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 small cabin exposes the generational divide when two couples accidentally book the same vacation spot in "Weekend Comedy" at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Peggy, played by Cynthia Schreiner Smith, is excited to have a weekend away with her worrisome husband Frank, played by Rick Lamers. Her plans for just how the weekend will go are soon changed by the arrival of Jill and Tony, played by Stefanie Fauth and Mitchell Bugni. The younger couple has rented the same cabin for the same weekend.
A variety of art forms make up the newest exhibit at the The Phipps Galleries. The exhibit runs through June 16. A mixed media installation by Nicholas Kovatch, of St. Paul, welcomes visitors into the gallery. "I am driven by a curiosity to see how people react when their traditional environment is disrupted, or unfamiliar, prompting viewers to slow down and contextualize their surroundings," Kovatch said in his artist description.
Pack your bags and peel off a forever stamp to travel the world with Stanley Lambchop in the Phipps Children's Theater production of "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr." on The Phipps' main stage. The musical follows the classic tale of an everyday young boy Stanley, played by Michael Wirth, whose life is changed when his bulletin board, brought to life by Riley Culver, falls on him, leaving him flat.
With soft movements and upbeat steps, The Phipps Dance Company presents its annual showcase performances in the Black Box Theater. The company is comprised of 14 auditioned dancers ages 14-18. They are joined in their showcase by the 17 dancers, aged 9 to 13, of the Phipps Junior Dance Company. The night highlights a range of styles from classical ballet to hip-hop, from jazz to musical theater.
The newly-opened Hudson Tap offers nearly every form of entertainment — TVs, video games, pinball games, arcade games, pool, darts, foosball, board games and more. Wednesdays are bingo nights, and Thursdays are live horse racing. Friday and Saturday nights will feature DJs. "What we're trying to do is make a really interactive environment," said owner Matt Hoerning. The setup gives guests a chance to have fun with their friends or family, and do something they haven't done in awhile. Owning and operating his own restaurant has been a dream of Hoerning's.
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.
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.
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.
HUDSON — Tomie dePaola's "Strega Nona" at The Phipps brings fun and laughs to the audience of the Black Box Theater, as well as a few Italian vocab lessons too. The Children's Theater production, performed by local students in seventh through ninth grade, follows the witch of an Italian village, Strega Nona, played by Ella Thomsen, as she takes on a new protege in magic, Bambolona, and a new helper around the house, Big Anthony. When Bambolona, played by Heather Derrick, begins her lessons, Big Anthony, played by Max Steiner, becomes intrigued by the magic.
A new way to tour Hudson and all it has to offer is now available for visitors and residents alike with the Hudson Trolley Company. From its scenic overlooks to a bustling downtown, owner Kim Bennewitz knows Hudson has a lot for visitors to experience. "What better way to showcase it," Bennewitz said of the trolley company. The 14-seat green trolley started its tours around Hudson about a month ago, after a year or so of planning with partners Rich and Vickie Erickson.