Arts & Culture

Here are some of the best reader submitted photos from this year's Hudson Hot Air Affair. The mid-winter event has been delighting spectators for 30 years. This year's theme was Pirates Fly’n the Croix-Ribbean. 

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.

Harsh winds have kept the balloons grounded the past two years, but this year, Hot Air Affair president Evy Nerbonne hopes for a relatively windless weekend, so the 30 to 35 hot air balloons—brought in from as far as Pennsylvania and

February 9, 2018, might seem like a long way off, but Afton native Jessie Diggins is looking forward to that date with laser-like focus.

Sharon and Richard Young’s story is about clowning, but it is also about midlife love.

As a kid, Claire Willett needed a refuge like the St. Croix ArtBarn in Osceola, Wis. Sports culture pervaded when she was growing up, but that didn’t click. “I needed to feed the creative side of my brain,” she says.

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