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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The Hudson Fire Department reminds residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow after several heavy downfalls. A video from the Oshkosh Fire Departmnet shows the extra time it can take firefighters responding to a call when the hydrants are not clear. Hudson Fire Chief Scott St. Martin also said residents should be sure to keep gas meters and furnace vents clear, and be careful of falling icicles.
When you walk through the doors of Nostalgia, you're greeted with coffee, baked goods and smiling faces. The welcoming atmosphere is exactly what owner Rebecca Gates wants for her vintage and antiques store at 1901 Ward Ave. "It's about the experience, the nostalgia of it all," Gates said. She wants the store to be a gathering place for people to catch up or reminisce. "We enjoy people passing through just to look," she said. The people are her favorite part of the business.
The Hudson Town Board heard a report on its first month of receiving primary service from Lakeview EMS, with Lakeview EMS Director Jon Muller giving an overview of the activity for January. The service responded to 19 calls in January, 18 of those were lights and siren calls. The average response time for those 18 calls was 9 minutes and 5 seconds. "We're pleased with the service," Town Chairman Elizabeth Moline said. She said the town has not seen any major or minor issues.
A delicate hand and a bit of patience can lead to some real beauty. Rev. Bob Bipes demonstrated that concept to students of his Ukranian egg coloring class on Friday, Feb. 1 at Bethel Lutheran Church. Bipes first learned the technique in the 1980s in Menomonie. A teacher took a class on the form, and then in turn taught classes in the congregation. As someone who's always been interested in art, he thought the technique looked interesting. "I've always liked to draw and do things, artistic things," Bipes said.
Below freezing temps ended just in time for the 30th annual Hot Air Affair in Hudson the weekend of Feb. 1. The torchlight parade lit up Second Street in downtown Hudson Friday night. Low winds allowed for a mass ascension Saturday morning, with nearly all the balloons taking off at the EP Rock Elementary launch field. Saturday night's Field of Fire event brought the heat, with pilots and crew lighting up the flames of their hot air balloons. Events continued throughout the weekend with smoosh boarding, kite flying, a treasure drop,
Nancy L. Hawkinson is credited with founding the history room at the Hudson Area Public Library, so it is only fitting that the room now bears her name. Hawkinson, who died in December last year, had volunteered with the library for years, long before the new building opened on First Street. A member of the St. Croix County Historical Society and an Octagon House Museum volunteer, Hawkinson was passionate about Hudson history. "She was a vital resource for Hudson history," Library Director Tina Norris said.
Discussions on service proposals from St. Croix EMS and Lakeview EMS continued Monday, with uncertainty about what the St. Croix EMS proposals would cost. A report from Finance Director Brenda Malinowski showed with the proposed 45 percent or 80 percent increase on rates for St. Croix EMS, the service would run out of cash in 2021. The report also showed the service would need a large per capita increase, up to $41, to generate enough revenue.
Police Chief Geoff Willems recognized two officers and two citizens at the council meeting Monday, Feb. 4 for lifesaving efforts. On Jan. 15 dispatch received a call for a man unconscious but breathing. Two employees at the location, Shane Schellin and Melissa Johnson, were performing CPR. Schelling, who had former training as a paramedic, identified the situation as a possible drug overdose.
When UW - La Crosse student Katherine Drewiske first traveled to Guatemala as part of a Chapina Bonita Smokeless Stove project, she didn't expect to make a second trip. A public and community health education major, Drewiske joined the Hudson Daybreak Rotary trip in 2018 as an honorary member, completing independent study for her major. "I knew it would influence my passion for public health in a lot of ways," she said. When she returned, the impact of the project stuck with her, and inspired others to ask how they could help.
In a world full of distractions, First Presbyterian Church is inviting people to learn how to take time to slow down and focus on something beyond themselves. The church will host a workshop on centering prayer on March 2, led by Tom Eberle, Director of the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque. The event is open to not only the congregation but the wider Hudson community, Rev. Kendra Grams said. And she's excited for the event. "It just really is a great resource for everyone," Grams said.