Help The Locals Out: Volunteer for Stillwater Lumberjack Days


The Locals are still looking for volunteers for Stillwater Lumberjack Days. The festival is July 15-17, with a VIP kickoff party on the Avalon on Wednesday, July 13. The community Ice Cream Social and Talent Show at the Historic Courthouse is Thursday, July 14. A Lumberjack Days fundraiser and volunteer sign up event is happening Tuesday, June 28 from 6-9 p.m. at Lift Bridge Brewery. The Locals are looking for volunteers to help as set-up and tear-down crew members, volunteers for the downhill derby, music stage hands, working in the beer garden, selling tickets and helping with the parade. Continue Reading →

VAA Football Hosts Neurosurgeon Talk on Concussions on June 23


The St. Croix Valley Athletic Association football program announced that they will host a presentation by neurosurgeon Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD. Dr. Samadani, a researcher and medical practitioner at the University of Minnesota, is a nationally-recognized expert on traumatic brain injury.  She has recently published a book called The Football Decision in an attempt to help parents better understand all of the risks and benefits of playing contact sports. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 23 at Stillwater Junior High School.  The event is free. Matt Simcik, the chairman of the SCVAA football program, is himself a PhD professor and researcher, and a colleague of Dr. Samadani at the University of Minnesota.  SCVAA Football is hosting this discussion to help local parents better understand the benefits and risks associated with contact sports such as football. Continue Reading →

New Planning Advisory Committee Seeks Community Feedback About Future of Downtown Stillwater


The city of Stillwater is embarking on a year-long planning process to update the downtown Stillwater framework plan that will guide downtown growth and development for the next couple of decades. The Downtown Planning Advisory Committee — made up of a group of community volunteers — is hosting an event on Thursday, June 23 aimed at getting your feedback about what the future of downtown Stillwater holds. The event is from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at the Washington County Historic Courthouse. Members of the advisory committee will conduct several different 45-minute walking tours of downtown, followed by a workshop where community members will be asked to share their thoughts about the future of downtown. The walking tours will begin at about 6:30 p.m. The Stillwater Trolley will shuttle participants to downtown. Continue Reading →

Summer Tuesdays Announces 2016 Band & Movie Schedule

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Summer Tuesdays is less than a month away. The first Summer Tuesdays event of the season is happening Tuesday, July 12 in Lowell Park with live music by Galactic Cowboy and Minions on the big screen. Summer Tuesdays, now in its 14th year, will run from July 12 through Aug. 23. The marketplace opens at 5 p.m., live music begins at 6 p.m. and a movie starts at dusk in north Lowell Park. Continue Reading →

Man Transported to Hospital After Being ‘Shot’ with a BB on Main Street

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A Hopkins man was apparently “shot” with a BB gun in broad daylight on South Main Street in downtown Stillwater last weekend. A 25-year-old Hopkins man called 911 from in front of the Stillwater Farm Store on Main Street just after 1:30 p.m. on June 11 and reported that he may have been electrocuted, and had a leg injury, Stillwater Police Sgt. Jeff Stender said. But while the man was being treated by Lakeview EMS, paramedics discovered a puncture wound on his right leg, Stender said. There was also a corresponding hole in the man’s shorts. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Farmers Market Opens Saturday, June 11


The Stillwater Farmers Market’s Opening Day is Saturday, June 11 across from the Historic Courthouse on Third and Pine streets. The market is open every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon through October. Opening day vendors at this year’s market include:

Anderson Apple Farm

Country Lane

Dawn Gilbert

Lorna Lutz

Natures Nectar

Sandy Creek Farms

The Sunshine Barkery

Van Someren Gardens

Wiess Woods of Plum Creek

KDE Farms

Ninzong Yang

Youngs Greenhouse & Garden’s

Three Mad Poppers

Bilha Soap

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Sara’s Tipsy Pies

Blacksmith Seasoning

Costa/Roth Gardens

Suri Serenade Alpaca’s

Hand Harvested Wild Rice

The General Store Bakery from Marine on the St. Croix

Matt’s Wild Salmon

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Belwin Conservancy’s Annual Bison Release is Saturday, June 11


The Belwin Conservancy is releasing a herd of about 40 bison on Saturday, June 11 at their restored prairie in Afton. The release happens at noon sharp, but family-friendly activities to learn about bison and the prairie start at 11 a.m. Food trucks will be on hand to sell food at the event. Visitors on Saturday are also invited to participate in a fun art project led by The Phipps Center for the Arts in conjunction with What We Need in Here. The event is free. Parking is available at the Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields, located at 15601 Hudson Road in West Lakeland. Continue Reading →

Weird Science, Crafternoons and more at Stillwater Public Library

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Looking for fun, educational and free activities to engage your children this summer? Visit the Stillwater Public Library. On Tuesday, June 7 at 10:30 am, join us for Weird Science – Teens Teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). In our “Crazy About Kites” workshop, teens will help youth ages 6-9 explore the concepts of aero-dynamics and engineering while creating their own kite. Ready, Set, Fly! Continue Reading →

Stillwater Public Library Kicks Off Summer Programming 2016!

The Stillwater Public Library kicks off a line-up of great summer programming this week. On Thursday, June 2, we have two fun events at the SPL from 6:00 -8:00 pm. Join us for acoustic alchemy and fiddle wizardry with The Barley Jacks concert on the Terrace, and step inside the gallery to meet artists Dianne Ginsberg and Jeanette Richards at their exhibit of “Oil and Water.”

On Saturday, June 4 at 10:30, we begin Bookawocky, our summer reading program, with Bruce the Bug Guy! This is a lively hands-on program about insects and related arthropods. Live critters and other fun props give you an opportunity to experience these fascinating creatures in a close-up, interactive manner. Continue Reading →

Discover Stillwater’s 2016 Summer Photo Contest is Underway

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The Stillwater Convention and Visitors Bureau’s 2016 Stillwater Summer Photo Contest is underway. Submit your best Stillwater images from now until Aug. 31 for the chance to win a Stillwater Getaway Package or up to $300 cash. Discover Stillwater’s 2015 Photo Contest features 1st ($300), 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place cash prizes, as well as a “Popular Vote” category determined by a vote on the Discover Stillwater Facebook page. The winners’ work will also be recognized, showcased in the Official Stillwater Visitors Guide and on social media. Continue Reading →

Public Art Installations Arrive in Downtown Stillwater as Part of River City Sculpture Tour

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Ten public art installations will dot the landscape of downtown Stillwater as part of the River City Sculpture Tour. In all, 18 original sculptures will be displayed as part of the public art exhibit along the St. Croix River in Stillwater, Hastings and Prescott. “Thatsalottabull,” a giant rusted steel moose, was installed last Friday near the Lift Bridge. Stillwater is host to 10 original, outdoor sculptures that will be on display from now until next April. Continue Reading →

Elections 2016: Races for Washington County, Stillwater City Council Take Shape


A few local races took shape Tuesday night as candidate filing periods for for state, county and two seats on the Stillwater City Council came to a close. Here’s a quick look at the races:

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Brennen Swanson and Dave Junker will vie for a seat to represent Ward 2 on the Stillwater City Council. Tom Weidner will run unopposed to represent Ward 3. Washington County

Former Oak Park Heights Mayor David Beaudet will challenge incumbent Gary Kriesel in a race to represent District 3 on the Washington County Board of Commissioners. Minnesota Senate

Sten Hokanson (D – Stillwater) will challenge incumbent Karin Housley (R – St. Continue Reading →