Neighborhood Meeting to Learn About Stillwater Ice Castles is Wednesday


A neighborhood meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at Stillwater City Hall at 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 24 to learn more about a proposed Ice Castle attraction this winter in Lowell Park. The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the Ice Castle attraction and to provide input to city staff. “It’s essentially like building a giant fort out of about 25 million pounds of ice, tunnels, fountains, pathways and waterfalls and slides that are all lit up with lights and surrounded by music,” Ryan Davis, of Ice Castles Inc. said. “It really becomes an out of this world experience.”

Here’s a look at Ice Castles Inc.’s presentation to the City Council last week:

Ice Castles LLC is proposing to build an ice attraction in Lowell Park that will be open from late-December to March. to prepare, Ice Castle crews would begin construction of the attraction in mid-October, and finish cleanup in early-April. Continue Reading →

Zootopia, Third Wheel Project Bring Summer Tuesdays to a Close Tonight

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Tonight is the final Summer Tuesdays event of the year. The final installment of Summer Tuesdays in Lowell Park kicks off with Third Wheel Project taking the stage at 6 p.m. and Zootopia playing on the big screen at sunset. The marketplace opens at 5 p.m.

Remember to bring blankets or chairs to hang out and watch music and the movie. HERE’S A LOOK AT THE FORECAST. Continue Reading →

Local Views: Examining the ‘Buckets’ of Stillwater Area Public Schools


On July 29, 2016 parents received a Pony Email with a lead story titled, “Stillwater Students Continue to Earn High Marks on State Tests.” The article boasts how “Stillwater students outperformed the state average in all grades and all subjects.”

It’s not until the fourth paragraph do we learn that reading and science scores declined compared to last year. The only thing transparent about the district’s email is the lack of transparency. Why are they benchmarking our district to the state average, and using that standard for their headline? Shouldn’t they benchmark our schools to a higher standard like our own schools’s previous scores; or use an even higher standard like the top 10 percent performing school districts in the state. On August 12, 2016, the Stillwater Gazette had a front page article, “ISD 834 sees gains, losses in MCA scores.” Again, this article states, “overall scores were all above the statewide average.”

Marine Elementary School was singled out. Continue Reading →

Free Ice Cream Social


Join us for St. Paul Lutheran Church’s annual Ice Cream Social! Enjoy FREE Nelson’s Ice Cream and 50s & 60s music by The Cruisers. The event takes place on Sunday, August 21 from 2:30-4:30. Located on 4th Street across from the Historic Courthouse. Continue Reading →

Update: On Final Day to File, 11 Candidates Vie for 3 Open Seats on Stillwater School Board

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Last updated at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16:

The filing period for three seats on the Stillwater Area Public Schools Board of Education comes to a close today at 5 p.m.

Seats currently held by Kathy Buchholz, Amy Burback and Mike Ptacek are up for election in November. Entering the final day to file affidavits of candidacy, 11 candidates will run for the three open seats, according to Stillwater Area Public School’s website. The 11 people to file affidavits of candidacy so far are:

Amy Burback, of Stillwater

Chad Gamradt, of Stillwater

Donald G. Hovland, of Oak Park Heights

Sarah Stivland, of Stillwater

Jerry Clark, of Stillwater

Rochelle Quandt, of Lake Elmo

Robert Craggs, of Lakeland

Tom DeGree, of Lake Elmo

Michelle Deziel, of Lake Elmo

Mike Ptacek, of Stillwater

Jennifer Pelletier, of Lake Elmo

Two people —  Sebastian (Sam) Hernandez and Bob Katula, both of Stillwater — withdrew their affidavits of candidacy. Katula said he withdrew from the race to pursue “an unexpected opportunity” outside of the district. Continue Reading →

Aunt Nay’s 3-in-1 Garage sale

Aunt Nay’s

3-in-1 Sale

14691 upper 56th st n Stillwater MN

Estate, Daycare and DIY

August 11-12th 8-4

August 13th 8-12

Enough Furniture to fill a home

Longaberger pottery and Princess House Crystal

Toys galore even a mini-toilet

Projects to keep you busy all winter

House and Garage are full Continue Reading →

Huff n’ Puff Days Celebrates 40 years!

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The Lake Elmo Jaycees are gearing up for the 40th Annual Huff n’ Puff Days August 11-14, 2016. Join us at this annual fundraiser for Community & Youth activities in the St. Croix Valley Area. More than just a four-day softball tournament, the Lake Elmo Jaycees make this truly a fun family weekend event for the St. Croix Valley area. Continue Reading →

Garage Sale to Benefit Africa Mission


Giant Multi-Family Garage Sale. All proceeds to benefit Stillwater’s Leslie family raise support for their work at the Rift Valley School in Kenya. Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, August 6, 8:00 am to 4 pm. 610 County Road 5, Stillwater, MN. Continue Reading →

Updated: 8 Candidates File for Stillwater School Board Election

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The filing period for three seats on the Stillwater Area Public Schools Board of Education opened on Tuesday. Seats currently held by Kathy Buchholz, Amy Burback and Mike Ptacek are up for election in November. So far, eight candidates have filed affidavits of candidacy, according to Stillwater Area Public School’s website. The filing period is open through Tuesday, Aug. 16. Continue Reading →

Help All Kids Succeed with Stuff the Bus Campaign

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In just over a month, students will return to school in the Stillwater Area School District. To promote a great start to the school year, Community Thread and United Way of Washington County-East are collecting school supplies for students in the school district through the Stuff the Bus campaign. The partnering organizations seek volunteer support on Thursday, August 18 and donations of school supplies leading up to the event. With the rising cost of sending a child back to school, these two organizations recognize the importance of helping all kids succeed by providing them with the basic tools needed to start the year off right. “The new school year is a very exciting time for children throughout our community, and having new school supplies is a big part of that,” said Lauren Steffen, Development Manager for United Way of Washington County-East. Continue Reading →

Summer Tuesdays: Scottie Miller, Guardians of the Galaxy at Lowell Park


Summer Tuesdays enters the home stretch this week in Lowell Park with Scottie Miller taking the stage at 6 p.m. and Guardians of the Galaxy playing on the big screen at sunset. 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 the forecast. Continue Reading →