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 Hudson Common Council approved working with Public Administration Associates to recruit a new city administrator. Current City Administrator Devin Willi will be retiring in the summer. Council Member Sarah Atkins Hoggatt said she would like to have the firm take a step back and do an organizational review of the city and its structure. Mayor Rich O'Connor said that could be discussed in subsequent meetings or conversations with the firm. Awarding bonds
With a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Rich O'Connor, the Hudson Common Council approved 4-3 to enter into contract negotiations with Lakeview EMS to provide emergency services to the city at its meeting Monday, April 8. A motion to pursue a parallel path with St. Croix EMS failed. The decision came nearly four months after the city received four proposals to provide services, including from its own city-run St. Croix EMS.
The Troy Plan Commission recommended denying a conditional use permit for a proposed wedding venue at 486 Coulee Trail at its meeting on Thursday, April 4. Several surrounding neighbors spoke out against the venue at last month's meeting, expressing concerns about noise, traffic and safety. Commission members agreed on Thursday that the proposal did not fit the necessary criteria, as laid out by town engineers from Cedar Corp.
The EMS ad hoc committee tasked to review services proposals concluded its work with a 5-hour meeting Wednesday, March 27 by voting to send proposals from both city-run St. Croix EMS and hospital-based Lakeview EMS to the Hudson Common Council for decision. Though the committee includes all members of the council, the city and its partner boards will each need to make their own vote on how to proceed for the communities they represent.
Two separate casts will take the stage for the Hudson High School production of "The Nerd." The play is one director Kari Heisler has been wanting to do for years. She first saw it performed by her high school's theater program after her graduation. "I've been waiting to do it," Heisler said.
The newly-opened Hudson Tap offers nearly every form of entertainment — TVs, video games, pinball games, arcade games, pool, darts, foosball, board games and more. Wednesdays are bingo nights, and Thursdays are live horse racing. Friday and Saturday nights will feature DJs. "What we're trying to do is make a really interactive environment," said owner Matt Hoerning. The setup gives guests a chance to have fun with their friends or family, and do something they haven't done in awhile. Owning and operating his own restaurant has been a dream of Hoerning's.
The Hudson Common Council approved updates to the city’s parking ordinance that reflect its efforts to address parking concerns downtown. Nick Colianni of the city’s parking work group presented recommendations from the group based on the parking study completed by Rich and Associates in 2018. In October the city approved replacing meters with pay stations. Those stations are just one piece of addressing parking in the city.
"You should start a church." Those words were said to Michele Arndt many times over the years after she moved to Hudson and started a Bible study with families at Houlton Elementary School. It wasn't until a party three years ago, when three people told her that same thing in one night, that Arndt began to think about it seriously. Now what started as offhand comments has become a reality in the shape of The Crossing. The Crossing provides a church for the community of Houlton and St. Joseph, where people can worship with neighbors and those they know well.
Nicholas Moore has always wanted to own his own business. As a father of three, however, financial stability for his family was a must. Now he's found a way to follow that dream with the opening of You've Got Maids of Hudson, a residential and small office cleaning service. Moore's mother was a professional cleaner, so the business is close to him. "I enjoy cleaning, believe it or not, and I think there's something to be said about the accomplished feeling afterward," he said.
Mark Erickson expected to have a group of 10 or so people helping him protect his home from impending flood water. The last house on Front Street, Mark and his wife Karin Erickson's home is in one of the few at-risk areas in Hudson. They haven't had to sandbag since 2001, when 2 inches of water filled their home even with the sandbags that lined it. When Saturday morning came, the Erickson yard was filled with 60 people shoveling sand and hauling the bags to line his home. "It's great," Mark Erickson said. "We were in trouble."