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Man Dies After Jumping from St. Croix Crossing

A man died Monday morning after jumping from the St. Croix Crossing. A man crawled over the railing on the north side of the new bridge and jumped, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He was found dead on the ice below. The incident was reported by a motorist who was passing by at about 8:45 a.m. The incident happened on the Minnesota side of the bridge. Continue Reading →

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Patriots Tavern Closes for Repairs After Early Morning Fire

An early morning fire damaged the Patriots Tavern on Sunday. No injuries were reported, but the restaurant will be closed for a few days while repairs are made, according the Patriots Tavern Facebook page. “Friends we will unfortunately be closed for a couple of days due to an outside fire at the restaurant. It happened after hours and no one was harmed thankfully. The linen & towel storage bin caught fire and damaged our walk-in cooler amongst a few other minor things. 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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Night to Unite Parties Abound in Stillwater, Bayport and Oak Park Heights on Tuesday

Night to Unite is happening Tuesday evening in neighborhoods all across Stillwater. The Stillwater Police Department will be celebrating their annual “Night to Unite” event from 5-9 p.m., in Washington Square Park, located at 801 Greeley St. South. Share your Night to Unite photos with the Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group. Night to Unite is aimed at heightening crime prevention awareness, generating support and participating in local anti-crime efforts, as well as strengthening and developing police-community partnerships. Continue Reading →

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Fire Update: Baytown Township Home Considered a Total Loss

Firefighters battled flames and subzero temperatures this afternoon a house fire in Baytown Township. Firefighters were called to a home Crews were called to a home in the 13000 block of 48th Street at 12:38 p.m., Bayport Fire Chief Allen Eisinger said, after someone noticed heavy smoke coming from a garage. When firefighters arrived, the garage was engulfed in fire, and flames were spreading to the home. No injuries have been reported and no one was home at the time of the fire, Eisinger said. The home is a total loss. Continue Reading →

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Update: Firefighters Extinguish Fire at Rafters on Main Street in Downtown Stillwater

Stillwater firefighters responded to a fire at Rafters Bar and Grill in downtown Stillwater on Friday morning. Firefighters knocked down the fire in a commercial building in the 300 block of Main Street, and crews were checking for extension and ventilating smoke from the building, according to a post on the Stillwater Fire Department’s Facebook page. Upon arrival fire crews saw smoke from a rooftop HVAC unit, Stillwater Fire Chief Stu Glaser said. Upon further investigation, a working structure fire was reported with smoke and flames within the roof joists of the building. Stillwater firefighters fought the fire from the inside of the second floor, Glaser said. Continue Reading →

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Photos: Stillwater Fire Station Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony

The Stillwater Fire Department held a public Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony for the new Fire Station on Maryknoll Drive last weekend. Firefighters followed the grand opening up with the annual Open House. Fire Chief Stu Glaser opened the ceremony by recognizing and thanking the Stillwater Fire Department’s retirees. The Chief spoke to the deep history of the Fire Department, and how the new fire station will help firefighters serve the needs of the entire community. The new $7.3 million fire station is about 25,000 square feet and features a hose tower that doubles as a training apparatus, six drive-through bays for fire trucks, an entry to feature historic items, a conference room and office space, and a bay that can be used as a smoke room for training, as well as a space to store boats and other firefighting equipment. Continue Reading →

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Video: Minnesota Aviation Team Rescues Stillwater Hiker Stranded on North Shore Trail

A 62-year-old Stillwater woman was rescued Monday afternoon after she dislocated her hip while hiking at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Lori Mildon was hiking on the North Shore when she sat down to rest during her hike, Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Schweigart said during a press conference. When Mildon tried to stand up, she collapsed with a dislocated hip and was unable to walk. The Lake County Rescue Squad responded at about 1:52 p.m. to a rescue call for a hiker who was stranded on a trail. First responders determined that portion of the trail was best reached by air, so the Minnesota Aviation Rescue Team –a partnership between the St. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Fire Department’s Open House, Fire Station Grand Opening is Saturday

The Stillwater Fire Department’s annual open house is Saturday, Oct. 10 at the new Fire Station on Maryknoll Drive. Firefighters will visit schools as part of Fire Prevention Week to teach children about fire safety. The annual open house will also serve as the public grand opening for the new fire station. The Station Dedication and Grand Opening ceremony will be from 9-10 a.m., with the open house from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Due to ongoing construction of the Stillwater Armory, on-site parking will be limited. Continue Reading →

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70-Year-Old Woman Found Dead in Swimming Pool in the City of Grant

A 70-year-old woman was found dead in a swimming pool Thursday evening in the city of Grant. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 5:35 p.m. of a woman that was found in a pool, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office news release. Washington County deputies along with Lakeview Ambulance and Stillwater Fire Department responded and attempted to revive the woman without success. The incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office. No further information was made available. Continue Reading →

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Night to Unite Parties Set for Tuesday in Stillwater Area

The Stillwater Police Department will be celebrating their annual “Night to Unite” event from 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 in Washington Square Park. Night to Unite is an event to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, as well as strengthen and develop police community partnerships. Highlights of Stillwater’s Night to Unite event include tours of police equipment, fire trucks, a K-9 demonstration and a chance to meet Stillwater’s fire fighters, police officers, paramedics, City Council Members and members of the U.S. National Guard. There will be treats, games, and prizes. Continue Reading →

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Lightning Strike Sparks a House Fire on Second Street North

A lightning strike sparked a house fire Monday evening in the 1200 block of Second Street North in Stillwater. No injuries were reported. Stillwater firefighters were called to the scene at about 6:45 p.m. on June 29. When firefighters arrived, there was a working attic fire. “Crews pulled an attack line for interior fire suppression and search and rescue,” according to a post on the Stillwater Fire Department’s Facebook page. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Firefighters Extinguish Home Fire on Elm Street

Stillwater firefighters extinguished a house fire in the 200 block of West Elm Street on Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to a report of a structure fire at 11:15 a.m., according to Stillwater Fire Chief Stu Glaser. Upon arrival, firefighters reported a “working structure fire with smoke and flames showing from the second floor.” Firefighters entered the second floor of the home to fight the fire, Glaser said. Additional Stillwater crews responded and provided, search and rescue, water supply, ventilation and overhaul. Mutual aid was provided by Bayport, Mahtomedi and the Lake Elmo fire departments. Continue Reading →

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Fire and Ice Keep Stillwater’s First Responders Busy

Fire and ice have kept local first responders busy this week. Stillwater firefighters have been called to two wildfires and two ice rescues this week, Stillwater Fire Chief Stu Glaser said. Stillwater firefighters responded to two calls for ice rescues on Tuesday. The first call came in at about 2 p.m. after a St. Croix Beach man was climbing on the ice near downtown Hudson when a chunk broke loose. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Firefighters Respond to 2 Fires in 2 Hours, No Injuries Reported

The Stillwater Fire Department had a busy Friday night, responding to two fires in a span of two hours. Just after 8 p.m. on Jan. 30, Stillwater firefighters were called to the 9500 block of St. Croix Trail for a single-vehicle crash with a working vehicle fire. When firefighters arrived, they found the driver had gotten out of the vehicle. No injuries were reported. Continue Reading →

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Lake Elmo Fire Department Investigates Fire that Destroys Stillwater Boulevard Home

The Lake Elmo Fire Department is investigating a fire that destroyed a home Saturday night. Lake Elmo firefighters were called at 11:34 p.m. Dec. 13 to a “fully involved structure fire” in the 105500 Stillwater Blvd. Upon arrival crews discovered flames through the roof, a Lake Elmo fire department news release states, Lake Elmo Fire Chief Greg Malmquist said. No one was home during the fire. Continue Reading →

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Oak Park Heights Man in Critical Condition After Garage Fire

A 60-year-old Oak Park Heights man is in critical condition after a fire broke out Sunday morning inside his garage in the 14800 block of 56th Street North. The man, who has not yet been identified, received second- and third-degree burns on more than half of his body after a gas container started on fire while he was working on a riding lawnmower, Bayport Fire Chief Mark Swenson told the Pioneer Press. The fire broke out shortly after 10 a.m. on Oct. 12. The man was transported to Regions Hospital where he remains in critical condition. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Fire Department’s Open House is Saturday, Oct. 11

The Stillwater Fire Department is hosting its annual  “open house” Saturday, Oct. 11 for Fire Prevention Week. The open house is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Stillwater Fire Station. There will be firefighting demonstrations, station tours, free fire education and prevention material, blood pressure checks, face painting and child fingerprinting. Continue Reading →

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Groundbreaking for New Stillwater Fire Station, National Guard Armory is Friday Morning

A groundbreaking for the new Stillwater Fire Station and National Guard Armory is set for Friday, Aug. 22. The groundbreaking will begin at 10 a.m. at the project site located at 31210 75th St. N.

The Minnesota National Guard has opened up the bid process for a proposed $20 million facility. The Stillwater City Council recently approved bids for the new $7.3 million fire station. Continue Reading →

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Earth Work Begins for New Stillwater Fire Station; Ground Breaking Set for Aug. 22

If you have travelled along County Road 12 recently, you’ve probably noticed that Earth work has begun on the new Stillwater Fire Station. Soon, Earth work will also begin for the new Armory. As construction activity ramps up for the $7.3 million fire station, all heavy equipment and material deliveries will access the site via County Road 12 (Myrtle Street) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Construction crews for the Armory project will access the job site via Boutwell Road. Two years ago, former City Council member Jim Roush expressed concern about the use of Boutwell Road for construction traffic, but city staff believes the concern of neighbors was large equipment accessing the site through their neighborhood, Stillwater Community Development Director Bill Turnblad said. “That will not happen,” Turnblad said. Continue Reading →

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Firefighters Extinguish Lake Elmo Garage Fire

Firefighters extinguished a fire in the 5800 block of Lake Elmo Avenue Wednesday morning, just before noon. The call came in as a car fire in an attached garage, Lake Elmo Fire Chief Greg Malmquist said. When firefighters arrived on the scene the garage was fully engulfed in flames. Everyone was able to get out of the home, the fire chief said. There were no injuries. Continue Reading →

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Vehicle Bursts into Flames After Hitting Tree on Rutherford Road in Stillwater

Stillwater firefighters were called to a vehicle fire in the 100 block of Rutherford Road on June 21 after the driver left the road and hit a tree. A 17-year-old Stillwater girl was driving her father’s vehicle when she looked down at her phone and when she looked up she was about to hit a tree, according to a Stillwater police report. The girl was able to get out of the vehicle before it burst into flames. No one was injured, but the vehicle was a total loss.  

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Update: Shanghai Bistro in Downtown Stillwater Will Open at Noon After Early-Morning Fire

 

Shanghai Bistro will open at noon today after an early-morning fire in a storage closet in the kitchen. The Stillwater Fire Department extinguished a fire at Shanghai Bistro in downtown Stillwater early Saturday morning. Firefighters were called at 5:10 a.m. Saturday to an automatic water flow fire alarm at 324 Main St. S at the Grand Garage shops and restaurants, Stillwater Fire Chief Stu Glaser said. Upon arrival fire crews observed smoke within the building and water flowing from the fire alarm sprinkler system. Continue Reading →

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Look at the Final Design Plans for Stillwater’s New Fire Station

 

Take a look at the final design sketches of the new Stillwater Fire Station. Representatives from BWBR and Kraus-Anderson told the council the project is currently estimated to be on budget at $7.3 million. The design team hopes to put the project out to bid by the end of June, with the hopes of completing construction in summer 2015. The new Fire Station and Readiness Center will be located at the intersection of County Road 12 and Boutwell Road. Here are a few of the designs the council got a glimpse of this week:

The new 24,000 square-foot fire station will be connected — with separate entrances and identifying features — to the 79,000-square-foot National Guard Readiness Center site that will include an auditorium, classrooms, kitchen, fitness area, locker rooms, administrative spaces and a space that will be used for simulated marksmanship training. The Stillwater Fire Station is on the left, with the Army National Guard Reserve facility on the right. Continue Reading →

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Firefighters Called to Fan Motor Fire in Air Exchange System of Century Link Building

 

Stillwater Firefighters were called to a fire alarm in the Century Link Phone building in the 300 block of South Second Street Saturday morning. Firefighters were called at 9:49 a.m. April 19, with the first engine arriving on scene two minutes later, Stillwater Fire Capt. Chad Jansen said. When firefighters arrived, an employee in the building said smoke was coming from a room in the basement where numerous batteries and other unknown hazards were located. Fire crews entered the building and found a “moderate smoke condition” on the lower level with no active fire, Jansen said. After investigating the source of the smoke, crews found a motor on the air exchange system that had started on fire. Continue Reading →

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Spring Fire Restrictions in Place Across Washington County

 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has placed a burning restriction over Washington County until things begin to green up. The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. Spring fire restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs.  

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“Because of the high fire incidence during this time period, the DNR initiates burning restrictions to coincide with this annual fire season,” Larry Himanga, DNR wildfire prevention coordinator said in a news release. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Firefighters Evacuate 4 Children, 3 Adults and Dog from Home Due to Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 

Four children, three adults and a dog were evacuated from a Brick Street home early Friday morning after a faulty furnace was blowing large amounts of carbon monoxide into the home. When Stillwater firefighters arrived at the home in the 200 block of Brick Street at 12:20 a.m. Friday, first responders evacuated four children—ages 2 to 13—from their bedrooms, as well as three adults and a sick dog. According to police, the carbon monoxide detector in the home was broken. When officers arrived to assist they found a woman lying on the couch “not appearing well,” one man who was vomiting in the bathroom and another man who was sleeping downstairs. According to police all three adults had been drinking. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater City Council Considers Sale of $10 million Bond for New Fire Station, Police Department Renovation

 

Stillwater’s new fire station may take another leap forward at tonight’s city council meeting. The Council will be asked to approve the sale of a $10 million bond for capital outlay, new fire station construction and the renovation of the police department. City staff is also recommending the council approve a $399,000 proposal to complete the design, bid the project and administer the contract for construction of the $6.385 million fire station project. The fire station design team includes: BWBR, Buetow 2, EVS, Damon Farber Associates, and Palanisami and Hallberg Engineering. If given approval to proceed, the design team hopes to complete design development of the building in early-March, complete construction documents by mid-May and put the project out to bid by the end of June, with the hopes of completing construction in summer 2015. To learn more about this project, visit the city of Stillwater’s Fire Station and Armory document page. Continue Reading →

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Snow Plow Catches Fire

A Stillwater Public Works snow plow caught fire on Wednesday afternoon, the Pioneer Press reports. The engine of a 1-ton pickup caught fire after a hydraulic hose broke at about 2:40 p.m. while plowing Lowell Park. No one was injured. Continue Reading →

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