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The Stillwater Area School Board voted June 30 to approve a contract with Afton-Lakeland principal Malinda Lansfedt to fill in as the interim superintendent until a permanent candidate is found.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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St. Croix Valley residents turned out in big numbers for the “Kids and Families Standing up Against Racism Protest & March” that took place on Saturday, June 6 in downtown Stillwater.

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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.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors for the Washington County Agricultural Society voted this week to cancel the 2020 Washington County Fair which was to be held July 29 – August 2.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…