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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Traffic will continue to increase in the already busy Carmichael Corridor as new developments come to the city, a study of the area showed. Short Elliott Hendrickson traffic consultant Glen Van Wormer presented findings from the Carmichael Corridor study to the Hudson Common Council on Monday, Jan. 8. Van Wormer said the city can use this study to develop concepts to address the issues present. Once those options have been explored Van Wormer said they can then go to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to present the findings.
The city of Hudson has declared a snowplowing event for Friday, Jan. 12 at 2 a.m. Nonpermitted vehicles must remain off the street until the roadway is plowed curb-to-curb.
A smaller crowd did not mean a less rambunctious one at the town hall hosted by U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R) on Monday, Jan. 8 at the Hudson House. About 50 people attended the town hall that was announced Sunday evening, a relatively small number compared to some of Duffy's previously packed events. Constituents still made their voices heard with questions and commentary, both agreeing and disagreeing with Duffy's stances. Duffy said he welcomed the varying viewpoints, saying it's why he holds town halls in his district throughout the year.
Sharing a border, roads and thousands of residents passing in between, Wisconsin and Minnesota often experience similar weather in the winter, and similar road conditions. The Wisconsin DOT has 770 trucks plowing its 34,339 lane miles, and the Minnesota DOT puts out 843 snowplows for its 30,517 lane miles. Lane miles are the preferred measurement term as plows have to cover every lane of a road. This means 10 miles of a two-lane road would be 20 lane miles. Though some techniques are the same, how the two states manage their response differs. Wisconsin
With KAJ Properties, owner Kerry Jacobson has designed a business to fill her needs, knowing that others are looking for the same. "I basically did it for a place for myself, and I thought I'd make a business out of it," Jacobson said. Located at 206 Locust St.,, the building provides leased office space, one-day office rentals, a conference room for rent and a fully furnished apartment above that's open for rent on Airbnb. "I wanted to be able to offer a variety of things for business people," she said.
A new option will be available for those in need of medical attention starting Saturday, Jan. 6 when Urgent Care opens at Vibrant Health at the River Falls clinic at 1687 Division St. Urgent Care will be available Saturday and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "This is an important addition to the community because it gives patients options beyond the emergency room," Urgent Care Director Dr. Dan Zimmerman said in a news release.
The new year will bring new changes to an old Hudson site. The former St. Croix Meadows dog track will be demolished in January to make room for the new development Hudson Gateway. With a baseball stadium, brewery, hotel, condos, business offices and more, the development brings for many a welcome change to the property that has sat empty since the dog track closed in 2001. Developer Klint Klaas said site work is planned to start in January. From its initial presentation to the city at the end of 2016, the plan was well received by the common council.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series recapping the top stories of 2017. Read the other top stories here. Though the citizen-proposed inclusion resolution was not approved by the common council, the group behind it, now called Hudson Inclusion Alliance, is still working for inclusion in Hudson. "The inclusion resolution as an action was to find people who care about it and learn about it and of course it didn't work, but so much of the narrative that came from it was really helpful," said Tony Bol, one of the group's leaders.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series recapping the top stories of 2017. Read the other top stories here. As the year ends, the city of Hudson and its EMS partners are still looking at how to best fund St. Croix EMS services after the Hudson Common Council voted against a sale to HealthPartners and Hudson Hospital in June.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series recapping the top stories of 2017. Read the other top stories here. A controversy around paint color will continue into the new year. BB Makeup Cosmetics Bar on Third Street is still pink, and the city still has a problem with it. Currently, owner Brooke Fleetwood said there have been no updates on the situation. She is continuing with her appeal against the city's issued code violation.