Explore Warner Nature Center

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Looking for an opportunity for your children to play outside this summer? Check out Warner Nature Center in Marine on St. Croix. Come to Your Senses allows children ages 4 and 5 to put their five senses to the test and see how they compare to other animals in nature. Children will be able to […]

Minnesota Ironman Comes to Town

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That’s right folks!  Ironmen and women are coming to town on Sunday, April 27th.  These athletes will self propel themselves on metal horses in a grueling day of peddling. This event is widely considered the opening of cycling season in the Midwest. The 48th Annual Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride is offering four separate courses this […]

Sustainability: Part 1 of 4


Its All About the Bees By Claudia Morgan; Photos by Laurie Schneider When most of us see a bee, we swat it away; we step on crawly bugs and we get out the tennis racket to protect ourselves from a flying bat. So why should we care if there are fewer and fewer of them? […]

Sustainable Artist Laurie Schneider

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By Jim Reynolds; Photos by Laurie Schneider Visual storytellers move through life with a curatorial perspective. They observe and feel situations while many of us move through life with an “on-to-the-next-task” mentality. To capture the moment, one must be fully present and engaged in his or her environment. Storytellers of all mediums soak up experiences […]

Art Lovers in the Valley


By Heather Rutledge With the maritime perspective that comes from growing up in Nova Scotia, Ruth Misenko, owner of Seasons on St. Croix Gallery, fully believes that “all boats rise to the incoming tide.” It is cooperation, not competition that motivates this businesswoman. That, and being surrounded by beautiful artwork! In her former career, Ruth […]

The Values and Virtues of Camp St. Croix

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  BY MICHEL CLAUSEN TIGAN Walking through the doors of the River Center you are overwhelmed with the smells of wood, fire, and earth. You enter the wilderness with its timeless summer days and the cool summer nights. In this place, you are song and dirt, freedom and spirit. In short, you are a camper. […]

Pride of Craftmanship

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By Ann Ponath   Stillwater is a city known for its lovely old homes, each one with a history. Our humble Cape Cod is no grand Victorian, and it’s relatively young at sixty-seven, but it does have a story to tell that started long before I arrived. 504 St. Croix Avenue West, was built by […]

Valley Art Guide to Launch in 2014

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  By Terry Hutchins; Photo by Aimee Christenson  – When Stillwater painter and gallery owner Tim Nyberg returned to Minnesota after spending the better part of a decade in Door County, Wisconsin, he was surprised to find something missing in the St. Croix Valley’s otherwise robust art scene. “No art guide? In Stillwater? How are […]

Share Your Great Idea

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If you or your organization have an idea that would better the quality of life in the Valley the Stillwater Area Foundation wants to hear about it. Stillwater is going through transition: a new bridge, a new community festival — now is the time to envision what we can be. The Great Idea Competition seeks […]