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 Chamber of Commerce capped a year of changes with its annual awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 24. Last year saw the chamber saying farewell to some of its staff, and welcoming both new and familiar faces, including Mary Claire Olson Potter as chamber president. The endeavors of several community members and businesses were honored with the annual awards for volunteer, chamber member and small and large business of the year.
Walking into the Black Box Theater for "84 Charing Cross Road," one might think you're accidently walking onstage. The room has been transformed, as intended with black box theaters, to put the story, quite literally, at the center. The audience joins the characters inside the bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road. In search of a good book, Helene Hanff, played by Jennifer Alton, sends a letter thousands of miles to Marks and Co., bookstore at 84 Charing Cross Road. Her letter is received by Frank Doel, played by Andrew Troth, who is happy to oblige her request.
As Wisconsin makes its way toward spring elections, Elizabeth Moline has filled the town of Hudson chairman seat left vacant by the death of longtime chairman Jeff Johnson in December. Johnson served the town for nearly 30 years. Moline was appointed at a special meeting in December. A resident for more than 25 years, Moline has served on the town's plan commission and filled in for a one-year term as supervisor. She also worked for the city of Hudson for 40 years.
The Hudson Common Council approved accepting a liquor license from the town of Troy for a license fee of $30,000, pending final approval from the Troy Town Board. The fee would be paid by the license applicant to the city, and then transferred to the town. City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick said the town understands they will not be getting the fee at the time of the transfer. A previous note in the town's meeting minutes about a four-month timeframe has been clarified, she said.
Hudson Common Council members saw a glimpse of what the new fire hall will be like on Monday night. A study of the department's needs in 2017 recommended a new fire hall at a new location. The new building is set to be constructed at the city-owned Ward Avenue site alongside the existing buildings there. Corey Brunton of Brunton Architects and Engineers presented renderings of the two-story, 30,000-square foot building. The original plan was for 34,000 square feet, but Fire Chief Scott St. Martin said they were able to find efficiencies and bring the size down.
Shopko has announced the closing of several of its stores in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, though currently the Ellsworth and River Falls stores are not on the list. Shopko announced on Wednesday, Jan. 16 that it had filed for court-supervised financial restructuring under the United States Bankruptcy Code. A press release cited excess debt and ongoing competitive pressures as the reason for the restructuring.
A new name has taken over the familiar 302 and 304 Second St. building, which has been the home of pubs in Hudson since it was first built in 1866. Formerly Pudge's Saloon and Eatery and Club 304, the recently remodeled building is now Ziggy's Restaurant. Owners Paul Barber and Kevin Jones have operated Ziggy's in Stillwater for three years, and Barber said he was excited to expand into Hudson. "We love the community, we love the town," Barber said. "We just felt there was a real need for what we do here."
Longtime WCCO radio host and singer Jearlyn Steele has always had a tradition to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When her children were growing up, she'd pull out VHS tapes of the March on Washington when people of all walks of life and ethnic groups came together in one fight. They would listen to the speeches and the songs from that day and that movement. One year Steele's then-teenaged son asked why they had to do this every year, when they knew the story already. Steele told him it was because traditions matter.
"The Jazz Age" tells a thrilling, heartfelt tale of love, glamour, spotlights and murder, and it does it all in very few words. The most powerful narrative of The Phipps' Dance Theater production comes, perhaps unsurprisingly, through movement. The skill of the choreography is to be expected from a Phipps Dance Theater production, but this performance brings a new level of storytelling to the movement.
On a Friday afternoon, the normally quiet back room of the Hudson Area Public Library is a little louder and a little livelier than usual with ideas, snacks and laughter shared. The Teen Advisory Board meets once a month to plan events and programming for teens at the library. The board has been around for years, but participation has picked up this year as the library has begun to put a new focus on teen programming, Adult and Youth Services Coordinator Shelley Tougas said. Once only a few members, the board has now grown to be a true small group.