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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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.
The Hudson Police and Fire Commission has selected current Lt. Geoff Willems to serve as the new Hudson Police Chief when Chief Marty Jensen retires in April. Willems currently serves as second in command in the department. "I think it's a good selection," Jensen said. "I think Geoff will do a really good job." Willems was selected from a pool of five internal candidates that were interviewed by the commission on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Area stylists have a new option for salon space, one they can call their own. Owned by Darcie and Dave Rochon, Escape Salon Suites at 2421 Hanley Road offers stylist spaces for lease. "Each one of the stylists that are here are their own individual business," Darcie said. They set their own prices, Darcie said, and they run their businesses in their own way. Darcie said the salon is an option for stylists to move out on their own, or ones who live in Wisconsin and work in Minnesota to have a space closer to home.
Sixteen Hudson businesses were presented with counterfeit bills that were seized on Tuesday, Feb. 13, between midnight and 6 p.m., according to an alert from Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. Three suspects presented $100 and $10 bills in purchases where change was given, the police report said. The suspects are described as a man with blonde highlighted dreadlocks, a second man with dreadlocks pulled into a bun and a woman. An officer seized a total of 11 $100 bills and three $10 bills.
A Hudson face will be representing the St. Paul Winter Carnival this year as Dani Ross starts her reign as the West Wind Princess. Ross was crowned as one of the four carnival princess on Friday, Jan. 26 after three months and 25 events. "It was like a three-month long job interview," Ross said. Ross had previously never competed at the Winter Carnival, or in any royalty event. Since she was new to the process, Ross said she reached out to others for advice.
The Von Trapp family will take center stage at Hudson High School as students present the well-known and well-loved musical "The Sound of Music."
A 100,000-square foot Mayo Clinic could be coming to Hudson in the future, pending conditional use permit approval by the city. The clinic would be built on a 9.2 acre-site off Stageline Road, north of the Hudson 12 Theatre near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 35. If approved, the clinic would include 60-75 clinic rooms, six to eight operating rooms and four procedure suites. It will offer both clinic functions with primary and speciality care providers, as well as outpatient surgical services.
As the county continues to explore transportation options, the Hudson YMCA is taking a step to fill an area of need. Executive Director Chris Kost, who serves on the county's transit subcommittee, announced the Y has purchased a mini bus to provide transportation services to seniors and youth to get to and from the YMCA facility. "When we look at Hudson we realize there is little to no transportation to meet the needs of the community," Kost said. "As an organization serving the St. Croix Valley area we see this."