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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Kimberly Webb has always been shy, but she found confidence in herself at a place she didn't expect - pole fitness classes at Hudson's Fit Pole-tential. Now she's the new owner of Fit Pole-tential, soon to be known as Carousel Pole Fitness at 1920 Crest View Drive in Hudson. Webb had been attending classes at the studio off and on for more than five years. When she learned that Fit Pole-tential was closing, she went home that night and asked her husband if they would be interested in buying it. Mike hesitated at first, but then he was in.
A meeting to discuss two St. Croix EMS calls was brought to an end after the appropriateness of the meeting was questioned. The two emergency calls on Saturday, March 9 were the center of special meetings of both the Hudson Common Council and the North Hudson Village Board Monday, March 18 where response time, staffing and mutual aid were reviewed. Council Member Paul Deziel moved to adjourn the Hudson Common Council meeting an hour after it began, calling the meeting inappropriate.
Shopko will close all of its stores as it has been unable to find a buyer for its business after declaring bankruptcy in January, according to a media release on Monday, March 18. Retail operations will begin to wind down this week. A liquidation process is expected to be complete in 10-12 weeks. The release said the business will work to minimize the impact on staff and customers, as well as the communities it serves.
For nearly 40 years Julie and Roy Leek shared a life and a business. The two opened their jewelry store J.R. Haubrich in downtown Hudson shortly after they were married. They were planning their farewell to the store, closing it for retirement this year. Now Roy is facing a greater loss after Julie's death in February. The two first met while working at the same jewelry firm in Minnesota. Back then, Roy was Julie's boss. "You see how that turned out for me," he said.
A decision has not yet been made as the city of Hudson continues to discuss proposals from the city-run St. Croix EMS and hospital-based Lakeview EMS. At Monday's meeting, St. Croix EMS presented a new option for service to the committee. This option would increase the user rate by 8 percent in 2020 and each year after, while maintaining the current per capita rate of $17 to the city and its partners village of North Hudson and town of Troy. This new option eliminated the 80 percent user rate increase proposed in one of the previous options.
A variety of Hudson businesses lined the walls of the Drewiske Arena for the Hudson Chamber of Commerce's annual Spring Showcase Business Expo on Sunday, March 10. In addition to booths representing area businesses, the day also offered a variety of activities and performances.
When it's time to lay your head down at night, most people know there will be a pillow underneath them. The Pillow Fight fundraiser at Coldwell Banker Burnet is working to make sure that is true for everyone. Staff, clients, family, friends and community members are taking part in the annual fundraiser that collects donations to provide new pillows for those in need.
Two Hudson Ambassadors have been removed from their roles representing the city. Maddie Zabel and Rachel McKenzie were removed at the end of January after being crowned two of four ambassadors at the end of June 2018. Hudson Ambassador President April Simmons said the beginning of the program year did not go well and showed it was not a good fit. "They just were not a fit for the program," she said of McKenzie and Zabel. Parents of McKenzie and Zabel said they are upset and confused about the removal, and the process that led to it.
St. Croix County Judge Scott J. Nordstrand took the oath of office Friday afternoon at his investiture. Nordstrand was appointed in December by Gov. Scott Walker to succeed Eric Lundell. Nordstrand has served on the St. Croix County Board. He had a 20-year career in law in Alaska, where he worked as a commercial litigator before being appointed deputy attorney general, and briefly served as acting attorney general. St. Croix County Presiding Judge Scott Needham said he has no doubt after working with Nordstrand that he will do justice to the title of judge.
The Humane Society of the United States recognized 14 people from around the country for their anti-puppy mill advocacy, and Hudson's own Angel Duratti of Angel's Pet World is among them. Duratti ended the sale of animals in her own store, and has since developed close relationships with local rescues. Duratti said she was shocked and happy to learn she had won the award. "I didn't believe it," Duratti said.