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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New to the community, attorney Benjamin Wright is looking to help families with his new practice, Wright Law, focused on elder law. Wright recently moved to River Falls with his wife and 18-month-old child. The move brought them closer to family, and gave Wright an opportunity to open his new practice. "People have been really nice and welcoming here," Wright said. After graduating law school, Wright worked in the criminal justice and child protection systems. There he worked with people who were dealing with the system and its rules for the first time.
Since she was a child, Stormie Reiman always knew she wanted to help people. She wasn't exactly sure how. Reiman started by studying psychology and criminal justice, and then physical therapy, but neither one of them were what she was looking for. Then she made her way to chiropractic, and she knew she'd found the right fit. She earned her doctorate degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Now that she's found the right way to help people, she's opened her own practice to do it. At 1830 Webster St., Reiman's practice has been open for a month.
Dana Derricks has a hard time summarizing just what it is he does. An entrepreneur with many ventures, an author, a speaker, a podcast host and a creator of online training and programs, it's easy to see why. Derricks has been an entrepreneur his whole life, he said, but has been professionally self-employed for the last 11 years. "I was just so sick and tired of chasing down shiny objects that just didn't work and just the pursuit of the next, latest, greatest thing," he said.
Spread out across the living room of their Hudson home, Yam Haus makes it clear that they're more than just the four guys on the cover of their album. Sitting alongside bandmates Seth Blum, Zach Beinlich, Lawrence Pruitt and Jake Felstow on a Monday afternoon is just part of the "village" that has made their soon-to-be-released album possible. There's studio owner Jordan Erdman, producer Mark Heimermann, street team member Oprah Wood and manager Patrick Veilleux, all filling their own roles and seats in Yam Haus.
After facing addiction herself, Melanie Perrin, sober since 1979, is looking to help those who are still struggling. Her new outpatient counseling business MA Perrin Recovery Service LLC at 216 Main St. in River Falls gives her a new way to do just that, in a private and comfortable setting. "People can come in and it's just them here," she said. Perrin's own battle against addiction was difficult, and she wants to give people the resources she didn't have. "Learning how to live sober, I just had nothing there," she said. "My recovery was really slow."
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.