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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Like most college students, DaMarcus Zeroth didn't get a lot of sleep. Zeroth's reasoning was a little different than the average college classmate. While he joined his fellow UW-Stout students in classes during the day, he spent his nights working with the Menomonie Police Department. "Sleep was pretty hard," Zeroth said. Zeroth would work overnights starting at 6 p.m., then be at class at 11 a.m. in the morning, and do it all over again. He worked full time for more than a year while attending school part time.
Sharing a border, roads and thousands of residents passing in between, Wisconsin and Minnesota often experience similar weather in the winter, and similar road conditions. The Wisconsin DOT has 770 trucks plowing its 34,339 lane miles, and the Minnesota DOT puts out 843 snowplows for its 30,517 lane miles. Lane miles are the preferred measurement term as plows have to cover every lane of a road. This means 10 miles of a two-lane road would be 20 lane miles. Though some techniques are the same, how the two states manage their response differs. Wisconsin
With KAJ Properties, owner Kerry Jacobson has designed a business to fill her needs, knowing that others are looking for the same. "I basically did it for a place for myself, and I thought I'd make a business out of it," Jacobson said. Located at 206 Locust St.,, the building provides leased office space, one-day office rentals, a conference room for rent and a fully furnished apartment above that's open for rent on Airbnb. "I wanted to be able to offer a variety of things for business people," she said.
A new option will be available for those in need of medical attention starting Saturday, Jan. 6 when Urgent Care opens at Vibrant Health at the River Falls clinic at 1687 Division St. Urgent Care will be available Saturday and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "This is an important addition to the community because it gives patients options beyond the emergency room," Urgent Care Director Dr. Dan Zimmerman said in a news release.
River Falls will see a few new business developments as it heads into the new year of 2018. "We've had some commercial start here this fall," City Administrator Scott Simpson said. Aldi An Aldi grocery store is set to be built in on Sullivan Court, off Main Street near the Highway 35 and 65 interchange. Aldi is a grocer that works to be more cost-effective, according to its site. The closest Aldi is currently located in Hudson. Work began this past fall, and the store is expected to be complete in 2018. Dollar Tree
For many, health and fitness is all about balance, and Heidi and Mike Metro strive to bring that balance to their shared Metro Health and Fitness studio. Heidi is a massage therapist and bodyworker, and Mike is a fitness instructor and nutritional professional. Together they just about cover it all. "We have a good balance where Mike wants the external world for people to be better and I want their internal to be better," Heidi said.
Red shirts filled the UW River Falls cafeteria as members of First National Bank prepared to deliver a surprise announcement. Eating lunch in the cafeteria at the time, Jordan Livingood thought she'd be spending her afternoon taking snow photos with friends - her roommate encouraged her to look photoready. Instead, she was surprised with up to $6,000 from First National Bank, enough for a semester's worth of tuition. Among the crowd of First National Bank and UWRF representatives were Livingood's parents Jodi and Duane, who came from Lakeland, Minnesota.
A transit commission would be the next step in addressing transportation needs in St. Croix County, according to members of the St. Croix County Transit Subcommittee. Supervisor Scott Nelson and BRIDGE for Community Life Director Peg Gagnon, two members of the committee, updated the St. Croix County Board on a possible commission during the board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5. "It gives us the ability to get more funding from federal and state agencies," Nelson said.
Hudson residents will have recourse against unwanted aerial visitors now that the Hudson Common Council has approved an ordinance regulating unlawful use of drones at its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 4. The ordinance prevents the use of a drone with the intent to photograph, record or observe someone in a place where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, like in their backyard or their residence. Its creation was prompted by complaints from residents including Mike Sanders, who spoke to the Star-Observer in November.
His own effort to quit smoking cigarettes was Don Golightly's inspiration for opening Big Top Vape at 123 Main St. in River Falls. "A friend of mine suggested I try an e-cig," Golightly said. "And I did." Another friend was selling the products, leading Golightly to open his own business with them in 2015. Since then the products have continued to evolve and grow in popularity. "I didn't realize how popular it was on the East and West coasts," he said. "There's more to it than basic e-cigs." His store has worked to keep up with the new aspects.