Arts & Culture

Hot air balloon illuminated by moonlight

We regularly feature photo submissions from our Lens on St. Croix Valley photo contest in the pages of St. Croix Valley Magazine and online.

Amanda Paa in her kitchen

From breakfast and sourdough to dinners and desserts, food and lifestyle blogger Amanda Paa sure knows her way around the kitchen—and the farmers markets, too.

Hot air balloon liftoff

Even though many events had to be canceled or postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, the Hudson Hot Air Affair (HHAA) committee decided to proceed with year’s event, but with some changes in order to protect the health and safety of the communit

Willow River Falls

"Winter at the Falls" won in the City Landmarks category of our 2019 Lens on St. Croix Valley Photo Contest.

Gifts wrapped in the furoshiki method.

It’s easier than you think to come up with green alternatives to traditional giftwrap and boxes.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

"Anxious People" overflows with so much love and a deep understanding of the human condition.

An ornamented tree sits in the foreground in front of the Stillwater Life Bridge

We love the view and the nod toward the joy of the holidays in this Lens on St. Croix Valley submission.

A drone photograph of the Stillwater Bridge across the St. Croix River

Drone photographer Michel Huber captured a lovely autumnal scene for our Lens on St. Croix Valley photo contest.

A photograph of a flower by local artist Cynthia Dickinson

Minnesota photographer Cynthia Dickinson captures beauty in the natural world.

Fall cleaning products sit on a kitchen counter.

Clean out and cozy up your home for the fall.