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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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.
Transportation, funding and staffing were the main focus of a visit by Wisconsin State Sen. Patty Schachtner to BRIDGE for Community Life in Hudson on Monday, April 23. Schachtner said it was important for her to make the visit. "My whole career before being in this part has really been helping give voice to people who don't have voices," she said.
People often ask St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center Director Danielle Campeau how the 30,000-square foot business incubator came to life. Her answer — collaboration. The innovation center is the result of eight years of collaborative work between the city of River Falls, UW - River Falls, the River Falls Economic Development Corporation, Chippewa Valley Technical College as well as the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
About 600 Hudson High School students dressed their best for Prom 2018: Crystal Gala on Saturday, April 21. Several students started their night at the grand march in the high school auditorium before boarding the boat for dinner, dancing, board games and more. Following grand march, the prom royalty was crowned. Andrew Knoke was crowned king,and Natalia Gamboa was crowned queen. Jack Berdusco and Nels Bentley took the title of princes, and Katie Strong and Anna Thielke were named princesses.
Everyone is welcome at Solo Yoga studio, whether they're practiced pros who have been doing yoga for years, or those more on the novice side. "If you can't touch your toes, that doesn't mean you're not good at yoga," owner Edie Brennan said. Brennan has been teaching yoga for seven years, and has dreamed of owning her own studio. That dream comes true on Thursday, April 19, when Solo has its soft opening. She got experience with what it takes to run a studio of her own while working at a treatment center in St. Paul.
Shelley Tougas has been a fan of Laura Ingalls all her life, though the title of her middle school-aged book "Laura Ingalls Is Ruining My Life" might make one think otherwise. The story follows Charlotte as she and her family move to the small Minnesota town of Walnut Grove, where historical resident Laura Ingalls is a way of life. Charlotte's footloose and fancy-free mother thinks the spirit of Ingalls is calling her there to write, but Charlotte is less than inspired by the cold, boring town.
Jodi Emerson is trying to work herself out of a job. As a human trafficking advocate with Fierce Freedom, Emerson told the audience at Bethel Lutheran Church on Monday night that she hopes to go out of business, and effectively stop trafficking.
Hope Chiropractic at 832 Carmichael Road had just closed for the day Friday when a vehicle crashed into the front of the business. The car went through the glass windows into the empty waiting room. “We had just closed for the day so it was perfect timing,” owner Carolyn Wanken said. No one inside the business or in the vehicle was injured. St. Croix EMS responded but no one was transported.
The Hudson School District is looking to get its share of $100 million designated by the Wisconsin state legislature for school safety in March following the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Two grant requests were submitted by the district. The first is to conduct another full-scale active shooter scenario at the Hudson Middle School and Prairie complex with multiple agencies in the area.
A Hudson Common Council member died overnight between Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19. The Hudson Police Department was called to the scene on Thursday morning. Chief Geoff Willem said foul play is not suspected. The death is still under investigation, and further details were not yet available. The name of the council member is being held pending family notification. This is an ongoing story, and updates will be posted as available.