Briefs: Old Stillwater post office demolished this week

  • Updated: January 11, 2014 - 5:01 PM

A post office building that stood for more than 50 years on Myrtle Street in Stillwater will be torn down this week to make room for Trinity Lutheran Church’s latest expansion.

“The popularity of our children’s and youth programs has grown significantly in the past few years,” said pastor Dan Poffenberger. “We’re expanding the church to give everyone a little more elbow room to learn, grow and have fun.”

Trinity has owned the post office building for 23 years. The Postal Service moved its retail operations to remodeled Croix Center property on 4th Street, also owned by Trinity, in 2012.

Trinity has hired McGough Construction and Bentz/Thompson/Rietow to design a 14,000-square-foot addition, which will include an accessible entrance and a large outdoor green space.

The demolition is expected to take about a week. Trinity plans to break ground on the addition, subject to final congregational approval, this year. Construction should take about nine months, with a grand opening scheduled for late 2014.

Mahtomedi

Broken pipe closes Wildwood library

The Wildwood Branch of the Washington County Library in Mahtomedi will be closed this month while repairs are made after a water pipe burst in the library’s ceiling.

The building probably won’t reopen before Feb. 1, the county said.

The library’s books, shelving and other materials have been moved into a conference room, and water was removed from carpeting in the building. The building’s carpet will be replaced, as will cabling for computers.

Any library customers awaiting reserved books from the Wildwood Branch now can retrieve them at the Oakdale Branch, 1010 Heron Av. N. If that is not convenient, customers can call the Oakdale library and make arrangements to pick up items at another library, the county said. The telephone number at the Oakdale library is 651-730-0504.

Library returns can be made to any Washington County Library branch, or libraries in Stillwater and Bayport.

St. Croix region

Speaker series starts with program on bats

Interested in learning more about the St. Croix Valley’s national park? Join the National Park Service and the St. Croix River Association in exploring the heritage, natural wonders and cities of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway during this year’s Riverway Speaker Series.

The series begins Jan. 18 with a program focused on a disease that is disrupting the region’s bat population.

That program, “White-nose Syndrome and Bats along the St. Croix River,” will be presented by Gerda Nordquist of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. White-nose Syndrome, a devastating disease responsible for the deaths of more than 6 million bats in eastern North America, has reached the Upper Midwest. Learn about the bats in the St. Croix region, the ecological services they provide and their vulnerability to the disease.

The presentation, free and open to the public, will take place at the St. Croix River Association office, 230 S. Washington St., Unit 1, in St. Croix Falls, Wis., next to the St. Croix Falls Public Library.

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