Arts briefs: Carpenter Nature Center gets new director

  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 4:55 PM

Jen Vieth has been named executive director of Carpenter Nature Center in Denmark Township.

Vieth has been interim executive director since late last year, when Jim Fitzpatrick retired after 32 years at Carpenter.

Vieth served for seven years as the nature center’s development director. Before that, she worked at both the Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota and the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis. She is a native of Kingston, Ontario, where she earned a degree in biology from Queen’s University.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve Carpenter Nature Center and our community,” she said. “CNC has a stellar reputation of providing schoolchildren with inspiring environmental education. ... I plan to do everything I can to ensure that our children’s children can explore CNC’s trails, watch nesting eagles and learn about the wonders of the natural world many, many years from now.”



History buffs gather at old courthouse

“History in Your Backyard,” a chance to learn about the rich past of Washington County, will be presented from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at 101 W. Pine St., Stillwater.

Representatives from a variety of historical associations and sites will share information about the history of their communities, organizations, buildings and the historic features and events that make them unique.

In addition to learning about the abundant history in the St. Croix Valley, visitors also may view an exhibit featuring high school athletics in Washington County, visit the old county jail, participate in an architectural scavenger hunt, and more. Youngsters, and the young-at-heart, will have an opportunity to play with old-fashioned toys and enjoy children’s activities. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free.

This is an opportunity for scouts, 4-H participants, home-schooled children and others to get information to fulfill history requirements.

For more information about History in Your Backyard, call 651-275-7075, visit, or e-mail


Krueger to discuss new murder novel

Kent Krueger will be the featured author at the Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Lowell Inn Event Center, 102 2nd St. N., Stillwater.

The book he will discuss is not a Cork O’Connor mystery, but his “new and brilliant novel about a young man, a small town and murder in the summer of 1961,” titled “Ordinary Grace.”

Reservations are required. Call Valley Bookseller at 651-430-3385. Appetizers are included in the cost of $10 per person. A cash bar will be available.


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