Arts & Culture

Olivia Witt

Activities: Cross-country, basketball, track, Student Council
Volunteering: Preteen church camp photographer, member of NHS and NEHS, strings teacher

In her first year as president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Stillwater’s Robin Wolpert has heard frustrations from people in Washington County about how little they hear about the judicial system in the news.

Precious little is as critical to parents as the early education opportunities afforded their children. Thank goodness the Valley is teeming with options. Here’s a closer look at just 10 of the many.

The start of the school year at St. Patrick’s in Hudson will bring new students to school via the introduction of a 4-year-old kindergarten program, which St. Patrick’s will host as part of a community partnership with the district-wide program being launched by Hudson public schools. St.

Sylvan Learning Center offers a number of ways for students to succeed in school. This means anything from help through homework support to transcripts to ACTs to accelerated reading courses.

Pouring pots, according to local potter and professor Mike Helke, are not only one of his favorite styles of functional pottery to make, but they are the ode to the history that defines the craft’s very meaning.

Blake Fry is president of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, a role he’s held since 2015. Fry lives in Hudson with his wife, Michele, a speech-language pathologist in the Stillwater School District, and their children, Abby and Liam.

Since 1951, the Croix Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus has been interacting with the community through music. Originally started in Hudson before moving to Stillwater, Croix Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus belongs to the Barbershop Harmony Society, which is more than 800 chapters strong nationwide.

There’s something about the Valley that makes it appealing to transplants from both coasts—even sight unseen. Born and raised in Los Angeles, in 2011 Christopher Palbicki and his wife took that leap.

Tom Hunter is a self-taught blues and jazz musician, who starts out his story with, “Well, I was born,” he says, laughing. After living in Minnesota for 20 years, as far as venues go, “I think I’ve played all of them,” Hunter says.