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 residents Nathan and Jillian Newes-Opatz first met at Urban Olive and Vine, and have since spent many date nights there enjoying each other's company and the view of the historic building across from it. The more they looked out at the 509 and 511 Second St. building, the two decided they wanted to own it. "When he said, 'I really want that building,' I was like, whoa that's a good eye," Jillian said. They finally had their chance this year, purchasing the building from former owner Thomas Rose.
The Hudson Star-Observer plans to feature exchange students visiting the community throughout the 2018-19 school year. Get to know Luka Isponavić, a senior at Hudson High School visiting from Subotica, Serbia. Name: Luka Isponavić School you're attending this year: Hudson High School. Age: 17 Grade: Senior (12) Name of your family back home: The Ispanović family Name of your host family: The Miller family What is the name of your home city, and home country: Subotica, Serbia How long are you staying in the U.S.? One school year What do you want to do after graduation?
An unclaimed $50,000 Powerball winning lottery ticket was sold in Hudson at County Market, a release from the Wisconsin Lottery stated. The ticket is one of five winners from the Saturday, Oct. 27 Powerball drawing. All five tickets matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball to earn the win. Saturday's winning numbers were 08, 12, 13, 19 and 27. The Powerball was 4 and the Power Play number was 3. A second unclaimed $50,000 winning ticket was sold in Rice Lake. Other claimed tickets were sold in Milwaukee, Richland Center and Crivitz.
Lions, unicorns, wizards and more descended on to St. Croix Therapy on Tuesday, Oct. 30 for the first Trunk or Treat. The public event was designed for all trick-or-treaters of all ages, abilities and development levels, Executive Director Natalie Rivard said. "We decided we wanted to have an event that would include everyone," Rivard said. About a hundred kids stopped at the different stations hosted by St. Croix Therapy departments, playing games, digging into unicorn slime, decorating crafts, getting candy and voting on which station was their favorite.
The old photo of a young girl that entranced the Kinney family of Badlands Sno-Park has found its way home to her family. Hudson resident Wayne Hanson, the grandson of one of the Sno-Park land's early owners, John Hanson, claimed the photograph over the weekend. "I was really surprised, but I knew it was ours," Wayne Hanson said. The portrait of the young girl was found in the basement of the Kinney family home, having made its way there from its original home on the Badlands property down the street.
Staring up from her worn and torn canvas, perhaps a photograph or maybe a drawing, the young girl bears a serious, lonesome expression above the delicate flower at her collar. The look of sadness and loss captivated, and at times creeped out, the Kinney family as they dealt with a loss of their own. "I feel sorry for her," said Patsy Bevers, a Kinney sister, "I really want to know who she was and what happened to her."
Ripple effects from the planned $10 billion Foxconn development in Mount Pleasant could be seen across the state, and in western Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Administration Sec. Ellen Nowak said in visits to technical colleges in River Falls and New Richmond this week. Speaking at Chippewa Valley Technical College and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Nowak said the biggest impact will come in supply chains. "This is the ripple effect that we expect to see," she said.
The town of St. Joseph board chair Tom Spaniol resigned from his position last week, with the board accepting the resignation at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Supervisor Theresa Johnson was selected as the new chair. A reason for Spaniol's resignation was not given at the board meeting, Johnson said. Spaniol did send an email to the town clerk's office. The Star-Observer has requested a copy of that email.
Pay stations will replace the current coin-operated parking meters that line the streets of downtown Hudson. The council approved an agreement with Cale America Inc., who merged with previous bidder Parkeon, to provide pay stations that will be deployed in the spring. The pay stations are replacing the old coin-operated systems that Community Development Director Mike Johnson said are often broken. Enforcement will be done through a license plate reader installed in a vehicle that will tell if a vehicle is parked past its pay time, Johnson said.
The town of Hudson will end its service with St. Croix EMS Dec. 31, 2018 after the city of Hudson Common Council approved its request to exit the contract early. The rolling five-year contract was set to end in 2022, but town of Hudson asked to leave earlier as it plans to contract with Lakeview EMS beginning in 2019. Town of Hudson agreed to pay its 2019 EMS payment of about $140,000, and will not have a vote on the EMS commission for that year.