July 2014

In the July issue of Woodbury Magazine, you'll find a guide to the perfect summer adventure in the St. Croix River Valley, meet the musically and theatrically talented Vaaler family and learn about the local portrait photographers working to show support for the families of fallen soldiers.

Malts and milkshakes are some of the ultimate summertime treats, recalling
innocent days of play and long hours of sunlight. A jaunt to the local ice cream
shop to get a milkshake was a festive event. But the first milkshakes on the


Great shopping with the latest spring and summer styles, photos with gal pals and more brought a large crowd to Woodbury Lakes May 15 for Girl’s Night Out, benefitting the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.


A special historical program, photo exhibit and dinner at the Prom Center commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Woodbury Community Foundation.


“The littlest of our three boys, Macallan, usually does a great job of keeping up with his big brothers, but not this time,” says Mandi Folks.


Local powerhouse Merrill Community Arts Center (MCAC) presents their summer
blockbuster performance: Bye Bye Birdie, one of the most iconic stage musicals


“There’s an old saying: The family that sings together, stays together,” says Tom Reimann. “I think that’s very true,” he adds with a chuckle.

Phipps Inn, a Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast in Hudson, Wis.

Ah Minnesota summers. It’s what we live for. We know better than most how to maximize the narrow window of summer—hiking, boating, fresh fruit picking—the bevy of activities goes on. Right in our backyard is the St.


There is a renewed spark of interest in the railroad among Minnesotans, with the expanding light-rail line and President Barack Obama’s February speech at the restored St. Paul Union Depot.


Madison Gaffney has come a long way since being a Purple Princess.


Photographers Kirk Duit and Laurie Pease Johnson of Kirk Portrait Designs in Woodbury offer their time and talent as official photographers for Tribute to


Woodbury’s 4th of July celebration has long taken place at Ojibway Park. But this year, festivities will be held at the Bielenberg Sports Center.

Eric Westfall, Eagle Scout extraordinaire.

Only 4 to 7 percent of kids who enroll in Boy Scouts go on to become Eagle Scouts.


Last fall, Bella Bridal Boutique unveiled the fruits of their recent remodel: lively paint colors, a custom-made front desk, updated fitting rooms, a newly-added waiting area, and fresh fabrics and upholstery.


This summer, community members can get out and enjoy the Woodbury Lakes plaza with the fifth annual Summer Concert Series, a weekly offering of free family-friendly musical events.

Lori Sager, left, with Kajsa Jones, one of her music students.

Lori Sager is all over the Woodbury music scene. She is a director for the Woodbury Community Theatre, 2013-14 music and choir director at Woodbury Middle School, director of the St.