Arts & Culture

Mikayla Holmgren is a remarkable woman. After winning Minnesota Junior Miss Amazing 2015 and going on to compete in the national Junior Miss Amazing pageant, she has a new goal—Miss Minnesota USA. “We’re still looking at dresses,” says Holmgren, a native of Marine on St. Croix.

Lillie Imm has been performing since she was very young. “When I was 3, I performed my first song and dance on stage,” Imm says.

When Karen Engelbretson and her husband Steve Nusbaum decided to move to the St. Croix Valley, the natural beauty surrounding them became much more than a home; it became the inspiration for art.

Started in the summer of 2003 to bring awareness and exposure to local independent film, the Square Lake Film Festival advertises on its website, “the event is a way to bring some exposure to the awesome independent and largely unrecognized film work being done in and around the Twin Cities.”  

Olivia Witt

Activities: Cross-country, basketball, track, Student Council
Volunteering: Preteen church camp photographer, member of NHS and NEHS, strings teacher

In her first year as president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Stillwater’s Robin Wolpert has heard frustrations from people in Washington County about how little they hear about the judicial system in the news.

Precious little is as critical to parents as the early education opportunities afforded their children. Thank goodness the Valley is teeming with options. Here’s a closer look at just 10 of the many.

The start of the school year at St. Patrick’s in Hudson will bring new students to school via the introduction of a 4-year-old kindergarten program, which St. Patrick’s will host as part of a community partnership with the district-wide program being launched by Hudson public schools. St.

Sylvan Learning Center offers a number of ways for students to succeed in school. This means anything from help through homework support to transcripts to ACTs to accelerated reading courses.

Pouring pots, according to local potter and professor Mike Helke, are not only one of his favorite styles of functional pottery to make, but they are the ode to the history that defines the craft’s very meaning.

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