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For the past 16 years, book lovers from across the Midwest have made their way to Gunflint Lodge in Grand Marais for a long weekend of reading, discussion and scenery.

During the Mississippi River flood of 1965, 12 motorcyclists decided to ride 90 miles in the rain down Highway 61 to Winona to help sandbag the town.

Anyone who knows the St. Croix Valley appreciates its impressive combination of rich colors and textures that evoke wonder in the eye of the beholder.

Every March for the past 14 years, the Bed & Breakfast Inns of the Scenic St. Croix River Valley has put on Chocolate March, offering attendees the chance to tour historic inns while enjoying quality chocolate treats at each stop.

When speaking with Taia Morley about her career as an illustrator and designer, it is clear that she has succeeded in blurring the lines between work and play.

On a good day, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) news host Kerri Miller can make the trip from her home in Hudson to MPR headquarters in downtown St. Paul in approximately 20 minutes.

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, and downtown Stillwater businesses will be celebrating all weekend long by offering specials. Shops and restaurants along Main Street will offer deals, and horse-drawn carriages will take lovebirds on rides along the St. Croix River.

Many are known to brave the cold and enjoy winter activities like hiking and skiing, but few can say they’ve done so at night—or by candlelight.

Tom Maakestad seemed destined to become an artist. He grew up on a farm in Northfield as the son of Barbara and the late John Maakestad, who had been an art professor at St. Olaf College. Tom had always noticed the scenery around him, even during bus rides to and from school.

Childhood and adolescence should be a time of joy and adventurous spirit. But life isn’t always easy. Fortunately, during times of struggle, our local schools are there to help students and their families navigate through mental health issues in order to reclaim their joy.

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