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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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.
The Hudson Common Council approved accepting a liquor license from the town of Troy for a license fee of $30,000, pending final approval from the Troy Town Board. The fee would be paid by the license applicant to the city, and then transferred to the town. City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick said the town understands they will not be getting the fee at the time of the transfer. A previous note in the town's meeting minutes about a four-month timeframe has been clarified, she said.
Hudson Common Council members saw a glimpse of what the new fire hall will be like on Monday night. A study of the department's needs in 2017 recommended a new fire hall at a new location. The new building is set to be constructed at the city-owned Ward Avenue site alongside the existing buildings there. Corey Brunton of Brunton Architects and Engineers presented renderings of the two-story, 30,000-square foot building. The original plan was for 34,000 square feet, but Fire Chief Scott St. Martin said they were able to find efficiencies and bring the size down.
Shopko has announced the closing of several of its stores in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, though currently the Ellsworth and River Falls stores are not on the list. Shopko announced on Wednesday, Jan. 16 that it had filed for court-supervised financial restructuring under the United States Bankruptcy Code. A press release cited excess debt and ongoing competitive pressures as the reason for the restructuring.
A new name has taken over the familiar 302 and 304 Second St. building, which has been the home of pubs in Hudson since it was first built in 1866. Formerly Pudge's Saloon and Eatery and Club 304, the recently remodeled building is now Ziggy's Restaurant. Owners Paul Barber and Kevin Jones have operated Ziggy's in Stillwater for three years, and Barber said he was excited to expand into Hudson. "We love the community, we love the town," Barber said. "We just felt there was a real need for what we do here."