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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As the temperature crept towards 100, Hudson residents filled the grounds of Willow River Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 28. The day started with a military salute and Mass at St. Patrick's Church before the event hosted by the Hudson VFW Post 2115 and American Legion Otis H. King Post 50. Mayor Rich O'Connor urged attendees to remember the original purpose of Memorial Day — to honor those fallen in service to the country, not to mark the start of summer.
Redevelopment of the old St. Croix Meadows dog track will get a boost from a $500,000 idle site grant awarded to the city of Hudson by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The Hudson Common Council accepted the grant Monday night, praising Community Development Director Mike Johnson for the work. Johnson said the application, submitted in April, was a big effort by city staff, developers, and the city's engineering firm. "It all came together pretty quickly," Johnson said.
Michael Sveda of Eau Claire has been an alcoholic since he was 12 years old. In the 41 years since, he has been charged with seven DWIs, attended five treatment programs and countless AA meetings, and gone through several stints of sobriety. Nothing seemed to prompt lasting change until the end of last year when he drank himself into the hospital three times. "My drinking just got so out of hand that they said you're going to die," Sveda said. He was given the chance to enter the Exodus House in Hudson, and he took it.
As individuals, and as husband and wife, Autumn and Benjamin Onelove start each morning with a daily practice of grounding that focuses on forgiveness and seeing the wholeness in each other. As business partners and owners, they're looking to bring the same support here to the Hudson community and their clients. "I'm here to be a guide on their healing journey," Autumn Onelove said. "A gentle guide."
Hudson students will join others from more than 40 countries around the world at the end of May for the Destination Imagination Globals competition. Six Hudson teams totaling 35 students ranging from elementary to high school will go up against 70 others at the event in Tennessee starting Tuesday, May 22. "It's very competitive when you get to Globals," said Liz Malanaphy, Destination Imagination coach.
The Hudson Plan Commission met for its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 8. New businesses and developments were on the table for discussion and recommendation to the council. Coulee Road condos A new condo development on Coulee Road east of Birkmose Park got a lukewarm reception at the commission meeting Tuesday night, but commission members agreed to set a public hearing for rezoning of the property from single family to multifamily.
The Hudson High School commencement will be available to watch live through River Channel community access during the ceremony at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.
Chief Geoff Willems has officially been the head of the Hudson Police Department for about two weeks, but he's been running things a bit longer since former Chief Marty Jensen finished his final days with vacation time. After 11 years with the department, and another five nearby in North Hudson, Willems knows the department and the area well. He has an understanding of the needs, and has already developed relationships with council, city staff and community members, and plans to build on those relationships.
It's a mother, daughter affair at the newly-opened Kudos in Hudson. Located off Dominion Drive, the home and fashion shop is run by mother, daughter team Sue and Carly Sutheimer. The store offers a variety of items, including apparel, home decor both large and small, furniture, accessories, a garden center and more. "Just kind of a place you can stop in and find something for yourself or a gift for someone else," Sue Sutheimer said.
Bethel Lutheran Church will bring stories of challenges and healing to the community as part of its ongoing community programming. Patricia Nanoff, a speaker, therapist, professor and author will be at the Bethel Highlands facility at 504 Frontage Road on Monday, May 14. Nanoff is the author of the book "Rising from the Dead," which details the stories of middle-aged and older alcoholic women in their paths to sobriety. At Bethel she will share these stories - their power and challenges - and speak to the art of story making and telling as well.