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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Lions, unicorns, wizards and more descended on to St. Croix Therapy on Tuesday, Oct. 30 for the first Trunk or Treat. The public event was designed for all trick-or-treaters of all ages, abilities and development levels, Executive Director Natalie Rivard said. "We decided we wanted to have an event that would include everyone," Rivard said. About a hundred kids stopped at the different stations hosted by St. Croix Therapy departments, playing games, digging into unicorn slime, decorating crafts, getting candy and voting on which station was their favorite.
The old photo of a young girl that entranced the Kinney family of Badlands Sno-Park has found its way home to her family. Hudson resident Wayne Hanson, the grandson of one of the Sno-Park land's early owners, John Hanson, claimed the photograph over the weekend. "I was really surprised, but I knew it was ours," Wayne Hanson said. The portrait of the young girl was found in the basement of the Kinney family home, having made its way there from its original home on the Badlands property down the street.
Staring up from her worn and torn canvas, perhaps a photograph or maybe a drawing, the young girl bears a serious, lonesome expression above the delicate flower at her collar. The look of sadness and loss captivated, and at times creeped out, the Kinney family as they dealt with a loss of their own. "I feel sorry for her," said Patsy Bevers, a Kinney sister, "I really want to know who she was and what happened to her."
Ripple effects from the planned $10 billion Foxconn development in Mount Pleasant could be seen across the state, and in western Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Administration Sec. Ellen Nowak said in visits to technical colleges in River Falls and New Richmond this week. Speaking at Chippewa Valley Technical College and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Nowak said the biggest impact will come in supply chains. "This is the ripple effect that we expect to see," she said.
The town of St. Joseph board chair Tom Spaniol resigned from his position last week, with the board accepting the resignation at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Supervisor Theresa Johnson was selected as the new chair. A reason for Spaniol's resignation was not given at the board meeting, Johnson said. Spaniol did send an email to the town clerk's office. The Star-Observer has requested a copy of that email.
Pay stations will replace the current coin-operated parking meters that line the streets of downtown Hudson. The council approved an agreement with Cale America Inc., who merged with previous bidder Parkeon, to provide pay stations that will be deployed in the spring. The pay stations are replacing the old coin-operated systems that Community Development Director Mike Johnson said are often broken. Enforcement will be done through a license plate reader installed in a vehicle that will tell if a vehicle is parked past its pay time, Johnson said.
The town of Hudson will end its service with St. Croix EMS Dec. 31, 2018 after the city of Hudson Common Council approved its request to exit the contract early. The rolling five-year contract was set to end in 2022, but town of Hudson asked to leave earlier as it plans to contract with Lakeview EMS beginning in 2019. Town of Hudson agreed to pay its 2019 EMS payment of about $140,000, and will not have a vote on the EMS commission for that year.
Downtown Dixie Boutique has opened its doors on Main Street in River Falls, welcoming women of all ages, sizes and styles. The boutique, run by step-mother/daughter team Traci Roschen and Abbey Post, held its grand opening at the end of September. Post first had the idea to open a boutique, and shared it with Roschen at the end of July. By Aug. 1, they had the space at 107A Main St. rented. "She was on board right away," Post said.
After a nerve-wracking entrance to the world, baby Cecelia Carey is home with her parents in Hudson. Mom DeAnna Carey is grateful for the moments spent with now one-month old Cecelia, holding her as she she smiles and looks up into her mother's eyes, after a difficult delivery. "She is growing like a weed," DeAnna said. "She's doing really well, she's making her milestones and she is functioning as well as she should be as a newborn."
Todd Bol's home in Hudson is a reflection of the man who lived in it. Overlooking the St. Croix River, the modest house he shared with his wife Susan has two Little Free Libraries in its front yard, and a room being built onto the back specifically to fill with friends and families for parties and holidays. "He loved this," his brother Tony Bol said, gesturing to the view from the deck where Todd Bol would often sit.