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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About 50-100 Hudson High School students joined thousands of others nationwide in a walkout on Wednesday, March 14 one month after 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Hudson Star-Observer was informed Tuesday that a reporter would not be allowed at the school during the event. Hudson School District officials did not immediately return messages as to a reason why.
Hudson students may be joining others around the nation walking out to commemorate the loss of lives at the Parkland, Florida school shooting and bring attention to gun violence. A post on the Indivisible Project Website states that students will participate in a walkout at 10 a.m. March 14 at Hudson High School. RiverTown Multimedia was informed by district staff that reporters would not be welcome on school property during the time of the walkout.
After more than 15 years working in a chemistry lab, Roberta Naujok felt it was time to become what she always knew she was - a teacher. Now a Hudson High School science teacher, Naujok earned her doctorate in Chemistry at UW - Madison, and was recruited by 3M after graduation. She worked there from 1997 to 2014, in the corporate supporate lab. There she dealt with higher level, more difficult problems with other staff that had earned doctorate and master's degrees. From the start of her career with 3M, Naujok worked with a company outreach program that visited schools.
Since its start in 2010, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls adult degree completion program in Hudson has now graduated 100 students with degrees in business administration. The milestone was reached the fall semester of 2017 seven years after the program started. "To reach that milestone was pretty significant for us," said Michael Bilden, assistant dean for adult students. Typically about 100 students total are part of the program at a time, with 10 to 20 students graduating per year.
An old downtown building has new life as Rio Loco Cantina opens Monday, March 12 at 417 Second St. The former Ellie's location has a new look thanks to the work of new owners Mike Tupa and Tom Tomaro. The Mexican restaurant has a 75-foot bar, a wealth of seating, a garage door window and an outdoor patio that's also heated. "You've got a nice view of the river, a nice view of Main Street," Tomaro said. "Those are both big pluses." Creating the new space took some time, more than 2 years from purchase to opening for Tupa and Tomaro.
St. Croix EMS saw $155,000 in salary savings at the end of 2017, largely due to staffing gaps. About half of that amount came from a paramedic position that was not filled, said city Finance Director Brenda Malinowski, including the salary and benefits for the position. Other savings came from open shifts and other staffing areas.
Hudson fourth-graders are doing what they can to help make the St. Croix River a little cleaner, and they're looking for the community's help. Members of the Octollamalopes Destination Imagination team have decided to make litter their challenge for this season. Destination Imagination is a national program that has teams take on open-ended academic challenges using their creativity, with solutions showcased at tournaments. "We have to find a problem in our community and find out how to solve it," Cothran said.
The Hudson Common Council turned down a gift from the Hudson Inclusion Alliance for a year's membership to the National League of Cities, instead deciding to fund the venture on its own. The National League of Cities is an advocacy group that provides resources to cities across the country. City Administrator Devin Willi suggested the council should spend the $1,500 itself to join, or it could set a precedence where the city would be offered other gifts to join more groups.
Hudson's waterfront vision study continues to progress, as the common council heard a consensus plan on Monday, Feb. 26 from Short Elliott Hendrickson's Ed Freer and Alex Thill. Though not set in stone, the plan lays out improvement opportunities for Hudson's waterfront along the St. Croix River, from the Buckeye garage near Interstate 94 north to St. Croix Street. With the old toll bridge road, the improvements cover 2 miles of shoreline.
With the approval of a conditional use permit by the Hudson Common Council on Monday, Feb. 26 Mayo Clinic Health System is set to move forward with the purchase of land in Hudson off Stageline Road, north of the Hudson 12 Theatre near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 35. Preliminary plans are for a 100,000-square foot medical facility with a clinic and outpatient surgical function.