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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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.
In May, the Ellsworth Shopko will close its doors to the community. The announcement was made last week, following news that the company had filed for bankruptcy in January. The pharmacy at the store already closed Feb. 5, and the full store will close May 5. "It's very unfortunate for the community," said Kim Beebe of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce. The store was the only of its kind in Ellsworth, and Beebe said it offered residents convenience.
The Ellsworth Shopko will close May 5, following an announcement from the company that it had filed for bankruptcy and would be restructuring. Though not a part of the initial closing announcements, the Ellsworth store has now been added to the list of closings on the company's website. It was previously announced that the pharmacy portion of the store would close in the beginning of February. The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce posted to Facebook about the store closure Wednesday evening, calling it unfortunate news.
A familiar River Falls sight will soon be visible on another Main Street when Kinni Cafe opens its new location in Ellsworth. The second location for owners Frank and Chelsea Balazi is tentatively set to open in March. "It's amazing and a dream come true," Chelsea Balazi said. The two first started looking at the location at 358 W. Main St. more than a year ago. It most recently housed Papa Tronnio's Pizza and Twisted Oak Coffee, which both vacated the Ellsworth building to focus on the original businesses in Prescott.
The Ellsworth Shopko pharmacy will close in the beginning of February, the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce confirmed Wednesday. The closing follows the announcement that the company was filing for bankruptcy, and that several full stores and pharmacies would be closing. River Falls Shopko pharmacy closed on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Shopko announced it would conduct an auction process for its pharmacy business in January.
The River Falls Shopko pharmacy has closed, following an announcement earlier this month that the company had filed for bankruptcy and would close several stores. The rest of the River Falls store remains open at this time. A call to the pharmacy Tuesday afternoon led to a recording announcing that prescriptions and prescription records will be available at Walgreens on 1047 Main Street starting Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Walking into the Black Box Theater for "84 Charing Cross Road," one might think you're accidently walking onstage. The room has been transformed, as intended with black box theaters, to put the story, quite literally, at the center. The audience joins the characters inside the bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road. In search of a good book, Helene Hanff, played by Jennifer Alton, sends a letter thousands of miles to Marks and Co., bookstore at 84 Charing Cross Road. Her letter is received by Frank Doel, played by Andrew Troth, who is happy to oblige her request.
Shopko has announced the closing of several of its stores in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, though currently the Ellsworth and River Falls stores are not on the list. Shopko announced on Wednesday, Jan. 16 that it had filed for court-supervised financial restructuring under the United States Bankruptcy Code. A press release cited excess debt and ongoing competitive pressures as the reason for the restructuring.