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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North Hudson Village Board approved a preliminary plat for the second addition to The Ridges, the development on 10th Street North near Krattley Lane at its Tuesday, July 2, meeting. This addition consists of 32 lots of twin homes. Plan Commission Chair Mike Miser told the board a few members asked questions at the public hearing, and all of them said the questions were answered. Plan Commission recommended approval.
Plenty of sun and heat welcomed Hudson Booster Days over the holiday. The annual event ran Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 7, featuring a variety of activities including the parade, carnival, hot dog eating contest, live musical performances, kids fishing contest and more.
With a new EMS contract officially approved, Lakeview EMS is preparing to take over services to the city of Hudson. An optimistic transition time would be three months. Lakeview President Ted Wegleitner said they want to be sure the service is ready, so they want to set a date that is reasonable, not just hopeful. "If we get premature in starting this, we're going to set ourselves up for failure," said Nathan Pulscher, vice president of ancillary services. St. Croix EMS will continue to operate in the interim, with Lakeview EMS available to help.
In the kickoff to Hudson Booster Days, four Hudson young women were named the 2019 Hudson Ambassadors. Shay Wassman, Alivia Tennant, Abbie Matuke and LilyAnn Gingras received the crowns out of a pool of 13 candidates. The 2018 Hudson Ambassadors Kennedy Brown, Katie Davidson, Gabby Myers and Madi Buldra gave their final waves, thanking family and program board members for their support.
Construction on the new Hudson fire station is officially underway after the city held a groundbreaking on Tuesday, June 28 at the Ward Avenue site. The new building will be nearly 30,000 square feet and two stories. It will include an apparatus bay, gear grid room training room and administrative space as well as living quarters. Hudson Common Council budgeted $6.95 million for the new station, including contingencies and design. A new facility at a new location was recommended in 2017 after a space needs study was done on the department.
Connie Schmit is no stranger to the Hudson Booster Days parade. She's worked at Hudson Ford for 40 years, starting back when it was known as Dave Holt Ford, and has been involved with Booster Days ever since. She's walked in the parade every year. This year she'll lead it as the Booster Days Grand Marshal. "I was very honored, of course, very honored to be asked," Schmit said. The parade, fittingly, is one of her favorite parts of Booster Days. "I always think it's a happy time," she said.
With high-tech equipment and TVs on the ceiling, Scenic Bluffs Dental is designed to be a comfortable atmosphere for all patients, even those who aren't a fan of the dentist, said owner Dr. Jay Feuillerat. He opened the practice, located at 1435 North Acres Road in Prescott, this month. Feuillerat originally planned on studying mechanical engineering in college. That quickly changed. "I pivoted right away into dentistry," he said. During undergrad he worked at a dental lab, making crowns, bridges and other dental appliances.
Rezoning decisions on two proposed multifamily developments were postponed by the Hudson Plan Commission Tuesday, June 18. Both of the developments were sent back to the commission for further discussion after public hearing at the Hudson Common Council level. Vine Street and Carmichael Road Developers brought a new plan to commission members Tuesday following concerns expressed about the height of the apartment building proposal at Vine Street and Carmichael Road.
The Health Action Book club at Willow River Elementary School created "Little Free Farmers Markets" to place inside Little Free Libraries. The markets contains packets of seeds, health food trading cards and a healthy habits game, said book club leader Liz Malanaphy. The group created 21 kits and placed them in Little Free Libraries around Hudson. Members of the group ranged in age from kindergarten through fourth grade. Malanaphy said they all worked well together.
Though the summertime means classes are out for most students, one school is just getting started. Forestville Vines winery has officially opened its doors in the one-room schoolhouse located off Highway 65 that was once Forestville School this month.