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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In a hospital in the stable province, supplies are low and medical personnel are understaffed and overworked. Most of the few medical staff are huddled around the bed of a woman giving birth. As soon as her baby arrives, staff surrounds it. It is not the first baby who has fought for its life in this building. Further south, beyond the land mines, a series of refugee camps are spread across the country.
As they pulled aside the streamers, the students entered into a festive night designed just for them. The adaptive prom, held at the beginning of May, was created to celebrate students from Hudson High School's special education program. "Our prom that we have now, it's not necessarily tailored toward them," said Halle Powers. Powers, Gabby Myers and Madison Danielson planned the prom as part of their senior capstone project, and as part of the high school's healthcare academy. The project had to benefit others, include skill acquisition and have longevity.
The Hudson Common Council approved renewing 39 liquor licenses at its meeting Monday, May 20 that were due for renewal this year. Those up for renewal expire June 30. No comment was made at a public hearing on the renewals. The approvals included 23 for full class B, six for Class A Liquor, five for Class B Beer, and five for combined Class B Beer and Class C Wine. Dam grant The council also approved a resolution to participate in a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Dam Grant program for the Willow River Dam.
After nearly nine years of providing midwifery service at Hudson Hospital, Hudson Physicians is ending the program effective Aug. 1. The decision is based on financial and resource reasons, said CEO Matt Brandt. It's one made solely by Hudson Physicians, which partners with Hudson Hospital but is a separate entity. "Financially we have never been able to make it work," Brandt said.
A short drive away from St. Patrick's sister parish in northern Guatemala, in a traditional home in a small village lives a family that has been thrown into an international spotlight. On a Sunday afternoon in March a group, including St. Patrick's Father John Gerritts, made the drive from the already rural parish community to the even more remote village where the family lives. The group was there to offer their condolences to the family.
Law enforcement from various departments and community members gathered together Wednesday, May 15 at Hudson High School to honor law enforcement as part of the annual St. Croix County Law Enforcement Memorial. The ceremony paid tribute to the 144 officers killed in the line of duty in 2018.
Ken Thill will serve as supervisor one for the Hudson Town Board after being appointed at the regular meeting on Tuesday, May 7. Thill fills the seat left vacant after Don Jordan was elected as town chair. Bob Long was also nominated for the vacant seat. Thill won the position with a board vote of 3-2. Thill, a father of four, has lived in the town with his wife Julie since 2001. He has always aspired to join a government board. "I want to get involved in my township, I love my township and kind of want to keep it the nice little township that it is," Thill said.
The St. Croix County Administration Committee voted to send $8.4 million in bonding again to the county board without changes, after the board sent it back to the committee level on a 12-5 vote May 7. The main item of concern in the three-part borrowing request was a new mobile command vehicle. The command vehicle makes up $400,000 of the request, alongside a new wing in the jail to accommodate inmates with mental health issues as well as a heating-air-conditioning-and-ventilation (HVAC) overhaul to the Government Center.
Construction on Vine Street from Ninth to Wisconsin streets begins this week in Hudson. The street will be closed to through traffic. Construction will start on Wednesday, May 8 with a hard closure from Ninth Street up to Wisconsin Street, Public Works Director Mike Mroz told the Hudson Common Council at its meeting on May 6.
Action on a zoning ordinance that would include small animal or reptile education businesses was postponed by the Hudson Common Council Monday night after the city attorney pointed out inconsistencies between the proposed ordinance and the city's existing animal ordinance. Catherine Munkittrick said these inconsistencies would need to be resolved before approval. Consideration of the ordinance was prompted after Emily Roberts, owner of Snake Discovery, came forward looking to open a business of this nature.