February 2022

In this issue of Woodbury Magazine, we’re celebrating the beauty that is the world.

“To travel is to live.” —Hans Christian Andersen

Being a magazine editor has always been a dream job, and it’s safe to say that I adore the career I’ve built. However, I also long to be a travel writer.

Foggy Morning at Powers

Kent Nye, hobbyist photographer, took his winning photograph on a particularly hazy morning in September 2020. The photo features a stunning scene of the Powers Lake fishing pier. “I woke up really early one morning.

chef Tommy Begnaud

Cajun inspired Mr. Paul’s Supper Club wants to show the Twin Cities a good time.


Woodbury-based Family Achievement Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and resources for parents on a challenging journey, hosted the third annual Move to Your Own Groove All Abilities Race in Colby Lake Park on September 12, 2021.

We Wait for the Sun

This year, the R.H. Stafford Library offers three book recommendations in honor of Black History Month. Since its official inception in 1976, it has offered ways to reflect on and pay tribute to Black achievements throughout history.

Molly Golden

Since 2017, Molly Golden has been sharing her passion for travel and lifestyle through her Twin Cities-based blog Golden Girl Travel.

Naomi Betker

For Naomi Betker, baking comes easy. The Woodbury resident has been whipping up sweet treats since childhood—but her favorite hobby took a turn when she was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2014.

A day celebrating the girls you love.

Galentine’s Day is a time to surround yourself with your best friends and to celebrate love—whether you’re single or not. This unofficial holiday is truly as sweet as it sounds.

Evan Erickson

Ask Evan Erickson what his chances were to win a gold medal at the 2021 International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), and he’ll tell you. “About 6,000 students took the F=MA exam, five went to the IPhO.

Joy of the People

Playtime has gotten substantially more fun with Joy of the People (JOTP), a nonprofit leading the way for play with a cutting-edge opportunity to build healthy kids and communities through free play. Operating in St.


Sara Duffy is a travel enthusiast and owner of SRD International, a luxury travel concierge business with offices in Minnesota and California.

Simple Roast Chicken

Kowalski’s has received Best Rotisserie Chicken awards multiple times, including as recently as last October. It’s so convenient. It’s a wonder anyone ever roasts a chicken at home anymore; it can be messy, time-consuming and stress-inducing.

Strawberry Mocktail

This February, I’m celebrating the ladies who matter most in my life with a Galentine’s Day party. This strawberry mocktail is a treat and great for littles, too. 


V.E. Schwab’s 2013 novel explores the near-future world where it’s possible to become a superhero and examines how the ideas of good and evil are never quite what they seem.

glass of red wine

With Valentine’s Day comes gifts, chocolate and—you guessed it!—wine.