Stillwater Public Library: Youth & Family Art Workshops on October 29


On Saturday, October 29, 2016, the Stillwater Public Library will offer two creative art workshops. Youth ages 6-10 can register to attend “Stained Glass” Paper Collage Tree Art Class with White Bear Center from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Stained glass is a unique art which uses light and the transparency of glass to add life to work. We will use three kinds of papers to create a collage which explores the different qualities of transparent tissue paper, opaque construction paper, and reflective metallic paper. We will combine these papers into a beautiful panel which celebrates the fall season. Continue Reading →

Absentee Voting Continues; Voters May Have Usual Voting Experience Beginning Nov. 1


Absentee voting for the statewide general election continues through Monday, Nov. 7. On Election Day, Nov. 8, voters must vote at their designated precincts.  Polling location information is available online through the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office at Due to state legislative changes that allow for “no-excuse absentee voting,” voter turnout by absentee ballot is high. Continue Reading →

Supports for Aging Community Featured at Community Thread’s Connections Breakfast

Reservations are being taken for Community Thread’s Connections Breakfast, an annual event to introduce the public to the nonprofit’s services. This year’s event will be held on Friday, November 4 from 8:00am – 9:00am at Community Thread, 2300 W. Orleans in Stillwater. Supporting Our Neighbors – One Act at a Time is the theme of the event. Guests will enjoy a complimentary breakfast and become inspired learning how volunteers are strengthening our community well-being. Guest speakers include Julie Harper Wylie, RN who will speak about how the organization’s services help her support an aging family member, and Ron Aldrich, a volunteer in the transportation and chore services program. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Seeks Community Feedback on Concept Park Plan for the Aiple Property


The City of Stillwater is preparing a Concept Park Plan for the former Aiple property on the north end of downtown Stillwater — and city staff is looking for community feedback. As part of the planning process, city staff is hosting a community meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3 at City Hall, so community members can review and comment on materials that have been prepared by park planning consultants. The materials include a site evaluation and an analysis of costs and options for potential re-use of the former Aiple Family residence. Community insights and comments will help guide city leaders as they decide on the elements to be included in the Concept Park Plan. Continue Reading →

Local Views: Gary Kriesel ‘Represents the People’


Gary Kriesel represents the people. He is always willing to listen. Gary is proud of Washington County and what it has accomplished. Washington County has the lowest tax rate in the seven county area. The County has an economic development plan, a transportation plan and a financial plan that provides a roadmap for the future. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Dog Park ‘Howl-O-Ween’ Fundraiser Set for Oct. 29


The Friends of the Stillwater Area Dog Park is hosting a Howl-O-Ween fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Stillwater Dog Park. The “Howl-O-Ween” event is from 1-4 p.m. The fundraiser will have a dog costume contest,  a raffle, an agility demo and a chance to talk with vendors, including local dog trainers, food representatives, photographers and more. Judging for the dog costume contest will be from 2-2:30 p.m. Judges for the dog costume contest are Mayor Ted Kozlowski, Council Member Doug Menikheim and George Dierberger. Continue Reading →

Friends of Stillwater Public Library Fall Book Sale Donations Drive


Donate your gently used books to the Friends of the Stillwater Public Library. The Friends will collect books on Saturday, October 22 and Saturday, October 29 from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm in the Stillwater Public Library parking ramp on Third Street. Drive in and drop off a few cherished reads to share with others! Books will be sold at the Friends Annual Fall Used Book Sale on November 9-12, 2016 with proceeds benefiting the library. None of the following items will be accepted: encyclopedias, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, textbooks, religious materials, National Geographic, videos, cassettes, partially used puzzle books. Continue Reading →

Haunted Forest Fundraiser on Friday October 28

Haunted Forest Fundraiser: Hosted by the Stillwater Band Department in the forest behind Stillwater Area High School. Prepare for a fun evening with whole hearted family fun for all ages from 4:30-7:00pm. Than from 7:30-9:30 the gloves come off and the forest will transform into to a scary hike for teenagers and adults. There will be live music throughout the evening. Fun costumes are encouraged. Continue Reading →

Local Views: A Response to ‘Stillwater’s Forgotten Children’


There are a few comments in Tina Riehle’s piece titled “Stillwater’s Forgotten Children” that we can agree with. Allow us to list a few. 1. “We live in a community of intelligent passionate people.” Absolutely. In District 834, which encompasses 18 separate communities, there are numerous intelligent people passionate about education. Continue Reading →

Pictures of Stillwater: Fall is Such a Showoff…

As the Fog Lifts! Ole Sawmill Marina (Photo by Jodie Euteneuer-Struss)

Local photographers have been busy capturing beautiful fall moments in Stillwater. Thank you to all of the talented, wonderful photographers who are part of the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group. You all blow me away every day with your perspective of what we know is one of the Most Picturesque Small Towns in the United States. Join and post your photos to Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group

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The Big Carve Set for Oct. 19 at Lift Bridge Brewery

The Big Carve is happening this week at Lift Bridge Brewing Co. Carve pumpkins without having to clean up the mess from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19. Lift Bridge will be serving Imperial Pumpkin Porter, and will have pumpkins from Bergmann’s Greenhouse and carving kits for sale for $8 for each pumpkin (about basketball size). The Roe Family Singers will perform and R.A. MacSammy’s food truck will be selling food. Continue Reading →

Local Views: Stillwater’s Forgotten Children


The past 10 months have been a very exhausting marathon. Since the decision to go forward with the new BOLD proposal, it’s been a constant adrenal push to get through the endless school board meetings, retreats, past budgets, targeted programming, the Special Ed Report, the Allocation of Resources Report, the A-ROI information, the various consulting companies, school board candidate interviews and forums all while raising a busy young family running to school events, doctor appointments, dance class, soccer, coaching baseball, organizing play dates and running my own business. I have managed to do this and I have educated myself. With my experience of children in this district, I also have some insight. Stillwater is a unique community comprised of various socioeconomic neighborhoods. Continue Reading →

Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Gary Kriesel to Washington County Board


While public attention has lately focused on national election politics, we need to remember that it is local policy and decision making that make the difference for our communities and quality of life. We are supporting Gary Kriesel for re-election to the Washington County Board. Gary’s work has been instrumental in a number of issues that matter to our communities. We support him for his work on preserving public land along the St. Croix River, the new St. Continue Reading →