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's annual "party with a purpose" celebrated throughout the week last week with a variety of events. RiverFest kicked of with its river clean-up, marking the festival's focus on enjoying and preserving the St. Croix River and the environment. Trash collected from the clean-up used to decorate Scrappy, the festival's fish mascot. Other events included a fishing derby, hike, presentations at the library, a Native American celebration with games, dances and performances, and Sunday's Civil War encampment at the Octagon House Museum.
Police station remodel The council approved a remodel for the police department at a cost of $24,000. Police Chief Geoff Willems said the current station was designed eight years ago when the department had less staff. "Now we've kind of outgrown the current design," he said. The cost for the remodel will come from $180,000 in salary savings the department has this year. New city clerk Jennifer Rogers was approved by the council as the new city clerk. She will begin on Aug. 27.
The northbound side of the Carmichael Road Bridge over Exit 2 of Interstate 94 will be closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 until 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, according to an announcement by the city of Hudson. The temporary closure is to repair a bridge joint on the north end of the bridge. A detour will take traffic to Highway 12 at Exit 4.
After 12 years running her business from home, Lori Skutt is adjusting to having a physical location for her Onsite Apparel company. Though it means she can't wear pajamas to work anymore, Skutt said opening the location at 214 Locust St. this summer gives customers a place to visit and shop. "It's a lot easier for the customers, one, to find me and two, to know that I even exist," Skutt said.
An unlikely but affectionate friendship takes center stage in "Always ... Patsy Cline" at The Phipps. The show follows the connection between country music star Patsy Cline and her fan Louise Seger, detailing their first meeting at one of Cline's concerts in Texas. The two develop an instant connection from their first interaction, and the play sees that spark unfold over the 24 hours into a close friendship that is later sustained over the distance of Cline's career through a regular pen pal correspondence.
Resident and visitors can say goodbye to the old coin meters that currently line the streets of downtown Hudson. New pay stations with coin, credit card and phone payment options will replace them likely this fall. The Hudson Public Safety Committee approved a contract with Parkeon for 41 pay stations downtown. Community Development Director Mike Johnson said the parking commission had four responses to a request for proposals for the stations. Though the technology in each proposal was similar, Parkeon offered the best support, training and price.
The city of Hudson will be on its own in hiring a consultant to study the best delivery structure for St. Croix EMS after a motion for half of the cost to come from the EMS budget failed 2-2 at the EMS commission meeting on Thursday, July 12. The commission had a lengthy discussion on the idea of a consultant that rehashed past concerns about how the discussion of a possible sale to HealthPartners last year was handled and how payment of the service is split between the city and its partners town of Hudson, village of North Hudson and town of Troy.
Redevelopment in downtown Hudson will get a boost from a new tax-increment district approved Monday by the Hudson Common Council for the area. The boundary for this mixed-use district is the historic downtown area, ranging from Elm Street to Interstate 94 and First Street to Third Street.
A registered sex offender was escorted out of Booster Days at Lakefront Park on Sunday, July 1, after he was seen taking photographs of juvenile girls at the event, according to a Hudson police report. Police observed more than 400 photos in a folder titled "Booty" on the phone of William Mark Verhaigh, 41 of St. Paul. Verhaigh was on a 10-year Minnesota sex offender registration after a 2012 conviction for possession of child pornography.
The Hudson Fire Department is another step closer to getting its new home. At its meeting on Monday, July 9, the Hudson Common Council approved selection of Brunton Architects and Engineering to construct a new fire hall at the city-owned Ward Avenue site near Plaza 94. Fire Chief Scott St. Martin said the firm has shown to be efficient with needs and cost. "They've proven in some of their past fire stations that they've built that they're able to do that with a high-quality product," he said.