February 2018 St. Croix Valley Magazine

In the February issue check out Dave Knoke's picks for a Valentine's chocolate box that can't be beat!

Tim Bouvine always has been a Midwestern guy. He’s spent his life in the area, with the exception of a few years in Texas. Bouvine is also a family man, with two adult kids and now two step kids (after marrying his wife Trish last summer).

 

Who said only bikers are welcome at biker bars? At first glance, Shiners Bar and Grill, which sits off

 

Meet Mary Block, co-owner of Johmar Farms, which provides the romantic horse-drawn carriage rides in downtown Stillwater. We sat down and asked her our burning questions.

 

Going on vacation is supposed to be fun and stress-free: This truism should apply to pet owners, as well.

 

February is here, and the countdown to amore is on—but we all know planning for Valentine’s Day can bring stress that’s anything but romance-inducing. Lucky for us, the St. Croix River area is blossoming with high-quality wineries, all within an easy drive.

 

Minnesotans and Wisconsinites aren’t the type to let a little snow and ice stop them from enjoying the great outdoors. Cross-country skiing and dogsledding are among winter’s most popular recreational activities, and while skijoring might be less familiar, it combines the best of both.

 

The best valentines are the homemade kind, but that doesn’t mean the art has to suffer. We asked Karron Nottingham at Off the Wall Studio for her suggestions on some do-it-yourself ideas for the holiday, and she delivered!

 

Farm-to-table dining has exploded in recent years—more and more people are seeking out sustainable meals made from locally grown and ethically sourced ingredients—and the trend is taking over the alcohol industry as well.

 

The Hudson-based St. Croix Rowing Club is a nonprofit sculling group providing adults with competitive or recreational rowing opportunities.

 

The second Chamber Winter Gala Community Awards Celebration takes place this month at The Heights Hall in Oak Park Heights.

 

There is a venue in the small town of St. Croix Falls, Wis., celebrating its 28th season this year, where community members can gather for great performances in a charming local setting. “Festival Theatre is your local theater,” says Jason Richards of the St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre.

 

Get creative this Valentine’s Day with one of these sweet and thoughtful gifts that go beyond the candy and flowers.
 
Vintage Key Necklace