Stillwater

Often referred to as the birthplace of Minnesota, Stillwater is nestled into the bluffs of the St. Croix River. Tourists enjoy the historic downtown's used bookstores, antique shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, historical sites and lumber mill heritage.

East Metro
July 15
The nearly complete St. Croix River bridge connects the Minnesota and Wisconsin banks just south of Stillwater.

Long-awaited St. Croix bridge is feat of engineering, political will

The $646 million bridge, with a design so rare it's only the second of its type in the U.S., required a congressional exemption to span the federally protected river prized for its natural beauty.
East Metro
July 15

St. Croix River bridge timeline

2010 October: The National Park Service rules that the proposed bridge would have an adverse effect on the St. Croix River. 2011 February: Gov. Mark…
East Metro
June 17

St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers closing in downtown Stillwater

After 27 years, the Stillwater shop selling rare and used books will close at the end of July.
East Metro
May 20

Stillwater theater group to buy old Minn. Zephyr depot as part of $6.5M project

Stillwater organizers envision creating theater downtown, with purchase date of July 1.
West Metro
May 1
A phone counselor at Crisis Connection talked with a caller.

Crisis line could get cut without state funding

The operator of a statewide mental health phone service is preparing to cut back or shut down entirely unless the Legislature approves new funding.
East Metro
April 4
Students read at Marine Elementary in Marine on St. Croix, one of the sites the district decided to close. The others are in Hugo and Stillwater.

Appeals court won't intervene to stop Stillwater school closings

Judges ruled district was free to shutter three elementary sites despite community opposition.
East Metro
February 25

All aboard from the east? Wisconsinites plot rail to Twin Cities

A push is on for privately financed passenger rail service from Eau Claire to St. Paul's Union Depot, with a stop in Stillwater.
East Metro
December 30, 2016

Historical Society determined to save early Stillwater house, despite mounting costs

It has taken on the job of restoring the Boutwell house with a semblance of historical accuracy and then selling it to someone who wants to live there, with certain restrictions.
East Metro
August 30, 2016
Children from the three schools slated to be closed lined up in front of the crowd as the Stillwater school board voted Thursday night.

Controversial Stillwater schools issue won't go back to voters

Voters were misled, a Stillwater parent argued, but the judge ruled that the law was on the side of the district.
East Metro
August 18, 2016

Large field files for three board seats in controversial Stillwater school district

Eleven candidates, including two incumbents, will compete in November in midst of debate over closings.
East Metro
July 12, 2016

Stillwater man charged with murder in fatal knife attack on father

William James Scheel was stabbed himself as sister tried to stop attack on their father.
East Metro
June 24, 2016

Judge will weigh arguments in dispute over Stillwater bond referendum

Parent says district misled voters in 2015, but district says vote to close schools was a separate action.
East Metro
June 3, 2016

Former Stillwater mayor's federal sentencing delayed five months, judge rules

Ken Harycki, convicted of tax evasion, will be given a chance to help prosecute co-defendants.
East Metro
May 31, 2016

Stillwater schools head into year of uncertainty with lawsuits, distrust

Parents have built a strong alliance to battle the district's decision to close three elementary schools.
East Metro
May 27, 2016

Road to growth: Washington County soon will open new public works complex

Washington County's new public works complex reflects a suburban transformation over 50 years.
East Metro
May 21, 2016

In memory of fallen police officers: 'Not one day is guaranteed'

Law enforcement memorial service in Stillwater included naming 128 killed nationwide in the line of duty last year.
East Metro
April 26, 2016

Lawsuit dismissed against city of Stillwater after swimming death

Boy, 9, died from rare brain infection traced to water in Lily Lake. Judge said there was nothing to show city knew of danger.
East Metro
April 22, 2016
The sixth grade math class taught by Abby Brown uses the standing desk...

Charter school will open in Marine on St. Croix

A new charter school is coming to a small Washington County city that’s been fighting to save its longtime elementary school. State approval for the…
East Metro
April 18, 2016

Proposed Stillwater performing arts theater moves closer to approval

Neighbors protest height of new auditorium at former Zephyr dinner train site.
East Metro
April 15, 2016

Stillwater delays taking action on controversial school closings

Stillwater school board members voted 4-2 to suspend action on their intended closing of three elementary schools until a court challenge is resolved.
East Metro
April 14, 2016

Stillwater superintendent says school closings within the law

The Stillwater school district “acted well within the boundaries of the law” when it decided to close three elementary schools, Superintendent Denise Pontrelli said Thursday.…
East Metro
April 13, 2016
Children from the three schools slated to be closed lined up in front of the crowd as the Stillwater school board voted Thursday night.

Stillwater school district sued over closing elementary schools

A parents' group, 834 Voice, alleges board members and administrators skirted the law with bond issue.
East Metro
March 22, 2016

Parents seek court intervention on Stillwater school closings

A group of parents fighting the closing of schools in the Stillwater district is asking the courts to intervene. “This is a quasi-judicial decision, which…
East Metro
March 4, 2016
Children from the three schools slated to be closed lined up in front of the crowd as the Stillwater school board voted Thursday night.

Stillwater board votes 5-2 to close three schools, gets booed

After months of contentious debate and five hours of testimony, the vote came late Thursday with a roar of disapproval.
East Metro
March 2, 2016

Stillwater parent seeks court order to stop proposed school closings

Filing asks district to comply with referendum or hold a new one; board votes Thursday.