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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Stacia Westbrook and Edie Bjerstedt met just recently, but seeing the two together, one would think they'd been friends for years. The two are very similar and get along well, Westbrook said, so much so that she is handing over the salon she's owned for nearly 20 years to Bjerstedt. "We hit it off the minute we met," Westbrook said. Westbrook is moving to Colorado, and was looking for someone to take over Calypso Salon, which she's owned for 19 years, when a mutual friend put her in touch with Bjerstedt, who had just moved home from Hawaii.
A classic Christmas tale receives a family-friendly twist in The Phipps Children's Theater's "Bah Humbug! Scrooge's Christmas Carol," a production that will entertain all ages. This simpler version of Charles Dickens' story adds music and dancing to the adventure of Ebenezer Scrooge and his night of ghostly visits.
From a four-car accident at the Highway 35 exit to a semi-truck fire on the Interstate 94 bridge, drivers facing construction on I-94 from Minnesota to Hudson may have felt like there were more backups than normal this season. They were right. The stretch of I-94 from the St. Croix River to Exit 4 at Highway 12 saw a 98 percent increase in traffic crashes from the previous year. Between April and October 2018, authorities responded to 162 crashes, according to preliminary Wisconsin Department of Transportation data. In 2017, that number was 82.
Located just off Highway 35 in River Falls, the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties is often thought of as the River Falls clinic, though it serves people throughout the two counties. The clinic wants to make more connections beyond its host city to all the communities it serves, especially to the Hudson community, so they can see it as their clinic, Clinic Manager Mary Steele said. "I'd like to see champions of the free clinic in those communities," Steele said. Efforts to connect with Hudson are facing a time pressure.
Hudson residents binging through the latest season of Netflix's hit show "Making a Murderer" may notice some familiar footage. A clip from Hudson public access River Channel's Western Wisconsin Journal program appears in season 2 episode 5 of the true crime documentary show that follows the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, convicted in the murder of Teresa Halbach in Wisconsin, and the aftermath of the convictions. The clip is from an episode in which Western Wisconsin Journal host and local attorney Jamie Johnson interviews Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.
RIVER FALLS -- More than 150 people lined up to be some of the first shoppers at the grand opening of Aldi grocery store off Main Street near Highway 35 on the morning of Monday, Nov. 19. Aldi Division Vice President Matt Lilla said Aldi is excited to be a part of the River Falls community.
Wisconsinites are no stranger to the cold, but their resolve may be tested with the cryotherapy sessions provided by new Hudson business Body Revival Lounge. A cool trend that has been increasing in popularity, cryotherapy, treatment using extreme cold generated from liquid nitrogen, has now found its way to Hudson, with the Lounge owned by Karla Kuehl at 1600 Maxwell Drive. Kuehl was first exposed to cryotherapy while working as a massage therapist. She was volunteered to try it in a clinic, and was initially nervous about the idea.
With the exchange of keys, the vehicle hummed to life, bringing a new resource to U.S. Army veteran Eric Grant, and his four-legged co-pilot, Diego. Grant, now a Somerset resident, was the recipient of a refurbished, donated vehicle from Heppner's Auto Body through the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides Program. Grant said he was shocked to learn he would be receiving the car, and by how quickly the process went. "This is going to be great because I can get around a lot easier," Grant said.
Erin Heinrichs didn't intend to open her own massage business, but as she went through training at Northwestern Health Sciences University she decided opening her own place was the best way to ensure she provided the services as she wanted. Heinrichs clinical massage work goes a step beyond relaxation massage to address the root of symptoms of pain and focus on functionality of the body. "I needed to be able to focus on people's symptoms, and not be a spa service," Heinrichs said.
Incumbent Scott Knudson will continue to serve as the St. Croix County Sheriff, with unofficial election results showing Knudson ahead of challenger Marion Shaw with 29,567 votes (79.30 percent) as of 11 p.m. Tuesday night with all precincts reporting. Shaw, who ran as the Constitution candidate, received 7,507 votes.