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 wintery day set the scene for thanks and remembrance at the annual Veterans Day Program at the St. Croix County Courthouse on Friday, Nov. 9. This year's speaker Karen Humphrey told the crowd gathered about her grandmother, Aimee O'Keefe Kinney, a U.S. Army nurse during World War I. Kinney served in France during the war. After returning home, she became the first woman commander of an American Legion in Wisconsin in 1936.
As he finished leading his R.I.P.P.E.D exercise class at the Hudson YMCA, Ken Johnson made his way with classmates and friends to a nearby room for a surprise celebration of his 60th birthday. Waiting for him there was a gift 40 years in the making. "It was an absolute surprise," Johnson said. "It was just, speechless is a good word."
Far off places, daring sword fights and a prince in disguise take the stage in the Hudson High School production of "Beauty and the Beast." The classic story tells a tale as old as time of the selfish prince punished with a curse to live as a beast until he could learn to love, and be loved. Director Andrew Haase said he appreciates the message the story tells, not just of not judging by appearance, but of how people can change each other.
With dancing, singing and a whole lot of fun, "Sister Act" at The Phipps is a spirited performance that welcomes audience members in as if they were a member of the congregation. The musical comedy follows aspiring club singer Deloris Van Cartier, played by Kayla Kauffman, as she, after witnessing a murder, is forced into the one place no one would ever expect her to go — a convent.
A squad car was damaged and an officer suffered minor injuries after an accident on westbound Interstate 94 in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The squad car was struck while Hudson police officers responded shortly after 4 a.m. to two separate vehicles that had spun out, one of which struck the sidewall barrier near the Second Street entrance, Hudson Police Chief Geoff Willems said. As officers were investigating the initial crash, another vehicle lost control as it entered onto I-94 and slammed into the squad car, totaling it, Willems said.
Clear skies and fair weather brought a crowd to the 65th annual Hudson Rotary Halloween Parade. Costumed attendees competed for top prizes from first to fifth place in different age categories, as well as in a group category and best of show. Winners received a cash prize, and everyone was given a bag full of candy.
Incumbent Scott Knudson will continue to serve as the St. Croix County Sheriff, with unofficial election results showing Knudson ahead of challenger Marion Shaw with 29,567 votes (79.30 percent) as of 11 p.m. Tuesday night with all precincts reporting. Shaw, who ran as the Constitution candidate, received 7,507 votes.
Hudson residents Nathan and Jillian Newes-Opatz first met at Urban Olive and Vine, and have since spent many date nights there enjoying each other's company and the view of the historic building across from it. The more they looked out at the 509 and 511 Second St. building, the two decided they wanted to own it. "When he said, 'I really want that building,' I was like, whoa that's a good eye," Jillian said. They finally had their chance this year, purchasing the building from former owner Thomas Rose.
The Hudson Star-Observer plans to feature exchange students visiting the community throughout the 2018-19 school year. Get to know Luka Isponavić, a senior at Hudson High School visiting from Subotica, Serbia. Name: Luka Isponavić School you're attending this year: Hudson High School. Age: 17 Grade: Senior (12) Name of your family back home: The Ispanović family Name of your host family: The Miller family What is the name of your home city, and home country: Subotica, Serbia How long are you staying in the U.S.? One school year What do you want to do after graduation?
An unclaimed $50,000 Powerball winning lottery ticket was sold in Hudson at County Market, a release from the Wisconsin Lottery stated. The ticket is one of five winners from the Saturday, Oct. 27 Powerball drawing. All five tickets matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball to earn the win. Saturday's winning numbers were 08, 12, 13, 19 and 27. The Powerball was 4 and the Power Play number was 3. A second unclaimed $50,000 winning ticket was sold in Rice Lake. Other claimed tickets were sold in Milwaukee, Richland Center and Crivitz.