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. 

In case you haven’t heard, St. Croix Recreation Center is a great place for the whole family to experience the winter (or summer) wonders of indoor ice. And this is thanks in no small part to the numerous employees and occasional volunteers behind the scenes at the space.

Joan Molloy grew up in Oberlin, Ohio, and began playing the piano at age 5. From there she waited, perhaps a bit impatiently, to begin playing the violin at age 8. She hasn’t stopped since. Through the years, music has continued to be her way of life, profession and passion.

Nick Mundt actually looks forward to going to work every day. As co-host of some of the most popular shows on the Outdoor Channel, he works not behind a desk, but in front of a camera and out in the wilderness.

Where are you from, originally?

Reed Sigmund: Autumn is from St. Paul and I’m from Fargo, N.D. I came to the University of Minnesota as a child psych major.

How long have you been acting?

Name: Rana Kraftson
Age: 17
Grade: Senior at Stillwater High School
Family: Rebecca, Torry, Shad (18) and Adrik (13) Kraftson

You might not think mechanical engineering and art go hand-in-hand, but local artist Pat Haug has a passion for both. She started out with a mechanical engineering degree from University of Wisconsin–Madison before taking a hiatus to homeschool her children.

As we head into winter, summer sports can seem a distant memory. But the anticipation for the Royal Golf Club might just be what local golfers need to stay strong through the frozen months.

Renovating a historic home is no easy task; it’s probably best described as a balancing act. How do you maintain the vintage charm and character—hardwood floors, ornate crown molding and intricate details—while making the house fit for modern life?

For the past 31 years during the holiday season, Hudson home and business owners have partnered for the annual Hudson Christmas Tour of Homes and Craft Sale, which invites the public to a tradition to inspire the festive spirit of the season.

One of the more interesting aspects of this home goods store is its ability to mix utilitarian items like home sprays and scented candles as best-sellers alongside larger country-style furniture.

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