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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Downtown Dixie Boutique has opened its doors on Main Street in River Falls, welcoming women of all ages, sizes and styles. The boutique, run by step-mother/daughter team Traci Roschen and Abbey Post, held its grand opening at the end of September. Post first had the idea to open a boutique, and shared it with Roschen at the end of July. By Aug. 1, they had the space at 107A Main St. rented. "She was on board right away," Post said.
After a nerve-wracking entrance to the world, baby Cecelia Carey is home with her parents in Hudson. Mom DeAnna Carey is grateful for the moments spent with now one-month old Cecelia, holding her as she she smiles and looks up into her mother's eyes, after a difficult delivery. "She is growing like a weed," DeAnna said. "She's doing really well, she's making her milestones and she is functioning as well as she should be as a newborn."
Todd Bol's home in Hudson is a reflection of the man who lived in it. Overlooking the St. Croix River, the modest house he shared with his wife Susan has two Little Free Libraries in its front yard, and a room being built onto the back specifically to fill with friends and families for parties and holidays. "He loved this," his brother Tony Bol said, gesturing to the view from the deck where Todd Bol would often sit.
Hudson will mark National Move Over Day on Saturday, Oct. 20 with an event featuring representatives from area law enforcement, emergency and maintenance services to highlight the law requiring drivers to move over for vehicles on the side of the road.
Driving the narrow path through the dark woods, with nothing but a sliver of moon and headlights to guide the way, a note of fear begins to build in your chest. The trees hang low, and you find yourself scanning the edge of the forest — for deer, or something else. No comfort will be found at the end of the drive, as the site of Dreadwood Haunted Forest rises to meet you, hiding zombies, ghosts, witches and more in its shadows. Behind the gory makeup and costumes of Dreadwood, there's a lot of heart, though it's not always the first thing they show off.
Changes to the Glover Road and Highway 35 interchange first agreed upon in 2006 by the town of Troy and Wisconsin Department of Transportation are not a high priority in the department's timeline, the town board heard Thursday, Oct. 11. Tim Mason, Wisconsin Department of Transportation northwest region planning and programming chief, told the town board that the project is not on the department's 6-year program plan. Mason said the department's focus has shifted to asset management, and is not making big improvements unless it has safety or operation concerns.
Hudson will be waiting another year to cheer on the St. Croix River Hounds after the team announced it will not be playing until the 2020 season. The Hounds were to play as part of the Northwoods League in a new stadium planned as part of the Hudson Gateway development at the site of the former St. Croix Meadows Race Track. "We have worked hard to make the summer of 2019 our inaugural season, but several factors beyond our control will not make that possible," a release from the team said.
Mary Claire Olson Potter is no stranger to the Hudson Chamber of Commerce. She served as the organization's president two separate times, first for four years in 1996 and then again for three years in 2001. So when the chance to apply for the chamber presidency came up, she couldn't pass it up. "I'm here to stay," Olson Potter said. Olson Potter said she is focused on growing the chamber, as well as providing more opportunities to current members. "Trying to ensure we can continue to provide that value," Olson Potter said.
With five kids between them, sisters Shannon Cohen and Katie Anderson know just how much stuff can accumulate with a family, and how expensive it can all be. That's why they've teamed up to start St. Croix Kids Consignment, a business with two consignment sales a year for all things kids, to helps parents clean house and stock up. "We're just two moms who are looking to do the same thing they are really," Anderson said. The first sale will be three days of shopping Oct. 25-27 at White Eagle Golf Club in Hudson.
HUDSON — Tomie dePaola's "Strega Nona" at The Phipps brings fun and laughs to the audience of the Black Box Theater, as well as a few Italian vocab lessons too. The Children's Theater production, performed by local students in seventh through ninth grade, follows the witch of an Italian village, Strega Nona, played by Ella Thomsen, as she takes on a new protege in magic, Bambolona, and a new helper around the house, Big Anthony. When Bambolona, played by Heather Derrick, begins her lessons, Big Anthony, played by Max Steiner, becomes intrigued by the magic.