December 2019/January 2020

This issue shines some light on a few of the great things folks are doing all around the valley. Kudos to you! It is our hope that our stories might resonate like the Japanese proverb that says, “One kind word can warm three winter months.”

Visitors enjoyed a great weekend in September at Hudson’s Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival with fine art, artist demonstrations, live music performances, kids’ activities and plenty of fall flavors.


It was a picture-perfect day at White Eagle Golf Club in Hudson for Hudson Hospital Foundation’s 38th annual golf tournament. 

The skyline of Yokohama, Japan.

When it comes to family vacations, the paths not typically taken can lead to the most interesting and fulfilling excursions.

A girl looks out a plane window on a family vacation.

Traveling with kids doesn’t need to be a crying game.

A bottle of liquor from Tattersall Distilling sits on a bar cart with an aperitif.

Tune up your knowledge on aperitifs and digestifs.

John and Christine Schiltz, owners of Lake Elmo Inn and Event Center.

Since 1983, Lake Elmo Inn has created a year-round dining experience that’s unlike others in the Twin Cities.

St. Croix Off Broadway performs their Christmas show.

The folks at St. Croix Off Broadway at Hudson House Grand Hotel will serve up cool versions of your favorite Frank Sinatra tunes in a production of Christmas My Way, A Sinatra Holiday Bash!

A wood-carved Stillwater Bridge sign from Smith + Trade Mercantile

Smith + Trade Mercantile connects artisans with art lovers.

Alexandra Eve Howe, St. Croix Valley-based personal stylist and wardrobe consultant

Alexandra Eve Howe dreamed of being a personal stylist since she was a little girl.

A variety of unique table decorations from Small Things Fair Trade shop.

At Woodbury’s Small Things Fair Trade shop, there are plenty of beautiful handmade items to choose from, each with its own baked-in story.

Curlers at the St. Croix Curling Center hold their brushes near a stone.

If you’ve always wanted to try curling but didn’t know where to begin, St. Croix Valley is home to the St. Croix Curling Center.

Monica Veil, D.C., and Anna Anderson, D.C., founders of Revival Chiropractic in Stillwater.

We asked the founders of Revival Chiropractic in Stillwater to share some easy ways to de-stress.

Two children smile while eating sweet corn in this Lens on St. Croix Valley winning photograph.

Summer Smiles and Sweet Corn took first place in the People and Families category of the 2018 Lens on St. Croix Valley photo contest.

A blonde woman wearing a blue scarf.

Tips to change your look & jump start your goals from Hudson salon Two Redheads and a Wolf.

"Kitchens of the Great Midwest" and "The Lager Queen of Minnesota" by J. Ryan Stradal

"Kitchens of the Great Midwest" and "The Lager Queen of Minnesota" are set with love and care in the Midwest.

Shannon Enright, owner of Small Things Fair Trade, shows off some of her wares.

An estate planning and retirement attorney by trade, Shannon Enright has always loved learning about new cultures, but it wasn’t until an October 2017 trip to Ghana to deliver polio vaccinations and build part of a school that she first got the idea to open a fair trade store.