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.

West Metro
May 23

Boating season kicks off with more inspections

Thanks to $10 million from the state, counties are ramping up work to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels.
East Metro
May 23

School briefs: Woodbury charter school student lands national science award

Curious about a lack of plant growth under her family’s evergreen trees, Manashree Padiyath of Woodbury decided that an experiment was in order. Her resulting…
East Metro
May 16

School briefs: Stillwater Area High students excel at hands-on work

A trio of Stillwater Area High School students brought home a gold medal in the school’s first foray into a state vocational-technical skills competition. The…
East Metro
May 16

Stillwater area voters back new school facilities plan

High school to be expanded, and new elementary school built, by start of 2017-18 school year.
East Metro
May 9

School briefs: East Ridge's Raptors fall to world robotics champs

A robotics team from East Ridge High School in Woodbury was one of two state squads to compete against the eventual winners of the FIRST…
East Metro
May 1

School briefs: Stillwater district seals deal with new superintendent

The Stillwater school board has approved a three-year contract with its new superintendent that will pay her $180,000 in 2015-16 — up from the $165,000…
East Metro
April 29

Fugitive accused in Oak Park Heights murder returned to Minnesota, appears in court

The homeless man charged with killing Nils Johnson with repeated blows from a billy club had fled to Illinois.
East Metro
April 27

Recruits train hard in the Washington County Sheriff's Office reserve program

In Washington County, backups to sheriff’s deputies train for all possible scenarios.
East Metro
April 24

School briefs: South Washington County looks north to fill East Ridge job

At 6 feet 5 inches, Jim Smokrovich has the stature of a leader, and he has fit the bill as principal of Grand Rapids High…
Local
April 24

North Star bikefest back on after closing part of funding gap

Event will feature hill climb and five days of racing
East Metro
April 22

Raising, lowering of Stillwater Lift Bridge begins for boating season

The raising and lowering of the Stillwater Lift Bridge, a major attraction for photographers on the St. Croix River, began Wednesday.
East Metro
April 20

Vintage pianos hit the right notes at Washington Co. farm

To get to Steve Misener’s piano exhibit, turn at the white farmhouse with the big porch, head straight past the chicken shed and pull up to the warehouse out back. If you wind up at the theological bookstore, you’ve taken a wrong turn.
East Metro
April 17

School briefs: Stillwater student earns $2,500 National Achievement Scholarship

Monica Anuforo, a senior at Stillwater Area High School, is one of five Minnesotans to receive a $2,500 National Achievement Scholarship award — an honor…
East Metro
April 17

Tensions over leadership flare at St. Croix Prep

Sudden departures from policy board raise questions of how the Washington County charter school was being operated.
East Metro
April 15

St. Croix River bridge project now halfway finished

On both sides of St. Croix River, residents wait to see the impact of the new 20-story bridge.
East Metro
April 10

New Washington County public works shop will be built

Project will expand county’s 50-year-old North Shop, addressing environmental and safety concerns.
East Metro
April 10

School briefs: Stillwater student journalists earn state accolades

A pair of student journalists at Stillwater Area High School have continued the run of excellence for the school’s Pony Express newspaper.Jessica Thomas, who is…
East Metro
April 4

Saving Stillwater 50 years ago

Fifty years ago on Easter Sunday, hundreds of residents and state prison inmates sandbagged tirelessly to keep the St. Croix River from overrunning the city’s downtown.
East Metro
April 4

South Washington County touts school-lunch ranking

The quality of school lunches is but one component of a school district ranking system employed by the website Niche. But while Niche, which reviews…
East Metro
March 27

School briefs: Student, Stillwater district benefit from ties to youth alliance

For nearly 20 years, the Minnesota Alliance With Youth has helped students cultivate skills needed to succeed in school, work and life. Now, the group…
East Metro
March 19

Final defendant sentenced for Woodbury drug overdose death

Alistair Berg admitted buying and selling a substance he thought was LSD. He watched the sale to the girl who died.
East Metro
March 13

School briefs: Stillwater selects north metro leader as next superintendent

Denise Pontrelli, an administrator with the Spring Lake Park Schools, has been tapped to be the next superintendent of the Stillwater Area Public Schools. The…
East Metro
March 7

School briefs: Local schools post healthy graduation rates

Most Washington County-area school districts posted strong numbers last year when it came to graduating students on time, state figures show. Leading the way among…
East Metro
February 27

School briefs: Hill-Murray names new school president

Hill-Murray School has appointed Jim Hansen, a 1973 graduate and business and education leader, to be its next president. “Jim has distinguished himself as a…
East Metro
February 27

South Washington schools lock in leader; Stillwater narrows its choices

The east-metro school districts with a lot on their respective plates took action recently on issues of finance and leadership.