2003 Herink has been in charge of one of the biggest events of the weekend — Sunday's fireworks show. "For the last 15 years I've had the best seat in the house," Herink said. He's giving up that seat after this year, though. Herink said now is the time to pass it down.
Thirteen candidates vied for the four Hudson Ambassador crowns on Thursday, June 28 as Hudson Booster Days began. Crowned to the roles were Kennedy Brown, Maddie Zabel, Rachel McKenzie and Madi Buldra. Leading up to coronation, candidates spent nearly 80 hours at more than 20 events including parades, dance parties, a self-defense class and interviews with judges. Emcee Lisa Rambo said the candidates are inspiring ladies with big dreams. "Tonight I just want to invite you to sit back and dream a little with these ladies," Rambo said.
For staff at Hudson School District, help in an emergency will now be just a tap away. The district has partnered with Hudson-based security company Hedge Tactical Solutions (HTS) to implement the company's Active Alert app across the district. The app allows staff to send an emergency alert in cases such as a shooting or fire through their phones, informing everyone in the school as well as first responders.
This year two well-known Booster members will take the lead at the annual Booster Days parade on Saturday. Both Dave Huehn and Holly Schultz were elected to serve as the 2018 Booster Days Grand Marshals. When the yearly voting left a tie for grand marshal, rather than break it, Schultz and Huehn decided to share it. They found out they both voted for each other. "Let's do it together," Schultz told him. Dave Huehn
Hudson celebrated its last Relay for Life in the city before the event will join with New Richmond for a county-wide relay next year. Next year the event will be known as the St. Croix County Relay for Life and held June 7-8 at St. Croix Central High School in Hammond. This year survivors, caretakers and supporters all gathered once again at Lakefront Park for the annual event on Friday, June 22. Together they raised nearly $36,000, according to the Relay for Life website.
The city of Hudson will get a little bit bigger after the council approved an annexation agreement for about 40 acres of property off Mayer Road west of County Road F. Community Development Director Mike Johnson said annexation of the property owned by the Lee Family Trust would include a number of requirements including acknowledgement and payment of potential land development costs. The property comes into the city under the city zoning designation closest to its town of Troy designation, agricultural residential.
Only one round of voting was necessary this time to appoint Sarah Atkins Hoggatt to the District 5 common council seat left vacant after the death of her husband John Hoggatt in April. Atkins Hoggatt said this appointment will allow her to continue Hoggatt's legacy of service to the community. "I am very much looking forward to completing my husband's term," Atkins Hoggatt said.