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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Snowfall and low temperatures didn't deter candy hunters from the annual Hudson Boosters Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at Prospect Park just before Easter Sunday. The snow did change the process of the hunt, with kids lining up at the pavilion to have candy passed out to them rather than the usual dash for candy scattered on the ground. Six bikes were awarded as part of a raffle to Kendall Collins, Emmett Zeuli, Audrey Bobrowski, Mason Susa, Austin Decker and Justine Barnard.
Students are welcomed with a song to Anna Brudzinski's music classes at Willow River Elementary. The weekly classes are small, sometimes five or six kids, and sometimes just one-on-one. Brudzinski is a music therapy teacher who works with students with autism across the Twin Cities and here at Willow River. "It's been really rewarding," Brudzinski said. Her classes are designed to get the kids, who often do not participate in regular music classes, engaged, said autism coordinator Tracy Metz. "Engaging with music has been the biggest benefit," Metz said.
Vaping, nicotine or otherwise, is now banned in the city of Hudson for those under 18 after the council approved a new ordinance prohibiting the sale, purchase and possession of nicotine and non-nicotine electronic delivery systems and vapor product on Monday, March 26. The city ordinance will support already standing bans at Hudson High School, and comes in part from a request from the school. HHS Dean of Students Andrew Bauschelt said having a city ordinance with more than school consequences will help decrease the issue in the building.
With a tie-breaking vote from the mayor, the Hudson Common Council voted 4-3 to join the American City County Exchange (ACCE). Membership to the exchange, a nonpartisan forum for local leaders, was proposed after the city joined the National League of Cities. Council members Joyce Hall, Jim Webber and Randy Morrissette cast the opposing votes. "I am voting no because I am consistently voting no with any membership," said Morrissette, who warned the council will see more people asking it to join different groups.
The Hudson Star Observer sent questionnaires to all Hudson Common Council candidates who will be listed on the April 3 ballot. Those who responded have their answers recorded below. Incumbents are marked with an (i).
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D - WI, was welcomed to Hudson Bagel and Coffee Company with a round of applause from guests during her visit to Hudson on Monday, March 26. Hudson was one of many stops this week for the senator as she revs up her campaign for re-election in November. Baldwin used the visit to speak with constituents one-on-one and in small groups. The visit came just two days after the March for Our Lives events nationwide, including in St. Paul where Hudson supporters joined. The topic was on the minds of a lot of people present on Monday, Baldwin said.
Those who have stopped into Urban Olive and Vine over the last few months may not have noticed a difference at the restaurant, and new owners Carol and Chad Trainor are fine with that. "Nobody will be shocked when they come in," Carol said. Carol and Chad took over in January after working there as server and chef, respectively, for many years. "We figured we were here all the time anyway so might as well buy it," Carol said.
When the call came out nationwide for exceptional theater programs, more than a thousand people applied. Music teacher Kari Heisler was one of them, representing the Hudson High School theater program. With the premier of the new theater drama "Rise," the Education Theater Foundation held auditions of a sort for Recognizing Inspiring Student Expression (R.I.S.E) grants, awarding $10,000 to the chosen theater departments. Only 50 were selected in the end, and Hudson made the cut. "That's pretty amazing to be one of the 50," Heisler said.
The Hudson High School Access Transition Program is looking to bring business leaders, community members and students with disabilities together for a community conversation on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at Camp St. Croix. The transition program works with students ages 18 to 21 with special needs as they transition into their post-school lives by providing students with career training and job placement. Wednesday's event will help further explore how to do this with the help of community members.