June/July 2021

Dancer Twyla Tharp once said, “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Even better, the St. Croix Valley is home to so much art.

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St. Croix Valley Magazine

Summer! That time of year when we celebrate a bit of what’s best in the St. Croix Valley. People often say, “What a difference a year makes.” But it feels like we’ve made it through so much more than a year. The amazing members of our St.

MN Nice Cream

Summer is just around the corner and now is a perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the St. Croix Valley with everyone’s favorite treat. Nothing tastes quite like summer more than a classic cone on a warm day.

a glass of wine

Chateau St. Croix Winery

Be transported to Europe at this French Chateau located in the St. Croix River valley. From car shows to jazz festivals there’s always something going on at the Chateau.

Franconia Sculpture Park

Many theater and gallery venues went dark in 2020 as it became necessary for audiences to seek alternate entertainment experiences. But, the 2021 summer spotlight is shining on many great arts and culture venues in the valley as they prepare for a comeback.

Meet your Best of 2021 winners

Excuse us while we get our party vibe going because we’re in the mood for a community celebration—some homegrown revelry—and, possibly, a bit of merrymaking as we invite you to celebrate the richly-deserving winners and runners-up of our Best of St.

Space St. Croix

Sharing his love for science with others, Hudson resident and librarian Christopher Mick created Space St. Croix to make STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) content more accessible to curious kids.

Sheriff Dan Starry

Executive director Jessica Ryan says the broad mission of the United Way of Washington County-East (UWWCE) provides the organization a lot of flexibility to leverage, prioritize and direct funding toward the community’s most urgent needs in times of trouble.

cabin-friendly plants

Cabin owners know the drill. Head up (or over) to the lake in springtime for opening, plant the garden beds and flower boxes, return home and hope for the best.


There is some controversy over how pickleball got its name, whether the sport reminded founder Joel Pritchard’s wife of a pickle boat crew or if Pritchard simply named the game after the family dog.

The Perilous St. Croix River Valley Frontier by Ken Martens

This is the first book I recommend when customers ask for a historical account of Stillwater, and I’ve had many of them come back to buy more copies for family and friends.

helping cook in the kitchen

Start teaching your kids to cook early and slow with safe, confidence-boosting challenges before progressing to more complicated or hazardous undertakings.