Summer Tuesdays: The Labyrinth, Lars Carlson & the Secondhand Hipsters Take Over Lowell Park


Summer Tuesdays is happening tonight in Lowell Park with Lars Carlson & the Secondhand Hipsters taking the stage at 6 p.m., and Labyrinth on the big screen at dusk. The marketplace opens at 5 p.m.

Remember to bring blankets or chairs to hang out and watch music and the movie. Once again, boaters will be able to “boat-in” to watch the movie from the St. Croix River. Here’s a look at this year’s lineup:

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Lake Elmo Park Reserve Swimming Pond Set to Reopen Aug. 1

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The Lake Elmo Park Reserve swimming pond will reopen on Monday, Aug. 1. The swimming pond, built in 1986, was renovated this summer with a new liner, pipes that carry the water in and out of the pond and skimmers that filter the water. More shade trees, benches and sidewalks were added to the area around the pond, as well as betterAmericans with Disabilities Act accessibility in the parking areas, picnic tables and a hard-surfaced, zero-depth entry to the pond. The depth of the pond was reduced from 6 feet deep, to 4 feet deep. Continue Reading →

Police: Stillwater Man Arrested After Reports of Gunshots Fired Near Cub Foods

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An 18-year-old Stillwater man was arrested Saturday morning after police responded to a report of a suspicious man walking away from Cub Foods with a gun in the front of his pants. The caller told police they saw the man on a hill nearby and heard multiple gunshots. Police responded to the area at about 8:35 a.m. and located the man, who then started running, Stillwater Police Sgt. Jeff Stender said. The man ran into the back of Super 8 Motel, where he was taken into custody. Continue Reading →

Help ArtReach St. Croix Make Their Mobile Art Gallery Dream a Reality


ArtReach St. Croix is looking to raise about $4,000 by the end of next week to make the Mobile Art Gallery a reality. The hope is to launch the new project this fall. Afton architect Anna Koosmann has worked with the ArtReach team to dream up a pull-behind trailer that can transform into mobile art spaces to “take the show on the road” throughout the lower St. Croix Valley. Continue Reading →

St. Croix River to Have Weekend of Extra Protection Against Aquatic Invaders

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Six boat decontamination units will visit the St. Croix River on July 23 and 24, 2016. These units will decontaminate boats to aid in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Decontamination units are portable high pressure and high temperature wash units that allow boat inspectors to decontaminate watercraft at public water accesses without allowing any of the water to run off. These units help remove invasive species from boats and protect our waterways. Continue Reading →

Pub 112 Chef Bernice Reyes Wins Stillwater Lumberjack Days Chef’s Competition

Pub 112 Chef Bernice Reyes is the champion of the 2016 Stillwater Lumberjack Days Chef’s Competition.

Pub 112 Chef Bernice Reyes was crowned champion of the 2016 Stillwater Lumberjack Days Chef’s Competition. Chef Reyes defeated the defending champ, Chef Nate Peterson of Phil’s Tara Hideaway, by cooking up her ribeye steak tacos with fresh corn tortillas, a smoky white chocolate mole and roasted blueberry salsa. All of the ingredients for the competition were purchased at the Stillwater Farmers Market. The meat was donated by River Market Community Co-op. All of the ingredients were a surprise to the competitors. Continue Reading →

Why I Relay: Alyssa Manor

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Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way or another whether it is a family member, friend, coworker, or possibly yourself. This is why I relay:

Cancer always seemed like a distant scary thing that couldn’t ever happen to anyone I knew. My naïve thoughts quickly changed when I met one of my closest friends, Jake Martell. Jake and I met in Jr. High but became extremely close throughout high school. Jake was diagnosed with cancer at a young age, so when I met him, he had already fought cancer, multiple times. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Businesses Plan Dinner to Say ‘Thank You’ to Local First Responders

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Several Stillwater businesses are saying “Thank you” to our local police, firefighters and medics this week by serving a meal to those who serve our community. “In short, we will be serving dinner to first responders simply as a Thank You,” Candyland Owner Brandon Lamb said. “A lot of tragic events are taking place around our nation, and as a community we want to keep the Love in our town rather than the negativity.”

The event was organized by Lamb and Jarvis Glanzer of Watermark Church, with support from dozens of local businesses including the Main Street IBA, Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop, Reclaiming Beautiful, QuickFire Pizza, Alfresco, Lift Bridge Brewery, the Water Street Inn, Team Boo Realty, the Dock Cafe, Tin Bins and Acapulco. “This idea first came about to have a dinner for all first responders, but in light of recent events, we felt we needed to speed up the process and start on a lower scale,” Lamb said. “We would still like to continue working on a bigger event that will most likely happen early next year.”

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Valley Chamber Chorale Auditions

The Valley Chamber Chorale (VCC) seeks singers of all voice parts for its 42nd season “Where Music Dwells”. Auditions include performing a prepared solo (sacred, secular, art song etc). Memorization is not required. Other aspects of the audition include vocalises and vocal exercises to determine range, voice part and intonation and sight-reading and tonal memory skills. Auditions are by appointment only and will last approximately 15 minutes. Continue Reading →

Summer Tuesdays Features Hotel Transylvania 2, Music by Moors & McCumber

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The St. Croix River is still running high, but Summer Tuesdays is happening this week, with a few minor adjustments. The second Summer Tuesdays event of the season is Tuesday, July 19 with live music by Moors & McCumber starting at 6 p.m., and Hotel Transylvania 2 on the big screen at dusk. The marketplace opens at 5 p.m.

Summer Tuesdays will happen in the same general area as usual, the movie will just be moved up to the steps of the Pedestrian Plaza, event organizer Cassie McLemore said. The non-food vendors will be in the parking lot just southwest of PD Pappy’s. Continue Reading →

MnDOT Closely Monitoring St. Croix River to Determine if it Needs to Close Stillwater Lift Bridge

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The St. Croix River has risen to the level where MnDOT will have to decide whether or not to close the Stillwater Lift Bridge. The river crested at 686.12 on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. As of 10:15 a.m. Sunday, the river level was 685.95. MnDOT considers closing the Lift Bridge at 686 feet to protect electric motors on the bottom of the bridge. Continue Reading →

Lumberjack Days 2016: A Look at Saturday’s Music and Events Schedule


Stillwater Lumberjack Days continues today. A rising St. Croix River forced Stillwater Lumberjack Days organizers to retool the layout of this weekend’s festival in Lowell Park, but changes aside, The Locals are ready to host a fun community event. The fishing tournament has been cancelled. Here’s a map to the new layout:

Here’s a rundown of music and entertainment for Friday, July 15:

8-10 a.m.: Lumberjack Days 5K Race (Pioneer Park on 2nd Street)

8-11 a.m.: Pancake Breakfast at JX Venue (2nd Street and Mulberry St)

7:30-noon: Farmer’s Market (Pine and Third St)

10 a.m.: Free Yoga in the Park

10 a.m. – noon: Little Lumberjack Days Parade (North Lowell Park)

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Old Time Baseball Exhibition (Old Athletic Field)

Noon: Free kids Yoga in the Park

Noon – 4 p.m.: Ponies Touchdown Club Football Camp (North Lowell Park)

2-4 p.m.: Chef’s Competition by the Main Stage

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