Stillwater Current Celebrates 2 Years, Thank You

Stillwater Current is proudly celebrating two years as a source for local news and information this week.

I want to start by thanking all of the people who support Stillwater Current in a myriad of ways from reading and sharing stories to giving me feedback and story ideas to supporting the site through ads and donations.

I have a full-time job, a young family and volunteer for several organizations in town, so I appreciate your support, even though I struggle to find the time to keep things as up to date as I’d like from time to time.

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Me and my family getting ready to head downtown for the Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

Moving forward, my hope is to be more consistent with the delivery of the email newsletter, keep content on the site fresh and continue to find new ways to engage our community in discussions about things that matter most to us here in the valley.

This month, Stillwater Current will surpass 1 million page views, will climb over 5,000 Facebook followers and will have more than 2,000 email newsletter subscribers.

I’m also thankful for our fantastic local photographers who consistently post beautiful photos of the valley on the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group — that idea has taken on an identity of its own, and is one of my favorite Facebook groups I’ve ever been a part of. Thank you!

This month, Stillwater Current is officially launching a local Business Directory, as a community resource to find and learn more about local businesses from plumbers and electricians to shops and restaurants. If you’re a business owner, please consider claiming your free business directory listing, engaging our community with the options the directory offers and looking into the other paid possibilities it offers (more on that to come very soon).

Part of making Stillwater Current a sustainable source for community information and conversation, is financial support. To the local businesses who have supported — and continue to support — Stillwater Current, it’s so very much appreciated. Thank you!

I’d also like to say a special thank you for the members of our community who support the website through readership and volunteer subscriptions. Again, Thank you!

I truly love this town and absolutely enjoy talking to and telling stories about the people who live here. It’s an honor to be an active part of our community. I appreciate the news tips, information people share with me and all of the feedback that I receive, please keep it coming.

When I started Stillwater Current two years ago, the idea was — and continues to be — that it is a place where Stillwater residents could engage in respectful discussions about local issues and politics that impact our community.

We live in an incredibly engaged community — anyone who’s been in town for three months knows if you ask for their opinions about the Stillwater area, you’ll get them by the dozens — it’s awesome.

And that’s the reason Stillwater Current exists.

I believe an engaged, informed and well-managed online community will grow stronger — and make Stillwater a better place to live and do business.

Thank you, and here’s to many more years to come.

— Shawn Hogendorf