Health & Wellness

Sarah Bertsch performs acupressure on a dog with cancer.

Animals have always been a big part of Sarah Bertsch’s family. She and her husband have only ever had canine “children.” And when their rescued golden doodle Ellie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, Bertsch set off to research how best to help Ellie, just like any parent would.

Escape rooms are becoming popular as a great way to have fun in groups. These are adventure games where participants solve a series of riddles and puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to complete a task. The rooms are often themed and the events timed.

Kids scurry between cars in their socks. Others perch on top of minivans, pillows stacked up around them. In hatchbacks—bungee-corded down slightly to keep views clear—blankets and toes stick out. Friends chat around still-hot grills, lawn chairs flanking cars and coolers.
 

Summer’s here, and with the rising temps comes an inescapable urge to plan a getaway. You can add a dose of the interesting and exotic to your week—with nary a sideways glance from co-workers or stress of packing a suitcase—with these close-to-home experiences.

If the idea of getting into shape seems too difficult or if finding the right nutrition or workout plan requires too much research, we’ve done some legwork for you. Here are alternative ways to achieve your wellness goals from two local gyms in the St. Croix Valley area.

Ashleigh Harris firmly believes things happen for a reason—and if we stop to notice them, sometimes the unexpected, little things turn out to bring the most joy.

Immerse yourself in 1860s baseball through the St. Croix Vintage Baseball Club. Washington County Historical Society’s executive director Brent Peterson shares a little bit of what to expect.
 

All aboard for an evening full of fireworks. Celebrate the Fourth of July with dinner on the St. Croix River and watch fireworks burst overhead in Stillwater and Hudson. For dinner, hop on the Grand Duchess. This cruise offers herbed, baked chicken and barbecue ribs.

If you still need help getting into the swing of summertime fitness, Sara Jesperson from Trumi has some ideas.

For Kids

When there’s ice cream involved, it will never rain on your parade. Or, at least, it won’t be as bad if it does. For a good time, check out the 30th Annual Lake Elmo Fourth of July parade put on by the city of Lake Elmo.

Seeing a food truck parked on the side of the road is a true sign of summer. But what about 32 food trucks all in the same place? Stillwater is bringing back their Food Truck Extravaganza for the second year, featuring more than double the vendors they had last year.

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