Stillwater’s Memorial Day Ceremony is Monday, May 29

Stillwater’s Memorial Day ceremony to honor St. Croix Valley casualties of war will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 29 at the Veterans Memorial. The ceremony will include a wreath laying to recognize the fallen soldiers from each of the branches of the armed forces. The ceremony will include music by the Stillwater Wind Symphony and the Croix Chordsmen, a T-6 Thunder Flight Team flyover and a rifle salute by local Veterans of Foreign War members. The guest speaker for this year’s event is Lieutenant Colonel Bill VandenBergh, U.S. Army. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Area High School Mountain Bike Team Info Meeting and Bike Swap

 

The Stillwater Area High School Mountain Bike Team, MN State Division 1 Runner-Up in 2016, will be holding an informational meeting and bike swap on May 21 at 3 p.m. at Valley View Park’s Upper Parking Lot. Entrance is on the east side of Osgood, 1 mile south of Hwy 36 and just north of the Oak Park Heights Prision. If you have bikes, clothing or gear you have outgrown, bring it to the swap! Students and parents/guardians of the classes of 2018 – 2023 [7th – 12th grades] are welcome. Stillwater still boasts the largest high school mountain bike program in Minnesota. Continue Reading →

SCCS Rocks Street Dance is Saturday

SCCS Rocks Street Dance is this Saturday, May 20 in the St. Croix Catholic School parking lot from 6:30-10:00. High & Mighty will be hitting the stage at 8:00. At 7:15 p.m. we will honor the memory of SCCS Alum Zach Sobiech with a Clouds choir singalong, featuring Sammy Brown. Please join us. Continue Reading →

Summer Tuesdays Announces 2017 Music and Movies Lineup

Summer Tuesdays just announced the 2017 music and movie lineup. Now in its 15th year, Summer Tuesdays will run from July 11 through Aug. 22 along the banks of the St. Croix River in downtown Stillwater. Summer Tuesdays will feature a marketplace that opens at 5 p.m., live music will begin at 6 p.m. and a movie that will start 10 minutes after sunset in north Lowell Park. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Baseball Stars of the Week Awards: Week of May 14

Every week this baseball season, we will announce Stillwater Area Baseball Weekly Stars here on Stillwater Current. Here’s our weekly award winners for the week of May 14. Ben Jackels, playing for the 13AAA team is the Stillwater Motors Player of the Week. Ben pitched 2 no-hit innings with one K, and at the plate had a key double, with an RBI and a run scored. Erik Anderson is the Dave’s Sport Shop Umpire of the Week. Continue Reading →

Lakeview Hospital Signs Purchase Agreement for Land at Highway 36 and Manning in Stillwater

Lakeview Hospital has signed a purchase agreement for 68 acres of land on the north side of Highway 36, east of Manning Avenue, in Stillwater. The hospital anticipates closing on the purchase before year-end. “There are no immediate plans—or timelines—for the property,” said Ted Wegleitner, President and CEO of Lakeview Hospital. “Securing the land is a step toward preparing for the anticipated growth of our community and ensuring that we’ll be able to provide quality health care to Stillwater and surrounding community residents for decades to come.”

The hospital purchased two-thirds of the 68-acre parcel from Crescent Development LLC, and the other one-third from Paul Bergmann, a farmer and long-time Stillwater resident whose family has owned land in the area since the 1950s. Because the hospital’s timeframe to use the property is long-term, Bergmann will continue farming and operating his business – Bergmann’s Greenhouses Farm Market – on the land. Continue Reading →

Forest Lake Reaches Tentative Agreement to Keep Police Department

It appears that the Forest Lake Police Department will not be disbanded after all. Days after the Forest Lake City Council voted to dissolve the police force, and contract with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the city of Forest Lake, the Forest Lake Police Department, the police union and Sheriff’s Office issued a joint press release announcing that a tentative agreement had been reached. Forest Lake patrol officers and sergeants unions will each hold a vote on the agreement on Thursday. The agreement will be presented to the council next week. City leaders and union representatives negotiated the agreement at the encouragement of Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry, county commissioners and city council members, the news release said. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Baseball Announces Player of the Week Awards

Every week this baseball season, we will announce Stillwater Area Baseball Weekly Award Winners here on Stillwater Current. Here’s our weekly award winners for the week of April 30 to May 6. The Dave’s Sport Shop Hitter of the Week is Tanner Kahn. Tanner, 11, had 6 at bats (ABs) last week and went 4-4 with 2 walks (BBs). The Pitcher of the Week is Owen Leister —also 11 yrs old— who pitched 2 innings, with only one walk and a 4.50 ERA. Continue Reading →

If You Receive a Shared Google Doc Email from Staff Members at Stillwater Schools, Don’t Open It

Earlier this afternoon Stillwater Area Public Schools families may have received an email from a district staff member attempting to share a Google doc. The district is warning parents not to open these emails. “Google has identified this as a nationwide issue and is currently working to resolve it,” an email from Stillwater Schools Technology Team reads. “Our technology team has stopped the further spread of the emails from Stillwater Area Public Schools.” It is a good idea for everyone to change their Google password at this time to prevent further issues. Continue Reading →

Editorial: Stillwater Area School Board, Can We Please Start the Healing Process?

Out of one side of his mouth, the Stillwater Area Public Schools Board Chair says it is time for the district to unify — and to heal — after two years of turmoil over school closings. Out of the other side of his mouth, he says science teachers at the high school who have concerns about overcrowding need to be “cuffed upside the head.”

Last time I checked, “cuffing someone upside the head” rarely leads to healing. For more than a year, I’ve heard calls to action from various members of the board — and our community — to start the healing process. It’s May. The school year will come to a close this month. Continue Reading →

Update: Missing Boater Found Safe After Accident on the St. Croix River

The boater who was reported missing after an accident south of Bayport on the St. Croix River early Sunday morning has been located alive, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The boaters in the accident were identified as Jason Elgersma, 36, and Kristin Erickson, 35, both of Minneapolis. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has marked the boat as a safety hazard on the river, and ordered that it be removed by the owner in a timely manner. The boating accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Continue Reading →

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 →