Briefs: St. Croix River rises sharply after days of rain

  • Updated: May 3, 2014 - 5:28 PM

In recognition of Arbor Day, members of Girl Scout Troop 52932 planted a tree in Garden Boulevard Park in Oakdale late last month.

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The St. Croix River at Stillwater rose 3 feet after last week’s deluge of rain, stopping just short of minor flood stage.

Projections by the National Weather Service showed the river cresting at 685.5 feet above sea level this weekend and staying at that level into Tuesday. Minor flood stage begins at 687 feet.

Shaun Sanders, who heads Stillwater’s public works department, said workers have done minor flood control work at the south end of Lowell Park. However, he didn’t expect having to take further action.

Slow no-wake boating restrictions remained in effect on the river to prevent shoreline damage. The river level was nearing the traffic deck of the Stillwater Lift Bridge.

The St. Croix, having dozens of tributaries, typically rises each spring during extended rainfall.


Youth bureau award recognizes Schulte

Youth Service Bureau staff annually recognize a colleague who demonstrates the spirit of the agency’s mission. This year’s award was presented to Vanessa Schulte, community justice program coordinator in the Woodbury office.

“Vanessa is the first two-time winner of the Spirit of the Mission Award,” said program director Michael Huntley. “We were proud to see her colleagues recognize her for her time and commitment.”

Schulte joined the agency in 2007 and leads early intervention programs for youth, including educational classes, community work service programs, Teen Intervene, and restorative justice alternatives.

Former State Farm campus has new name

The 100-acre former State Farm campus has a new name: City Place.

“The name City Place articulates our original vision of bringing an urban development to this prime suburban location,” said Juan DeAngulo, managing principal with Elion Partners. The Florida-based real estate investment and development firm is under contract to buy the 700,000-square-foot facility and redevelop it to include a luxury hotel, a grocery, medical and office space, shops and restaurants.

Last month, the firm submitted a development application which must be approved by the city before ground can be broken, officials said.

The site has been vacant since the insurance giant moved its headquarters to Lincoln, Neb., in 2004.

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