This issue marks St. Croix Valley Magazine’s last of 2022, as well as the first of 2023, and we’re ending the year on a high-note. In this issue, we’re celebrating the season of giving back and the journey to wellness.
Speaking of wellness, I’ve been interested in the emerging trend of cold plunging—a Scandinavian tradition of immersing yourself into extremely cold water. It’s said to stimulate blood flow, increase energy levels, improve sleep and more; and though I’m all for the benefits, I’m unsure if I can take the plunge myself. Writer Daniel Huss chats with Maria O’Connell of Lakeland, who started a cold plunging group in the Twin Cities, and Christa Rymal of Afton. Of cold plunging, Rymal says, “I see cold plunging as incredibly cathartic. When people get out of the water, they’re beaming. It’s far more profound than I thought.” Read Take the (Cold) Plunge: Benefits of Cold Water Plunging.
And, in the mood of giving back, writer Ava Diaz connects with Belwin Conservancy’s program director Susan Haugh about its newest art installation, Roaming Stone, and its creator, David Sprecher. In A Memory of the Prairie, Sprecher discusses the connection between the installation and the conservancy itself, namely the bison that live on the grounds, and how the piece gives back to the land.
Top off your holiday cheer with a couple of holiday-inspired beverages. In Festive Sips to Get Into the Holiday Spirit, Matthew Watkins of O’Brien’s Wine and Spirits shares his favorite festive beers, ales and more.
From our team to your family, Happy Holidays!