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MnDOT Announces Fourth of July Changes for Stillwater Lift Bridge Schedule

If you’re planning on taking in Fourth of July fireworks from a boat on the St. Croix River on Tuesday, you’ll want to note these changes to the Stillwater Lift Bridge schedule. Link: The 411 on Stillwater’s Fourth of July Celebration: Fireworks, Music, Parking and Parades

To accommodate an increase in downtown vehicle traffic, the Stillwater Lift Bridge will remain in the down position at 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. The 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. lifts will still take place. The fireworks will start at about 10 p.m. Continue Reading →

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After Making Temporary Repairs, Stillwater Lift Bridge Reopens to Motor Vehicles

MnDOT crews worked through the night, and were able to temporarily repair the Stillwater Lift Bridge to reopen for Wednesday morning’s commute. The Lift Bridge reopened just before 4:30 a.m. The normal lift schedule also resumed this morning. The bridge will close again at 10 p.m. tonight to allow crews to make permanent repairs to the bridge’s main power cable. The Lift Bridge will remain closed until 6 a.m. Thursday. In the case of inclement weather, the permanent repairs will be postponed until Thursday night. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Lift Bridge Remains Closed Tonight, Overnight Repairs Underway

MNDoT crews will work through the night in an attempt to get the Stillwater Lift Bridge working before Wednesday morning’s commute. “Well…it’s a good news, bad news situation tonight with the Stillwater Lift Bridge,” said Kent Barnard, a MnDOT spokesperson. Crews were able to fix the damaged electrical meter and socket before 8:30 p.m. and were testing the bridge when additional electrical problems were discovered. “Although power was restored to the bridge shortly before 8:30 p.m., after workers lowered the bridge and then attempted to lift it again, the lift span halted halfway up and remains in that position,” Barnard said. Several employees from MnDOT’s Electrical Services Section (ESS) and the bridge tender were on the bridge when it became stalled the second time. Continue Reading →

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Update: Stillwater Lift Bridge Closed to Motor Vehicle Traffic

Updated at 8:40 p.m.

The Stillwater Lift Bridge remains closed to traffic due to a power outage. A malfunction in an electrical meter socket that monitors power usage at the Stillwater lift bridge failed shortly after noon, and abruptly disrupted the scheduled noon lift, said Kent Barnard, a spokesperson for MnDOT. The lift span of the bridge was on its downward journey at approximately 12:05 p.m. Tuesday when the meter socket failed and cut electricity to the bridge. The bridge stopped about 30 feet above the water, and remains in that position. (The entire span lifts a total of 42 feet). Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Baseball Stars of the Week Awards: Week of June 25

Congratulations to the 15AAA team who won the Gopher State Midsummer Classic, the 14AA team placed 2nd in the Cheesehead Championships in Wisconsin Dells and the 13AA Red team took 3rd in Owatonna. Stars of the Week for June 25:

Tony Ingram is the Stillwater Motors Player of the Week. Tony hit 2 home runs  in the Cheesehead Championships for his 14AA team, going 6-13 with 10 runs batted in (RBIs) and 5 runs. He was voted MVP of the national tournament by the other coaches. Alex Oberg is the Umpire of the Week. Continue Reading →

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Chamber’s New Food Truck Extravaganza Event is Today at Stillwater Area High School

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Food Truck Extravaganza is happening today at Stillwater Area High School. The Food Truck Extravaganza includes 18 food trucks, a market place, live music, a business area, kid’s activities, bingo, a military row and a pizza eating contest at 3 p.m. The Chamber’s newest event is Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. t0 6 p.m.

“We are excited to launch this new community event” Chamber Director Robin Anthony said. “We hope to make this an annual community event and grow this event to be one of the biggest food truck events in the state.” Continue Reading →

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Man Dies in Apparent Drowning on Lake Jane in Lake Elmo

A man died after an apparent drowning Thursday morning on Lake Jane in Lake Elmo. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at 11:13 a.m. for a man who was underwater in Lake Jane. Several fire rescue units and the sheriff’s office Water Patrol responded to the scene where the man was located and pronounce dead. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office:

Three men were fishing in a canoe that became flooded and sank. The weather was windy and there were white caps on the lake. Continue Reading →

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Former Ponies Hockey Coach Phil Housley Named Head Coach of Buffalo Sabres

Former Stillwater Area High School boys hockey coach Phil Housley has been named head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Housley was drafted by the Sabres in the first round (6th overall) of the 1982 NHL Draft. He went on to play 21 seasons in the NHL, and be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Housley’s 1,232 career points (338 goals and 894 assists) rank third among American players and fourth among defensemen all-time. He is also the Sabres’ career and individual-season leader in goals, assists and points by a defenseman, according to NHL.com. Continue Reading →

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Zephyr Theatre Offers Rare Glimpse into 20th Century Artist Donato Frisia’s Renowned Paintings

The Zephyr Theatre has partnered with the family of 20th century artist, Donato Frisia, to present a collection of his rarely-seen famed paintings. Local relatives of the late Donato are offering a rare look into the artist’s celebrated works – allowing the community at large to experience firsthand the positive impact the arts have throughout the greater Saint Croix Valley. The public is invited to enjoy a collection of works by Donato Frisia on Saturday, June 10 from 11-5 p.m., and on Sunday, June 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Depot building, 600 North Main St. Admission is $20 per person and will help support the mission of The Stillwater Zephyr Theatre. Donato Frisia was born Aug. Continue Reading →

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Living with Black Bears: Several Bear Sightings Reported in Bayport on Tuesday Morning

Several black bear sightings were reported Tuesday morning in and around Lakeside Park in Bayport. An adolescent black bear was seen meandering around Lakeside Park, and according to one report, the bear charged a man and his dog, stopping about 10-15 feet away from them. It’s not uncommon for black bears to be seen in the Stillwater area in the spring and early summer. There have been dozens of black bear sightings reported in the area in recent weeks. If you encounter a black bear:

Don’t panic. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Baseball Stars of the Week Awards: Week of June 4

Every week this baseball season, we will announce Stillwater Area Baseball Weekly Stars here on Stillwater Current. Here’s our weekly award winners for the week of June 4. Zac Litzow is the Stillwater Current Volunteer of the Week. Zac coordinated two cookouts for both teams’ families for doubleheaders the 11AA team hosted on back to back Sundays. Coaches and the families of both teams raved how fun it was to have a double header with a meal in between. Continue Reading →

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6-Year-Old Girl Dies After Apparent Drowning in Lake Elmo Swimming Pond

A 6-year-old child died after an apparent drowning in Lake Elmo Park Reserve’s swimming beach on Sunday afternoon. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded at 1:17 p.m., Sunday to a report 6-year-old Saint Paul girl who had been pulled from the water and was not breathing. Resuscitation efforts were performed on the victim at the scene. The girl was transported to Regions Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The name of the child is not being released at this time. Continue Reading →

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Washington County Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Historic Courthouse Today

Washington County is celebrating 150 years since the groundbreaking of the county’s Historic Courthouse, the 100th anniversary of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument and special dedication of its 2017 Time Capsule. The 150th Anniversary Celebration will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Historic Courthouse. There will be a time capsule ceremony, live music, Civil War re-enactors, $1 hot dogs, old-fashioned candy, picnicking on the lawn and a Civil War exhibit grand opening. The public is invited to enjoy a picnic on the Washington County Historic Courthouse lawn. A program by Arn Kind, “Minnesota in the Civil War,” will be presented at 11 a.m. Civil War reenactor Ken Martens will be on hand at 12:30 p.m. giving a speech on Sam Bloomer, a Stillwater area soldier who fought with the First Minnesota in the Civil War. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Lift Bridge Reopens to Motor Vehicle Traffic after Boat Crashes into Bridge

The Stillwater Lift Bridge has reopened to motor vehicle traffic after a cabin cruiser trying to make the 7 p.m. lift hit the bridge. The boat struck the Lift Bridge as it was coming down from the up position, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The vessel, a 1967 37-foot cabin cruiser was driven by a Marine on the St Croix resident at the time of the crash, according to the Sheriff’s Office. As the boat travelled under the bridge, the upper portion of the boat struck the bridge and was sheered off. A Stillwater woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. Continue Reading →

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Updated: Stillwater Lift Bridge Reopens after Boat Crash

Updated at 9:23 p.m., Friday, June 2:

The Stillwater Lift Bridge has reopened to motor vehicle traffic after a cabin cruiser trying to make the 7 p.m. lift hit the bridge. The boat struck the Lift Bridge as it was coming down from the up position, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The vessel, a 1967 37-foot cabin cruiser was driven by a Marine on the St Croix resident at the time of the crash, according to the Sheriff’s Office. As the boat travelled under the bridge, the upper portion of the boat struck the bridge and was sheered off. A Stillwater woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. Continue Reading →

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State Patrol: Roseville Teen Dies in Oak Park Heights Crash

A 17-year-old Roseville boy died Thursday afternoon after his motorcycle struck an SUV in Oak Park Heights. The driver of the motorcycle, Declan Ronan Raverty, died in the crash, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The passenger on the motorcycle, Katie Rose Pagel, 20, of Roseville was transported to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the fatal crash happened at about 4:45 p.m. on Highway 95, just north of Highway 36. A Harley Davidson was traveling northbound on Highway 95 when a Cadillac Escalade exited the Sunnyside Marina and crossed the highway, according to the State Patrol. The motorcycle struck the rear quarter panel of the SUV. Continue Reading →

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Chamber Celebrates Washington County Historic Courthouse 150 Year Anniversary

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 150 year anniversary of the Washington County Historic Courthouse on May 30 in Stillwater at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Groundbreaking for the construction of the building took place in 1867, and the Courthouse opened in 1870. It is the oldest standing courthouse in the state of Minnesota. Commanding a beautiful view of Stillwater and the St Croix Valley, the Washington County Historic Courthouse portrays the substance and elegance of a bygone era and offers public tours that include courtroom, jail, and history exhibits. The public is invited to attend a 150th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 3 from 11am – 3pm. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Baseball Stars of the Week Awards: Week of May 28

Every week this baseball season, we will announce Stillwater Area Baseball Weekly Stars here on Stillwater Current. Here’s our weekly award winners for the week of May 28. Cameron Parent is the Pitcher of the Week after throwing three sharp, scoreless innings for the win over Red Wing in a tournament. Despite the cold and steady rain, Cameron gave up just one walk and had no wild pitches. He also picked off two baserunners and struck out five! Continue Reading →

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Photos: Several Black Bear Sightings Reported in Stillwater

There have been a few black bear sightings in — and around Stillwater — this week. Thomas Stanislaw posted several photos in the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group of a black bear he spotted Wednesday morning a couple blocks from the Harbor Bar off of Mckusick Road. The black bear was also spotted Wednesday morning near County Road 5 and Wilkins Street, and at Fifth Street and Laurel on the North Hill. Useful Links:

DNR: Living with Bears

DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts with bears

This photo taken by Brynna Turnau‎, and posted to the Pictures of Stillwater group was taken Wednesday morning on Mckusick (County 64) next to Oak Glen where the Brown’s Creek Trail crosses. This video and photo were posted by Karen Arai at Fairy Falls:

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

“Most bears are wary of people and will usually leave when encountered. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Baseball Stars of the Week Awards: Week of May 21

Every week this baseball season, we will announce Stillwater Area Baseball Weekly Stars here on Stillwater Current. Here’s our weekly award winners for the week of May 21. Posch Builders recognizes Gray Fleming, 10A assistant coach, as the Coach of the Week. Gray took over head coaching duties for the tournament this weekend. “Gray is a dedicated coach with such a positive attitude that helped keep the boys engaged and into the game despite the bad weather. Gray was instilling good Pony baseball with strong defense, hitting it down and hard and being aggressive on the bases. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater’s Memorial Day Ceremony is Monday, May 29

Stillwater’s Memorial Day ceremony to honor St. Croix Valley casualties of war will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 29 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 Lieutenant Colonel Bill VandenBergh, U.S. Army. Continue Reading →

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Summer Tuesdays Announces 2017 Music and Movies Lineup

Summer Tuesdays just announced the 2017 music and movie lineup. Now in its 15th year, Summer Tuesdays will run from July 11 through Aug. 22 along the banks of the St. Croix River in downtown Stillwater. Summer Tuesdays will feature a marketplace that opens at 5 p.m., live music will begin at 6 p.m. and a movie that will start 10 minutes after sunset in north Lowell Park. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Baseball Stars of the Week Awards: Week of May 14

Every week this baseball season, we will announce Stillwater Area Baseball Weekly Stars here on Stillwater Current. Here’s our weekly award winners for the week of May 14. Ben Jackels, playing for the 13AAA team is the Stillwater Motors Player of the Week. Ben pitched 2 no-hit innings with one K, and at the plate had a key double, with an RBI and a run scored. Erik Anderson is the Dave’s Sport Shop Umpire of the Week. Continue Reading →

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Lakeview Hospital Signs Purchase Agreement for Land at Highway 36 and Manning in Stillwater

Lakeview Hospital has signed a purchase agreement for 68 acres of land on the north side of Highway 36, east of Manning Avenue, in Stillwater. The hospital anticipates closing on the purchase before year-end. “There are no immediate plans—or timelines—for the property,” said Ted Wegleitner, President and CEO of Lakeview Hospital. “Securing the land is a step toward preparing for the anticipated growth of our community and ensuring that we’ll be able to provide quality health care to Stillwater and surrounding community residents for decades to come.”

The hospital purchased two-thirds of the 68-acre parcel from Crescent Development LLC, and the other one-third from Paul Bergmann, a farmer and long-time Stillwater resident whose family has owned land in the area since the 1950s. Because the hospital’s timeframe to use the property is long-term, Bergmann will continue farming and operating his business – Bergmann’s Greenhouses Farm Market – on the land. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Baseball Announces Player of the Week Awards

Every week this baseball season, we will announce Stillwater Area Baseball Weekly Award Winners here on Stillwater Current. Here’s our weekly award winners for the week of April 30 to May 6. The Dave’s Sport Shop Hitter of the Week is Tanner Kahn. Tanner, 11, had 6 at bats (ABs) last week and went 4-4 with 2 walks (BBs). The Pitcher of the Week is Owen Leister —also 11 yrs old— who pitched 2 innings, with only one walk and a 4.50 ERA. Continue Reading →

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If You Receive a Shared Google Doc Email from Staff Members at Stillwater Schools, Don’t Open It

Earlier this afternoon Stillwater Area Public Schools families may have received an email from a district staff member attempting to share a Google doc. The district is warning parents not to open these emails. “Google has identified this as a nationwide issue and is currently working to resolve it,” an email from Stillwater Schools Technology Team reads. “Our technology team has stopped the further spread of the emails from Stillwater Area Public Schools.” It is a good idea for everyone to change their Google password at this time to prevent further issues. Continue Reading →

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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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