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Continued: Marine on St. Croix: 175 years and counting

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 17, 2014 - 11:38 PM

“With our kids, it bred a responsibility within them that we could and should participate in the community,” Warren said. “And it showed them the rewards in participating in your community.”

Warren, also a longtime member of the city’s Planning Commission, pointed to an analysis of Marine’s unique qualities: the St. Croix River, which is treasured by the town and gives it its name and identity; its history; its green space; and its high rate of community involvement.

Those qualities have been a constant even as the growth in nearby communities such as Scandia, May Township and Stillwater make Marine less rural and isolated than in the past, he said.

“The biggest thing is, this community works so well to keep its small-town feel, to keep its historic feel,” added Lynette Peterson, Marine’s city administrator. “That’s huge.”

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  • The first sawmill in what became Minnesota was built in 1839 by Lewis Judd and David Hone, two investors from Illinois, who along with several others formed the Marine Lumber Co. The settlement was called Judd’s Mills and then Marine Mills before it got its current name, Marine on St. Croix.

  • Karen and Andy Kramer are the owners of the Marine General Store, which was built just after the Civil War.


    All year long, Marine on St. Croix will be celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding in 1839. The events include:

    May 18: Mill Stream Day — A charming small town festival with food, a bake sale, exhibits and a village maypole dance celebrating the arrival of spring

    May 26: Memorial Day celebration and family hot dog roast to remember and celebrate the seasonal opening of the Stone House Museum, housed in the home built in 1872 by Swedish stone mason, Gustav Carlson. It is recorded in the Library of Congress as “an outstanding example of the Swedish stone work of early Minnesota settlers.”

    May 31: Paddlewheel cruise on the St. Croix on a riverboat toasting 175 years, sponsored by the village’s Restoration Society

    June 7: Marine on St. Croix Restoration Society All Town Progressive Dinner

    June 21: Firemen’s Ball — a barbecue, street dance and children’s activities to benefit the volunteer fire department

    July 3: Independence Day activities kicking off with fireworks

    July 4: Running race and parade

    Aug. 24: 175th Anniversary all town picnic featuring music, local food, exhibits, activities for kids and an all town photo.

    September: Take Me to the River arts events in the St. Croix Valley — Dates TBA

    Sept. 16: The Marine Library Association will sponsor “The Sheffield site and Oneota archaeology in the St. Croix Valley” presented by Dr. Ed Fleming, Science Museum of Minnesota. Learn about a 700-year-old settlement just south of Marine on St. Croix.

    Sept. 20-21: Marine on St. Croix art fair

    Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve dance

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