Arts & Culture

Last fall, artists and art lovers gathered at the historic Stillwater riverfront for this juried event that’s been celebrated for over 30 years. Artwork on display included custom made jewelry, hand-thrown pottery, blown glass, paintings, photography, fiber art, woodworking and much more.

Making things grow is the easy part of being a farmer, says Eduardo Rivera, who grows organic fruits and vegetables on a 31/2 -acre farm in Grant Township, just west of Stillwater—but of course any farmer will tell you the word “easy” is said tongue in cheek.

Eduardo Rivera keeps close tabs on his top organic earners at Sin Fronteras farm in Grant, Minn.

1: Peppers

2: Roma tomatoes

3: Cherry tomatoes

4: Cilantro

5: Parsley

6: Tomatillos

As art instructor, Dave Sorenson knows: it’s a tough world out there for a middle school artist. But St. Croix Preparatory’s Elysabeth Kleinke, daughter of Jim and Diane of Stillwater, earned the Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Award for seventh grade.

Birds migrating up the Mississippi Flyway for spring always weight the trees and fill the air of the St. Croix Valley.

The Valley has a reputation for pottery—not least because of Warren MacKenzie, the Stillwater-based potter who brought Japanese style to Minnesota. In anticipation of the annual St.

FamilyMeans—a Stillwater-based nonprofit that’s been in operation since 1963 and has locations across the metro, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin—seeks to “strengthen communities by strengthening families.” The organization does

He trained at Yale and sang opera in New York, but now you can find baritone Steven Marking, who lives in Maplewood, on the Mississippi backwaters in a mallard-green pontoon boat, armed with a camera, crouched behind a blind.

On the upper story of the 129-year-old Town Hall in Marine on St. Croix—a floor above the city offices and the library—more than 100 fold-out chairs sit before a 9-by-16-foot screen.

When a seat opened on the Minnesota Supreme Court last year, Minnesota Bar Association president and Stillwater resident Robin Wolpert “was out talking with members of the public,” she says. She considers Minnesotans educated and engaged, but “it seemed that the court was largely a mystery.

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