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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Redevelopment in downtown Hudson will get a boost from a new tax-increment district approved Monday by the Hudson Common Council for the area. The boundary for this mixed-use district is the historic downtown area, ranging from Elm Street to Interstate 94 and First Street to Third Street.
A registered sex offender was escorted out of Booster Days at Lakefront Park on Sunday, July 1, after he was seen taking photographs of juvenile girls at the event, according to a Hudson police report. Police observed more than 400 photos in a folder titled "Booty" on the phone of William Mark Verhaigh, 41 of St. Paul. Verhaigh was on a 10-year Minnesota sex offender registration after a 2012 conviction for possession of child pornography.
The Hudson Fire Department is another step closer to getting its new home. At its meeting on Monday, July 9, the Hudson Common Council approved selection of Brunton Architects and Engineering to construct a new fire hall at the city-owned Ward Avenue site near Plaza 94. Fire Chief Scott St. Martin said the firm has shown to be efficient with needs and cost. "They've proven in some of their past fire stations that they've built that they're able to do that with a high-quality product," he said.
Hudson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism President Blake Fry will be stepping down from his position on Aug. 10 after more than three years with the chamber. Fry has accepted a role with Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce in Missouri. Fry said the move will bring him and his family closer to both his and his wife Michele's relatives. Fry started with the chamber in April 2015. A letter from the chamber's board to members said the services and events at the chamber will continue as planned.
An outside consultant is the next step as the city continues to assess the St. Croix EMS, the Hudson Common Council agreed Monday. Council Members Jim Webber and Joyce Hall presented an update from the EMS ad hoc committee that has been working on the issue of EMS for about 8 months. Webber said an outside consultant can analyze structural and organization options for the service and see what the best options are for the see as well as providing a cost analysis for those options. Council Member Randy Morrissette agreed that an outside look is needed.
The St. Croix EMS Dive team had nearly $10,000 worth of equipment stolen from its trailer at 2001 Ward Avenue, likely sometime over the weekend. Eight swiftwater suits, 16 rope throw bags, eight sets of swiftwater fins, 10 swiftwater board and 15 swiftwater rescue helmets were reported missing on Monday, July 9, according to the police report. The equipment is used in urban flooding situations. An early cost estimate of the loss was about $9,600, but Hudson Police Sgt. Glen Hartman said the exact cost is likely more.
The streets of Hudson shone a little brighter on Tuesday, June 26, thanks to the work of Hudson community members. Croixview Family Chiropractic held its second annual Sunshine On Our Streets event for 30 minutes over the lunch hour. The office was joined by several other business throughout Hudson including the Y and Purple Tree. Participants held up signs and drew messages of positivity with sidewalk chalk.
In their daily lives, women need a little dose of both grace and grit, Kendra Wiesemeyer said. That's what she's hoping to provide with her new store Grace and Grit on Second Street. Wiesemeyer also owns The 715, the furnishings and home decor boutique located down the street. When the spot at 411 opened up, Wiesemeyer saw an opportunity. "We thought it would be a nice addition to Second Street and to complement the other businesses that were already on the block," she said. Wiesemeyer said she wants to provide a peaceful, welcoming environment.
High humidity and temperatures closing in on 100 didn't keep the crowds from the 2018 Hudson Booster Days last weekend. Concerts, carnival rides, games and more filled the weekend. On Saturday morning, grand marshals Holly Schultz and Dave Huehn led the annual parade down Second Street with
With nothing but the barest bones of the former St. Croix Meadows Dog Track behind them, Gov. Scott Walker joined developers and local representatives Tuesday, July 3, to recognize a $500,000 redevelopment grant for the site. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's idle sites grant, accepted by the Hudson Common Council in May, will help fund demolition, including the complete tear-down of the old building. Walker said the grant is designed for projects like this site, which has sat vacant since the dog track closed in 2001.