April 2015 St. Croix Valley Magazine

In the April issue of St. Croix Valley Magazine you will find a touching remembrance of a local inspiration, a business that is redefining the salon experience, a guide to nearby trails and parks for the nature enthusiast, and so much more!

Laurie Schneider photographs the way she lives—mindfully. “With everything I do, I consider where it goes to, where it came from, and what impact it has on the planet and the future,” she says.


Comedy sketches have been done parodying the phenomenon that is brunch. For some variation of eggs, meat and potatoes, people wait for hours. They stand in lines that wrap around the block.


A great time was had by those who attended Stillwater’s Historic Winter Ice Cream Social in Lowell Park on January 17, hosted by the Washington County Historical Society and Discover Minnesota.


Despite the cold morning temperatures, crowds bundled up and gathered in Hudson, Wis., to see glowing hot air balloons during the Hudson Hot Air Affair, which took place on February 6-8.


For many artists, the CREATIVE process is an art FORM IN AND OF itself. That’s certainly true for Kasey Tunell, director of Neil Simon’s all-female version of The Odd Couple, playing at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson this spring.


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.


After a long winter, spring is finally making an appearance in Minnesota. The snow is melting, birds are chirping, and more people are venturing out of their homes to enjoy the outdoors. For those who are looking for ways to embrace the season, the St.


When the first signs of spring appear and the river valley bursts into color, a troop of volunteer gardeners will be ready to dig into community service.


The St. Croix Valley is a community rich in history, natural beauty and the arts.


Rebecca Erickson is a local beauty legend with 39 years of experience in the salon industry.


Combine the classic tunes of Neil Sedaka with a witty story set in 1960 and you get Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, playing at the St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre this month. A show at the dinner theater is truly an event.


During National Poetry Month in April, or any time of the year, I love to pick up a volume of poetry with no expectations and then be blown away by reading just what I needed to hear.


The name “Ironman” brings some very specific images to mind: athletes running swiftly from water to bicycle in a series of herculean feats of athleticism. Here in the St. Croix Valley, we’re a bit more relaxed.


The Warden’s House Museum is kicking off its summer season with an open house, a free affair that will give guests a sneak peek at this season’s exciting exhibits. The residence was built in 1853 to house the territorial prison’s warden and family.


When Dick Zimmerman was approached with an opportunity in 2007 to become a conductor of the famous Stillwater Trolley, he was uncertain. After all, the trolley had become a popular tourist attraction since it ran its first present-day route in 1989.