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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A small cabin exposes the generational divide when two couples accidentally book the same vacation spot in "Weekend Comedy" at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Peggy, played by Cynthia Schreiner Smith, is excited to have a weekend away with her worrisome husband Frank, played by Rick Lamers. Her plans for just how the weekend will go are soon changed by the arrival of Jill and Tony, played by Stefanie Fauth and Mitchell Bugni. The younger couple has rented the same cabin for the same weekend.
With high-tech equipment and TVs on the ceiling, Scenic Bluffs Dental is designed to be a comfortable atmosphere for all patients, even those who aren't a fan of the dentist, said owner Dr. Jay Feuillerat. He opened the practice, located at 1435 North Acres Road in Prescott, this month. Feuillerat originally planned on studying mechanical engineering in college. That quickly changed. "I pivoted right away into dentistry," he said. During undergrad he worked at a dental lab, making crowns, bridges and other dental appliances.
Though the summertime means classes are out for most students, one school is just getting started. Forestville Vines winery has officially opened its doors in the one-room schoolhouse located off Highway 65 that was once Forestville School this month.
A Somerset man has been arrested on suspicion of his eighth OWI offense. John P. Bungum, 60, was charged Thursday, May 16 with felony OWI-eighth offense in St. Croix County Circuit Court. According to the criminal complaint: A St. Croix County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to a home in the 600 block Perch Lake Road in St. Joseph township on Thursday, May 16 at 12:33 a.m. for a vehicle parked at the end of the caller's driveway, revving the engine and shining the residence with its headlamps.
Some come in large groups, five, ten or even more. Others are a solitary addition. Together the pink links accumulate into a bright chain stretching out across the black track. Each link represents a year of survival. Cancer survivors from across St. Croix County added one link for each year since they were diagnosed at the combined St. County Relay for Life event on Friday, June 7. This year was the first time the Hudson and New Richmond events were combined. The event was held at St. Croix Central High School in Hammond.
A variety of art forms make up the newest exhibit at the The Phipps Galleries. The exhibit runs through June 16. A mixed media installation by Nicholas Kovatch, of St. Paul, welcomes visitors into the gallery. "I am driven by a curiosity to see how people react when their traditional environment is disrupted, or unfamiliar, prompting viewers to slow down and contextualize their surroundings," Kovatch said in his artist description.
Though the retail portion of the River Falls Shopko will close, its optical business will continue operation as a freestanding location. About 80 locations will relocate from their current homes inside Shopko stores, following the acquisition of Shopko Optical by Monarch Alternative Capital LP, according to a press release. "We are excited to welcome Shopko Optical into our portfolio and to invest in the company's growth as we move forward with our strategy, " said Andrew Herestein, co-founder and managing principal of Monarch.
A short drive away from St. Patrick's sister parish in northern Guatemala, in a traditional home in a small village lives a family that has been thrown into an international spotlight. On a Sunday afternoon in March a group, including St. Patrick's Father John Gerritts, made the drive from the already rural parish community to the even more remote village where the family lives. The group was there to offer their condolences to the family.
Law enforcement from various departments and community members gathered together Wednesday, May 15 at Hudson High School to honor law enforcement as part of the annual St. Croix County Law Enforcement Memorial. The ceremony paid tribute to the 144 officers killed in the line of duty in 2018.
The St. Croix County Administration Committee voted to send $8.4 million in bonding again to the county board without changes, after the board sent it back to the committee level on a 12-5 vote May 7. The main item of concern in the three-part borrowing request was a new mobile command vehicle. The command vehicle makes up $400,000 of the request, alongside a new wing in the jail to accommodate inmates with mental health issues as well as a heating-air-conditioning-and-ventilation (HVAC) overhaul to the Government Center.