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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Cedric Ellingson is a small-town guy, always has been. He's lived in small towns in Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin. So his new restaurant Sippin Cedric's Grill and Taps on Ellsworth's Main Street is a natural fit for him. "My calm spot in my life is small towns," he said. In high school, he never expected he'd work in a restaurant or bar, but in 1996 he bought a pizzeria in a small town. "I've just kind of been hooked ever since," he said.
Sherri Glodowski and Beth Kirby know firsthand the impact their health and wellness club Rivertown Nutrition in Prescott can have. Before they were owners, the two first started as customers at another club in Hudson. "We both got personal results," Kirby said. Kirby lost 29 pounds, and Glodowski lost 67. Those results sparked a passion to help others accomplish their goals and improve their health and nutrition. Glodowski said she thought she had tried everything
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 16 years with the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, Trisha Huber is saying farewell and passing the reins on to new director Sarah Sieben. Huber has lived in Prescott her whole life, and is proud of the community. She wants people to know about the town and what makes it great. "It's important to me that people come and enjoy it," she said. The people have been the best part of the job, Huber said. "The people have been just fabulous to work with," she said.
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.
Shopko will close all of its stores as it has been unable to find a buyer for its business after declaring bankruptcy in January, according to a media release on Monday, March 18. Retail operations will begin to wind down this week. A liquidation process is expected to be complete in 10-12 weeks. The release said the business will work to minimize the impact on staff and customers, as well as the communities it serves.
For nearly 40 years Julie and Roy Leek shared a life and a business. The two opened their jewelry store J.R. Haubrich in downtown Hudson shortly after they were married. They were planning their farewell to the store, closing it for retirement this year. Now Roy is facing a greater loss after Julie's death in February. The two first met while working at the same jewelry firm in Minnesota. Back then, Roy was Julie's boss. "You see how that turned out for me," he said.
Two Hudson Ambassadors have been removed from their roles representing the city. Maddie Zabel and Rachel McKenzie were removed at the end of January after being crowned two of four ambassadors at the end of June 2018. Hudson Ambassador President April Simmons said the beginning of the program year did not go well and showed it was not a good fit. "They just were not a fit for the program," she said of McKenzie and Zabel. Parents of McKenzie and Zabel said they are upset and confused about the removal, and the process that led to it.