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
August 17
Edward M. Johnson

Inmate makes court appearance in Stillwater prison officer's killing

Edward M. Johnson entered no plea to first-degree murder charges returned by a grand jury. A prosecutor says the case is strong.
East Metro
April 21
Wanted: Identification
The Washington County Historical Society is seeking help in identifying the subjects of hundreds of Forest Lake-area photos suc

Digging for Forest Lake family history? Historical society could use your help

The Washington County Historical Society is hoping that folks in Forest Lake may be able to identify hundreds of photos.
Local
April 2

Stillwater artist Virginia Lovness, who realized dream of building Wright-designed house, dies at 93

The fashionable, flamboyant Virginia Lovness captivated Frank Lloyd Wright one day in 1955 and he agreed to design her house — one of 12 buildings he did in Minnesota — that she then built by hand. Virginia Lovness, 93, of Stillwater, died Feb. 16.
East Metro
January 26
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is using dogs from a local sanctuary as therapy dogs at the jail.

Therapy dogs are regular visitors to the Washington County jail

A partnership with an animal rescue sanctuary is helping reduce stress at Washington County jail.
East Metro
January 4

Memo on sexual harassment sent to corrections employees after fired Stillwater warden reinstated

His uncertain job status stemmed from sex harassment, which was focus of message.
Super Bowl LII
November 4, 2017
Enchanted ice princesses were available for photos within the walls of the Ice Castles at the Lift Bridge in Lowell Park in January.

Ice castle fans, rejoice: Frozen creation returning to Stillwater

Now they just need the weather this winter to cooperate.
East Metro
October 31, 2017
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, 2017

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, 2017
Gary Goodman at Antiquarian Booksellers, which will close in July. “I’ll miss the people — the book people,” he said.

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, 2017
A rendering shows the envisioned expansion/renovation of the former Zephyr train depot in downtown Stillwater.

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, 2017
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, 2017
Students read last year at Marine Elementary in Marine on St. Croix, one of the sites the district decided to close. The others are in Hugo and Stillw

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, 2017
A push is on for privately financed passenger rail service from Eau Claire to St. Paul’s Union Depot, to go with light-rail and bus service. A sto

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
The Rev. William Boutwell, considered one of the state’s earliest influential citizens, lived at this Stillwater home. The Washington County Histori

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 at a Stillwater school board meeting earlier this year.

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
Ken Harycki sat during a Stillwater City Council meeting in April 2014, when he was mayor.

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
Washington County officials toured the new North Shop public works complex. This is the new expanded office area. It will be completed in July.

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
Sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers, state troopers and city police were among the 100-plus who attended a service at the Historic Courthouse i

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
Jack Ariola Erenberg died in August 2012, two years after Annie Bahneman, 7, of Stillwater died of the same Naegleria fowleri brain infection after sw

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
State approval for the Marine Area Community School, to be located in Marine on St. Croix, comes in the middle of a heated debate over the future of M

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
Planners for the new Stillwater Zephyr Theatre, left, were granted a variance for their proposed performing arts center.

Proposed Stillwater performing arts theater moves closer to approval

Neighbors protest height of new auditorium at former Zephyr dinner train site.