Party Like It’s 1929

ArtReach St. Croix to host noir-themed “Totally Criminal Cocktail Party” featuring the St. Croix Jazz Orchestra

Trench coats and fedoras, bobbed hair and seamed stockings, smooth jazz and bootleg gin. As part of NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley, ArtReach St. Continue Reading →

Youth Service Bureau Announces Inaugural Gala Supporting Service Expansion

The Youth Service Bureau, Inc (YSB) is pleased to invite you to our inaugural Gala, Thursday, May 18th, 2017, from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at the Lake Elmo Event Center. All funds raised support our capital expansion campaign and will be matched 1:1 by a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust. Dr. David Walsh, our keynote speaker and YSB advocate, will speak on the importance of early intervention. Dr. Walsh is the Author of “Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen.” Continue Reading →

Food Truck Extravaganza

“School’s Out for Summer” is our theme for our Food Truck Extravaganza community event….the first of its kind in the Stillwater area…..driving in to the Stillwater Area High School parking lot on Saturday, June 24. Our inaugural event will include over 20 food trucks, a MarketPlace, a Business Avenue, Live music, and Kid’s activities. This family friendly event will be a great place to pop in on a Saturday, grab some food, shop a bit and learn more about our local businesses. A great way to kick-off summer! Learn More at our website. Continue Reading →

Not Your Normal Book Event

Local writer Chuck Logan worked closely with Happy Thomsen and crew at Happy’s Stillwater Diagnostic Center in researching his new novel, Broker, and used the car shop as a setting in the story. In celebration of this collaboration the folks at Happy’s are throwing a unique, on site, rolling garage party/meet and greet that will feature food, refreshments and signed copies of Broker:

“Not Your Normal Book Event”

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m – 2p.m.

Happy’s Stillwater Diagnostic Center

1730 Industrial Blvd. Stillwater, MN,55082

651 439 0581 Continue Reading →

The Murder Mystery Company

The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Stillwater and surrounding areas throughout Minnesota. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller! Our show in Stillwater is Called “Till Death Do Us Part” at the “Stillwater KC Hall” on may 13th at 7:00PM. If you would like more info or tickets check us out at: Continue Reading →

Register for the Bark for Life Event at Barkers Alps in Bayport

Do you LOVE dogs and HATE Cancer? Bark For Life will celebrate their 4th annual event on May 13 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Barkers Alps in Bayport.  This fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is a family-friendly event that honors the relationship between dogs and their owners. Rain or shine, there will be games, an agility course, demonstrations, sponsors, vendors, a food truck and music following an optional 1 mile walk through the park. Registration costs $20 per dog/family and $5 for additional dogs throughout the month of April. Continue Reading →

Gratitude Breakfast at Stillwater Public Library is April 26

Begin the day with a full cup – at the library. The Stillwater Public Library Foundation will present its 2016 Impact Report at a complimentary continental Gratitude Breakfast, April 26, 7:30-8:30, in the Library’s Margaret Rivers Room, with social hour following the presentation. The Foundation funds outstanding library materials, programs, and services that would otherwise not be possible. “The community loves its library and supports it generously,” said Fred Rengel, Library Foundation President. “We look forward to thanking our donors and showing them the impact of their investment.”

All are welcome to the Gratitude Breakfast. Continue Reading →

Register for the K9 Combat Cancer 5k Event

We are excited to announce a NEW, family friendly 5k walk/run to support the American Cancer Society. We want to bring family, friends and our canine companions together to raise funds and fight back against cancer. The K9 Combat Cancer 5K is a non-competitive walk/run event for all ages. Register at:

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Registration opens at 7 a.m.

Start time: 8 a.m.

$30 entry fee / $40 day of event

long sleeve t-shirt included with pre-registration, not guaranteed day of event. Children 15 and under are free

Both Events –

K9 5k and Bark For Life

$35 entry fee / $45 day of event

long sleeve t-shirt and swag bag full of goodies included

with pre-registration, not guaranteed day of event. Continue Reading →

EmpowerSurvivors- Cheers and Beers Fundraiser at The Lift Bridge Brewery!

EmpowerSurvivors – Cheers and Beers Fundraiser At The Lift Bridge Brewery ! When : Tuesday , April 25, 2017


Place : Lift Bridge Brewery

1900 Tower Drive West, Stillwater,MN

EmpowerSurvivors is a nonprofit organization located right here in Stillwater,MN whose mission is to support survivors of childhood sexual abuse on their healing journeys, work with and educate communities to reduce the rape and molestation of children, and break the silence that enables childhood sexual abuse to go on for generations. EmpowerSurvivors was founded in 2014 by local lifetime resident Elizabeth Sullivan and became a 501c3 organization in the summer of 2016. Elizabeth aims to break the silence that surrounds the epidemic of childhood sexual abuse that affects 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys by the age of 18 years. Elizabeth has worked hard to build a organization that helps survivors on their healing journeys by providing local resources, peer support groups, a yearly conference held in November at The Grand Ballroom, participating in radio shows (Community Matters and Stop Child Abuse Now) twice a week to promote awareness and runs three online groups for child abuse and child sexual abuse survivors. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Plans to Open Teddy Bear Park by April 15

The city of Stillwater is planning to open Teddy Bear Park in the next couple weeks. “Teddy Bear Park will open around April 15,” an announcement on the city’s website reads. “There are a few maintenance things that have to be dealt with as well as de-winterizing the plumbing for bathroom usage. The weather is great but we want the park fresh and clean for your first visit.” Once it’s open, Teddy Bear Park will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until mid-October. Continue Reading →

Interested in Joining A Garden Club?

The Trillium Chapter of the Perrenial Garden Club of Stillwater is looking for new members. We include women & men; we encourage all forms of hortuculture and provide social, educational and civic opportunities. The chapter maintains the rock garden across from the Lowell Inn and holds an annual plant sale. We meet the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30am. Please contact Paula at if you think you may be interested in being part of this friendly group of gardeners Continue Reading →

Minnesota Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Stillwater School District’s Decision to Close 3 Schools

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday morning issued a ruling that the Stillwater Area Board of Education acted within the law when making the decision to close three elementary schools next school year. The Court concluded that the March 3 school closure hearing “afforded a reasonable opportunity for interested parties to testify on the question under consideration,” conformed to the requirements of Minnesota law, and therefore, the Board’s decision to close Withrow, Marine and Oak Park elementary schools the schools is “supported by substantial evidence” in the record. “We appreciate the Court’s consideration of this issue,” a statement from Stillwater Area Public Schools reads. “Our student, staff and families of varying perspectives have remained earnestly and deeply engaged throughout this process, and we are grateful to them. We are looking forward to working along with our communities to continue our transition into the start of the 2017-2018 school year.” Continue Reading →

Nelson’s Ice Cream Will Open for the Season on Saturday, April 1

One sign of spring in Stillwater is the opening of Nelson’s Ice Cream. Here goes … Nelson’s Ice Cream announced plans to open for the season on Saturday, April  1. Nelson’s has been in business since 1923, offering 48 ice cream flavors served in mammoth portions. Nelson’s spring hours are Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. -10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sundays noon to 9 p.m.

Believe It Or Not, Nelson’s Wasn’t Always King of the Ice Cream Cone

Until then, check out this video featuring Nelson’s Ice Cream as the 2014 winner of WCCO’s Best Ice Cream Shop in Minnesota.

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Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s Community Showcase is Saturday

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd annual Community Showcase event is happening Saturday, March 25 at Stillwater Area High School. The Community Showcase –designed to connect local businesses with local residents — is from 1o a.m to 4 p.m.

The event is free to attend, and includes ongoing Live Entertainment on two stages, a Kid’s Activity Area, a Big Toy and Vehicle Display, and the sale of food from local restaurants. The Chamber has over 110 businesses and organizations exhibiting and is expecting a great turnout for this community event – a perfect “staycation” for those in town during Spring Break. “We are very excited about this year’s event,” said Robin Anthony, Chamber Director. “We have added some great door prizes valued at up to $500, a Red Cross Blood Drive, and a varied entertainment lineup including bands, magicians, performance arts and a live radio drama. Continue Reading →