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 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.
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.