Arts & Culture

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, and downtown Stillwater businesses will be celebrating all weekend long by offering specials. Shops and restaurants along Main Street will offer deals, and horse-drawn carriages will take lovebirds on rides along the St. Croix River.

Many are known to brave the cold and enjoy winter activities like hiking and skiing, but few can say they’ve done so at night—or by candlelight.

Tom Maakestad seemed destined to become an artist. He grew up on a farm in Northfield as the son of Barbara and the late John Maakestad, who had been an art professor at St. Olaf College. Tom had always noticed the scenery around him, even during bus rides to and from school.

Childhood and adolescence should be a time of joy and adventurous spirit. But life isn’t always easy. Fortunately, during times of struggle, our local schools are there to help students and their families navigate through mental health issues in order to reclaim their joy.

During his sophomore year of high school, David Parker decided to take a photography class. “I’ve been [taking photographs] ever since,” says the St. Paul native and 14-year Stillwater resident.

Have you ever reached the point in the flurry of holiday gift shopping where you start to feel overwhelmed, wishing you could stay in the comfort of your home and make those last few gifts? Or do you ever have difficulty finding a gift that has a personal touch? If so, shops in the St.

Beautifully decorated for the holidays, the Aurora Staples Inn in Stillwater will open its doors to guests during a series of three open-house events.

Kit Shoop’s love of art blossomed during her childhood when she received the wholehearted encouragement of her parents. Today, she is a proud mother and grandmother who continues to build upon a successful career and still finds joy through her artistic exploration.

After you’ve removed the jack-o-lanterns from your front steps, does the idea of decorating the outside of your home feel like a daunting task? Does hanging the wreath that’s adorned your door for years look more bedraggled than bedazzling?

This holiday season, beginning Nov. 27, downtown Stillwater will be a twinkling, festive backdrop for events and activities for people of all ages.