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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Bags and bags and bags of groceries filled tables in the cafeteria of Hudson Prairie Elementary School, ready to be picked up by the families that need them at the first Hudson Backpack Program distribution of the summer on Wednesday, June 6. With the longer summer this year, the program has added an additional distribution for the 56 families it serves. The program has also added recipes that can be made from the food provided.
Families visiting Hudson Prairie Elementary School to pick up food were welcomed by a line of resources as they walked the hallway — organizations reaching out to help them.
Two new projects are set to move forward along Highway 35 in North Hudson, following conditional use permit approvals from the Village Board at its meeting on Tuesday, June 5. Kwik Trip The village board approved a conditional use permit for a 20-pump Kwik Trip off Highway 35 near North End Road by Mama Maria's. Kwik Trip Vice President Scott Teigen said the company is focused on food, in addition to the gas pumps. "We're very, very food-orientated," Teigen said.
For the second time in less than two months, a vehicle has struck the office of Hope Chiropractic on Carmichael Road near the intersection of Vine Street. The first time around, on Friday, April 20, a vehicle was attempting to park in one of the spots in front of the business when it smashed through the window and into the waiting room of the chiropractic office. No clients were in the room, and no one inside was hurt.
The Hudson YMCA teen center used to be less than impressive. Opened alongside the skate park 20 years ago, the center was housed in the nearby garage, about one car size, that had no heat, no indoor bathrooms and no electricity beyond the lights. With a partnership with the Hudson Rotary Club, and a wave of outside donations, the new YMCA Rotary Teen Center is expanded and revamped, featuring a conference room, hang out space, concessions and of course, bathrooms. The kids have noticed, YMCA Youth Development Program Manager Alyson Sauter said.
Anyone in downtown Hudson on a summer day knows the city sees its share of visitors, but the city didn't know just what impact tourism has on it — until now. Tourism brought $48 million in visitor spending to Hudson in 2017, according to a study by Tourism Economics. The company does annual studies for the state of Wisconsin on the economic impact of tourism in the state, and to individual counties. This is the first year the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and Tourism was able to see the 2017 numbers on Hudson specifically.
Fans of the murder mystery genre will find lots to love in the The Phipps' presentation of "The Red Box," a tale that gives off classic detective vibes ala Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. The production follows author Rex Stout's 1930s private detective Nero Wolfe, a clever and impressive mind with a few peculiarities, and his right-hand man Archie Goodwin as they try to solve the case of a model killed by a piece of poisoned candy.
Milwaukee Burger, a new business coming to the area, was awarded the liquor license that will become available at the end of the month with the closing of Shanghai Bistro. Milwaukee Burger will move into the bistro's former building on Gateway Boulevard pending approval of the license. This license is the first available since the city awarded its last in July 2017.
Four candidates, then two, then three, then two were considered for the empty District 5 Council seat on Monday, June 4 as the five sitting council members failed to reach the required four-vote majority to fill the vacancy left after the death of John Hoggatt. Among the initial candidates were Hoggatt's wife Sarah Atkins, Matt Borup, Urban Forestry Board member Elizabeth Malanaphy and Plan Commission member Mary Claire Olson Potter.
When he was 19 years old, Kevin Hines tried to kill himself by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. More than a decade later the he's using his story to help others and explore the impact of suicide in the film "Suicide: The Ripple Effect." Emmy Husfloen of Red Wing was first exposed to Hines' story in a youth mental health first aid class. The class was one of many efforts Husfloen made after her son Logan died from suicide.