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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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.
Off Judson Avenue, at the entrance of the International Bazaar, Minnesota State Fair visitors can find a taste of Hudson at Shanghaied Henri's. For the last 30 years, owners and Hudson residents Hank and Ellen Hanten have owned the food stand at that spot. They raised their kids, worked full careers and retired while running the stand, under a couple different names and types of cuisines, every year for the nearly two weeks of the Great Minnesota Get Together.
The annual Carpenter Art Festival is ready to kick off another year, with a few changes. Located at the Wisconsin section of the Carpenter Nature Center, the Thursday, Aug. 25 event features 45 various regional artists and vendors, including award-winning photographers. This year food will be available, provided by local Urban Olive and Vine, and 65 Vines and Rush River Brewery will be represented at the event. The Carpenter Nature Center will present live raptors and reptiles, and education on the importance of the natural habitat.
An unlikely but affectionate friendship takes center stage in "Always ... Patsy Cline" at The Phipps. The show follows the connection between country music star Patsy Cline and her fan Louise Seger, detailing their first meeting at one of Cline's concerts in Texas. The two develop an instant connection from their first interaction, and the play sees that spark unfold over the 24 hours into a close friendship that is later sustained over the distance of Cline's career through a regular pen pal correspondence.
Since she was a child, Stormie Reiman always knew she wanted to help people. She wasn't exactly sure how. Reiman started by studying psychology and criminal justice, and then physical therapy, but neither one of them were what she was looking for. Then she made her way to chiropractic, and she knew she'd found the right fit. She earned her doctorate degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Now that she's found the right way to help people, she's opened her own practice to do it. At 1830 Webster St., Reiman's practice has been open for a month.
Spread out across the living room of their Hudson home, Yam Haus makes it clear that they're more than just the four guys on the cover of their album. Sitting alongside bandmates Seth Blum, Zach Beinlich, Lawrence Pruitt and Jake Felstow on a Monday afternoon is just part of the "village" that has made their soon-to-be-released album possible. There's studio owner Jordan Erdman, producer Mark Heimermann, street team member Oprah Wood and manager Patrick Veilleux, all filling their own roles and seats in Yam Haus.