June 2015 Saint Croix Valley Magazine

In the June issue get a glimpse into Edie Abnet's life as a Stillwater artist, get the inside scoop on local ice cream shops and check out some alfresco rooftop dining spots along the river.

Curtis Dale has been photographing the world around him for most of his life. “I became interested in photography when I was 8 or 9, when [my family created] a darkroom in my house.


Whether you are planning an intimate summer date or a casual night out with friends, nothing quite compares to enjoying a cocktail and alfresco appetizers with unparalleled views of the lush St. Croix River Valley.


KakAttack St. Croix Valley Paddle Club is a group of casual paddlers who meet weekly (Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons) on the St. Croix River, as well as other area lakes and rivers.


Imagine a world in which everyone, no matter his or her circumstances, was recognized and celebrated for overcoming personal challenges. Thanks to the Special Olympics, a glimpse into that world can be seen at its summer games, held right here in the St. Croix Valley.


If you find yourself in a local gallery or venue, admiring a bold watercolor of animals or flowers, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a distinctive painting by Stillwater artist Edie Abnet.


In a world that’s transfixed by “the new” and “what’s trending,” there also seems to be a renewed interest in the nostalgic traditions that somehow withstand an ever-evolving popular culture.


When Chuck Ochocki became the principal at Stillwater Junior High School five years ago, he offered the teaching staff a challenge.


Summer is a time when sunny skies and warm breezes beckon people of all ages to flock to their favorite swimming beaches to cool off and enjoy a relaxing time on the river or at one of the area lakes. For those heading to the St.


For the hard-working man in your life, June—the month of Father’s Day—is a perfect time to say thanks and treat him to something special. Here are a few gift ideas and activities that can be found right here in the St. Croix Valley.

Outdoor Gear


Everyone knows that Chilkoot Hill in Stillwater is incredibly steep.


Rick Chrustowski, one of our favorite author/illustrators, is releasing his newest picture book June 16. In Bee Dance, Chrustowski brings the bees to life with great images and vivid descriptions.


On a series of Wednesdays throughout the summer, a crowd will gather in Stillwater’s Lowell Park to enjoy classic cars.


Afton residents have been marking the start of summer with their popular Strawberry Festival since 1884. The festival originated as a way to honor the rich heritage of strawberry crops that have been growing in the area since the 1800s.


During the summer, with ample sunshine and warm breezes coming off of the river, the St. Croix Valley naturally gets into a festive mood. So with the Fourth of July around the corner, we’re sure to find hometown parades and fireworks in the park up and down the river.