Stillwater Schools Announce Principal Changes at 5 Elementary Schools for Next Year

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Stillwater Area Public Schools on Tuesday afternoon announced leadership changes at schools across the district. Here’s a look at the changes:

Lily Lake and Oak Park

Nate Cox will be the principal at Oak Park and Lily Lake elementary schools next year. The district will hire an assistant principal this summer to help with the leadership role at the two schools. Cox has served as principal at Oak Park since 2013. Prior to coming to Stillwater, he was a principal in the Willmar School District. Continue Reading →

Stillwater’s Memorial Day Ceremony is Monday, May 30


Stillwater’s Memorial Day ceremony to honor St. Croix Valley casualties of war will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30 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 Minnesotan Pete Hegseth, an Army veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a frequent national news contributor and author of the recently released” In the Arena: Good Citizens, A Great Republic, and How One Speech Can Reinvigorate America.”

This year’s wreath laying ceremony includes special recognition of Private First Class, Douglas Carroll Merrill, U.S. Army, a former Stillwater High School student who was killed in action on Aug. Continue Reading →

Rivertown Art Festival Set for June 4-5 in Downtown Stillwater

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The 39th Annual Rivertown Art Festival will take place June 4-5 in North Lowell Park in downtown Stillwater. This year’s event features more than 110 fine artists, along with vendors with handcrafted items.

“We have many of the region’s best artisans in a wide variety of mediums including woodworking, photography, ceramics, pottery, textiles and metal,” Chamber Director Robin Anthony said. This year, the Chamber is featuring new items like fused glass from Advantage Glass Design, handmade frames from Images by Lee, metal sculptures from Iron Maid Art and Wooden Jewelry from Melinda Wolff. The festival’s marketplace will include some unique handmade items like Beer/Wine Jelly from Windy Ridge Jelly. There will also be pottery demonstrations from Mudslinger Pottery, and wood turning top demos from Wooden Inspirations. Continue Reading →

Stillwater City Council Considers The Ponds at Heifort Hills Town Home Development

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A public hearing for a development of 48-detached town homes on Neal Avenue North —  just south of Highway 96 — is set for Tuesday night at the Stillwater City Council meeting. The Ponds at Heifort Hills is a proposal to build 48 detached townhomes on about 25 acres of Kenneth and Geraldine Heifort’s property located at 8753 and 8911 Neal Ave. N. Each of the two phases of the project will include 24-detached town homes. According to planning documents, the estimated home price is $450,000. On Tuesday night, the council will consider approving a conceptual shoreland PUD for both phases of The Ponds at Heifort Hills project, rezone the land and consider approval of the preliminary plat for the first phase of the project. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Area Public Schools Expands Summer Food Service Program


Stillwater Area Public Schools is expanding the Summer Food Service Program to offer free breakfast and lunch to area children at two locations this summer. The goal of this program is to make sure all youth in our community have access to nutritious meals while school is out for the summer. The Summer Meals Program will run:

Mondays through Fridays, June 9-Aug. 19 (closed July 4) at the Stillwater Junior High School cafeteria. Breakfast will be served 7:15-8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11-12:15 p.m. for any interested children ages two to 18 years of age. Continue Reading →

Ziggy’s Restaurant Set to Take Over Dairy Queen Space in Downtown Stillwater


A new restaurant will soon take over the former Dairy Queen space on Main Street in downtown Stillwater. David Suddeth is looking to capitalize on the popularity of food trucks with Ziggy’s Restaurant, the first food truck in Minnesota with a bar. “We’ve been super excited to figure out what type of restaurant would do well in Stillwater,” Suddeth said. “We were looking to develop an idea that falls somewhere between the high-end establishments and the bar and grills in downtown Stillwater.”

Ziggy’s Restaurant will offer quick, affordable and high quality street food, served in a laid back and relaxing atmosphere. Suddeth, who also owns Mallards on the St. Continue Reading →

Washington County Seeks Election Judges for Primary, General Election



Washington County is seeking election judges for the 2016 primary and general elections. During the this year’s primary and general elections, about 2,000 election judges will be needed to staff polling locations throughout Washington County. Election judges and election judge trainees are the officials who staff the polling location and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Required qualifications for an election judge are:

U.S. citizen eligible to vote in Minnesota;

at least 18 years of age (if you are 16 or 17 years old, see information on the Washington County website and search “election judge;”

Able to read, write and speak English; and

Complete a two-hour training, which can be done online. Required qualifications for a student election judge are:

must be at least 16 years old;

have approval from parents and school’s principal;

must submit a written request to principal at least 10 days before Election Day; and

must complete an application that is to be signed by parents/guardians and school’s principal. Continue Reading →

Photo Raises Questions about Stillwater Area School Board Members


A photograph sent to Stillwater Current Friday afternoon appears to show five members of the Stillwater Area Public Schools Board of Education sitting at a table together at Meister’s Bar and Grill after Thursday night’s meeting. The photo comes in the midst of a lawsuit alleging open meeting law violations by members of the Stillwater Area Public Schools Board of Education. Here is a screenshot of the School Board members during Thursday night’s meeting:

According to Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law, a meeting is a “meeting” for purposes of the law when a quorum or more of the governmental body is gathered—in person or by electronic means, whether or not action is taken or contemplated.”

Read about the Open Meeting Law. To form a quorum for a board of seven people, four or more members of the board must be present. The photo sent to Stillwater Current apparently shows five members of the board — Paula O’Loughlin, George Hoeppner, Kathy Buchholz, Amy Burback and Tom Lehmann — sitting at a table together. Continue Reading →

Stillwater host the last stage of the North Star Grand Prix

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Cyclists racing in the North Star Grand Prix will finish the five-day pro stage race with the Stillwater Criterium on Sunday, June 19, 2016. The North Star Grand Prix is part of the North Star Bicycle Festival, a 10-day celebration of cycling, presented by North Memorial Health Care which will bring hundreds of top professional and elite racers from around the country to Stillwater. The Stillwater Criterium will take cyclist through the streets of downtown Stillwater. Racers will start near the expo site at the intersections of East Olive and Second Street and finish at Second and West Pine Street. Both men and women pro racers will have to race on a circuit that includes what organizers say is the most difficult climb in North American cycling, the Chilkoot Hill. Continue Reading →

Candidate Filing for 2 Stillwater City Council Seats Opens May 17

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The candidate filing period for for two seats on the Stillwater City Council opens Tuesday, May 17. Stillwater City Council elections will be held for representatives of Wards 2 and 3. City Council members serve four-year terms, beginning in January 2017. Dave Junker was appointed in 2015 to represent Ward 2 after Ted Kozlowski was elected mayor. Tom Weidner was elected in 2012 to represent Ward 3. Continue Reading →

Bayport Public Library Spring Book Sale Begins May 21

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The Bayport Library Spring Book Sale has a little something for everyone. Hardcovers for $1 and paperbacks for $0.50. Monday and Tuesday are a bag of books for $10. Bayport Public Library

582 N 4th Street 

Bayport, MN 55003


The sale runs:

Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday May 23 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday May 24 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Stillwater’s Next Historic Stairs Fitness Hike is Saturday, May 28

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Washington County’s next guided fitness hike of Stillwater’s historic stairs is Saturday, May 28 beginning at the Historic Courthouse. The monthly Historic Stairs Fitness Hikes happen on the fourth Saturday of the month, from 9-10 a.m.

The 60 minute hike includes a warm-up with fitness challenges and stair-climbing along a route that offers unique views and history highlights. Parking is available at the Historic Courthouse. The group meets inside the first floor hallway. The hikes are for ages 13 or older. Continue Reading →

Everybody’s Heard About the Bird at the Warden’s House May 22nd 2pm



“Stories from Minnesota’s Rock N’ Roll History” Program

Join author and award winning journalist Rick Shefchik on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Warden’s House Museum for a free presentation on Minnesota’s Rock N’ Roll history. Shefchik will discuss his latest publication, “Everybody’s Heard About The Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock N Roll In Minnesota”. The book chronicles the arrival of rock music in Minneapolis by tracing local bands’ first steps into the new genre. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Minnesotan artists like Augie Garcia, Bobby Vee, the Fenderman, Mike Waggoner and the Bops, and Stillwater’s own More-Tishans helped drastically and permanently change the way popular music was written, performed, and produced. If you’ve ever bought a new needle for a record player or belted out a classic at a rock concert – you won’t want to miss Shefchik’s entertaining and enlightening take on pop-culture history. Continue Reading →

A Tuk-tuk Service is Coming to Downtown Stillwater

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Tuk-tuks will soon be roaming the streets of downtown Stillwater. Stillwater resident James Cashman told the city council that he hopes to bring tuk-tuks — electric, three-wheeled rickshaws that are popular in Southeast Asia — to downtown Stillwater next month. Cashman told the council he plans to bring one tuk-tuk to town in June, with the hopes of adding a second tuk-tuk into service downtown by next year. From April through October, E-TUK MN drivers would offer free rides and mini-tours all over downtown Stillwater, Cashman said. The plan to is to generate revenue with tips, donations and advertising. Continue Reading →