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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Shopko will close all of its stores as it has been unable to find a buyer for its business after declaring bankruptcy in January, according to a media release on Monday, March 18. Retail operations will begin to wind down this week. A liquidation process is expected to be complete in 10-12 weeks. The release said the business will work to minimize the impact on staff and customers, as well as the communities it serves.
For nearly 40 years Julie and Roy Leek shared a life and a business. The two opened their jewelry store J.R. Haubrich in downtown Hudson shortly after they were married. They were planning their farewell to the store, closing it for retirement this year. Now Roy is facing a greater loss after Julie's death in February. The two first met while working at the same jewelry firm in Minnesota. Back then, Roy was Julie's boss. "You see how that turned out for me," he said.
CopyCat Printing and Apparel brings a new local option to River Falls, with a focus on humanitarian and environmental values. Business partners Daniel Lysander and Joe Bertelsen opened the studio in February at its location off St. Croix Street. It offers screen printing and heat press and will also offer embroidery in a couple of months. CopyCat is focused on being eco-friendly and fair trade throughout the whole process. That means vetting suppliers all the way back to the factories used to make the apparel and fields where the material is grown.
Two Hudson Ambassadors have been removed from their roles representing the city. Maddie Zabel and Rachel McKenzie were removed at the end of January after being crowned two of four ambassadors at the end of June 2018. Hudson Ambassador President April Simmons said the beginning of the program year did not go well and showed it was not a good fit. "They just were not a fit for the program," she said of McKenzie and Zabel. Parents of McKenzie and Zabel said they are upset and confused about the removal, and the process that led to it.
Late on a Friday morning, regulars of Angel's Highway 63 Diner in Ellsworth still linger past the breakfast rush, sipping on coffee and catching up with friends. The restaurant feels like it always does, welcoming, like home. Still one thing is missing — its owner and namesake Angel Johnson. Johnson died Feb. 7. With her loss, the fate of the diner, a frequent stop for local regulars and others passing through, was unknown. Originally Johnson's children planned to close the diner.
St. Croix County Judge Scott J. Nordstrand took the oath of office Friday afternoon at his investiture. Nordstrand was appointed in December by Gov. Scott Walker to succeed Eric Lundell. Nordstrand has served on the St. Croix County Board. He had a 20-year career in law in Alaska, where he worked as a commercial litigator before being appointed deputy attorney general, and briefly served as acting attorney general. St. Croix County Presiding Judge Scott Needham said he has no doubt after working with Nordstrand that he will do justice to the title of judge.
Longtime River Falls resident Nick Zimmerman was always fascinated with the law. While attending River Falls High School, his plan was to go to UW-Madison, and stay for law school. Once he made it to Madison, he realized what he'd left behind. "I just missed it so much," he said. He found his way back home, transferring to UW-River Falls. A new interest led him to study physical therapy, but when he learned he could go to law school with any major, he was decided. "At the time I found that out, it was a no-brainer," Zimmerman said.
Step into the world of whimsy, curiosities and, of course, chocolate in "Willy Wonka, Jr." at The Phipps. The Children's Theater production brings the well-known characters and storyline to life, with pieces from the book, the movie and musical adaptations. The musical is an upbeat, fun adaptation that will leave audiences feeling good, with a song or two stuck in their heads.
Dunn Brothers in Hudson and New Richmond are included in a list of more than 60 locations whose customer data may have been exposed in a data breach that took place during the month of January, according to a press release from North Country Business Products, Inc. The press release does not state which of the two Hudson stores were impacted, or if both are included. Other Dunn Brothers locations potentially hit include stores in Hastings, Woodbury, Stillwater, St. Paul and Minneapolis.
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.