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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Wisconsinites are no stranger to the cold, but their resolve may be tested with the cryotherapy sessions provided by new Hudson business Body Revival Lounge. A cool trend that has been increasing in popularity, cryotherapy, treatment using extreme cold generated from liquid nitrogen, has now found its way to Hudson, with the Lounge owned by Karla Kuehl at 1600 Maxwell Drive. Kuehl was first exposed to cryotherapy while working as a massage therapist. She was volunteered to try it in a clinic, and was initially nervous about the idea.
With the exchange of keys, the vehicle hummed to life, bringing a new resource to U.S. Army veteran Eric Grant, and his four-legged co-pilot, Diego. Grant, now a Somerset resident, was the recipient of a refurbished, donated vehicle from Heppner's Auto Body through the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides Program. Grant said he was shocked to learn he would be receiving the car, and by how quickly the process went. "This is going to be great because I can get around a lot easier," Grant said.
Turnout for the 2018 midterm elections almost matched that of the 2016 presidential election in the city of Hudson, with 74.46 percent of registered voters participating. Of the 8,918 people registered to vote in the city, 6,640 cast votes either in person or through absentee voting, according to City Administrator Devin Willi. "For a nonpresidential it was pretty substantial," Willi told the council on Monday, Nov. 12. To compare, the 2016 presidential election saw 74.97 percent of registered voters participate.
Traffic concerns were still at the forefront of discussions by the Hudson Common Council Monday, Nov. 12, as it approved the final master plan and conditional use permit for the 130-acre St. Croix Meadows redevelopment site. All development on the site will conform to the master plan, and any changes will need to come back for an amendment, said Wendy Sander of Cedar Corp. The Plan Commission recommended approval of the plan, with an additional condition that a conduit is installed at Carmichael Road and Brakke Drive for future traffic control lights.
Now is not the right time for the city to look at a fire-based EMS model, the Hudson Common Council ultimately decided with a 2-4 vote, after discussing the issue at its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 12. Council Member Paul Deziel brought the idea forward, saying as the city looks at its EMS options with a request for proposal, it should also be considering a model that combines fire and EMS services. "We're going to have a lot of proposals coming at us; to me this has to be one," Deziel said.
A wintery day set the scene for thanks and remembrance at the annual Veterans Day Program at the St. Croix County Courthouse on Friday, Nov. 9. This year's speaker Karen Humphrey told the crowd gathered about her grandmother, Aimee O'Keefe Kinney, a U.S. Army nurse during World War I. Kinney served in France during the war. After returning home, she became the first woman commander of an American Legion in Wisconsin in 1936.
As he finished leading his R.I.P.P.E.D exercise class at the Hudson YMCA, Ken Johnson made his way with classmates and friends to a nearby room for a surprise celebration of his 60th birthday. Waiting for him there was a gift 40 years in the making. "It was an absolute surprise," Johnson said. "It was just, speechless is a good word."
Far off places, daring sword fights and a prince in disguise take the stage in the Hudson High School production of "Beauty and the Beast." The classic story tells a tale as old as time of the selfish prince punished with a curse to live as a beast until he could learn to love, and be loved. Director Andrew Haase said he appreciates the message the story tells, not just of not judging by appearance, but of how people can change each other.
With dancing, singing and a whole lot of fun, "Sister Act" at The Phipps is a spirited performance that welcomes audience members in as if they were a member of the congregation. The musical comedy follows aspiring club singer Deloris Van Cartier, played by Kayla Kauffman, as she, after witnessing a murder, is forced into the one place no one would ever expect her to go — a convent.
A squad car was damaged and an officer suffered minor injuries after an accident on westbound Interstate 94 in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The squad car was struck while Hudson police officers responded shortly after 4 a.m. to two separate vehicles that had spun out, one of which struck the sidewall barrier near the Second Street entrance, Hudson Police Chief Geoff Willems said. As officers were investigating the initial crash, another vehicle lost control as it entered onto I-94 and slammed into the squad car, totaling it, Willems said.