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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For the second time in less than two months, a vehicle has struck the office of Hope Chiropractic on Carmichael Road near the intersection of Vine Street. The first time around, on Friday, April 20, a vehicle was attempting to park in one of the spots in front of the business when it smashed through the window and into the waiting room of the chiropractic office. No clients were in the room, and no one inside was hurt.
The Hudson YMCA teen center used to be less than impressive. Opened alongside the skate park 20 years ago, the center was housed in the nearby garage, about one car size, that had no heat, no indoor bathrooms and no electricity beyond the lights. With a partnership with the Hudson Rotary Club, and a wave of outside donations, the new YMCA Rotary Teen Center is expanded and revamped, featuring a conference room, hang out space, concessions and of course, bathrooms. The kids have noticed, YMCA Youth Development Program Manager Alyson Sauter said.
Anyone in downtown Hudson on a summer day knows the city sees its share of visitors, but the city didn't know just what impact tourism has on it — until now. Tourism brought $48 million in visitor spending to Hudson in 2017, according to a study by Tourism Economics. The company does annual studies for the state of Wisconsin on the economic impact of tourism in the state, and to individual counties. This is the first year the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism was able to see the 2017 numbers on Hudson specifically.
Fans of the murder mystery genre will find lots to love in the The Phipps' presentation of "The Red Box," a tale that gives off classic detective vibes ala Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. The production follows author Rex Stout's 1930s private detective Nero Wolfe, a clever and impressive mind with a few peculiarities, and his right-hand man Archie Goodwin as they try to solve the case of a model killed by a piece of poisoned candy.
Milwaukee Burger, a new business coming to the area, was awarded the liquor license that will become available at the end of the month with the closing of Shanghai Bistro. Milwaukee Burger will move into the bistro's former building on Gateway Boulevard pending approval of the license. This license is the first available since the city awarded its last in July 2017.
Four candidates, then two, then three, then two were considered for the empty District 5 Council seat on Monday, June 4 as the five sitting council members failed to reach the required four-vote majority to fill the vacancy left after the death of John Hoggatt. Among the initial candidates were Hoggatt's wife Sarah Atkins, Matt Borup, Urban Forestry Board member Elizabeth Malanaphy and Plan Commission member Mary Claire Olson Potter.
When he was 19 years old, Kevin Hines tried to kill himself by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. More than a decade later the he's using his story to help others and explore the impact of suicide in the film "Suicide: The Ripple Effect." Emmy Husfloen of Red Wing was first exposed to Hines' story in a youth mental health first aid class. The class was one of many efforts Husfloen made after her son Logan died from suicide.
Hudson's newest employees wasted no timing digging their teeth into their work Friday morning. A herd of 11 goats from The Munch Bunch were released into a fenced off area of Prospect Park, the start of the city's new effort to combat invasive buckthorn in the area. Together they'll clear more than 7 acres, staying first for about 30 days through June and then coming back again for another 30 or more days in August, said Munch Bunch owners Dan and Allysse Sorensen. Rough estimates show 30 goats can clear an acre in five to seven days.
Plans for a 20-pump Kwik Trip in North Hudson is moving forward after the plan commission recommendation approval of a conditional use permit for the project. The gas station would be located at the corner of North End Road and State Highway 35. Village Engineer Kevin Oium said construction on the project would start in 2019 alongside a new housing development in the village. Approval of the project was straightforward, Oium said, after no one spoke at the public hearing on Wednesday, May 16.
Spread out across the living room of their Hudson home, Yam Haus makes it clear that they're more than just the four guys on the cover of their album. Sitting alongside bandmates Seth Blum, Zach Beinlich, Lawrence Pruitt and Jake Felstow on a Monday afternoon is just part of the "village" that has made their soon-to-be-released album possible. There's studio owner Jordan Erdman, producer Mark Heimermann, street team member Oprah Wood and manager Patrick Veilleux, all filling their own roles and seats in Yam Haus.