Around Town

Randall Raduenz’s passion for art began at a young age. In grade school, he got in a bit of trouble for selling his work to his peers. “Well, actually, I wasn’t selling it—they were giving me their lunch money,” he says. “That really didn’t go over too well.”

While this likely doesn’t come as a shock to Stillwater residents and visitors, the city was named one of the “most picturesque small towns” in the United States by USA Today Travel.

When it comes to wine, Swirl in downtown Afton has it all.

Every year since 1990, thousands have gathered in Hudson to participate in the annual Hot Air Affair, the premier winter ballooning event and festival in the Midwest. This year’s event, “Paint the Sky,” will include approximately 35 hot air balloons.

Offering a glimpse of the year-round destination town of Hudson, the television program Discover Wisconsin—Hudson: Beauty on the St. Croix is airing for a second time on January 9.

For hearty Midwesterners, there’s never a bad time of year to indulge in an ice cream treat while outdoors. In fact, people have been enjoying Stillwater’s annual Winter Ice Cream Social at Mulberry Point in Lowell Park since the event began in 1950.

Youth Advantage has been helping connect Stillwater-area students in need with extracurricular activities since 2010.

It’s said that Santa Claus has a twinkle in his eye, but he’ll be no match for the lights on display at this year’s Twinkle Parade in Stillwater.

Christmas is a year-round celebration at the Käthe Wohlfahrt store in downtown Stillwater.

Sometimes, the best things that happen in life are unplanned. That’s what happened when Julie and Jeff Anderson were at a local movie theater and a realtor’s ad flashed across the screen: “The Rivertown Inn For Sale.” The couple looked at each other and their collective wheels started turning.

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