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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Discussions on service proposals from St. Croix EMS and Lakeview EMS continued Monday, with uncertainty about what the St. Croix EMS proposals would cost. A report from Finance Director Brenda Malinowski showed with the proposed 45 percent or 80 percent increase on rates for St. Croix EMS, the service would run out of cash in 2021. The report also showed the service would need a large per capita increase, up to $41, to generate enough revenue.
Police Chief Geoff Willems recognized two officers and two citizens at the council meeting Monday, Feb. 4 for lifesaving efforts. On Jan. 15 dispatch received a call for a man unconscious but breathing. Two employees at the location, Shane Schellin and Melissa Johnson, were performing CPR. Schelling, who had former training as a paramedic, identified the situation as a possible drug overdose.
When UW - La Crosse student Katherine Drewiske first traveled to Guatemala as part of a Chapina Bonita Smokeless Stove project, she didn't expect to make a second trip. A public and community health education major, Drewiske joined the Hudson Daybreak Rotary trip in 2018 as an honorary member, completing independent study for her major. "I knew it would influence my passion for public health in a lot of ways," she said. When she returned, the impact of the project stuck with her, and inspired others to ask how they could help.
In a world full of distractions, First Presbyterian Church is inviting people to learn how to take time to slow down and focus on something beyond themselves. The church will host a workshop on centering prayer on March 2, led by Tom Eberle, Director of the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque. The event is open to not only the congregation but the wider Hudson community, Rev. Kendra Grams said. And she's excited for the event. "It just really is a great resource for everyone," Grams said.
Below freezing temps ended just in time for the 30th annual Hot Air Affair in Hudson this weekend. Low winds allowed a mass ascension from EP Rock Elementary, with nearly all the balloons taking off Saturday morning.
The River Falls Shopko pharmacy has closed, following an announcement earlier this month that the company had filed for bankruptcy and would close several stores. The rest of the River Falls store remains open at this time. A call to the pharmacy Tuesday afternoon led to a recording announcing that prescriptions and prescription records will be available at Walgreens on 1047 Main Street starting Wednesday, Jan. 30.
As the city of Hudson continues in its efforts to support urban forestry, they are connecting with one group that is a key piece of the puzzle — residents. In most communities 80 percent of trees exist in people's yards, said Urban Forestry Board Chair Ken Holman. Residents can get an idea of their part at this year's Urban Forestry Forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Willow River Elementary. "The focus is on helping homeowners understand their role and what their own yard landscape contributes to the overall urban forest," Holman said.
The Hudson Chamber of Commerce capped a year of changes with its annual awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 24. Last year saw the chamber saying farewell to some of its staff, and welcoming both new and familiar faces, including Mary Claire Olson Potter as chamber president. The endeavors of several community members and businesses were honored with the annual awards for volunteer, chamber member and small and large business of the year.
Walking into the Black Box Theater for "84 Charing Cross Road," one might think you're accidently walking onstage. The room has been transformed, as intended with black box theaters, to put the story, quite literally, at the center. The audience joins the characters inside the bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road. In search of a good book, Helene Hanff, played by Jennifer Alton, sends a letter thousands of miles to Marks and Co., bookstore at 84 Charing Cross Road. Her letter is received by Frank Doel, played by Andrew Troth, who is happy to oblige her request.
As Wisconsin makes its way toward spring elections, Elizabeth Moline has filled the town of Hudson chairman seat left vacant by the death of longtime chairman Jeff Johnson in December. Johnson served the town for nearly 30 years. Moline was appointed at a special meeting in December. A resident for more than 25 years, Moline has served on the town's plan commission and filled in for a one-year term as supervisor. She also worked for the city of Hudson for 40 years.