Welcome to the June/July 2024 Issue

by | Jun 2024

Best of St. Croix Valley Magazine 2024 Cover

Recently, I received an email from the Minnesota Historical Society. Its collection was missing one issue of St. Croix Valley Magazine—could I send it over to complete its archive? It was such a lovely reminder of the value of this magazine in the Valley’s history— our magazine will share the stories of this community for decades to come. And there’s no issue that better highlights the changing landscape of our communities than the annual Best of St. Croix Valley issue.

Each year, readers come together to vote for their favorite area businesses. The winners are highlighted in these pages and will forever hold a place in Valley history, both in St. Croix Valley Magazine and in the hearts of residents and visitors. I want to thank all who voted—and add another thank you to the businesses, organizations and service providers dedicated to making the Valley thrive.

Serendipitously, these pages also hold stories on two projects that are embracing the shifting landscape of the Valley. Get a glimpse into the long-term vision for Stillwater’s Union Art Alley. I connect with Matt Thuesen, the winner of Stillwater Area Community Foundation’s Great Idea Competition, about how his Stillwater Area History Spot project will provide passersby with an easy, free way to connect with historically significant places around them.

In the mood to relax and recharge? I dig into my best spent weekend. (Hint: It’s filled with my favorite seasonal adventures and weekday activities, including ice cream and trivia!) Then, peruse a delightful (and sustainable) picnic spread that’s perfect for family boating and beach excursions. Don’t miss local wine connoisseur Ashley Hausman’s recommendations for wine and nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy under the summer sun.

Let’s celebrate!


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