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. 

About 7 million individuals in the United States are affected by scoliosis, according to the National Scoliosis Foundation, and the majority are female. Despite this, many young girls find it hard to meet others who know what they’re going through.

It can be easy for suburban areas to look and feel like the same place. But with 145 acres of restored native prairie surrounding it, Inspiration doesn’t run that risk. The land was first imagined as a space for homes in 2004.

Four years after she began sharing her art with Seasons on St. Croix Gallery in Hudson, Robbin Firth is getting the opportunity to share her methods more widely, thanks to her recently patented palm washboard tool.

Though Jane Mannetter, better known as Zaney Janey of De-vine Designz, took a somewhat unusual path to becoming an artist, each step of that journey has informed the creations she’s become known for.

If you’re looking for some fun and creativity this fall, we’ve rounded up a list of unique art classes available in the next two months along both sides of the river.

Mikayla Holmgren is a remarkable woman. After winning Minnesota Junior Miss Amazing 2015 and going on to compete in the national Junior Miss Amazing pageant, she has a new goal—Miss Minnesota USA. “We’re still looking at dresses,” says Holmgren, a native of Marine on St. Croix.

Lillie Imm has been performing since she was very young. “When I was 3, I performed my first song and dance on stage,” Imm says.

When Karen Engelbretson and her husband Steve Nusbaum decided to move to the St. Croix Valley, the natural beauty surrounding them became much more than a home; it became the inspiration for art.

Started in the summer of 2003 to bring awareness and exposure to local independent film, the Square Lake Film Festival advertises on its website, “the event is a way to bring some exposure to the awesome independent and largely unrecognized film work being done in and around the Twin Cities.”  

Olivia Witt

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

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