Chuck Nowlen joined the Star-Observer team as a business, township and general-assignment reporter in April, 2014 after a three-decade career in newspapers and magazines, and as a newsroom-management/business-planning consultant.
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No one knows better than Rachel DeNicola that fashion goes far deeper than style, fit and fabric. What's most important is how a woman's clothes and accessories make her feel about herself. And that's job one at DeNicola's unique new Hudson Mainstream Boutique, which opened April 13 at 2250 Badger Drive, just off Crestview Drive near the Carmichael Road Interstate 94 interchange.
About two dozen Twin Cities-area media members got a quick lesson last week on how River Crossing’s concrete driving-surface segments are being made and how they’ll be transported to the construction site soon. The hour-long Minnesota Department of Transportation “media visit” March 17 was held at the bridge project’s Grey Island casting yard in Cottage Grove, where about 80 workers have already completed 105 of 650 segments. Those segments –- each weighing 170 tons and measuring 48 feet wide, 18 feet tall and 10 d
After nine years of fundraising, planning and program development -– capped by the debt-free acquisition of a 6.5-acre site in Roberts –- the table is finally set for a no-kill St. Croix County animal adoption and education center. Now all the group that wants build the shelter needs is some big-time donors to boost the critically needed facility into reality. “So many potential donors have told us, ‘Let me know when you get that lead gift, and I’ll sign on,’” says Diana Neubarth, president of St. Croix Animal Friends. “Everything’s in place, and we’re ready to go.
HUDSON, Wis. -- Some German restaurants say they’re authentic. Marie Schmidt’s The Winzer Stube has always waltzed the waltz –- and it always will. That’s made all the difference for the 15-year-old culinary jewel in Hudson that’s consistently ranked as the Twin Cities area’s finest German restaurant and one of the top five in the nation.
HUDSON - Fittingly enough for an international business major, college student Sam Harper of Hudson, Wis., has lived the term “experiential learning” on the road for the last six months –- big time. “I just realized that I’ve been outside of Wisconsin and Minnesota for more than 180 days of the past year,” says Harper, a junior at St. John’s University near St. Cloud, Minn.
When they’re nursed back from death’s door and can finally sleep soundly, they purr like tiny kittens. Their tails are thin and stubbier than you might expect. Their fur smells a little like maple syrup.
Erickson Oil Products Inc., whose Freedom Valu gasoline and convenience stores have been a fixture in western Wisconsin for nearly 65 years, has been acquired by the Pennsylvania-based CrossAmerica Partners.
Hudson businessman Stewart Erickson says he’s found a way to boost production and quality for a variety of crops -- while also slashing water use and the farm-driven carbon dioxide emissions that help fuel climate change.
Two determined Hudson-area men publically detailed their struggles with mental illness last week to offer a message of hope and empowerment for themselves, other sufferers and those close to them.
Three Hudson-area actors and a local counselor are key figures in new, monthly classes teaching Pierce County police officers how to deescalate encounters with the mentally ill.