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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The Rev. Kendra Grams is a Midwesterner, through and through. After more than eight years in the suburbs of D.C. with her Minnesota-born husband and their two kids, the Nebraska native is excited to be coming back to the region as the new pastor for Hudson's First Presbyterian Church. "I just really felt called to be here to help them grow in new ways, serving the community and see what God is calling us all to next as we witness to God's love here and everywhere," Grams said.
The Hudson Common Council approved setting a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 4 for rezoning of three parcels of land located west off Highway F from agricultural residential to one-family and multi-family residential. Council Member Randy Morrissette II said he wanted to make sure the council had all the maps and information needed so the public could be informed before the hearing. The property totaling about 40 acres was annexed into the city from the town of Troy in June.
The city of Hudson is moving forward on its own to do a study of St. Croix EMS with a request for proposals from consultants approved at the Monday, July 23 meeting. Council Member Bill Alms, the city's representative on the EMS Commission, said the next steps would then be candidate interviews. Once a candidate is selected, that recommendation would come to the council.
Hudson's annual "party with a purpose" celebrated throughout the week last week with a variety of events. RiverFest kicked of with its river clean-up, marking the festival's focus on enjoying and preserving the St. Croix River and the environment. Trash collected from the clean-up used to decorate Scrappy, the festival's fish mascot. Other events included a fishing derby, hike, presentations at the library, a Native American celebration with games, dances and performances, and Sunday's Civil War encampment at the Octagon House Museum.
Police station remodel The council approved a remodel for the police department at a cost of $24,000. Police Chief Geoff Willems said the current station was designed eight years ago when the department had less staff. "Now we've kind of outgrown the current design," he said. The cost for the remodel will come from $180,000 in salary savings the department has this year. New city clerk Jennifer Rogers was approved by the council as the new city clerk. She will begin on Aug. 27.
The northbound side of the Carmichael Road Bridge over Exit 2 of Interstate 94 will be closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 until 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, according to an announcement by the city of Hudson. The temporary closure is to repair a bridge joint on the north end of the bridge. A detour will take traffic to Highway 12 at Exit 4.
After 12 years running her business from home, Lori Skutt is adjusting to having a physical location for her Onsite Apparel company. Though it means she can't wear pajamas to work anymore, Skutt said opening the location at 214 Locust St. this summer gives customers a place to visit and shop. "It's a lot easier for the customers, one, to find me and two, to know that I even exist," Skutt said.
An unlikely but affectionate friendship takes center stage in "Always ... Patsy Cline" at The Phipps. The show follows the connection between country music star Patsy Cline and her fan Louise Seger, detailing their first meeting at one of Cline's concerts in Texas. The two develop an instant connection from their first interaction, and the play sees that spark unfold over the 24 hours into a close friendship that is later sustained over the distance of Cline's career through a regular pen pal correspondence.
Resident and visitors can say goodbye to the old coin meters that currently line the streets of downtown Hudson. New pay stations with coin, credit card and phone payment options will replace them likely this fall. The Hudson Public Safety Committee approved a contract with Parkeon for 41 pay stations downtown. Community Development Director Mike Johnson said the parking commission had four responses to a request for proposals for the stations. Though the technology in each proposal was similar, Parkeon offered the best support, training and price.
The city of Hudson will be on its own in hiring a consultant to study the best delivery structure for St. Croix EMS after a motion for half of the cost to come from the EMS budget failed 2-2 at the EMS commission meeting on Thursday, July 12. The commission had a lengthy discussion on the idea of a consultant that rehashed past concerns about how the discussion of a possible sale to HealthPartners last year was handled and how payment of the service is split between the city and its partners town of Hudson, village of North Hudson and town of Troy.