Giving Back

With the large population of Swedish immigrants who settled in Minnesota, many customs have been preserved through time. One such tradition is the feast day of St. Lucia, a third-century Christian living in Sicily who practiced her faith in secret.  

Ten years ago, Stillwater pediatrician Dr. Brian Cress began searching for a medical mission trip to push himself professionally and get him out of his comfort zone.

As temperatures get colder, more families struggle to put healthy food on the table. Luckily there’s a range of Valley-area organizations stepping up to help stop food insecurity in the region. Here’s where you can pitch in—or get help.

For Leslie Stelling, becoming a member of the Hudson Area Moms Group has offered the chance to learn more about Hudson and connect with a welcoming community of mothers. “It’s brought me friendship and support, especially being new to the area,” she says.

Katie Owings decided to start her nonprofit after experiencing an “a-ha moment.” While on a mission trip to Haiti in 2014, the dance teacher and owner of Inspiration Performing Arts Center (IPAC) in Mahtomedi brought along a suitcase ful

Last February, Afton-Lakeland Elementary School fifth-grader Taysha Hein was faced with a heartbreaking diagnosis: acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

Mad Men fans dressed the part for a May event at the Stillwater Library featuring guest of honor Rich Sommer, “Harry Crane,” from Mad Men.

Zachary Quinn exhibited an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age while growing up in Afton. That spirit was put to great use years later, in 2012, when he met Brian Keller in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas.

For the past six years, residents of the St. Croix Valley have rolled up their sleeves to help make Community Thread’s annual event, Spring into Service, a success.

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