Arts & Culture

Brynn Carlson wasn’t like most students in high school. From her 4.27 GPA to being the first girl ever to graduate early from St. Paul private school Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH), she’s always stood out—even as a kid.

Jan and Karen Hunt have lived in Woodbury’s Evergreen neighborhood for more than 30 years. Known for dense and mature spruce, pine and tamarack trees, these homeowners transformed their once rustic lot into a manicured shade garden that continues to bring them joy.

When Woodbury resident Grant West came to the Twin Cities in 1966, it was the beginning of an adventure. Not only with the beginnings of the Walker West Music Academy in St. Paul, but with the evolution of his musical career. “I had a natural curiosity for music,” West says.

Hadley Burger has lived in Woodbury all of her life—all 11 years. The Liberty Ridge Elementary School fifth grader loves taking pictures of nature, and this photo is an excellent example of her talent.

looking in, carol jean felth seems to be the quintessential minnesota mom. Decked out in her U of M hoodie and Woodbury Royals beanie, she happily spends her nights and weekends cheering at soccer games and helping with math homework.

Owners Ken Burkhardt and Andrew Mikkelson created Homestead Remodeling in November 2011 with a clear idea of what they wanted to do.

Jennifer Wenshau is enjoying her role as the new membership and marketing director at the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce, helping to expand the fast-growing chamber, now ranked the ninth largest in Minnesota.

While most 15-year-olds are playing video games or streaming Netflix, Oisin Wachholz has found a creative passion: digital art. “I was on the internet and I saw paintings and drawings,” Wachholz says.

Jennifer Gockowski’s new business, Jennifer Illustrations, came to be just like many great things in life—after a long and winding road of career changes, not all of which were in her control. But her love of art started long before the word “career” was on her mind.

Homeowners Jim and Liz Midtlien take pride in their backyard retreat, which features a woodland garden they have lovingly nurtured over the past 15 years.

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