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 newly-elected St. Croix County Board met, minus one member while a recount is conducted in District 13. Supervisor Roger Larson was re-elected as board chair against Supervisor Andy Brinkman. In discussion before the election, Larson said the county has been doing well during his last four years of service as chair. He said he attends a lot of meeting and events throughout the county, and thinks making himself present brings the attention back to the county board. "I'll just stand on what I've done for the last four years," Larson said.
Rain held off Tuesday morning as members of the River Falls community joined Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker in a 1.2-mile jaunt across the newly-extended Kinnickinnic Trail. The trip was part of the Walk with Walker program that the First Lady has held in towns throughout the state to promote health and wellness and highlight tourism destinations. Though the pace of the walks aren't always rigourous, Walker said they have provided for rich conversations with the communities she's in while getting up and moving.
River Falls residents are getting the chance to show off the town, and get some exercise in while they're at it, on Tuesday, May 8 when Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker visits as part of her "Walk with Walker" event. Rain or shine, the event will take walkers 1.2 miles along the Kinnickinnic Trail starting at city hall at 9:30 a.m. River Falls is the first of six communities that will welcome Walker, who started the "Walk with Walker" initiative to provide awareness of health activities and showcase the tourism draws throughout Wisconsin.
Jim and Christine Barnes love seeing the transitions people make with Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping, from wide-eyed and scared on day one, to people with a completely new attitude at the end of the 10 weeks. "How it changes people's lives," Jim said. "And we get to see it almost every day." They've been through that transformation themselves at Farrell locations on the Minnesota side of the river, and they're excited to open their own gym here in Hudson at 1301 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 400. "We think we have the right stuff and Hudson has the right stuff," Jim said.
After more than 30 years in the River Falls Public Works department, and holding nearly every position there, Operations Superintendent Terry Kusilek is officially retired. "I still don't know if I'm ready to retire," Kusilek said on his last day. "It was a hard decision to walk away." Kusilek had his last day last week, but he didn't slow down, said Operations Director Mike Stifter. With the snowfall at the beginning of the work, Kusilek still kept busy.
Several racks of jewelry fill the space of Momma's Bling Thing in Riverwalk Square on Main Street: necklaces, bracelets and earrings, all $5. Run by Joan Toth of Ellsworth, with some big help from daughter Niki Wood, the store sells Paparazzi Jewelry, a six-year old company based in Utah that works through independent consultants. All its jewelery is $5, except for a special line based off its top consultants. "The company is really about empowering women, giving them something to do and make themselves who they can be," Toth said.
In a far off kingdom, there is a castle full of ladies-in-waiting, and waiting and waiting, for the prince to marry, so they can as well. In The Phipps' production of "Once Upon a Mattress" the subjects of a royal kingdom cannot marry until their prince does, but the queen is making that difficult. With each prospective princess, the queen concocts a new impossible test, leaving the prince, and his people, single against their wishes. The musical is a humorous retelling of the fairy tale, where a princess passes the queen's test by feeling a pea under her mattress.
In his 40-year career, Dan Davison has worked nearly every position at River Falls State Bank, starting as a teller in 1978 and working his way up to bank president for the last 25 years. "I joke that I know how to use every machine but the coffee maker," Davison said. After so many years with the bank, Davison will be retiring this year in March. "I think it's the right decision for me and the right time at the right time and the right decision for the bank at the right time," Davison said.
Area stylists have a new option for salon space, one they can call their own. Owned by Darcie and Dave Rochon, Escape Salon Suites at 2421 Hanley Road offers stylist spaces for lease. "Each one of the stylists that are here are their own individual business," Darcie said. They set their own prices, Darcie said, and they run their businesses in their own way. Darcie said the salon is an option for stylists to move out on their own, or ones who live in Wisconsin and work in Minnesota to have a space closer to home.
A 100,000-square foot Mayo Clinic could be coming to Hudson in the future, pending conditional use permit approval by the city. The clinic would be built on a 9.2 acre-site off Stageline Road, north of the Hudson 12 Theatre near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 35. If approved, the clinic would include 60-75 clinic rooms, six to eight operating rooms and four procedure suites. It will offer both clinic functions with primary and speciality care providers, as well as outpatient surgical services.