As many in Hudson know, the Spirit of St. Croix is a two-day art festival with approximately 85 to 95 artists attending each year. Since 2008, it has drawn from the majority of the St. Croix Valley, bringing in 8,000 people in 2016.
In a brightly colored room offset with faux-wood floors and walls and a bright orange accent wall opposite mirrors, a class of 30 students flow in unison to the Bikram yoga practiced in the Isaac Staples Mill building for the past seven years.
Mikayla Holmgren is a remarkable woman. After winning Minnesota Junior Miss Amazing 2015 and going on to compete in the national Junior Miss Amazing pageant, she has a new goal—Miss Minnesota USA. “We’re still looking at dresses,” says Holmgren, a native of Marine on St. Croix.