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There’s something to be said about being named the crème de la crème, best of the best, top dogs among the St. Croix Valley, perhaps even Best in Show. An accolade by any name is an affirmation of hard work, commitment to quality, and often investments of time and money.
What started almost 15 years ago as an idea for local business and restaurants to pool resources and draw tourists has blossomed into an organized committee of 16 members dedicated to celebrating their community and inviting others to join.
In a front room of a two-story house in River Falls, Wis., a basket of children’s toys sits on the bottom shelf of a bookcase.
Stephanie Schulze has a 3½-year-old daughter, while most of her friends have sons around 7 or 8. Daughter Rayana still plays with the “rough-and-tumble” boys, but Schulze wanted her to meet kids her age, too.
The St. Croix Valley is quaint and, as such, both adored and overlooked by tourists. Tourism guides Explore Minnesota and Travel Wisconsin highlight state strongholds, while tourism-ready businesses in Marine on St. Croix (Minn.) or Dresser (Wis.), may feel drowned out in the din.
FOOD & RESTAURANTS
Best Patio Dining
Pier Five Hundred—Hudson
San Pedro Café—Hudson
The past two summers, St. Croix Valley Magazine has hosted a photo contest recognizing images that celebrate Valley life. This year’s winner is Art Juchno of Hudson, who submitted a large selection of pirate images.
Many would agree that the young people of the Hudson community are one of its biggest assets when it comes to serving others and shaping future generations.
The 2017 Best of St. Croix Valley survey is almost here! Don't miss your chance to vote for your favorite shops, restaurants, hot spots and more. The results of our annual readers’ choice survey will be printed in July, in our special Best of edition of St.
Last December, when Ray Kennedy was home from Creighton University in Omaha visiting his parents in Woodbury for the holidays, a wintry mix arrived in downtown Stillwater.