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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The Hudson Common Council turned down a gift from the Hudson Inclusion Alliance for a year's membership to the National League of Cities, instead deciding to fund the venture on its own. The National League of Cities is an advocacy group that provides resources to cities across the country. City Administrator Devin Willi suggested the council should spend the $1,500 itself to join, or it could set a precedence where the city would be offered other gifts to join more groups.
Hudson's waterfront vision study continues to progress, as the common council heard a consensus plan on Monday, Feb. 26 from Short Elliott Hendrickson's Ed Freer and Alex Thill. Though not set in stone, the plan lays out improvement opportunities for Hudson's waterfront along the St. Croix River, from the Buckeye garage near Interstate 94 north to St. Croix Street. With the old toll bridge road, the improvements cover 2 miles of shoreline.
With the approval of a conditional use permit by the Hudson Common Council on Monday, Feb. 26 Mayo Clinic Health System is set to move forward with the purchase of land in Hudson off Stageline Road, north of the Hudson 12 Theatre near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 35. Preliminary plans are for a 100,000-square foot medical facility with a clinic and outpatient surgical function.
Leaders and members of the St. Croix Economic Development Center came together on Thursday, Feb. 22 to recognize the 2017 winners for business of the year. Ciro, LLC of Hudson was honored as the 2017 Emerging Business of the Year. The award is presented to companies based in St. Croix County that have been in business for five years or fewer. Ciro designs products for power sports enthusiasts, including accessories for motorcycles such as LED lighting, holders and more. Founder Aero Rudd accepted the award.
Final development plans, along with zoning and comprehensive plan changes, for the construction of a new mixed-use building on First Street next to Lakefront Park were approved by the Hudson Common Council Monday, Feb. 26 amid concerns from citizens. The building FLAZ, LLC, developed by Monarch Ventures, will be located at 721 First St., next to the group's existing 811 First St. building. The building will house two levels of corporate office space, with a top floor of four condos and a parking garage in the back.
In the final years of her almost 30-year career in school and city government, Chantal Doriott had her first experience with the concept of mindfulness on a half-day retreat at the University of Minnesota. "It's one of those aha moments," Doriott said. Doriott connected to the idea of mindfulness, and decided to take more courses. "I came away from that with such a high vibration of energy personally," Doriott said. "I was totally invigorated with life."
Hudson High School graduate Dane Rudy is looking to reach new heights with his microsatellite company Leo Aerospace, based out of L.A. While studying mechanical engineering at Purdue University in Indiana, Rudy began working on a research development team that was looking at new technologies for launching satellites into space. "We came upon this really great concept that we think worked really well on the technological side," Rudy said. After graduation, Rudy worked with an aerospace company, before deciding to focus back on these new technologies with his team.
Eight years ago, Hudson High School graduate Phillip Baribeau set out to film a trailer for Eduardo Garcia, a chef and outdoorsman looking to pitch a TV show about cooking in the outdoors. On the day he was supposed to sign papers for the show, however, Garcia was undergoing an amputation of his arm after being shocked with 2400 volts while out hunting, an accident that nearly killed him. What started as a trailer for a cooking show transformed into a tale of loss, love and survival culminating in Baribeau's documentary "Charged."
Due to hazardous road conditions, the Hudson School District announced a two-hour delay for schools on Friday, Feb. 23. The City of Hudson has also declared a snow plow event beginning 3 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. With snow expected on Saturday, Feb. 24 into the morning of Sunday, Feb. 25 as well, the city stated all vehicles must remain off city streets until snow is removed following the second snowstorm. A notification will be posted by the city when vehicles are permitted back on the streets.
After approval of a transit commission at the last St. Croix County board meeting, the transit subcommittee will continue to operate until the commission is formed, which will likely be sometime around June. At its Thursday, Jan. 15 meeting, the subcommittee approved a request for information from transit service providers in order to learn more about providers, models and more.