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Youth Service Bureau Announces Inaugural Gala Supporting Service Expansion

The Youth Service Bureau, Inc (YSB) is pleased to invite you to our inaugural Gala, Thursday, May 18th, 2017, from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at the Lake Elmo Event Center. All funds raised support our capital expansion campaign and will be matched 1:1 by a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust. Dr. David Walsh, our keynote speaker and YSB advocate, will speak on the importance of early intervention. Dr. Walsh is the Author of “Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen.” Continue Reading →

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Register for the K9 Combat Cancer 5k Event

We are excited to announce a NEW, family friendly 5k walk/run to support the American Cancer Society. We want to bring family, friends and our canine companions together to raise funds and fight back against cancer. The K9 Combat Cancer 5K is a non-competitive walk/run event for all ages. Register at: www.relayforlife.org/k9combatcancer

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Registration opens at 7 a.m.

Start time: 8 a.m.

$30 entry fee / $40 day of event

long sleeve t-shirt included with pre-registration, not guaranteed day of event. Children 15 and under are free

Both Events –

K9 5k and Bark For Life

$35 entry fee / $45 day of event

long sleeve t-shirt and swag bag full of goodies included

with pre-registration, not guaranteed day of event. Continue Reading →

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Interested in Joining A Garden Club?

The Trillium Chapter of the Perrenial Garden Club of Stillwater is looking for new members. We include women & men; we encourage all forms of hortuculture and provide social, educational and civic opportunities. The chapter maintains the rock garden across from the Lowell Inn and holds an annual plant sale. We meet the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30am. Please contact Paula at laidi001@umn.edu if you think you may be interested in being part of this friendly group of gardeners Continue Reading →

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Charlie’s Irish Pub Bartender Dan Schiltz Wins Best Bartender in the Valley Contest

Dan Schiltz — of Charlie’s Irish Pub — wowed judges and took home some serious bragging rights last weekend during the Best Bartender in the Valley competition. Schiltz won the 2017 Best Bartender in the Valley title with his technical take on a classic concoction: Judy’s Irish Old Fashion. Schiltz began crafting the cocktail by rimming a lowball glass with espresso grounds — which he the dipped in high-proof bourbon — and lit on fire to toast the grounds. In a separate glass Schiltz muddled ginger-infused sugar and chocolate bitters, poured 2 ounces of 2 Gingers over the sugar and served the drink neat with an orange accent. The annual Best Bartender in the Valley competition was held March 12 at Pub 112. Continue Reading →

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Ninth annual Lakeview Health Foundation Community Breakfast raises $44,000

The Lakeview Health Foundation held its ninth annual Community Breakfast last month, raising $44,000 for patient and community projects supported by the foundation. About 200 people attended the complimentary breakfast at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center. The program included speeches by Chris Jesmer, husband to Jeanine Jesmer, who spoke about his experience giving CPR to his wife before handing over to a Lakeview EMS crew last year. Jeanine had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest but survived thanks to her husband following CPR directions from the 911 operator and the subsequent efforts by the EMS team. Other speakers included representatives from Lakeview EMS and Helene Houle, whose generous donation to the foundation enabled the purchase of a new ambulance last year. Continue Reading →

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150th Anniversary of Washington County Historic Courthouse Set for June 3

Washington County is planning a celebration of 150 years since the groundbreaking for the Historic Courthouse, the 100th anniversary of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument and a special dedication of a 2017 Time Capsule the first weekend in June. The 150th Anniversary Celebration will be 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Historic Courthouse, featuring a time capsule ceremony, live music, carriage rides, Civil War re-enactors, $1 hot dogs, old-fashioned candy, picnicking on the lawn and a Civil War exhibit grand opening. During the event, the 150th Anniversary Time Capsule will be dedicated with items representing Washington County to give future generations a glimpse of what life is like in Washington County in 2017. Continue Reading →

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North Hill Community Garden Sign Up Begins March 30

North Hill residents are busy organizing the community garden to bring neighbors together through gardening. Sign up for North Hill Community Garden plots begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 30 at First United Methodist Church, 813 West Myrtle St. The North Hill Community Garden is located near Staples Field on the corner of Aspen Street West and North Martha Street. Plots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to Stillwater residents, upon receiving payment and signing the gardening agreement available at northhillcommunitygarden.org. Plot Sizes and Price

9 x 9 plots cost $30/season

4 x 9 plots cost $20/season

Handicap accessible plots are available. Continue Reading →

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Conversation of the Valley: ‘Real Mountains – A Grief Journey’ with Author Dan Seftick

The death of a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. The normal course of life has been altered. Parents aren’t supposed to bury their children. The future now bears little resemblance to the visions of past dreams. To call the road ahead devastating is an understatement. On the night of April 16, 2011, Dan Seftick’s 31 year old son Greg died with his friend in an avalanche in Grand Teton National Park. Continue Reading →

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New Youth and Family Education Coordinator at Youth Service Bureau

Youth Service Bureau (YSB) welcomes our newest team member, Merri Guggisberg. At YSB, our mission is to help youth and families learn the skills they need to be more successful, at home, in school and throughout the community. Merri brings over 10 years of experience leading youth programs and coordinating parent education sessions in Inver Grove Heights and throughout Dakota County’s Tri-District region. She holds a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences, and a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management. In addition to our early-intervention services in mental health, chemical health and Diversion programs—YSB is highly regarded for providing reliable, practical parenting information on a variety of relevant youth-development topics. Continue Reading →

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Last Chance: Nominate Your Favorite Volunteer for a Community Involvement Award

The deadline to nominate volunteers for the 2017 Community Involvement Awards is Friday, March 10. Community Thread and the Washington County Board of Commissioners partner for the awards that spotlight volunteerism and honor the great work of volunteers in our community. The awards recognize volunteers in six categories:

Youth

Group/Family

Exemplary Employer

Outstanding

Lifetime

Legacy

You can nominate residents or organizations in Washington County who meet the criteria for each award. You can download the nomination form here. Email your nomination to Awards@CommunityThreadMN.org (Subject: CIA). Continue Reading →

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Free Heart Screen March 4 at Stillwater Area High School

The Patrick Schoonover Heart Foundation will be at Stillwater Area High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 4 offering free Play For Patrick Youth Heart screens to Stillwater area teens ages 14-18. The Patrick Schoonover Heart Foundation have screened more 1,300 kids and found many kids with high blood pressure, minor heart defects and a few with life-threatening heart issues. The Screen includes;

Hands only CPR & AED Training (Parents encouraged to participate)

Family Health History

Height & Weight

Blood Pressure

EKG

Echocardiogram

Discussion with Physician (Parents encouraged to participate)

Share results with your family physician for baseline

Participants may register at www.playforpatrick.org. Medical & Non-Medical Volunteers are also needed, and can register at www.playforpatrick.org. Volunteers are welcome to register their kids (14 +) for the free heart screen. Continue Reading →

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Funeral Arrangements Set for Mother of 3 Killed in Head-On Crash

Funeral arrangements have been set for a Stillwater native who was killed in a head-on crash last week in central Minnesota. Lindsay Marie (Keenan) Cardinal, 35, of Foreston, died on Jan. 31, 2017 as a result of a collision involving a suspected drunk driver. She attended Stillwater schools, where she played soccer and basketball. Lindsay graduated from Stillwater Area High School in 2000. Continue Reading →

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Bayport Officer Who Helped Save Suicidal Veteran Will Be Honored at Winter Gala Community Awards

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce recently announced the winners of their first annual Winter Gala Community Awards. The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s inaugural Winter Gala Community Award Celebration on Friday, Feb. 10 from 5:30 – 11 p.m. at the Water Street Inn. The Winter Gala Community Awards Celebration is open to the public – a $75 ticket includes a multi-course dinner, party favors, silent auction and raffle, live entertainment, awards ceremony and a tour of the Ice Castles. “We are very excited about this first annual inaugural event,” Chamber Director Robin Anthony said. Continue Reading →

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Volunteers Needed to Bring Comfort, Friendship to Hospice Patients

Lakeview Hospital Homecare and Hospice is seeking people to offer a compassionate ear and a helping hand to patients with terminal illness. Hospice volunteers provide a variety of services to patients and their families, from companionship and assistance with light chores for the patient to respite care for relatives. “Hospice care provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for patients with a terminal illness and their family members so they can live their final months in comfort and dignity,” said Nancy Kuckler, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator. “One of the most important people on a hospice team is the volunteer.”

Volunteers – who are needed across Washington County, Minnesota, and throughout St. Croix County, Wisconsin – undergo 15-20 hours of training before starting to work with patients. Continue Reading →

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Community Thread Seeks Nominations for 2017 Community Involvement Awards

Community Thread and the Washington County Board of Commissioners are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Community Involvement Awards. The Community Involvement Awards shine a spotlight on volunteerism and honor the great work of volunteers in the community. “The St. Croix Valley is full of dedicated and passionate volunteers. Thanks to the enthusiastic service of individuals, families, groups, and employers, our community remains strong, rich and vibrant,” Sally Anderson, Executive Director at Community Thread said in a news release. Continue Reading →

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Community Thread Offers Free Tax-Filing Assistance

Community Thread is offering free, by appointment, tax-filing assistance to low and middle income taxpayers beginning in early-February. Trained and certified AARP TaxAide volunteers will explain tax requirements, answer questions and electronically file income tax returns. Returns can only be prepared for Minnesota residents with income from Minnesota. Not all IRS forms and schedules can be prepared by AARP Tax-Aide (ie, residential rental income). Qualified taxpayers must bring:

Photo identification

Printed copy of 2015 Tax Return

Social security ID for each person listed on the return(s)

All income documents (W-2; Retirement and Social Security 1099’s; interest and dividends; state and federal tax refunds; capital gains/stock transactions; self-employment income and expenses; gambling winnings)

All documents for deductions (charitable donations; medical and education expenses; real-estate taxes; mortgage interest, etc)

Estimated tax payments made in 2016

All required tax-related documents are listed on the Community Thread website. Continue Reading →

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3 Washington County Commissioners Sworn Into Office After Re-Election

Three Washington County commissioners were sworn into office Jan. 3 after being re-elected in November. Commissioners Gary Kriesel (District 3), Fran Miron (District 1) and Lisa Weik (District 5) were sworn into four-year terms.

Commissioner Kriesel was first elected in November 2004 to represent the residents of District 3. He was re-elected in 2008, 2012, and again, in 2016. He retired from Xcel Energy (formerly Northern States Power) after 33 years, and served two years on the Stillwater City Council. Continue Reading →

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Absentee Voting Continues; Voters May Have Usual Voting Experience Beginning Nov. 1

Absentee voting for the statewide general election continues through Monday, Nov. 7. On Election Day, Nov. 8, voters must vote at their designated precincts.  Polling location information is available online through the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office at mnvotes.org. Due to state legislative changes that allow for “no-excuse absentee voting,” voter turnout by absentee ballot is high. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Seeks Community Feedback on Concept Park Plan for the Aiple Property

The City of Stillwater is preparing a Concept Park Plan for the former Aiple property on the north end of downtown Stillwater — and city staff is looking for community feedback. As part of the planning process, city staff is hosting a community meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3 at City Hall, so community members can review and comment on materials that have been prepared by park planning consultants. The materials include a site evaluation and an analysis of costs and options for potential re-use of the former Aiple Family residence. Community insights and comments will help guide city leaders as they decide on the elements to be included in the Concept Park Plan. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Dog Park ‘Howl-O-Ween’ Fundraiser Set for Oct. 29

The Friends of the Stillwater Area Dog Park is hosting a Howl-O-Ween fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Stillwater Dog Park. The “Howl-O-Ween” event is from 1-4 p.m. The fundraiser will have a dog costume contest,  a raffle, an agility demo and a chance to talk with vendors, including local dog trainers, food representatives, photographers and more. Judging for the dog costume contest will be from 2-2:30 p.m. Judges for the dog costume contest are Mayor Ted Kozlowski, Council Member Doug Menikheim and George Dierberger. Continue Reading →

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School Board Candidate Forum at First Presbyterian Church is Monday, October 17

Meet the candidates for Stillwater School Board

Monday, October 17,

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters

and First Presbyterian’s Peacemaking and

Social Justice Ministry Team

Moderator: Cader Howard

Please plan to attend and invite your neighbors. Inform yourself about the people that will be determining the direction of our community schools. 651-439-4380

6201 Osgood Ave N

Stillwater Continue Reading →

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Lake Elmo Park Reserve Swimming Pond Set to Reopen Aug. 1

The Lake Elmo Park Reserve swimming pond will reopen on Monday, Aug. 1. The swimming pond, built in 1986, was renovated this summer with a new liner, pipes that carry the water in and out of the pond and skimmers that filter the water. More shade trees, benches and sidewalks were added to the area around the pond, as well as betterAmericans with Disabilities Act accessibility in the parking areas, picnic tables and a hard-surfaced, zero-depth entry to the pond. The depth of the pond was reduced from 6 feet deep, to 4 feet deep. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Businesses Plan Dinner to Say ‘Thank You’ to Local First Responders

Several Stillwater businesses are saying “Thank you” to our local police, firefighters and medics this week by serving a meal to those who serve our community. “In short, we will be serving dinner to first responders simply as a Thank You,” Candyland Owner Brandon Lamb said. “A lot of tragic events are taking place around our nation, and as a community we want to keep the Love in our town rather than the negativity.”

The event was organized by Lamb and Jarvis Glanzer of Watermark Church, with support from dozens of local businesses including the Main Street IBA, Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop, Reclaiming Beautiful, QuickFire Pizza, Alfresco, Lift Bridge Brewery, the Water Street Inn, Team Boo Realty, the Dock Cafe, Tin Bins and Acapulco. “This idea first came about to have a dinner for all first responders, but in light of recent events, we felt we needed to speed up the process and start on a lower scale,” Lamb said. “We would still like to continue working on a bigger event that will most likely happen early next year.”

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VAA Football Hosts Neurosurgeon Talk on Concussions on June 23

The St. Croix Valley Athletic Association football program announced that they will host a presentation by neurosurgeon Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD. Dr. Samadani, a researcher and medical practitioner at the University of Minnesota, is a nationally-recognized expert on traumatic brain injury.  She has recently published a book called The Football Decision in an attempt to help parents better understand all of the risks and benefits of playing contact sports. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 23 at Stillwater Junior High School.  The event is free. Matt Simcik, the chairman of the SCVAA football program, is himself a PhD professor and researcher, and a colleague of Dr. Samadani at the University of Minnesota.  SCVAA Football is hosting this discussion to help local parents better understand the benefits and risks associated with contact sports such as football. Continue Reading →

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