April/May 2022

This month, we’re celebrating homes and gardening.

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of gardening.” —Thomas Jefferson

St. Croix Valley Magazine April/May 2022

can easily recall the first houseplant I ever purchased.

Sarah Lilja: Springtime Kayaking

Sarah Lilja took this photo on the St. Croix River near Franconia, where the rock formations are called the Franconia Dalles.

Melissa Parkos and Emily Iannazzo

From the supermarket shelves to the coffee bars around town, fresh-pressed juices seem to be popping up left and right.

Nancy Eike

After nearly 20 years in the publishing industry, Nancy Eike was ready for a change of pace. Interestingly enough, this new chapter of her life is one she already had bookmarked.

Aleisha Nelson

Trading in cold Minnesota winters for sunny California is a dream of many Midwesterners. Aleisha Nelson made that dream come true nine years ago when she moved from Shoreview to Santa Clara, California, to pursue a degree in computer science.

Twin Cities Orthopedics' world class facility in Stillwater.

The weather is warming up, which means spring sports and hobbies are underway—although it’s all fun and games, there’s always a risk for injury.

May Basket of flowers

For Hudson resident Shelli Erck, May Day is a longtime tradition. “When I think of May Day, I think of when I was in school,” she says.

Totes My Goats

Goats. You’ve seen them at the zoo; you’ve seen them in the mountains out West; and you might even eat goat cheese derived from goat’s milk.


I’ve been obsessed with makeup since I was a preteen. As I’ve “matured,” I’ve discovered that the secret to any truly great look starts with really good skin.


Spring is here and with it comes spring cleaning and reorganizing of our homes, but how often are we going through our closets and giving them a little refresh?

White/Red Wine Sangria

If you have a bottle of white wine that has been rolling around in your fridge for months or a red wine that has been sitting too long on the wine rack, let’s turn them into fun springtime cocktails.

dog with toys

The spring equinox has passed, the days are longer and the sunshine is brighter. Now that spring is officially here, it’s time to have a ball with the warmer weather around the Valley with your pup.