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 going out for nearly $6 million in borrowing as it began the process to fund its upcoming projects. The bonding takes care of two years worth of projects at one time, following the strategy the city has used in its last couple bond issues, said Senior Municipal Advisor Sean Lentz of Ehlers Associates. Hudson will bond for $5,960,000 total. The majority of that is for the fire station with a maximum principal amount of $5,085,000. The remaining $875,000 is for the upcoming street reconstruction projects.
Though the EMS ad hoc committee did not meet Monday, Feb. 25 the topic still brought tense debate at the Hudson Common Council meeting. Council Member Joyce Hall thanked the mayor for rescheduling the EMS meeting and its public comment section to a later date, but expressed concern with how the process has played out with EMS. Hall said there seemed to be a coordinated effort to lead the city to contract with Lakeview EMS. She said a town of Hudson supervisor told several people that Mayor Rich O'Connor approached the town and asked it to contract with Lakeview EMS.
The two candidates for North Hudson Village President found common ground at a recent candidate forum. Stan Wekkin and Howard Novotny will be on the ballot on Tuesday, April 2 for the office. Wekkin has served as village president since 2013, and was previously a village trustee from 2010-2013 and 1999-2001. Novotny is a 21-year resident of North Hudson, and has served as a St. Croix County supervisor and on the park board. The two agreed that rising costs are one of the biggest issues facing the village.
The afternoon starts with a bit of chaos, the single room thrumming with the energy of excited elementary students asking questions and sharing ideas. The noise quiets some, but the energy stays the same as the kids get to work — flipping through books, coloring their drawings, cutting out pictures and bringing it all together on the puzzle pieces between them. The Health Action Book Club at EP Rock Elementary is the first of its kind, giving kids the chance to not only learn more about healthy living, but take ownership of the cause.
Step into the world of whimsy, curiosities and, of course, chocolate in "Willy Wonka, Jr." at The Phipps. The Children's Theater production brings the well-known characters and storyline to life, with pieces from the book, the movie and musical adaptations. The musical is an upbeat, fun adaptation that will leave audiences feeling good, with a song or two stuck in their heads.
Dunn Brothers in Hudson and New Richmond are included in a list of more than 60 locations whose customer data may have been exposed in a data breach that took place during the month of January, according to a press release from North Country Business Products, Inc. The press release does not state which of the two Hudson stores were impacted, or if both are included. Other Dunn Brothers locations potentially hit include stores in Hastings, Woodbury, Stillwater, St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Wisconsites weren't the only ones upset by the area's recent polar vortex, bringing temperatures of minus-20. Emerald ash borers can be harmed by the low temperatures. The invasive species, named for the ash trees it destroys, was confirmed in Hudson in July last year, off Crest View Drive and in the town of Hudson along Fraser Lane. The larvae spend the winter under the bark of the ash trees, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. An abundance of larvae in a tree kills it.
The Hudson Fire Department reminds residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow after several heavy downfalls. A video from the Oshkosh Fire Departmnet shows the extra time it can take firefighters responding to a call when the hydrants are not clear. Hudson Fire Chief Scott St. Martin also said residents should be sure to keep gas meters and furnace vents clear, and be careful of falling icicles.
When you walk through the doors of Nostalgia, you're greeted with coffee, baked goods and smiling faces. The welcoming atmosphere is exactly what owner Rebecca Gates wants for her vintage and antiques store at 1901 Ward Ave. "It's about the experience, the nostalgia of it all," Gates said. She wants the store to be a gathering place for people to catch up or reminisce. "We enjoy people passing through just to look," she said. The people are her favorite part of the business.
The Hudson Town Board heard a report on its first month of receiving primary service from Lakeview EMS, with Lakeview EMS Director Jon Muller giving an overview of the activity for January. The service responded to 19 calls in January, 18 of those were lights and siren calls. The average response time for those 18 calls was 9 minutes and 5 seconds. "We're pleased with the service," Town Chairman Elizabeth Moline said. She said the town has not seen any major or minor issues.