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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Located just off Highway 35 in River Falls, the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties is often thought of as the River Falls clinic, though it serves people throughout the two counties. The clinic wants to make more connections beyond its host city to all the communities it serves, especially to the Hudson community, so they can see it as their clinic, Clinic Manager Mary Steele said. "I'd like to see champions of the free clinic in those communities," Steele said. Efforts to connect with Hudson are facing a time pressure.
Hudson residents binging through the latest season of Netflix's hit show "Making a Murderer" may notice some familiar footage. A clip from Hudson public access River Channel's Western Wisconsin Journal program appears in season 2 episode 5 of the true crime documentary show that follows the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, convicted in the murder of Teresa Halbach in Wisconsin, and the aftermath of the convictions. The clip is from an episode in which Western Wisconsin Journal host and local attorney Jamie Johnson interviews Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.
Once the turkey is put away and the sun is set on Black Friday, local shoppers have a new day to look toward - Small Business Saturday, a day that focuses on small businesses and their impact on their local communities. My Happy Place Store Manager Angie Miner says shopping local is a win-win for business owners and shoppers. Support your community Shopping local means supporting local — local shops, local community and local families. "Every person that decides to shop locally is helping the store and the community," Miner said.
The Hudson Common Council approved a 2019 budget with a 3.53 percent increase to both revenue and expenditures during its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 19. In 2019 the city plans to see a revenue of $12,075,611 with a matching expenditure. The budget includes a tax levy of $8,799,425 with a mill rate of 5.3552, up from last year's 5.2748.
In the basement of a Second Street building, shoppers can find a lot of brightness. Plantables has been operating out of Hudson for five years, with a focus on providing products that are good for nature, and a company that works for its employees. The company, started by former Hudson High School teacher Jim Schreiber, employs people with disabilities who Schreiber said historically would not have been employed before.
The entire Hudson Common Council and representatives from village of North Hudson and town of Troy will make up the committee reviewing proposals on EMS services in the city. The proposals, which are for providing EMS services in part or whole, are due at the end of November, and will be reviewed the week of Dec. 10. Mayor Rich O'Connor said he wanted to see a committee of the whole council, as well as the partner representatives. "I think everybody should participate in that," he said.
Looking around the city of Hudson today, Denny Darnold’s impact is easy to see. The longtime community development director for Hudson built the city, Mayor Rich O’Connor said. “This is Denny’s city,” O’Connor said at a council meeting Monday night. Darnold died Sunday evening following an apparent heart attack, according to his obituary. He was 65.
RIVER FALLS -- More than 150 people lined up to be some of the first shoppers at the grand opening of Aldi grocery store off Main Street near Highway 35 on the morning of Monday, Nov. 19. Aldi Division Vice President Matt Lilla said Aldi is excited to be a part of the River Falls community.
The annual Christmas Tour of Homes marked the start of the holiday season in Hudson this past weekend. Guests toured their way through four private homes in Hudson and the Octagon House decked out in their spirited best with help from local businesses Nov. 16-18. Homes featured this year were 1124 Juniper Way, 1094 Golden Oaks Drive, 719 Tenth St. and 826 Second St. The tour is held every year by the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.
Town of Hudson residents will now be served by Lakeview EMS, after the town approved a 10-year contract with the service at a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Lakeview EMS will replace the previous service town of Hudson received from St. Croix EMS. "We're going to have a very good ambulance service and it's not going to cost us any money," Town Chairman Jeff Johnson said. Lakeview EMS will have an ambulance based at the Hudson Hospital staffed full time with two paramedics, according to the contract.