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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"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me, and I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves and satin sandals and say we've no money for butter..." So begins the "When I Am Old" poem that the local Hudson Red Hats group, like others in the nation, has taken up as a motto of sorts. The group of women, ages ranging from 60s to almost 90, meet monthly to connect with friends and gather donations for a different charity each month, while donning their red hats and purple outfits.
On a surprisingly sunny and warm day, as summer began its first turn toward fall, a group of women gathered on the grass overlooking woods extending around them in every direction at Willow River State Park for a session of outdoor yoga. Some were first-timers, some were regulars who had already hiked, kayaked and more, a couple came with friends and a few came alone, for the Women in the Parks event. The program is designed to be a comfortable environment for women to get more experience outdoors with other women.
Rescued pups can get comfy with new dog beds, thanks to the work of Hudson Girl Scout Troop 55654. For their Silver Award, troop members Evelyn Johnson, Delta Pinc, Ava Knutson and Katie Wedell, built elevated dog beds and donated them to Coco's Heart Dog Rescue in Hudson. "We wanted to do something involved with animals," Johnson said. All four of the girls in the troop have dogs, so doing something surrounding them was an easy choice. With the project, the troop is able to help a rescue here in town through Coco's Heart.
Discussions heated up at the Hudson Finance Committee meeting as members considered allowing hotels to apply for Class A liquor licenses. Class A liquor licenses allow for sale of alcohol that will then be taken from and consumed off the premises. Council Member Randy Morrissette, who said he is in the hospitality industry, asked for the topic to be on the agenda.
No injuries were reported in a large house fire that drew not only the Hudson Fire Department but several backup agencies on Saturday, Sept. 15. Firefighters responded to 1058 Autumn Oak Lane around 5:20 p.m. for the fire that started in the garage before spreading through the attic and to the house. Also responding were River Falls, Lake Elmo, United, Roberts-Warren, New Richmond, St. Joseph, Lower St. Croix Valley and Bayport fire departments, Hudson Fire Chief Scott St. Martin said.
Interim St. Croix EMS Chief Joe Elkin was terminated from both his interim position and his paramedic position following an independent investigation of tweets associated with his name. The unanimous decision came from the council Monday night following a closed session where members reviewed the investigative report done by an independent attorney.
Pull up a seat to the family table, and be ready for a show, as The Phipps presents "A Nice Family Gathering," a story of one extraordinary family holiday that still maintains a relatable sense of ordinary. As the undoubtedly Midwestern Lundeen family gathers for the first holiday since Dad passed away, the three siblings and Mom are dealing with a host of their own life problems. Financial trouble, infertility issues, job woes and health concerns all find their way to the dinner table, where an unexpected guest has joined.
The Town of Troy board has voted not to renew its rolling contract for St. Croix EMS, though members said they are still open to working with the service and the city of Hudson. The contract with the city for St. Croix EMS will now end in December 2022 once the town sends written notice. Without that notice, the contract would have automatically renewed for another year, extending through 2023.
The history of the St. Croix River is at the hands of players in a new interactive video game experience named "Tombeaux", unveiling at The Phipps as part of the Heart of the River exhibition. Created by UW-Stout Professor and School of Art and Design Director Dave Beck, the interactive experience will be unveiled Friday, Sept. 14 as part of the Heart of the River exhibit at The Phipps.
As the sun sets on the valley, lights turn on over diners and at the hands of guests at the bar, a fire heats the cooler night air, horses take off on a wagon ride, live music floats through the air; pizza, pasta, and of course, wine, makes its way to tables on the patio, and guests laugh and chat while gazing out at the vineyard and canopy of trees that surround them. Enjoying the full experience, from the food and drinks to the valley view, is what it's all about at Vino in the Valley. But one thing is missing — the wine.