Health & Wellness

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.

For seven weeks this summer, people of all ages gathered on the grass in downtown Stillwater’s Lowell Park for “Summer Tuesdays.” The events featured local food and merchants, free live music and free family-friendly movies at sunset.

Twenty years ago, Roberta Scherf embarked on a mission to help her daughter, Rowan, who had been diagnosed with autism. Through determination and persistent research, Scherf discovered that a simple exercise of calming arm movements set to music profoundly helped her daughter.

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.

As Minnesota settles in for another gorgeous autumn, Stillwater kicks off the season with its annual Harvest Festival and Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Lowell Park.

The second annual Log Jam event took place in Stillwater on July 17-19. After Lumberjack Days was held in Stillwater for 80 years, Log Jam was created as a way to refocus the event as a community-based celebration for Stillwater and its surrounding towns.

The Stillwater Public Library Foundation hosted its annual Fourth of July “Light a Spark” fundraising event on the library’s Johnson Terrace. The evening’s celebration included food, entertainment and, of course, a spectacular view of Stillwater’s fireworks display over the St. Croix River.

While some might not think a winery is the most family-friendly outing on an autumn afternoon, Saint Croix Vineyards offers a delightfully different adventure that everyone can enjoy—stomping barefoot in a barrel of grapes.

When Teresa and David Grim closed their Stillwater shop, Doozie Chic Boutique, in 2011, they had an idea for an entirely new way to run a retail clothing shop—on four wheels.

It’s all in the name. St. Croix Valley’s annual “Take Me to the River” art tour will be in full swing September 12–28. The collection of festivals across the area celebrates creativity, tradition and a whole lot of outdoor fun.

The town of Afton prides itself on a rich tradition of community, art and fun, and the annual Art in the Park festival epitomizes that tradition.

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