Outdoors

In November 1934, the first Lumberjack Days was held in Stillwater to honor and feature the talents of lumberjack Harold Fisher, the city’s primary skillsman, just at the end of the logging boom.

Before the days of European settlement, millions of bison thrived in the expansive grasslands of North America, roaming freely from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains.

No one looks forward to the spring bicycling season more than those of us who really know winter. Whether you’re a road racer, a mountain biker or a parent with bike trailers and co-pilots in tow, the St. Croix Valley has so many excellent options, it might just make your wheels spin.

As spring returns to the valley, so do the many bird species that migrated south for the winter. For the third year, the St. Croix Flyway Bird Migration Celebration welcomes them home with a multi-day festival that brings together art, education and family-friendly fun.

The Midwest might be considered flyover country by some, but for migratory birds like the osprey and spotted sandpiper that winter in Costa Rica, the Midwest is a flyway to their summer home in the St. Croix Valley. The St.

Has cabin fever taken hold of your family? Are the kids getting restless? Is everyone feeling cooped up, now that we’re in the final stretch of winter? With an abundance of parks, trails, and winter recreation areas available in the St.

For those looking to enjoy the outdoors, Willow River State Park in Hudson is the place to be this winter. With more than five miles of multiuse trails for hiking and snowshoeing, and 14 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, the park has something for everyone.

Last month, when elementary school-age children learned about pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, they may have crafted paper hats and enjoyed Thanksgiving snacks of dried cranberries, pretzels and candy corn. We know, of course, that pilgrims aren’t merely people from childhood history lessons.

At the first signs of snow, do you cringe and shiver—or do you throw on your winter gear and head outdoors? When the folks at Afton Alps in Hastings think of snow, they’re enthusiastic.

The YMCA’s Camp St. Croix in Hudson has been providing excellent programs for families for over a century in the tradition of healthy living, youth development, social responsibility and fun. Now, to commemorate another successful season of camping memories, Camp St.

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