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Earlier this year, our readers’ choice online survey sought your input regarding which restaurants, retailers and service providers you like best in the St. Croix Valley. Your votes have been counted and the top three finalists in each category are listed here in alphabetical order.

Thank you to everyone who submitted photographs and voted during our first St. Croix Valley Magazine photo contest. After much consideration, the following photos were chosen:

“The Firing Line” by Thomas Wieland (1st place)

“Love My Chicken” by Sandy Brecht (2nd place)

Cheryl and Dennis Kelly of Stillwater attended the Guinness Academy in Dublin during a trip to Ireland in April.

David and Kate March brought St. Croix Valley Magazine along on a trip to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, in July.

We are excited to announce that the 2016 Best of St. Croix Valley survey is here! Don't miss your chance to vote for your favorite shops, restaurants, people, hot spots and more.

Ann Haraldson, of Stillwater, holds her granddaughter, Liliana Haraldson, during a trip to Yellowstone National Park. (Pictured above)

Leah, Terese and Maya Mitchell enjoy their favorite magazine while visiting Venice, Florida.

Living a modern life in a historic town like Stillwater, Minn., one tends to forget that the familiar streets are the same ones people walked on during past war times. This is not the 19th-century Stillwater of Civil War times.

While Laura Sobiech had many dreams for her future, she never aspired to become an author, inspirational speaker and childhood cancer advocate. Six years ago, she was happily raising four children with her husband Rob and leading an active family life in the St. Croix Valley. Life was good.

For nearly 30 years, photography was an after-hours passion for Hudson-based Jeff Bucklew. He’d work in the dark room late into the night and head to his day job the next morning. Then last June, Bucklew retired from the printing industry to become a full-time photographer.

Whether your travels take you across the pond or just across the river, we’d love to see where our St. Croix Valley Magazine readers are going. Snap a photo of yourself holding a copy of the magazine, send it in and tell us a little bit about where the picture was taken.

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