December 2020/January 2021

“To many people, holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance.” -Phillip Adams

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Twin Cities Orthopedics broke ground on a new 60,000 square foot facility in Stillwater that will feature walk-in orthopedic urgent care and physical therapy, as well as 8,000 square feet of sports performance turf and training space. Set to open spring 2021. 

A charcuterie board from The Board Loon.

A knack for making charcuterie has birthed a burgeoning business for Hudson's Kelsey Heimerl.

A woodpecker on a tree at Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Take part in a guided bird hike at a Washington Country park!

Willow River Falls

"Winter at the Falls" won in the City Landmarks category of our 2019 Lens on St. Croix Valley Photo Contest.

Forge and Foundry Distillery

Forge and Foundry Distillery finds a home on Stillwater's Main Street.

Krueger's Christmas Tree Farm

Though the Krueger’s Christmas Trees farm is on its second location, the passion for growing the festive trees remain untouched.

An illustration of people helping.

Volunteer organization Operation HELP is supporting more St. Croix Valley families than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gifts wrapped in the furoshiki method.

It’s easier than you think to come up with green alternatives to traditional giftwrap and boxes.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

"Anxious People" overflows with so much love and a deep understanding of the human condition.

An ornamented tree sits in the foreground in front of the Stillwater Life Bridge

We love the view and the nod toward the joy of the holidays in this Lens on St. Croix Valley submission.

A blue scarf wrapped around a blue candle with other holiday decor.

Scarves can be more than a wardrobe accessory.

Food donated to Valley Outreach

The mission of Stillwater based Valley Outreach over the past 37 years has been to help people move their lives forward through basic needs, services and personalized support.