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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Longtime WCCO radio host and singer Jearlyn Steele has always had a tradition to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When her children were growing up, she'd pull out VHS tapes of the March on Washington when people of all walks of life and ethnic groups came together in one fight. They would listen to the speeches and the songs from that day and that movement. One year Steele's then-teenaged son asked why they had to do this every year, when they knew the story already. Steele told him it was because traditions matter.
"The Jazz Age" tells a thrilling, heartfelt tale of love, glamour, spotlights and murder, and it does it all in very few words. The most powerful narrative of The Phipps' Dance Theater production comes, perhaps unsurprisingly, through movement. The skill of the choreography is to be expected from a Phipps Dance Theater production, but this performance brings a new level of storytelling to the movement.
On a Friday afternoon, the normally quiet back room of the Hudson Area Public Library is a little louder and a little livelier than usual with ideas, snacks and laughter shared. The Teen Advisory Board meets once a month to plan events and programming for teens at the library. The board has been around for years, but participation has picked up this year as the library has begun to put a new focus on teen programming, Adult and Youth Services Coordinator Shelley Tougas said. Once only a few members, the board has now grown to be a true small group.
Anchor Paper Company is finding a new, larger home in River Falls, constructing an 87,500 square foot building in the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park off Highway 35. The company made the announcement on Thursday, Jan. 10 and started work on the site at the end of last year. Construction will continue this year, with an opening set for summer. The facility will consolidate the two the company currently operates in Hudson, one of which has been in operation for 30 years.
Town of Troy is willing to transfer a liquor license to the city of Hudson, for a fee of $30,000, the Hudson Common Council heard Monday night. The $30,000 is paid by the applicant, not the city, City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick said. The council approved asking the town for the transfer. City staff reached out to town of Troy in December after a request on behalf of local restaurant owner Paul Rode. A letter to the council stated Rode was looking to open a restaurant in downtown Hudson and wanted a liquor license to operate it.
The city of Hudson and its partners have narrowed the search for EMS services down to two proposals — current provider St. Croix EMS and HealthPartners Lakeview EMS. Hudson Common Council members and representatives from village of North Hudson and town of Troy heard proposals from four different entities in December. At a Jan. 7 meeting, the committee voted against the proposals from Lakes Region and North Memorial.
The Hudson Wastewater Treatment Plant that first opened in the 1950s can last the city until 2040, but needs about $9.7 million in updates. The Hudson Common Council heard recommendations from a study of the plant and its capacity and condition Monday night. The study conducted by Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) recommended staying in the current site on Second Street. "It's pretty impressive that we've gotten that much life out of the building," Miles Jensen of SEH said.
'Tis the season for giving, and Sara Evans thought of a way to do so in a fun and fuzzy way with a donation of more than 50 stuffed animals to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office gives the stuffed animals to children who witness or are involved in traumatic events. The stuffed animals serve as a reassurance for those kids, Evans said. "It helps them to have something to hold, to look at and to respond to," Evans said. The stuffed animals are collected all throughout the year, Evans said, with stops at different stores.
The EMS discussion continues into another new year for Hudson, as the council plans to review four proposals to contract for service in January. Discussion over how best to provide an affordable and reliable service first started in 2017, when the city considered selling the service to HealthPartners and Lakeview EMS. Following an uproar of community support for the community-based St. Croix EMS, the city voted against the sale.
Among the bright new spaces in the remodeled Hudson High School is one unique space tucked into the middle. After two years of supporting HHS students, the Raider Network has found a spot on campus to further serve students in need. The Network store is designed for students at a disadvantage, whether they are part of the school's free and reduced lunch program, facing homelessness or have a special circumstance, Social Worker Julie Johnson said.