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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When they lay their heads down on a lap, ears ready and waiting to be pet, dogs bring a unique sort of comfort. They inspire a serenity of just being in the moment, or perhaps a trip down memory lane. They don't ask questions, or say the wrong thing. A visit from a dog can be a great comfort at any point in life, and especially welcome for those facing the end of their life, Lakeview Hospice has found. The program works with therapy pets and their human volunteers to provide calming visits to hospice patients.
As 2018 comes to a close, area municipalities have approved the budgets for 2019. Village of North Hudson North Hudson Village Board approved a balanced 2019 budget of $1,970,516 in both expenditures and revenues. The village's 2019 budget is an increase of more than 2 percent from last year's budget. In 2018, the village had a budget of $1,922,918. Property taxes for the village will increase about half a percent in the new year, up to $1,602,235 from the previous year's property taxes of about $1.59 million.
St. Croix EMS remains first on the list for inter-facility transfers from HealthPartners Hudson Hospital, even as Lakeview EMS, also run by HealthPartners, is set to take over EMS services in the town of Hudson next year. Hudson Hospital President Tom Borowski told the EMS Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 4, that as of now, St. Croix EMS is still the first called for any transfer. Then doctors go down the list that includes Lakeview, River Falls and Baldwin.
A classic Christmas tale receives a family-friendly twist in The Phipps Children's Theater's "Bah Humbug! Scrooge's Christmas Carol," a production that will entertain all ages. This simpler version of Charles Dickens' story adds music and dancing to the adventure of Ebenezer Scrooge and his night of ghostly visits.
The city of Hudson will once again ask its closest neighbors to transfer a liquor license, after a request was made on behalf of Paul Rode, who is looking to open a new restaurant downtown, at the council meeting on Monday, Dec. 3. Hudson, which has no liquor licenses left to award, previously made the request last year from its neighboring municipalities. At that time, town of Troy offered one up for $50,000 and town of Hudson asked for $100,000.
The Hudson Common Council did not make a decision Monday night on the village of North Hudson's request to leave its St. Croix EMS contract early, instead asking to extend the request to the end of March 2019. The city, said Council Member Bill Alms, wants the village to be a part of its review of proposals for EMS services, in whole or part, that were recently requested. Those proposals were due at the end of November, and will be reviewed by the city this month.
A weekend of Christmas spirit kicked off in Hudson with the Candlelight Stroll on Friday, Nov. 30. The Holly Dolls of Helmer Dance Studio posed in shop windows in downtown Hudson in festive gear. The River City Chorale also provided Christmas music for attendants. The holiday celebration continued on Saturday, Dec. 1 with Santa and his Critters at River City Center.
From a four-car accident at the Highway 35 exit to a semi-truck fire on the Interstate 94 bridge, drivers facing construction on I-94 from Minnesota to Hudson may have felt like there were more backups than normal this season. They were right. The stretch of I-94 from the St. Croix River to Exit 4 at Highway 12 saw a 98 percent increase in traffic crashes from the previous year. Between April and October 2018, authorities responded to 162 crashes, according to preliminary Wisconsin Department of Transportation data. In 2017, that number was 82.
The Hudson Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its annual downtown storefront decorating contest. The 715 won first place, with Marnie Marie Photography earning second place and Hudson Flower Shop taking third place.
The annual Light Up Night kicked off the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 23 in downtown Hudson.