A groundbreaking ceremony for Stillwater’s new fire station was held Friday to kick off construction at the site on the north side of 75th Street at Maryknoll Drive.
Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. will build the 27,000-square-foot station, which will cost $7.3 million. It includes many energy-saving features and replaces a 50-year-old building that has become too small and obsolete, the city said. The new station’s central location also is expected to improve response times on fire calls. The Stillwater station currently employs 36 firefighters, including 11 full-time and 25 on call.
The new fire station will be attached to a new Stillwater Army National Guard armory, built by a separate contractor. The 79,465-square-foot complex will serve as an administrative and training center for the 34th Military Police Co. and the 1/34th Brigade Special Troops Battalion.
Marine on St. Croix
Today, city will celebrate with its All Town Picnic
Marine on St. Croix will celebrate its 175th anniversary with an All Town Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 5 p.m.
Activities include an all-town photo, picnic food served by Scandia-Marine Lions Club, ice cream social, games for children and adults, heritage crafts, and cars and boats on display. At 1 p.m., there will be a short program to recognize the anniversary, which will feature adventurer Ann Bancroft and Marine on St. Croix residents. Musical entertainment by Dirty Shorts Brass Band starts at 3 p.m.
Winners of the Marine History Hunt and a birdhouse making and a pie-baking contests will be announced at the picnic. See www.VisitMarine.com for participant rules and requirements. Entries need to be dropped off before the start of the picnic.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs.
Green Garden awards go to residents, business
Winners of the city’s annual Green Garden award were announced at a recent City Council meeting. Terry and Karen Erickson won the residential category. Culver’s won the commercial category. Each received a large stone engraved with the city’s logo for their gardens.
The judges commented that the Erickson’s garden, at 7100 94th St., had several unique features including two ponds that provided a soothing atmosphere for the back yard patio, which the couple designed and built over the past few years. The back yard garden featured an intricate handmade rose-covered trellis while a small gnome garden adorned the front yard.
Culver’s, at 7998 Hardwood Ave. S., was chosen because of the large number of annuals around the building and main sign, the city said. Judges also liked that hanging baskets were used to add height to the garden.
California officials visit
to see downtown plan
More than 20 elected city and county officials from Folsom, Calif., and El Dorado County recently visited Stillwater to learn about attempts to revitalize the downtown district.