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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A love bomb is scheduled to go off at the same time in Hudson and River Falls on Thursday, May 4, with members from both communities chalking the towns with messages of support after cases of LGBT flag thefts and burnings. The two-town response started last week when a small group of friends gathered in River Falls, concerned about the incidents happening throughout the area. Hudson resident Tony Bol said the group discussed how the St. Croix Valley can respond as a wider community.
Members of the Hudson community put shoes on the feet of 115 children with a service project sending shoes, and love, to orphans in Uganda at the Hudson Library April 6-8. Led by Laurie Erwin and the Friends of Hudson Library, volunteers worked with Sole Hope, a nonprofit organization that helps children with jiggers, a parasitic insect that infects their feet. Sole Hope provides medical care, education and shoes to protect them. "Some of these kids, that's the first pair they've ever gotten," Erwin said.
As April marks Autism Awareness Month, students in the Hudson School District are learning about autism and how to treat those who have it. The education is thanks to a donation by Jim Peterson in honor of his late wife Barb. With "Barb's Bins," Willow River Elementary Autism Coordinator Tracy Metz is working to educate all students in the Hudson School District, starting at the kindergarten level. "If everyone in the whole district is trained, it will just be a wonderful thing," Metz said.
Though traffic issues will need to be addressed, the Hudson Common Council approved the preliminary master plan for a multipurpose development at the site of the former St. Croix Meadows Dog Track. The development will include a 150-room hotel, a baseball stadium, indoor sports complex, condos, business offices, mini golf, retail and more. KF Investments is heading the development.
Spring came to life with the Hudson High School’s junior prom on Saturday, April 22. The theme “Secret Garden” saw the HHS auditorium decked out in flowers for the grand march and coronation. Crowned Prom King and Queen were Isaac Young and Kaiya Sundeen. Prom Princes were Jaydon Crim and Dmitri Roth. Princesses were Zoe Johnson and Alexa Tennant.
After a Hudson Middle School world history project on Islam created controversy last month, the Hudson School District launched a review of its curriculum. School board members heard a status report on the review at its regular meeting on Monday, April 10. The review was launched after a Facebook post about the student project questioned if the school was recruiting students to Islam, leading the district to put out an official response that the lessons on other religions were not intended to convert students.
Downtown Hudson joined St. Paul, Washington D.C., and about 200 other cities across the country with its own Tax March on Saturday, April 15. After the widely-attended Women's Marches in January, the Tax March demanded that President Donald Trump release his tax returns. The local Hudson march was organized by Hudson Indivisible, Hudson Prairie Indivisible, Polk County Indivisible and New Richmond Forward Action. Judy Harper-Wylie of Hudson Indivisible said the group wanted to keep the march local, instead of going to the St. Paul march.
Hudson High School will host its prom on April 22 with the theme "Secret Garden." The grand march starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by coronation. Students will then be bused to Stillwater for the prom on the Avalon dinner boat cruise from 7-11 p.m. Prom advisors are Kim Behnke and Katie Murphy.
Families filled Prospect Park Saturday afternoon for the annual Easter egg hunt held by the Hudson Boosters. The event gave kids the chance to hunt for candy, receive a chocolate bunny and be entered into a raffle for a bike. Winners of the six bikes were Jayce Brown, Euan Roellich, Abby Davis, Kameron Johnson, Aldon Smith and Stella Burt.
Hudson middle schoolers learned a lesson on being active community members this year as they planned a Doggity Fun Run for April 22 benefiting the Hudson Dog Park project. The seventh-graders in Katie Rolstad's class decided on the service project as part of their Make Our Project, selecting the Hudson Dog Park as the fundraiser recipient. "Just to put a good mark on the community," Gabe Hockbein said. The class has been planning the event all year, handling everything from permits to promotion.