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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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St. Croix River to Have Weekend of Extra Protection Against Aquatic Invaders

Six boat decontamination units will visit the St. Croix River on July 23 and 24, 2016. These units will decontaminate boats to aid in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Decontamination units are portable high pressure and high temperature wash units that allow boat inspectors to decontaminate watercraft at public water accesses without allowing any of the water to run off. These units help remove invasive species from boats and protect our waterways. Continue Reading →

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Time Lapse Video of St. Croix River Crossing Shows 2 Years of Construction Progress

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has released a time lapse video showing construction of the St. Croix River Crossing from December 2013 to November 2015. The river deck construction of the St. Croix River Crossing  has shut down for the winter as the temperatures are too cold for crews to place additional segments, according to MnDOT. The epoxy, a strong adhesive used to join segments, cannot be applied when the temperature is below 28 degrees. Crews will resume river bridge deck construction in spring 2016. Continue Reading →

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Pictures of Stillwater: Fall Along the St. Croix River, Part 2

Fall colors are fading in Stillwater, but our local photographers have done a great job capturing autumn’s beauty in the St. Croix River Valley. In case you missed it, here is a look at Stillwater Current’s first post full of images of Stillwater’s fall foliage. Check out more images — and share your photos — by joining the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group. Thank you to all of these wonderful photographers for sharing their images. If you have fall photos join the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group and share them with us. Continue Reading →

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Check Out This Aerial View Showing 1 Year of St. Croix River Crossing Construction Progress

The Associated Press recently reported about the popularity of the paddle boat tours offering visitors a view of construction from below the St. Croix River Crossing. Well, here’s a look from above. The mashup of aerial photos above shows one year of construction progress on the St. Croix River Crossing. Continue Reading →

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‘Ruins of a Forgotten Highway’ Program is June 25 at Stillwater Public Library

This summer the St. Croix River is the site of an archeological investigation by the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center and Midwest Archeological Center. These archeologists are searching for the remains of structures built during the late 1800s to create a shipping channel in the river. Interested in learning more about these forgotten artifacts and the effort to rediscover them? The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is hosting a program on Thursday, June 25, at the Stillwater Public Library. Continue Reading →

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Walter Mondale is Featured Speaker of Friends of the St. Croix Boom Site Event

Former Vice President Walter Mondale will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the St. Croix Boom Site’s event “River for Tomorrow, Protecting the Wild and Scenic River Today.”

Mondale, the co-author of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, will speak during the Friends of the St. Croix Boom Site’s free event on Thursday, May 21 at the Water Street Inn. The event begins at 7 p.m.

St. Croix 360: Walter Mondale On Loving the River, History of Its Preservation

The National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act was enacted by Congress in 1968 to create a National Wild & Scenic River System to “preserve some of the country’s most precious and outstandingly remarkable rivers in a natural, free-flowing condition.” The Upper St. Continue Reading →

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20 Aerial Photos of St. Croix River Crossing Construction; Highway 95 Lane Closures Begin April 1

Construction season is about to ramp up for the St. Croix River Crossing Project. Those using Highway 95 between downtown Stillwater and Highway 36 will want to note that the roadway will be down to a single lane beginning Wednesday, April 1 as crews prepare the area to move segments across the road for St. Croix River Crossing bridge deck construction. The lane closures will be at the Highways 36 and 95 intersection where there is currently two lanes of traffic in each direction, Kristin Calliguri, a spokesperson for the St. Continue Reading →

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National Park Service: St. Croix Riverway Visitor Numbers Soar in 2014

More people than ever before were counted visiting the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in 2014. The National Park Service released the data recently, adding the disclaimer that the numbers may have increased in part due to more accurate counting methods. About 671,582 people visited the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers last year, almost double the 2013 numbers. “If we collected a fee I would have a much better idea,” riverway spokesperson Julie Galonska told the Star Tribune.Estimating visitor numbers is difficult because of the many free access points to the river. Continue Reading →

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Photos: An Aerial View of Flooding in Downtown Stillwater

Eric Beaudry submitted these fabulous aerial photos of the swollen St. Croix River in downtown Stillwater. Enjoy.  

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NWS: Heavy Rain Expected to Continue All Week, St. Croix River on the Rise


Just when it looked like the St. Croix River water levels were going to dip below 683 feet, heavy rains set in this weekend to raise the river above 684 feet again. A no-wake restriction on the St. Croix River remains in place until water levels drop to 683 feet. The National Weather Service is forecasting more heavy rain this week, extending the no wake restrictions on the river through next weekend, at least. Continue Reading →

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Flood Update: St. Croix River Expected to Crest on Tuesday


Waters will remain high, cold and running fast with the St. Croix River expected to crest at about 685 feet this week in Stillwater. The National Weather Service is forecasting the river to crest on Tuesday, June 10 at 684.9 feet—possibly dropping to 683 feet by Sunday night, June 15. A no wake restriction remains in place until the water level drops below 683 feet. The average water level of the St. Continue Reading →

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May Showers Have St. Croix River Levels Over 685 Feet, Again


May showers have the St. Croix River levels over 685 feet again in Stillwater. According to the National Weather Service, the St. Croix River level in Stillwater is 685.5 feet as of 10 p.m. May 13. The river is expected to remain at or above 685 feet throughout the weekend. That’s significant because when the river nears 686 feet, MnDOT considers closing the Stillwater Lift Bridge for safety reasons. Continue Reading →

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As the Rain Falls, St. Croix River Rises to No-Wake Zone Levels Again


After two days of heavy rainfall—and more rain expected to fall this week— the St. Croix River is rising, and the second no-wake restriction of the season has been put in to place. According to the National Weather Service, the St. Croix River level in Stillwater is 683.17 feet as of noon on Monday. The river is expected to rise above 685 feet by this weekend. Continue Reading →

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Flood Watch 2014: 65 Percent Chance of Flooding this Spring in Stillwater


The National Weather Service released a revised spring flooding outlook last week, that says there is about a 65 percent chance of the St. Croix River reaching 687 feet this spring and pouring over its banks in Stillwater. The average water level in Stillwater is 675 feet. The following are elevations (in feet) of various impacts due to flooding:

Stillwater Riverwalk becomes inundated: 678

Minnesota and Wisconsin may impose a no wake zone on the river: 683

Due to safety issues, the Stillwater lift bridge will close: 686

Approximate 100-year flood stage: 692.5

The latest report from the NWS shows the St. Croix River at:

63 percent likelihood for reaching minor flood stage (normal is 24% for this time of year)

36 percent for moderate flood stage (15% is normal

20 percent for major flood stage (9% is normal). Continue Reading →

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NPS: St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Generated $8.7 Million Locally


A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 221,028 visitors to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in 2012 spent $8.7 million in communities near the park. That spending, according to the NPS, supported 124 jobs in the local area. “The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Chris Stein. Continue Reading →

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Weigh In: What Will the St. Croix River Crest at this Spring?


The snow and ice is giving way to spring, leaving the question: What level will the St. Croix River crest at this spring? The latest report from the National Weather Service shows the St. Croix River at:

60 percent likelihood for reaching minor flood stage (normal is 21% for this time of year)

40 percent for moderate flood stage (15% is normal)

20 percent for major flood stage (10% is normal). The NWS issues its next flood outlook report in mid-April. Continue Reading →

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St. Croix 360: Bill Would Restore Minnesota DNR Power to Preserve River Views

Written by Greg Seitz of St. Croix 360:

Disagreements over scenery and property rights on the Lower St. Croix have arrived at the Minnesota state capitol. After four years of conflicts about construction, legislators are seeking to address a legal issue that has weakened the river’s Wild & Scenic protections. A bill introduced last week (PDF) would allow the Department of Natural Resources  to once again veto local variances for development along the river. Continue Reading →

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St. Croix 360: Zebra Mussels Hard to Find in the St. Croix


This post is courtesy of Greg Seitz at St. Croix 360. A new report from the National Park Service says populations of invasive zebra mussels remained low in 2013, for the third consecutive year. Biologists suspect the decline is due to two primary factors: common carp and high water. The 2013 study (PDF) was hampered by budget cuts and the federal government shutdown, meaning no SCUBA diving by government biologists starting in July, forcing them to use different methods than previous years to look for the mussels. Continue Reading →

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