August 2015 St. Croix Valley Magazine

In the August issue get to know some elite members fo the high school '16 class, find out how volunteers give back to their schools and meet a family who has teamed up to coach women't soccer.

Stillwater artist Jane Dierberger is a force of nature. This quote by author Jerome K. Jerome parallels her role as an artist, she says: “There is no more thrilling sensation I know of than sailing.


The sear and sizzle of a piping hot grill is synonymous with summer.


It was a party atmosphere at the launch of St. Croix Valley Magazine on May 6 at The Loft at Studio J in Stillwater.


Once known primarily for the Ironman World Championships, triathlon races are now held throughout the country, attracting veteran and new triathletes alike—and kids can join in on the fun, too.


For thousands of years, the St. Croix River has been home to water-loving people. The tradition of canoeing on the river, started by the Dakota and Ojibwe tribes long ago, continues today with throngs of adventurers setting forth from William O’Brien State Park.


Beginning with our August 2015 issue and continuing annually, St. Croix Valley Magazine will celebrate a select group of accomplished high school students who are entering their senior year.


It may seem simple—helping stack books at your child’s elementary school book fair, chaperoning a fourth-grade trip to the zoo or visiting your grandchild’s classroom to help sew pillows.


Learning how to kick a ball through the grass is a popular childhood pastime. For many youth in our community, the backyard ball game grows into an interest to play soccer.


Last February, Afton-Lakeland Elementary School fifth-grader Taysha Hein was faced with a heartbreaking diagnosis: acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.


Nobody ever needs an excuse to get outside—gorgeous views valley-wide, fresh air and beautiful sights are reason enough. But for a small community of adventurers, a casual stroll can mean a real treasure hunt.


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


The St. Croix Valley is home to some pretty impressive women—but one weekend in Somerset, Wis., determines who bears the title of Iron Cowgirl.


This Fall, the St. Croix Valley’s only faith-based Montessori preschool will mark a decade of helping kids value their individuality. Lead teacher Karen Anderson says the preschool “hopes to set a foundation for learning in every student.”


Launched in 1954 as a fundraiser for North Hudson Elementary School, the annual Pepper Festival has turned into a wildly successful event, complete with its own park.