Arts & Culture

Here are some of the best reader submitted photos from this year's Hudson Hot Air Affair. The mid-winter event has been delighting spectators for 30 years. This year's theme was Pirates Fly’n the Croix-Ribbean. 

The St. Croix Valley is brimming with artistic talent. From painters to sculptors to photographers, the many creatives who make this community home likewise help make it a vibrant place to live.

Gregory Ross of Ross Orthodontics started practicing in 1995, after graduating from the University of Minnesota.

To many, it’s no surprise Stillwater is home to an incredible public school district.

Stillwater’s identity is firmly rooted in history. One of the first cities in Minnesota, it boasts a nostalgic, bustling downtown and a well-preserved historic district.

The Minnesota Grocers Association holds its Best Bagger Contest every year. This August was the 29th annual, and the winner was Mahtomedi High School senior Caleb Meyer, who grocers at the Oak Park Heights, Minn., Kowalski’s. We spoke to him to learn more about.
 

Cynthia Mosedale and Bill Kaufmann have been collaborating for more than 30 years. The couple has been married since 1980, before which they found each other through their shared passions. “It kind of fell together,” Mosedale says. “I was a teacher, and Bill was a beginning potter.

For kids with special needs, a trip to camp or a therapeutic summer activity can be a life-changing experience. Bethany’s Butterflies Scholarship, which started last year, has the goal of making that quintessential summer pastime accessible for more young people with special needs.

Tim Bouvine always has been a Midwestern guy. He’s spent his life in the area, with the exception of a few years in Texas. Bouvine is also a family man, with two adult kids and now two step kids (after marrying his wife Trish last summer).

There is a venue in the small town of St. Croix Falls, Wis., celebrating its 28th season this year, where community members can gather for great performances in a charming local setting. “Festival Theatre is your local theater,” says Jason Richards of the St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre.

Few know the truth in “A picture says a thousand words” like those in the profession of photography.

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