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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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Stillwater Farmers Market Opens Saturday, June 11

The Stillwater Farmers Market’s Opening Day is Saturday, June 11 across from the Historic Courthouse on Third and Pine streets. The market is open every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon through October. Opening day vendors at this year’s market include:

Anderson Apple Farm

Country Lane

Dawn Gilbert

Lorna Lutz

Natures Nectar

Sandy Creek Farms

The Sunshine Barkery

Van Someren Gardens

Wiess Woods of Plum Creek

KDE Farms

Ninzong Yang

Youngs Greenhouse & Garden’s

Three Mad Poppers

Bilha Soap

Infusion Gardens DavGallion

Sara’s Tipsy Pies

Blacksmith Seasoning

Costa/Roth Gardens

Suri Serenade Alpaca’s

Hand Harvested Wild Rice

The General Store Bakery from Marine on the St. Croix

Matt’s Wild Salmon

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Belwin Conservancy’s Annual Bison Release is Saturday, June 11

The Belwin Conservancy is releasing a herd of about 40 bison on Saturday, June 11 at their restored prairie in Afton. The release happens at noon sharp, but family-friendly activities to learn about bison and the prairie start at 11 a.m. Food trucks will be on hand to sell food at the event. Visitors on Saturday are also invited to participate in a fun art project led by The Phipps Center for the Arts in conjunction with What We Need in Here. The event is free. Parking is available at the Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields, located at 15601 Hudson Road in West Lakeland. Continue Reading →

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Chamber Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary of Acapulco Mexican Restaurant

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated a 20 year anniversary milestone of Acapulco Mexican Restaurant at their Stillwater location. The family-owned and operated, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant is not a chain. Jesus and Maria Leon, were born in Jalisco, Mexico and relocated their family to Minnesota in the early 90's. They had nine children, all of whom are involved with the business. From architecture and construction, to equipment repair and maintenance, to electrical engineering, cooking, catering, menu planning, bartending and the day to day running of the restaurants, the family is truly running the business. Continue Reading →

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Grand Opening of Prohibition Exhibit at the Historic Courthouse is June 4

Join the debate between the wets and drys, bootleggers and lawmen, and learn how the residents of the St. Croix Valley survived the great dry spell of America’s “Noble Experiment” at the grand opening of “The Thirst for Giggle Water.”

The event is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Washington County Historic Courthouse. The event will feature:

Live roaring ‘20s music performed by Dirty Romance Novels in the courtroom 7 to 8 p.m.;

Carol Gross of the Manes & Tails Harness Club highlighting a Budweiser six-horse hitch model replica in the exhibit from 4 to 5 p.m.;A

1920s car on display from 4 to 7 p.m.;

Author Phil Peterson presenting, “A Glimpse of Prohibition’s Northern Moonshine” at 6 p.m. in the courtroom, followed by a book signing and free book giveaways for the release of “Northern Moon Shadows,” the second book of his Northern Moon Trilogy. Visitors will also be able to celebrate the end of Prohibition by the repeal of the 18th Amendment and sample Joseph Wolf Brewing Co. beer, beer from Lift Bridge Brewing Co., and Chicago Mix popcorn from Candyland from 6 to 8 p.m. in the courtroom, while supplies last. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Area Public Schools Expands Summer Food Service Program

Stillwater Area Public Schools is expanding the Summer Food Service Program to offer free breakfast and lunch to area children at two locations this summer. The goal of this program is to make sure all youth in our community have access to nutritious meals while school is out for the summer. The Summer Meals Program will run:

Mondays through Fridays, June 9-Aug. 19 (closed July 4) at the Stillwater Junior High School cafeteria. Breakfast will be served 7:15-8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11-12:15 p.m. for any interested children ages two to 18 years of age. Continue Reading →

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Washington County Seeks Election Judges for Primary, General Election


Washington County is seeking election judges for the 2016 primary and general elections. During the this year’s primary and general elections, about 2,000 election judges will be needed to staff polling locations throughout Washington County. Election judges and election judge trainees are the officials who staff the polling location and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Required qualifications for an election judge are:

U.S. citizen eligible to vote in Minnesota;

at least 18 years of age (if you are 16 or 17 years old, see information on the Washington County website and search “election judge;”

Able to read, write and speak English; and

Complete a two-hour training, which can be done online. Required qualifications for a student election judge are:

must be at least 16 years old;

have approval from parents and school’s principal;

must submit a written request to principal at least 10 days before Election Day; and

must complete an application that is to be signed by parents/guardians and school’s principal. Continue Reading →

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Bayport Public Library Spring Book Sale Begins May 21

The Bayport Library Spring Book Sale has a little something for everyone. Hardcovers for $1 and paperbacks for $0.50. Monday and Tuesday are a bag of books for $10. Bayport Public Library

582 N 4th Street 

Bayport, MN 55003


The sale runs:

Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday May 23 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday May 24 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Ribbon Cutting: Stillwater Chamber Celebrates 25th Anniversary, New Ownership of Midtown Antique Mall

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated a 25 year anniversary milestone of Midtown Antiques on April 28 at their Main Street location in Stillwater. The business was established May 1, 1991 in a small building on Main Street with only 20 dealers. In 1997, they expanded and moved to its current location, 301 South Main Street. Midtown Antiques is under the new ownership by Julie Kranz. “I’ve always had an interest in antiques, and am enthusiastic about the future of our business and the support the Greater Stillwater Chamber is providing to help us grow.”

Midtown offers antiques & collectibles from early American to mid-20th century. Continue Reading →

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Community Thread’s 17th Annual Oil Painting Art Show & Reception is May 18

Community Thread will be hosting its annual Oil Painting Art Show & Reception on Wednesday, May 18 from 4:30-6 p.m.

This free event honors the work of the talented students of the Oil Painting Open Studio Class held at the Stillwater Senior Center. The class began in 1999 under the supervision of volunteer Don Neurauter who guides students through their artistic journey. Don Neurauter has a background in art design and sculpture, and has been teaching since 1954. The Oil Painting Art Show & Reception is a culmination of each year’s classes and this year marks the 17th anniversary of the class. The event is open to the public and will display art works from several artists who will be attending the event. Continue Reading →

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Afton Alps’ Last Call … A Rail Jam Competition and Beer Festival

Afton Alps Last Call to play in the snow event is happening Saturday afternoon. Afton’s saying good bye to winter with a rail jam competition, beer festival, vendor village and food trucks from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 7 at Afton Alps. Afton Alps partnered with The Growler to put on a beer fest that will feature more than 45 brews. A ticket for unlimited sampling costs $20 per person. The entry fee to the rail jam competition is $20. Spectators are free. Continue Reading →

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Lift Bridge Brewing’s Big Brew Day Event Celebrates Homebrewers

Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is holding its first Big Brew Day event on Saturday, May 7 from noon to 6 p.m.

Each year, the American Homebrewing Association promotes “Big Brew Day” to get as many people as possible from around the world to brew beer at the same time. Last year, more than 11,000 people attended a Big Brew Day event. The official beer for the 2016 event, as suggested by the American Homebrewers Association, is Summer Ginger Ale. Lift Bridge’s Big Brew Day event will host 24 registered homebrewers who will come together to brew in designated areas inside and outside of the brewhouse. Continue Reading →

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Bark For Life Fundraiser is Saturday, May 14 in Bayport

For those facing what could be the toughest battle of their lives, furry friends can be some of the best support. While family and friends provide advice through the cancer diagnosis and treatment, a canine companion can provide non-judgmental support for patients, which is sometimes exactly what the doctor recommends. Whether your dog has been with you through your cancer battle, or has been a friend by your side through all of life’s struggles, you’re invited to join us for the third annual Bark For Life this Saturday, May 14. Bark for Life 

Where: Barkers Alps Park, 5th Ave N, Bayport, MN 55003

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9am-Noon

Who: No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Bark For Life. Each dollar you raise will help save lives. Continue Reading →

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Washington County Commissioner Gary Kriesel will Seek Fourth Term

Washington County Commissioner Gary Kriesel announced on Wednesday that he is seeking re-election this fall. Kriesel was first elected to represent District 3 on the Washington County Board of Commissioners in November 2004. He was re-elected in 2008, and again, in 2012. “I have worked hard on behalf of the citizens and communities of District 3 and have been a strong voice for fiscal discipline,” Kriesel said. “I will continue to fight to make sure their hard-earned tax dollars are well spent.”

While serving on the Board of Commissioners, Kriesel worked with local, state and federal leaders to gain support for the St. Continue Reading →

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Chamber News: St. Croix Shopping Guide Celebrates 30 Years

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated a milestone 30 year anniversary for member Tom Odell of St. Croix Shopping Guide/ Admail, LLC on April 14 at Acapulco Restaurant in Stillwater. St. Croix Shopping Guide / Admail is a direct mail marketing and advertising business that has serviced St. Croix Valley small business owners since 1986. Continue Reading →

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Ribbon Cutting: Greater Stillwater Chamber Celebrates Opening of Club Z! In-Home Tutoring

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of new business, Club Z! In-Home Tutoring on April 28 th at Reve Bistro in Stillwater. Club Z! of the East Metro offers private, in-home tutors for all grades and subjects. Their tutoring services are tailored to fit their client’s academic needs and schedule. Continue Reading →

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Set for May 21 in Stillwater

Washington County will conduct a remote household hazardous waste collection at Lily Lake Ice Arena next month. The hazardous waste collection will take place at Lily Lake Ice Arena from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21. If you miss the remote-site collection, the Washington County Environmental Center, 4039 Cottage Grove Drive in Woodbury, gives residents a free disposal option for household hazardous waste, electronics and recyclables all year round. The Washington County Environmental Center is open:

Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The center also has a Free Product Room, in which residents may browse the shelves and take home previously-owned products such as paint, stain, automotive supplies, household cleaners, and other products. All items taken to the Environmental Center are inspected to determine if they are usable products. Continue Reading →

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Juvenile Sex Trafficking presentation

Juvenile Sex Trafficking- What All Parents Should Know

Thursday, May 5, 6:30pm at Stillwater Public Library, Margaret Rivers Room

The Washington County Attorney’s Office will be presenting an informational talk

that covers the indicators of trafficking. Learn how social media has made it easy to contact young people through websites and apps that can be hidden. Criminals have learned that it’s much safer to sell malleable teens than drugs or guns. Trafficking affects the whole community- our community. Continue Reading →

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Seasonal Employment Opportunities

Come and be with a fantastic company, in a beautiful town! Now hiring for Seasonal Employment at:

St. Croix Boats

The Lowell Inn (year round)

Grand Pizza (year round)

We offer flexible hours, with a fun crew to work with! Bartending, serving, buffet attendants, front desk, hostess, boat cleaning, house keeping opportunities. Note: we appreciate people from the local area only. Continue Reading →

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Lost Dog: Whose got Bella?

Bella somehow got out overnight and we cannot locate her. She is a 5 year old, female, black lab. She is wearing a blue collar with no tags (she tore the keyring holding them on). She is very friendly and it is highly likely that someone has picked her up by now, otherwise she would have simply returned home. Please help us find this child’s pet. Continue Reading →

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Lumberjack Days Music Lineup Will Be Revealed Tuesday at Lift Bridge Brewery

The Locals will announce the 2016 Lumberjack Days music lineup Tuesday night at Lift Bridge Brewery. This week’s Townie Tuesday event at Lift Bridge’s taproom benefits Stillwater’s Lumberjack Days. The Locals will reveal the 2016 Lumberjack Days music lineup at 7:30 p.m.

Volunteer schedules and sign up forms for Lumberjack Days will be available from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. The Locals are always looking for volunteers

During Townie Tuesday events, Lift Bridge donates a portion of beer sales to the featured nonprofit group. Proceeds of Tuesday’s Lumberjack Days fundraiser will be directed to help promote the festival. In addition to beverages, pizza by the slice will be available. Continue Reading →

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Ribbon Cutting: Chamber Celebrates Opening of Rodan + Fields in Stillwater

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated new business consultant Jill Thomas with Rodan + Fields at Reve’ Bistro with a ribbon cutting on March 2. Rodan + Fields offers multiple skincare product lines by the doctors who created ProActiv. Options include products for sun damage/age spots, anti-aging, sensitive skin and the #1 premium acne line in the US only available through consultants. Jill Thomas recently dedicated herself fully to this business after an 18 year career in healthcare in January 2016. “I am fortunate to have the Doctors who created ProActiv as my business partners! Continue Reading →

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