August 2017 St. Croix Valley Magazine

In the August issue learn about two local stables with a mission to improve health through riding.

When Karen Engelbretson and her husband Steve Nusbaum decided to move to the St. Croix Valley, the natural beauty surrounding them became much more than a home; it became the inspiration for art.


On a summer weekend, Brookside Bar and Grill easily serves that many in a day—more during the art fair or motorcycle rallies.


Started in the summer of 2003 to bring awareness and exposure to local independent film, the Square Lake Film Festival advertises on its website, “the event is a way to bring some exposure to the awesome independent and largely unrecognized film work being done in and around the Twin Cities.”  


Olivia Witt

Activities: Cross-country, basketball, track, Student Council
Volunteering: Preteen church camp photographer, member of NHS and NEHS, strings teacher


Everyone has heard the old adage that a dog is a man’s best friend, but given the special relationships that horses and humans have long had, perhaps dogs should share that title (and the adage amended to include women, too).


In her first year as president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Stillwater’s Robin Wolpert has heard frustrations from people in Washington County about how little they hear about the judicial system in the news.


Ask friends to describe Hudson’s Urban Olive and Vine, and you might get a variety of answers. It’s a tea shop. It stocks flavor-infused olive oils.


Precious little is as critical to parents as the early education opportunities afforded their children. Thank goodness the Valley is teeming with options. Here’s a closer look at just 10 of the many.


Collaborating with independent providers, Stillwater Area High School offers a smorgasbord of sports options, including horse riding, mountain biking and martial arts—so students can letter without having to dribble, punt or score. Here are three of our favorite examples this school year.


It seems as if everyone has a favorite go-to flavor at Nelson’s Ice Cream in Stillwater.


The start of the school year at St. Patrick’s in Hudson will bring new students to school via the introduction of a 4-year-old kindergarten program, which St. Patrick’s will host as part of a community partnership with the district-wide program being launched by Hudson public schools. St.


Sylvan Learning Center offers a number of ways for students to succeed in school. This means anything from help through homework support to transcripts to ACTs to accelerated reading courses.


Time’s running out on the seasonal tap from Lift Bridge that’s created a summery stir this past season.