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Staying the course with your investment goals

Daily market fluctuations highlight why a combination of discipline and perspective is key to reaching investment goals. One way to achieve this fine balance is by having a plan and sticking to it through all types of market conditions. This may sound easy, but investors have been put to the test in recent years. Veering off course from a carefully thought-out plan can turn a temporary loss of confidence into a realized loss on an investment portfolio. 1. Continue Reading →

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StillwaterEats: Easter Brunch at Mallards on the St Croix

Reservations Available Saturday April 4th, Sunday April 5th 9am – 3pm at Mallards on the St Croix in Bayport. We will be featuring eggs benedict, made to order omelettes, honey glazed ham, fresh fruit & salads, southern fried chicken, meatloaf, peel n eat shrimp, smoked salmon, mac n cheese, desserts & more. $26.99 for adults w/drink and kids 10 and under for only $12.99 Continue Reading →

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Hounds of Finn ‘Park the Bus’ at the Water Street Inn St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and the Hounds Of Finn want you to join them Mar. 13-15  at the Water Street Inn for their “Park the Bus Tour.” Of course, it’s not really a tour, but after spending last St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland touring through Celtic Journeys, they’re more than happy to be in one place this year. “It’s almost like we’re on tour for three days but just in one place,” Pete McCauley explained. Continue Reading →

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Lift Bridge Brewing Co’s Irish Coffee Stout Release Party is Saturday

Lift Bridge Brewing Company’s annual Irish Coffee Stout release party is happening this weekend. The Irish Coffee Stout release party is from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 7. The event is 21+ after 7 p.m.

Lift Bridge’s Irish Coffee Stout blends the flavors of whiskey, cream and coffee into the brew. The seasonal beer will be available in bottles starting March 7. “Russian Imperial Stout is aged in whiskey barrels and blended with a big Milk Stout, before it’s finished off with local free trade organic roasted coffee,” Lift Bridge Brewing Co’s event description reads. Continue Reading →

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StillwaterEats: Sweet Taste of Italy Opens in Valley Ridge Mall

If you’re looking for a new dining option in Stillwater, Sweet Taste of Italy opened its doors last week. “We quietly opened our doors on Wednesday, Feb. 25 and cannot tell you what an awesome turnout we have had over the last few days and great feedback we’ve received on the food,” Sweet Taste of Italy’s Facebook status read on Sunday. “We even got to start our very first waitlist on Saturday night (wish we would have taken pictures yesterday, it was great to see and hear so many people enjoying dinner)!” The home-style Italian restaurant is in the former Fresh Fields space — and offers pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads and more for dine-in or take-out. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Target Among First in Minnesota to Test ‘Caroline’s Carts’

Stillwater Target is one of just 21 stores nationwide that will begin testing a shopping cart created for special needs children next month. Caroline’s Cart provides parents and caregivers a viable option to transport a child through a store while shopping, without simultaneously having to maneuver a wheelchair and a traditional cart. “This shopping cart will allow a child with special needs the same shopping experience as a ‘typical’ child, and is super cool that Target is the first in this area to launch these shopping carts,” said Kristy Kargel, a Stillwater mother of a special needs child who recently was asked to be a part of a special focus group with Target to help identify a need for Caroline’s Cart. During the focus group, Target was trying to figure out if there was an interest by parents to have these carts available in their stores, Kargel said. “I run a mom’s support group of children with special needs that attend the Stillwater area school district. Continue Reading →

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Reclaiming Beautiful Opening Stillwater Store Next Month

The Stillwater Post Office will finally have a next door neighbor. Reclaiming Beautiful, a reclaimed furniture and home decor store, will be moving into 216 Myrtle St. next month. According to the Reclaiming Beautiful Facebook page, a grand opening is set for March 13 at the new Stillwater location. Reclaiming Beautiful also has a store at 11 Judd St. Continue Reading →

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Look Beyond U.S. Borders for Investment Opportunities

Look Beyond U.S. Borders for Investment Opportunities

Provided by RBC Wealth Management and Eric St. Martin, Senior Financial Associate

The United States accounts for 4.5 percent of the Earth’s population and 6.6 percent of its land area. Yet the U.S. gross domestic product accounts for 22.5 percent of the world’s total gross domestic product, according to 2014 figures. While Americans may be proud of their country’s outsized contribution to the global economy, the fact that more than three-quarters of the economic activity in the world is happening elsewhere means there may be abundant potential for U.S. investors who are willing to consider putting their money to work across borders. Furthermore, foreign stocks and bonds may be especially attractive these days. Continue Reading →

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StillwaterEats!: Lion’s Main Plans Spring Opening in the Grand Garage

A new restaurant and lounge will open this spring in the Grand Garage in downtown Stillwater. Dave and Kris Najarian — owners of Nelson’s Ice Cream — are opening Lion’s Main, a restaurant and lounge, in the space formerly occupied by Reve 324 (Reve Bistro and Bar relocated to the Chestnut Building). “Lion’s Main will offer well-executed casual cuisine, local brews and specialize in classic cocktails with an artisan twist,” a new release announcing plans for Lion’s Main reads. “Not only will the quality of Lion’s Main handcrafted drinks and elegantly simplistic food offerings distinguish them, but the comfortable and upbeat atmosphere offered to their guests is what will really set the restaurant and lounge apart.”

Dave and Kris Najarian’s son, Daved, is the general manager of Lion’s Main. The management team also includes Master Bartender Marcus Clark and Chef James Eaves. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Makes Fodor’s List of Top 10 Antiquing Towns in the U.S.

Fodor’s Travel just named downtown Stillwater as one of the Top 10 Antiquing Towns in the United States. The renowned travel publication, mentions American Gothic Antiques, the Midtown Antique Mall and Let There Be Light. Visit Discover Stillwater’s Antique Shopping Page. Stillwater has always had a reputation for antiques, Stillwater CVB Marketing Director Christie Rosckes said, with the recent resurgence in home and garden TV shows highlighting vintage-inspired interior decor, a lot of people are seeking out unique pieces for their projects. A mention on Fodor’s Travel lists is “very valuable for antique dealers, our restaurants and historic inns — to be sought after as a destination for antique hunters,”Rosckes told the Pioneer Press. Continue Reading →

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Police Investigating Burglary at Northern Vineyards Winery

Police are investigating a burglary that happened last weekend at Northern Vineyards Winery in downtown Stillwater. Police believe the burglar(s) scaled the deck on the Water Street side of the downtown winery at 223 Main St. N., forced a deadlock open on the second floor patio door, entered the building and stole a lockbox containing about $700 in money and customers’ checks. Police believe the burglary happened sometime between 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and 9:40 a.m. Jan. Continue Reading →

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Not Justa Bar Opens in Bayport

Steven and Barbara Meyer’s expansion of Not Justa Cafe — Not Justa Bar — opens at 4 p.m. Monday in Bayport. The Meyers purchased the Perro Creek Tavern, which was located next door to Not Justa Cafe, last month. The space was renovated, and the menu will feature items that are not available at the café such as flatbread pizzas and pastas, along with cocktails. “We’ve needed to expand in Bayport for a long time,” Steven Meyer told the Stillwater Gazette last month. “There’s always a wait at the door Saturday and Sunday mornings and because we have just eight booths that (seat) four people and the counter, we can never serve larger groups. Continue Reading →

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Lift Bridge Brewing Releases Silhouette Russian Imperial Stout Today

Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is hosting a release party today for their highly anticipated Silhouette Russian Imperial Stout. Silhouette Russian Imperial Stout was recently named the highest rated beer in Minnesota by, who used data from BeerAdvocate for the rating. TheSilhouette Russian Imperial Stout release party is from noon to 10 p.m. at the brewery. Tickets are $5. Continue Reading →

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Chef Shawn Smalley Break Down Jerk Chicken With a Sword on Twin Cities Live

Chef Shawn Smalley has brought plenty of national exposure to Stillwater’s food scene — and on Tuesday afternoon, our resident pirate broke out the sword on Twin Cities Live. Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar was featured last week on The Food Network’s show “Best. Ever.“

When the Food Network sent their staff out looking for the BBQ, they came to Stillwater where they featured the “Best Reggae-Worthy Chicken, Ever.” After being featured on The Food Network, Twin Cities Live asked Smalley to give their viewers a few tips on cooking jerk chicken.  

After giving jerk chicken tips, Smalley broke out the sword (how else would a pirate slice jerk chicken?):

Chef Shawn Smalley breaks out the sword on Twin Cities Live. Continue Reading →

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St. Croix Brewery Proposed in Brunswick House on Chestnut Street in Stillwater

The St. Croix Brewing Company may return home to the St. Croix River Valley. The Stillwater Planning Commission will hear a proposal this week for a new microbrewery, taproom and beer garden in the Brunswick House, located across the street from the Armory building at 114 Chestnut St. Madeline and Tod Fyten are requesting a special use permit to operate St. Continue Reading →

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Sweet Taste of Italy Hopes to Open Stillwater Location Soon

Sweet Taste of Italy is hoping to open later this month or in early-February in the Valley Ridge Mall. The home-style Italian restaurant will open in the former Fresh Fields space offering pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads and more for dine-in or take-out. We make and bake fresh from scratch each day our very own sweet Italian bread, in fact that’s where our name came from and what we’re famous for,” the restaurant’s website reads. “We take pride in our homemade items and do not use preservatives in any of them, just fresh honest ingredients and a little bit of love.”

When the restaurant opens, store hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sweet Taste of Italy Stillwater is owned by Mike and Michele Monson. An opening date has not yet been announced, but Sweet Taste of Italy is currently hiring. Continue Reading →

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Dairy Queen to Move from Downtown Stillwater to Valley Ridge Mall

Dairy Queen is moving out of downtown Stillwater. The Stillwater Dairy Queen will relocate to a new, free-standing $1.5 million building in front of OfficeMax along Highway 36 in the southwest corner of the Valley Ridge Mall parking lot, according to the Pioneer Press. The new Dairy Queen will have a drive-thru window, a large outdoor eating space, plenty of parking and room for 80 seats. According to the Pioneer Press, Dairy Queen plans to open at Valley Ridge Mall in June, and will stay open downtown until the relocation. Greg Gartner and his wife Suzanne opened the downtown Stillwater Dairy Queen location opened in 2009. Continue Reading →

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The Daily Grind Serves Last Cup of Coffee at 317 South Main Street

The Daily Grind has served its last cup of coffee at 317 S. Main Street in downtown Stillwater. After 23 years of serving coffee and hosting conversations on the south end of Main Street, The Daily Grind is getting ready to move to a new location in the back portion of Valley Bookseller on the north end of downtown. Tim and Megan Palm are hopeful the new store will open is about two weeks. Earlier this year, the Palms raised $23,001 during a KickStarter campaign to help offset some of the costs of moving.

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The Daily Grind Gets Ready to Turn the Page, Start New Chapter in Valley Bookseller Building

In about two weeks, The Daily Grind will close it’s doors for the last time at 317 S. Main St. in downtown Stillwater. For 23 years The Daily Grind has been serving coffee and hosting conversation on south Main Street, but Tim and Meg Palm will open new doors in 2015. “I’m insanely excited and insanely scared,” Meg said. “Its a huge change for us, Valley Bookseller and our customers. Continue Reading →

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Do You Have an Iron Gut? Enter Smalley’s Caribbean BBQ’s Super Hot Wing Eating Contest

If you have an urge to put yourself through pain for the entertainment of the masses, hit up Smalley’s Caribbean BBQ’s super hot wing eating contest on Wednesday, Dec. 17. “Last year was a smashing success and so we’ve decided to do another one,” the Facebook event page reads. “‘Hanukkah in Hell’ is a challenge to see who really has an Iron Stomach. Carolina Reapers will be the main ingredient in this year’s batch of awful, so be prepared. Continue Reading →

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Thai Basil to Open in Stillwater Later This Month

A Thai food restaurant is coming to Stillwater. Thai Basil will open later this month in the former Aristos building on the North Frontage Road. The sale of Aristos was finalized last week. Samy Youssef told the Stillwater Gazette that owning two restaurants became “too much,” and that he wants “to spend some time with my kids before they graduate.”

Youseff also owns The Main Cafe in downtown Stillwater. Last month, the Stillwater City Council approved a full liquor license request by John and Phouvanh Soderquist for Thai Basil. Continue Reading →

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Lift Bridge’s Hop Dish IPA Picked as One of Minnesota’s Best Brews

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.’s Hop Dish IPA has been named one of Minnesota’s six best brews on the shelf by a panel of “beer geeks” assembled by “Every year (since last year), gathers a bunch of beer smarties to honor Minnesota brews that stand out among their peers,”’s announcement reads.  “In 2013, we inaugurated a ’Sota Suds Hall of Fame of iconic and game-changing beers: Summit EPA, Grain Belt Premium, Schell’s Pils, Bent Paddle Black Ale, Steel Toe Size 7 and Surly Furious.” This year,’s panel of judges selected a “best on the shelf” six pack. The other five beers to grace the sixer Schell’s Firebrick, Brau Brothers Moo Joos, Steel Toe Dissent, Bent Paddle 14° ESB and Summit Saga. Continue Reading →

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Vacation Rental by Owner Proposed on North Main Street

The popularity of websites like Vacation Rentals by Owner and Air BNB have created a growing trend in the lodging industry, especially for seasonal tourist destinations like Stillwater. The Stillwater Planning Commission and City Council have taken up discussions about special use permits for a couple of different takes on craft Bed and Breakfasts in the last few months. The most recent request is for a special use permit to operate a Vacation Rental by Owner business in the second level of 120 N. Main St. in downtown Stillwater. Katherine Francis-Harvey is asking for a  special use permit to convert a second-story apartment into an overnight lodging unit. Continue Reading →

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Lift Bridge Brewing Co.’s Commander Release Party is Nov. 15

Stillwater’s Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is throwing their 4th Annual Commander Barleywine Release Party next weekend. The release party is Saturday, Nov. 15 from noon to 10 p.m. at the brewery. There will be live music by Dreamland Faces and Thrift Store Sonata, the Commander Mustache Contest, prizes, classic carnival games, food by the TOT Boss, and of course, Lift Bridge brews. Continue Reading →

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