Gov. Tim Walz approved plans June 25 to distribute $841 million in federal coronavirus aid to cities and counties across Minnesota, along with another $12 million for food banks and food shelves that have seen a surge in demand since the pandemic hit the state.
Many in the Stillwater community are responding to an alleged incident of harassment in downtown Stillwater Saturday June 27. Police are investigating the claims of a Muslim woman who stated that she felt threatened by a group of white men who were wearing clothing with images from a white s…
Safety concerns rise as public fireworks canceled due to COVID-19 The State Fire Marshal Division and Minnesota firefighters are bracing for an uptick in fireworks injuries and property damage as people put on their own fireworks celebrations following the cancellation of many public shows d…
Shopping and eating local is easily accomplished at the Stillwater Farmers Market, which opened earlier this month with some modest adjustments to reduce risks related to the spread of COVID-19.
Students, staff and elders of the Stillwater Area Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) gathered June 22 to honor outgoing Superintendent Denise Pontrelli with a traditional ceremony. Pontrelli received a Pendleton blanket blessed with ceremonial incense and the well wishes of th…
In a 5-2 vote, the Stillwater Area School Board voted June 11 to approve a separation agreement with district superintendent Denise Pontrelli. Pontrelli’s last day will be July 1.
The Minnesota Ready coalition — a group of nearly 60 business organizations throughout Minnesota — asked Governor Tim Walz in a letter June 11 to allow all Minnesota’s businesses to fully open by June 19.
District employees are showing their support for Stillwater Area High School Superintendent Denise Pontrelli through signed letters to the school board. Pontrelli and the district have had a tense relationship for the last two years. In July 2019, the board voted 5-2 to negotiate a separatio…
If you want to drink at a bar or restaurant in Stillwater, get ready to sit outside. For a business area blessed with many outdoor patios and decks, al fresco dining has been the norm in Stillwater. Starting June 1, the state of Minnesota lifted restrictions related to COVID-19 to allow bars…
Students who missed out on many senior traditions this spring were honored during Stillwater Area High School’s first-ever virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 30.
Washington County, local food shelves, and Washington County Agricultural Society will have a large-scale produce distribution 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Stillwater.
Tune into the sights and sounds of nature and release stress through guided yoga sequences designed to improve balance, flexibility, breath awareness, and muscle tone 6-7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 22 at the North Picnic Pavilion at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
The National Guard presented an even larger presence in the Twin Cities metro after Gov. Tim Walz promised Saturday that violators of an 8 p.m. curfew would be dealt with swiftly after multiple nights of looting and fires. By adding more Guard members to the response, the state appeared pois…
As a coalition of law enforcement and National Guard members reacted to a fourth night of protests, buildings being set ablaze and more looting of Minneapolis businesses, further steps were announced after 1 a.m. Saturday to bolster the Guard's numbers in the Twin Cities.
The Stillwater Area High School Class of 2020 was honored with a Pony Pride Graduation Parade on Friday, May 29. The parade started at SAHS before heading north into Stillwater before finishing up on Main Street at the south end of downtown.
Personal gratification wasn’t the only outcome for Carmen Colombo and Rachel Brown after cleaning up a stretch along the Loop Trail leading down to the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River.
Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order May 28 at 4 p.m., activating the Minnesota National Guard to provide safety and protection to the people of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding communities, according to a press release from the National Guard.
The transition from high school senior to high school graduate is one often filled with unknowns. For the graduates of Stillwater Area High School Class of 2020, this step is filled with even more unknowns and — unfortunately — sacrifices due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Although the Memorial Day ceremony at the Stillwater Veterans Memorial is canceled due to precautions taken as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stillwater will still see a flyover of a squadron of T-6 Thunder airplanes at noon on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 to honor St. Croix Valley area …
After 19 years of serving up delicious steaks, burgers, chops, ribs, seafood and ice-cold craft beer in Forest Lake, Norman Quack’s has expanded south, opening a Stillwater chophouse last June.
Sara Morrison has been named as the new general manager of the River Market Community Co-op. In less than a year, the River Market has an entirely new Board membership, weathered financial challenges and replaced the General Manager..
Lens Flare Stillwater, a not for profit project originally funded by The Stillwater Area Community Foundation, announces its updated web site and free Loop Trail app to visitors, students, tourists and residents. This project won The Great Idea competition in 2016. The project objective prov…
An employee of the Stillwater Area School District is claiming the district and the school board chair violated the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, the statute protecting whistleblowers and the Minnesota Data Practices Act in a lawsuit filed May 5 in Washington County District Court.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday he will let his stay-at-home order expire as scheduled Monday, though he’ll leave key restrictions in place to keep up Minnesota’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
FamilyMeans board of directors announced Jim Kroening is named the new President of FamilyMeans beginning May 18. Kroening will be replacing Arba-Della Beck who started in 1994 and announced her retirement in January. He will be the fifth president since the agency was founded in 1963.
In honor of frontline medical staff combating COVID-19, the Minnesota Air National Guard included a flyover of hospitals and medical facilities as part of a scheduled training flight around 11:30 a.m. May 6. A group of Stillwater residents gathered in Pioneer Park to watch the flyover take p…
The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed April 28 to allow certain property owners additional time to pay the first half of their 2020 property tax without penalty due to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.
Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday extended Minnesota’s stay-at-home order for another two weeks, to May 18, while loosening some restrictions on retail businesses to allow curbside pickup.
As the effects of COVID-19 continue to disrupt operations at Stillwater Area Public Schools, the school board and administration grapple with how to address the future impacts to schedules and finances.
Stillwater-area residents responded in a big way as part of a state-wide effort to provide face masks for workers in jobs with increased risks due to COVID-19.
The vast majority of Minnesota’s COVID-19 deaths are cases associated with long-term care facilities, health officials said Tuesday as they focused attention on how the state is trying to protect some of its most vulnerable residents.
The 28th Annual 2020 Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour will not be taking place in Minnesota at the seven host studios this year. After much discussion weighing safety logistics, and the critical need for social distancing, the Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour will launch an online tour this year.
The Stillwater Area School District received support from the Lake Elmo planning commission for its plans to remedy the on-going issues with its bus terminal project.
Many of the activities and social opportunities eagerly anticipated by seniors each spring leading up to their high school graduation have been curtailed or eliminated entirely in response to COVID-19, but School Area Public Schools is working to ensure those students feel appreciated during…