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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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As reported case of COVID-19 grow exponentially in Minnesota, healthcare providers are bracing for the coming weeks to overwhelm hospital and clinics with the new coronavirus. As of press time, Minnesota had 742 confirmed cases with 46 cases in Washington County. The virus has caused 18 deaths.

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Before Governor Tim Walz ordered the closure of bars and restaurants 5 p.m. March 17, the staff at the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce started brainstorming ways to support local businesses through the turmoil caused by the coronavirus COVID-19.

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HealthPartners announced March 18 that it is taking additional steps related to identification, treatment and safety of patients, care teams and the community that will help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

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The Gazette and staff received five awards at the Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. The Gazette competes against other weekly and daily newspapers in the state of Minnesota. The awards ceremony was held Jan. 30.

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Seven restaurants in downtown Stillwater are participating in the 2020 Best Burger in the Valley, an annual competition and fundraiser held by Main Street restaurants. This is the 11th year of the competition.

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HealthPartners announced Nov. 6 plans to close its retail pharmacies in early 2020. The closure includes 30 retail pharmacies located within HealthPartners, Park Nicollet, Central Minnesota and Stillwater Medical Group clinics, as well as the organization’s owned mail-order pharmacy operations.

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Administration of the Stillwater Area Public Schools is preparing to roll out a new way of helping high school students select elective courses, and presented their plan Nov.6 to one group of people they hope to impress — Stillwater’s business community.

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This past summer, St. Croix Preparatory Academy students Ben Silvernale and Arian Tomar received sponsorships to participate in a week-long summer business, career, and financial literacy camp, Minnesota Business Venture (MBV). Andersen Foundation provided the sponsorship for the students to…

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Ice Castles, LLC, the Utah-based event company that builds sculptural castles from ice, may return to Downtown Stillwater this winter — only if city staff feel the massive ice walls won’t damage city infrastructure.

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Unpopular changes and loss of long-term employees have caused many shoppers at the River Market Co-op in downtown Stillwater to question the future of the business. In a standing-room only meeting room Aug. 13, member owners of River Market Co-op spilled into the hallway waiting for a turn t…

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The National Association of Counties (NACo) has presented BizRecycling a 2019 Achievement Award in the category of County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability. The award was presented on July 14 at NACo’s annual conference in Las Vegas.

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The Costa family has been growing and selling fresh local produce for a century. Ron Costa is the third generation. He and his wife, Karin, run the successful produce farm, greenhouse and CSA that provide hard-to-beat in-season offerings to homes, businesses and restaurants around the metro.

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In response to a 20% increase in the number of people served last year, nonprofit Valley Outreach has expanded its program space and is seeking new ways to support the Stillwater area.

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In less than a decade, Xcel Energy plans to end coal-fired energy production at two of its Minnesota plants, closing the Allen S. King coal plant in Oak Park Heights in 2028. The announcement this week puts the King plant’s closure nine years ahead of the schedule previously outlined by Xcel…