Health & Wellness

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.

James Standefer didn’t set out to be a globetrotting do-gooder. “My father was a family doctor in the country,” he says. “I always wanted to do that.”

There are few things better than spending an early summer afternoon on the water. For most of us, boating and fishing are essential summer activities. However, not everyone has access to a boat or fishing gear.

On January 23, Lift Bridge Brewery held a limited-run release of its double-barrel-aged Silhouette, a strong Russian Imperial stout aged in old whiskey barrels.

As part of Scandia’s Vinterfest January 29, local businesses put on a hockey tournament fundraiser for the new outdoor rink, especially designed for those who “never hung up their skates.”

The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride will return to the Washington County Fairgrounds on April 24 for the 50th riding of the annual opener to the road-riding season.

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.

Celebrate Earth Day and enjoy the great outdoors at the fourth annual Earth Day Birding Festival at Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings. The event, held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Randall Raduenz’s passion for art began at a young age. In grade school, he got in a bit of trouble for selling his work to his peers. “Well, actually, I wasn’t selling it—they were giving me their lunch money,” he says. “That really didn’t go over too well.”

Valley residents could get their heels dirty with a good old-fashioned wine stomp at St. Croix Vineyards in September.

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