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 classic Christmas tale receives a family-friendly twist in The Phipps Children's Theater's "Bah Humbug! Scrooge's Christmas Carol," a production that will entertain all ages. This simpler version of Charles Dickens' story adds music and dancing to the adventure of Ebenezer Scrooge and his night of ghostly visits.
The city of Hudson will once again ask its closest neighbors to transfer a liquor license, after a request was made on behalf of Paul Rode, who is looking to open a new restaurant downtown, at the council meeting on Monday, Dec. 3. Hudson, which has no liquor licenses left to award, previously made the request last year from its neighboring municipalities. At that time, town of Troy offered one up for $50,000 and town of Hudson asked for $100,000.
The Hudson Common Council did not make a decision Monday night on the village of North Hudson's request to leave its St. Croix EMS contract early, instead asking to extend the request to the end of March 2019. The city, said Council Member Bill Alms, wants the village to be a part of its review of proposals for EMS services, in whole or part, that were recently requested. Those proposals were due at the end of November, and will be reviewed by the city this month.
A weekend of Christmas spirit kicked off in Hudson with the Candlelight Stroll on Friday, Nov. 30. The Holly Dolls of Helmer Dance Studio posed in shop windows in downtown Hudson in festive gear. The River City Chorale also provided Christmas music for attendants. The holiday celebration continued on Saturday, Dec. 1 with Santa and his Critters at River City Center.
From a four-car accident at the Highway 35 exit to a semi-truck fire on the Interstate 94 bridge, drivers facing construction on I-94 from Minnesota to Hudson may have felt like there were more backups than normal this season. They were right. The stretch of I-94 from the St. Croix River to Exit 4 at Highway 12 saw a 98 percent increase in traffic crashes from the previous year. Between April and October 2018, authorities responded to 162 crashes, according to preliminary Wisconsin Department of Transportation data. In 2017, that number was 82.
The Hudson Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its annual downtown storefront decorating contest. The 715 won first place, with Marnie Marie Photography earning second place and Hudson Flower Shop taking third place.
The annual Light Up Night kicked off the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 23 in downtown Hudson.
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.