February/March 2022

This month, we’re focusing on health and wellness.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty … otherwise, we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.” —Buddha

Hello, readers! It’s nice to meet you! This February, I’m overjoyed to be officially taking the reins of our exceptional community lifestyle magazine.

Under the Bridge

Stillwater resident Maribeth Lundeen says she frequently goes on meditative walks on the trails near the Arcola High Bridge. “The woods are beautiful with a diverse mix of trees,” she says, noting that the forest is different in every season.

vegan mac-n-cheese

The vegan diet, also known as veganism, has been growing in popularity—and it’s no wonder considering an increasing number of people are cutting out animal products and byproducts for environmental and ethical reasons, among others.


Twin Cities Orthopedics held a public grand opening event of its new Stillwater clinic and sports performance facility on October 9, 2021.

Ice Palace Maze

The popular Ice Palace Maze is back in the Valley for a second year of family fun. Calyssa Hall, executive director, says, “We are planning to make this a really fun, COVID-friendly, winter-friendly and family-friendly event with an artistic flare.”

Kathleen Schubert

Although the world is full of modern advancements, sometimes the old-fashioned way takes the cake. Whether it’s growing your own vegetables or writing a handwritten note, old methods of life have their advantages.


This time of year, the weather starts to warm up, we begin to move our bodies again, and we’re starting to heal from the harsh Midwest winters. Taking care of ourselves during this time is important, and it’s critical to set attainable goals for ourselves come the new season.

Rhonda Allison Eye & Lip Renew Serum

Did you know that lips are the thinnest skin on the human body? With up to three times fewer cellular layers than facial skin, lips also lack natural body oils to protect and maintain a smooth texture.

Solo Yoga + Bxing

Approaching yoga in an intentional way, Solo Yoga + Bxing combines the power of strength, mobility and intensity to provide a well-rounded experience for any body type.

Laura Paulisich

Offering a variety of all-natural household products, services and coaching, Stillwater-based ToxyFree is a one-stop-shop to igniting a life of health and happiness, while living toxin-free and more naturally.


Kowalski’s has received Best Rotisserie Chicken awards multiple times, including as recently as last October. It’s so convenient, it’s a wonder anyone ever roasts a chicken at home anymore; it can be messy and time-consuming.

healthy sparkling apple cider vinegar tonic

Like so many, I always tend to start the new year with a health kick—a new gym, yoga, immunity shots and essential oils. I’ve tried it all. This year, instead of suddenly signing up for a gym membership, I’m opting for a healthy mocktail.


In 2013, the U.S. Patent Office sent a memo to its patent examiners instructing them to cease and desist examining all patent claims related to naturally occurring human DNA sequences. This was huge and historical news—our genes were free! But what led to that point?

We Wait for the Sun

The Washington County library has gathered three book recommendations in honor of Black History Month. Since its official inception in 1976, Black History Month has been a time to pay tribute to and celebrate Black achievements throughout history.