October/November 2019

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”—George Eliot

A slice of Praline Apple Pie.

St. Croix Valley Magazine Editor Angela Johnson shares a family favorite praline apple pie recipe.


More than 220 guests and volunteers helped to raise over $75,000 for United Way of Washington County East at United by the Vine 2019. Funds raised help the organization and its partnering agencies to benefit the lives of many in our community.

A shot of the sunrise over the Stillwater liftbridge.

Todd Kockelman submitted his photo "Winter Liftbridge" to our 2018 Lens on St. Croix Valley photo contest.

Two drinkers clink two glasses of the best local Oktoberfest beers.

It's not Oktoberfest without beer, and these local breweries keep the fun pouring.

The Schlachplatte, a German dish from the Winzer Stube

Here are a few things you probably didn't know about Oktoberfest.

Traditional German beers and a pretzel at the Winzer Stube's Oktoberfest celebration.

The fun of Oktoberfest never ends at these local, long-running German restaurants that celebrate German heritage year-round.

Apples sit in a wooden container at Afton Apple Orchard's Apple Fest

Apple picking, a corn maze, hayrides - there's plenty to do at Afton Apple Orchard's annual festival.

A cheese plate and wines from Belle Vinez Winery, a winery in the St. Croix Valley.

Celebrate the harvest season by raising a glass of wine with friends and family at one of these local wineries.

Sarah Bertsch performs acupressure on a dog with cancer.

Animals have always been a big part of Sarah Bertsch’s family. She and her husband have only ever had canine “children.” And when their rescued golden doodle Ellie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, Bertsch set off to research how best to help Ellie, just like any parent would.

Patrick Casanova, the artist behind St. Croix Valley glass blowing business Casanova Glass, stands in front of his Hudson home.

Patrick Casanova found glassblowing in college, and the art form has been the focus of much of his adult life.

A spiral candle from Afton Candle Company.

The Afton Candle Company has grown from family hobby to thriving business.

Michael DeMeglio, a Stillwater-based artist who has synesthesia.

Local artist Michael DeMeglio has synesthesia—when he hears sounds he sees colors.

Sarah Schroeder, founder of Minnesota Made apparel company, poses outside a storefront displaying some of her products

All of Minnesota Made's products are sustainably made from companies that are Worldwide Responsibly Accredited Production (Wrap) certified.

A table decorated for Friendsgiving.

An inspiring, beautiful tablescape for your Friendsgiving doesn’t need to be a lot of work.

A variety of Halloween drinks and decor ideas.

Spook up your Halloween party with these drink decor ideas.

A woman talks to her hairstylist while getting a haircut.

Bypass horrendous haircuts and unpleasant salon experiences with these tips for finding the right hairstylist.

"This Tender Land" by William Kent Krueger

"This Tender Land" by William Kent Krueger is a carefully and meticulously researched work of historical fiction.

Six of Sara's Tipsy Pies

Fans of Sara's Tipsy Pies can get their fix in the new Stillwater shop.

Apples and pumpkins from a local apple orchard/pumpkin patch

Take the family pumpkin picking or gather up locally grown apples to make your favorite pies, bars and crisps.