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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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.
Pack your bags and peel off a forever stamp to travel the world with Stanley Lambchop in the Phipps Children's Theater production of "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr." on The Phipps' main stage. The musical follows the classic tale of an everyday young boy Stanley, played by Michael Wirth, whose life is changed when his bulletin board, brought to life by Riley Culver, falls on him, leaving him flat.
Eric Tostrud was spending the day with his mother Judy in 2016, eight years after she had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, when an idea popped into his head. Tostrud had recently received a Peloton bike as a gift from a group that had chipped in all together. Touched by the generosity, he was looking for a way to pay it forward. As he watched his mother struggling to walk out of the house, he saw an opportunity to take the anger and pain of her struggle and transform it.
After 17 years as a massage therapist, Emily Jacobson was looking to go deeper. She has always enjoyed helping people, but felt she could help so much more. "You can only go so deep with massage," she said. Acupuncture was her way to do that. She now offers the treatment at To The Point Acupuncture located at 504 S. Main St in River Falls. The practice allows her to treat her patients on a deeper level than massage, addressing a range of health issues from a cold to broken bones. "There's just so much more that can be done with acupuncture," Jacobson said.
After a dedication service on May 2, 1992, the Transport for Christ tractor-trailer was driven to its home off Exit 4 in Hudson. At its first service the next morning, the house was full. Nearly 27 years later, the chapel, in a new trailer but with the same mission, was full once again for its final service. "I almost thought we were going to have to hold it outside," said chaplain Tim Sackett.
A couple days in her own barber shop was all it took for Jenna Darcy to know she found where she belonged. Darcy has been in the industry since she was a sophomore in high school. Now she's opened her own place, The Barbers Den, located in Escape Salon at 2421 Hanley Road. Darcy's first exposure to cosmetology was as a receptionist in Hudson. The stylists she worked with there bought her a pair of shears, and told her to jump in. "It kind of just became a part of me," she said.
The daughter of a nurse, Kathy Allen learned respect for elders at an early age. She remembers going to work with her mom, a single-mother of four, and talking with seniors, combing their hair and making their beds. "That was very important to her to have us be connected," she said. The sense of respect and care has stayed with Allen, who has now started a concierge business, St. Croix Valley Concierge Service, to help those who need services and companionship in the area.