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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It's a mother, daughter affair at the newly-opened Kudos in Hudson. Located off Dominion Drive, the home and fashion shop is run by mother, daughter team Sue and Carly Sutheimer. The store offers a variety of items, including apparel, home decor both large and small, furniture, accessories, a garden center and more. "Just kind of a place you can stop in and find something for yourself or a gift for someone else," Sue Sutheimer said.
Bethel Lutheran Church will bring stories of challenges and healing to the community as part of its ongoing community programming. Patricia Nanoff, a speaker, therapist, professor and author will be at the Bethel Highlands facility at 504 Frontage Road on Monday, May 14. Nanoff is the author of the book "Rising from the Dead," which details the stories of middle-aged and older alcoholic women in their paths to sobriety. At Bethel she will share these stories - their power and challenges - and speak to the art of story making and telling as well.
Hudson dogs of all sizes will soon have their own dedicated space as the Hudson Dog Park moves toward phase two of its development plan. This second phase of the park will be an area for small dogs, set off from the area open for all dogs currently set up at the park, said Anne Wasmund of the Hudson Dog Owners Association. "It was part of our initial vision to have separate areas where small dogs are comfortable and large dogs as well," Wasmund said.
The newly-elected St. Croix County Board met, minus one member while a recount is conducted in District 13. Supervisor Roger Larson was re-elected as board chair against Supervisor Andy Brinkman. In discussion before the election, Larson said the county has been doing well during his last four years of service as chair. He said he attends a lot of meeting and events throughout the county, and thinks making himself present brings the attention back to the county board. "I'll just stand on what I've done for the last four years," Larson said.
Jill Johnson's story started in Hudson, so naturally, her new book starts with the town too. From her big win at the Easter egg hunt to her days as a gymnast for Hudson High School, growing up in Hudson serves as the basis for the success Johnson found in life, and the book she wrote following it, "Compounding Your Confidence." The book provides a step-by-step perspective and insight into building confidence, something Johnson already does as a mentor. "As much as I wanted to I just couldn't do it for everybody," Johnson said. But her book can.
Parking availability downtown was once again a central concern as the Hudson Plan Commission recommended approval of a conditional use permit and final plans for construction of a new office building on Second Street on Tuesday, April 24.
From the classroom to Lakefront Park, Hudson celebrated Arbor Day over the course of two days, Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28. At Willow River Elementary School on Friday, students sang and spoke in celebration of the Arbor Day event there. As a follow up on Monday, students planted a tree in memory of classmate Lillian Fuglie, who drowned in Lake Superior last summer.
Jim and Christine Barnes love seeing the transitions people make with Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping, from wide-eyed and scared on day one, to people with a completely new attitude at the end of the 10 weeks. "How it changes people's lives," Jim said. "And we get to see it almost every day." They've been through that transformation themselves at Farrell locations on the Minnesota side of the river, and they're excited to open their own gym here in Hudson at 1301 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 400. "We think we have the right stuff and Hudson has the right stuff," Jim said.
With construction continuing at Hudson High School, all Hudson School District students will be out of school early this year in May, and heading back later in September. As the summer months stretch out, the Hudson Area Public Library has plans to fill them. The library will be ramping up its usual summer programming to give more options to keep both kids and parents entertained. "Our goal is to really offer, especially with the long summer, as much as possible," said Library Director Tina Norris.
An all-around good guy — that's how people describe Hudson Council Member John Hoggatt, from the family that watched him grow up to the mayor who served alongside him. The Hudson community and Hoggatt's family remembered the man of service this week after he died of apparent heart disease on Wednesday, April 18. He was 53. Dedicated both to his community and his family, Hoggatt was extraordinary, his sister Kim Hoggatt Krumwiebe said, but also ordinary. A common man, he'd talk with anybody about anything.