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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 →

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Authorities Search for Man After Boating Accident on the St. Croix River

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who went missing after a boating accident early Sunday morning south of Bayport on the St. Croix River. According to a news release, a man and a woman were aboard the boat at the time of the accident. The boat took on water and was partially submerged. The woman made it to shore safely. Continue Reading →

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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 →

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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 →

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Food Truck Extravaganza

“School’s Out for Summer” is our theme for our Food Truck Extravaganza community event….the first of its kind in the Stillwater area…..driving in to the Stillwater Area High School parking lot on Saturday, June 24. Our inaugural event will include over 20 food trucks, a MarketPlace, a Business Avenue, Live music, and Kid’s activities. This family friendly event will be a great place to pop in on a Saturday, grab some food, shop a bit and learn more about our local businesses. A great way to kick-off summer! Learn More at our website. Continue Reading →

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Abercrombie, McDonough and Valsvik Round Out Stillwater’s Class of 2017 Distinguished Alumni

Stillwater Area Public School’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni include include a pioneering female photographer, a former White House chief of staff and respected member of the local media. Marilyn Abercrombie, Class of 1948; Denis McDonough, Class of 1988; and Lee Valsvik, Class of 1978 will be honored for a lifetime of distinction after graduating from Stillwater Area High School. Abercrombie, McDonough and Valsvik will be honored at a special dinner on Friday, June 2, and again the next day at Roy Wilkins Auditorium during the commencement ceremony for Stillwater Area High School’s Class of 2017. Buy your tickets to the Distinguished Alumni Dinner

The dinner event at Lake Elmo Inn Event Center is open to the public and is sponsored by the high school and The Partnership Plan. This year’s distinguished alumni will join more than 80 others who have been honored with the award since in began in 1987. Continue Reading →

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Not Your Normal Book Event

Local writer Chuck Logan worked closely with Happy Thomsen and crew at Happy’s Stillwater Diagnostic Center in researching his new novel, Broker, and used the car shop as a setting in the story. In celebration of this collaboration the folks at Happy’s are throwing a unique, on site, rolling garage party/meet and greet that will feature food, refreshments and signed copies of Broker:

“Not Your Normal Book Event”

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m – 2p.m.

Happy’s Stillwater Diagnostic Center

1730 Industrial Blvd. Stillwater, MN,55082

651 439 0581 Continue Reading →

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The Murder Mystery Company

The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Stillwater and surrounding areas throughout Minnesota. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller! Our show in Stillwater is Called “Till Death Do Us Part” at the “Stillwater KC Hall” on may 13th at 7:00PM. If you would like more info or tickets check us out at: Continue Reading →

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Register for the Bark for Life Event at Barkers Alps in Bayport

Do you LOVE dogs and HATE Cancer? Bark For Life will celebrate their 4th annual event on May 13 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Barkers Alps in Bayport.  This fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is a family-friendly event that honors the relationship between dogs and their owners. Rain or shine, there will be games, an agility course, demonstrations, sponsors, vendors, a food truck and music following an optional 1 mile walk through the park. Registration costs $20 per dog/family and $5 for additional dogs throughout the month of April. Continue Reading →

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Gratitude Breakfast at Stillwater Public Library is April 26

Begin the day with a full cup – at the library. The Stillwater Public Library Foundation will present its 2016 Impact Report at a complimentary continental Gratitude Breakfast, April 26, 7:30-8:30, in the Library’s Margaret Rivers Room, with social hour following the presentation. The Foundation funds outstanding library materials, programs, and services that would otherwise not be possible. “The community loves its library and supports it generously,” said Fred Rengel, Library Foundation President. “We look forward to thanking our donors and showing them the impact of their investment.”

All are welcome to the Gratitude Breakfast. Continue Reading →

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Register for the K9 Combat Cancer 5k Event

We are excited to announce a NEW, family friendly 5k walk/run to support the American Cancer Society. We want to bring family, friends and our canine companions together to raise funds and fight back against cancer. The K9 Combat Cancer 5K is a non-competitive walk/run event for all ages. Register at:

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Registration opens at 7 a.m.

Start time: 8 a.m.

$30 entry fee / $40 day of event

long sleeve t-shirt included with pre-registration, not guaranteed day of event. Children 15 and under are free

Both Events –

K9 5k and Bark For Life

$35 entry fee / $45 day of event

long sleeve t-shirt and swag bag full of goodies included

with pre-registration, not guaranteed day of event. Continue Reading →

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EmpowerSurvivors- Cheers and Beers Fundraiser at The Lift Bridge Brewery!

EmpowerSurvivors – Cheers and Beers Fundraiser At The Lift Bridge Brewery ! When : Tuesday , April 25, 2017


Place : Lift Bridge Brewery

1900 Tower Drive West, Stillwater,MN

EmpowerSurvivors is a nonprofit organization located right here in Stillwater,MN whose mission is to support survivors of childhood sexual abuse on their healing journeys, work with and educate communities to reduce the rape and molestation of children, and break the silence that enables childhood sexual abuse to go on for generations. EmpowerSurvivors was founded in 2014 by local lifetime resident Elizabeth Sullivan and became a 501c3 organization in the summer of 2016. Elizabeth aims to break the silence that surrounds the epidemic of childhood sexual abuse that affects 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys by the age of 18 years. Elizabeth has worked hard to build a organization that helps survivors on their healing journeys by providing local resources, peer support groups, a yearly conference held in November at The Grand Ballroom, participating in radio shows (Community Matters and Stop Child Abuse Now) twice a week to promote awareness and runs three online groups for child abuse and child sexual abuse survivors. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Plans to Open Teddy Bear Park by April 15

The city of Stillwater is planning to open Teddy Bear Park in the next couple weeks. “Teddy Bear Park will open around April 15,” an announcement on the city’s website reads. “There are a few maintenance things that have to be dealt with as well as de-winterizing the plumbing for bathroom usage. The weather is great but we want the park fresh and clean for your first visit.” Once it’s open, Teddy Bear Park will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until mid-October. Continue Reading →

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Interested in Joining A Garden Club?

The Trillium Chapter of the Perrenial Garden Club of Stillwater is looking for new members. We include women & men; we encourage all forms of hortuculture and provide social, educational and civic opportunities. The chapter maintains the rock garden across from the Lowell Inn and holds an annual plant sale. We meet the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30am. Please contact Paula at if you think you may be interested in being part of this friendly group of gardeners Continue Reading →

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Minnesota Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Stillwater School District’s Decision to Close 3 Schools

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday morning issued a ruling that the Stillwater Area Board of Education acted within the law when making the decision to close three elementary schools next school year. The Court concluded that the March 3 school closure hearing “afforded a reasonable opportunity for interested parties to testify on the question under consideration,” conformed to the requirements of Minnesota law, and therefore, the Board’s decision to close Withrow, Marine and Oak Park elementary schools the schools is “supported by substantial evidence” in the record. “We appreciate the Court’s consideration of this issue,” a statement from Stillwater Area Public Schools reads. “Our student, staff and families of varying perspectives have remained earnestly and deeply engaged throughout this process, and we are grateful to them. We are looking forward to working along with our communities to continue our transition into the start of the 2017-2018 school year.” Continue Reading →

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Nelson’s Ice Cream Will Open for the Season on Saturday, April 1

One sign of spring in Stillwater is the opening of Nelson’s Ice Cream. Here goes … Nelson’s Ice Cream announced plans to open for the season on Saturday, April  1. Nelson’s has been in business since 1923, offering 48 ice cream flavors served in mammoth portions. Nelson’s spring hours are Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. -10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sundays noon to 9 p.m.

Believe It Or Not, Nelson’s Wasn’t Always King of the Ice Cream Cone

Until then, check out this video featuring Nelson’s Ice Cream as the 2014 winner of WCCO’s Best Ice Cream Shop in Minnesota.

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Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s Community Showcase is Saturday

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd annual Community Showcase event is happening Saturday, March 25 at Stillwater Area High School. The Community Showcase –designed to connect local businesses with local residents — is from 1o a.m to 4 p.m.

The event is free to attend, and includes ongoing Live Entertainment on two stages, a Kid’s Activity Area, a Big Toy and Vehicle Display, and the sale of food from local restaurants. The Chamber has over 110 businesses and organizations exhibiting and is expecting a great turnout for this community event – a perfect “staycation” for those in town during Spring Break. “We are very excited about this year’s event,” said Robin Anthony, Chamber Director. “We have added some great door prizes valued at up to $500, a Red Cross Blood Drive, and a varied entertainment lineup including bands, magicians, performance arts and a live radio drama. Continue Reading →

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DNR Reports First Discovery of Invasive Silver Carp in St. Croix River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the first capture of a silver carp on the St. Croix River. The invasive carp was caught by a commercial angler near Prescott, Wis., during proactive monitoring in partnership with the DNR. “This news is disappointing but not unexpected,” said DNR invasive fish coordinator Nick Frohnauer. “The silver carp was captured within viewing distance of the St. Continue Reading →

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Washington County Board Appoints Chief Deputy Dan Starry as County Sheriff

The Washington County Board of Commissioners appointed Chief Deputy Dan Starry to the post of Washington County Sheriff, after Sheriff Bill Hutton announced his intent to retire from the office on April 30. Starry will serve the rest of Sheriff Hutton’s term, which runs through Jan. 7, 2019. Starry will be sworn in in early May. Hutton will take over as the executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association. Continue Reading →

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Police, Stillwater Schools Investigate Assault Near Stillwater Junior High School

Police are investigating a report that a Stillwater Junior High School student was assaulted Monday afternoon just a few blocks from school. The assault happened across the street from Fairview Cemetery on Orleans Street and Osgood Avenue. The child was approached for a ride home from some teenagers Monday afternoon, and after he declined a ride twice, they reportedly got out and beat him up. Here is the letter Stillwater Junior High School Principal Eric VanScoy sent to families:

Yesterday, while walking home from school, a Stillwater Junior High School student was assaulted by a group of unknown males. The incident occurred just a few blocks from school by Fairview Cemetery on Orleans Street and Osgood Avenue. 

We’re currently working with officers from Stillwater and Oak Park police departments to investigate the situation and search for the individuals involved. Continue Reading →

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Charlie’s Irish Pub Bartender Dan Schiltz Wins Best Bartender in the Valley Contest

Dan Schiltz — of Charlie’s Irish Pub — wowed judges and took home some serious bragging rights last weekend during the Best Bartender in the Valley competition. Schiltz won the 2017 Best Bartender in the Valley title with his technical take on a classic concoction: Judy’s Irish Old Fashion. Schiltz began crafting the cocktail by rimming a lowball glass with espresso grounds — which he the dipped in high-proof bourbon — and lit on fire to toast the grounds. In a separate glass Schiltz muddled ginger-infused sugar and chocolate bitters, poured 2 ounces of 2 Gingers over the sugar and served the drink neat with an orange accent. The annual Best Bartender in the Valley competition was held March 12 at Pub 112. Continue Reading →

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Get a Sneak Peak of ArtReach’s Artisan Birdhouses at Preview with a Pint Event at Lift Bridge Brewery

ArtReach St. Croix is hosting their fourth and final Birdhouse Auction Fundraiser on May 18 at JX Event Venue in downtown Stillwater. You can get a sneak peek of some of this year’s birdhouses Tuesday night (March 14) during the Birdhouse Preview with a Pint event from 6-9 p.m. at Lift Bridge Brewery. Tickets for the auction will be available for purchase. This year, 40 imaginative birdhouses — and several bird sculptures — created by local artists will be auctioned off to support ArtReach’s arts marketing efforts in the St Croix Valley. Continue Reading →

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Rita’s Italian Ice Opens for the Season on St. Patrick’s Day

Rita’s Italian Ice is opening for the season on Friday, March 17. In case you weren’t aware, Rita’s Italian Ice is located in Lucky’s Station on Greeley Street and Curve Crest Boulevard. The Stillwater location is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday -Thursdays, and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu includes Italian Ice, Cream Ice, Frozen Custard, Milk Shakes, Misto Shakes, Sugar-Free Italian Ice, Gelati, and Frozen Custard Cakes. The frozen treats are gluten and fat free. Continue Reading →

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School Year Will End a Day Earlier than Expected for Stillwater Area Public Schools

Parents take note (and arrange for childcare, if needed): Students last day of school will come one day earlier than expected in Stillwater Public Schools this year. The Stillwater Area Public Schools Board of Education on Thursday approved a shortened calendar for students, moving the last day of school for students from Thursday, June 1 to Wednesday, May 31. The change is so more than 200 school staff members have more time to move between — and within — school buildings before next school year. The calendar change comes as the district looks to close Marine, Withrow and Oak Park elementary schools, boundary changes, construction, transition students from a junior high to middle school model and change the high school from a 10-12 to a 9-12 building. The Minnesota Court of Appeals has not yet ruled on the appeal of school closures. Continue Reading →

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Ninth annual Lakeview Health Foundation Community Breakfast raises $44,000

The Lakeview Health Foundation held its ninth annual Community Breakfast last month, raising $44,000 for patient and community projects supported by the foundation. About 200 people attended the complimentary breakfast at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center. The program included speeches by Chris Jesmer, husband to Jeanine Jesmer, who spoke about his experience giving CPR to his wife before handing over to a Lakeview EMS crew last year. Jeanine had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest but survived thanks to her husband following CPR directions from the 911 operator and the subsequent efforts by the EMS team. Other speakers included representatives from Lakeview EMS and Helene Houle, whose generous donation to the foundation enabled the purchase of a new ambulance last year. Continue Reading →

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150th Anniversary of Washington County Historic Courthouse Set for June 3

Washington County is planning a celebration of 150 years since the groundbreaking for the Historic Courthouse, the 100th anniversary of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument and a special dedication of a 2017 Time Capsule the first weekend in June. The 150th Anniversary Celebration will be 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Historic Courthouse, featuring a time capsule ceremony, live music, carriage rides, Civil War re-enactors, $1 hot dogs, old-fashioned candy, picnicking on the lawn and a Civil War exhibit grand opening. During the event, the 150th Anniversary Time Capsule will be dedicated with items representing Washington County to give future generations a glimpse of what life is like in Washington County in 2017. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Area Public Schools Working with Police, Community to Keep Students Safe

Stillwater Area Public Schools is continuing to work with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department to investigate a March 1 incident involving a suspicious person at Lake Elmo Elementary School. “While we have very little new information to report, police continue to ask for the public’s help,” a news release from Stillwater Area Public Schools reads. “As is our standard protocol, we have shared any relevant surveillance footage from Lake Elmo Elementary with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. In this incident, however, a clear image of the person in question was not captured.” The sheriff’s office has released the following description of the person involved in this incident as a middle aged white male, about 5’10” tall with with oily, unkempt white-colored, shoulder-length hair. Continue Reading →

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Pictures of Stillwater: Image of the Day

The Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group is dedicated to sharing photos, and telling stories of our beloved river town. Dozens of incredibly creative and very talented local photographers share their images with Stillwater Current’s Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group every week. To see more Pictures of Stillwater, join the group, and start sharing your images with your neighbors. Winter Returns

This photo captioned: Winter returns to the St. Croix. was captured by Bill Hering via the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group. Continue Reading →

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North Hill Community Garden Sign Up Begins March 30

North Hill residents are busy organizing the community garden to bring neighbors together through gardening. Sign up for North Hill Community Garden plots begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 30 at First United Methodist Church, 813 West Myrtle St. The North Hill Community Garden is located near Staples Field on the corner of Aspen Street West and North Martha Street. Plots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to Stillwater residents, upon receiving payment and signing the gardening agreement available at Plot Sizes and Price

9 x 9 plots cost $30/season

4 x 9 plots cost $20/season

Handicap accessible plots are available. Continue Reading →

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Please Stop Stealing from Our Local Food and Clothing Shelf

I’m not going to bury the lede here: Please stop stealing from our local food and clothing shelf. For the second time in as many years, someone has stolen props from Valley Outreach’s attention-getting displays used to promote local food and clothing drives. Two years ago, it was The Great Undie Heist. This time around, someone swiped a bright orange table and four blue chairs from a display in the front lawn of Valley Outreach. (At least the Great Undie Heist was sort of funny…)

The stolen dining set was part of a display to highlight the nonprofit’s Feed a Family promotion as part of the Minnesota FoodShare March campaign. Continue Reading →

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