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East Metro
April 15, 2016
Third-grade teacher Chris Warner engaged his students in a book discussion during class at Marine Elementary School in Marine on St. Croix in January.

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 in March.

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
Third grade teacher Chris Warner engages his students in a book discussion during class at Marine Elementary School in Marine on St. Croix on Friday,

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.
East Metro
February 27, 2016

Majority opposes Stillwater school closing plan, survey shows

The survey was conducted for the Stillwater district.
East Metro
February 12, 2016

Stillwater school board votes to delay school closing plan

Superintendent wants a delayed vote. Opposing parents say she's stalling and want the plan voted down.
East Metro
February 10, 2016

Stillwater district asks for delay of board vote on closing three schools

The superintendent wants to push vote back to March 3, following a public hearing.
East Metro
January 25, 2016
First-grader Layla Gibbs reacted to her teacher's announcement about pajama day at Marine Elementary in Marine on St. Croix.

Stillwater district on edge over proposed closing of 3 schools

A furious confrontation between the Stillwater school district and parents is roiling the district's plan to shutter two highly ranked elementary schools.
East Metro
August 21, 2015

School briefs: New administrative team named at East Ridge High

After a series of departures, East Ridge High School in Woodbury has a new leadership team in place for the 2015-16 school year. The final…
East Metro
August 15, 2015

2 water scooters collide on lake near Stillwater; injuries reported

Two adolescents suffered injuries Saturday afternoon when the water scooters they were riding collided on Big Carnelian Lake near Stillwater, police said.A party of four…
East Metro
August 7, 2015

Schools, leadership posts to have new look in Stillwater district

Two new principals have been selected in a school district poised for change. The Stillwater Area Public Schools tapped Eric VanScoy, an assistant principal in…
East Metro
August 7, 2015

Washington County students post strong scores on MCAs

Pupils in five of six districts in county outperform state peers.
East Metro
July 31, 2015

Lumberjack Days promoter sentenced for tax evasion

David W. Eckberg, 63, gets a stayed sentence.
East Metro
July 24, 2015

School briefs: Stillwater Area High students learn about nutrition

The athletes of Stillwater Area High School are gleaning lessons this summer from a different kind of playbook. The 800-plus students have been meeting with…
East Metro
July 10, 2015

Familiar faces rise to top of local elementary schools

Two east metro school districts have turned to homegrown talent to fill elementary school principal positions. Jodi Husting, assistant principal at Crestview Elementary and Nuevas…
East Metro
July 3, 2015

Elementary school boundaries under review in South Washington County's District 833

After taking action on high school boundary changes, the South Washington County School District now is turning its attention to elementary school boundary shifts. Key…
East Metro
June 27, 2015

Decision nears on South Washington County ballot questions

The South Washington County school board is expected to decide in early August how much money to seek in a pair of fall referendums —…
East Metro
June 20, 2015

East metro school briefs: Forest Lake FFA student earns honors

A Forest Lake Area High School student with a passion for agricultural education closed out his high school career in winning fashion. Joe Ramstad, 18,…
East Metro
June 13, 2015

School briefs: Tartan High wins repeat praise for theater productions

In its recent ratings of spring musical theater productions, Hennepin Theatre Trust judged Tartan High School’s presentation of “9 to 5” as outstanding for both…
East Metro
June 4, 2015
Paul Brown of Oak Park Heights was trying out the new Brown's Creek State Trail in April near the trailhead in Stillwater.

Stillwater salutes Brown's Creek State Trail

It links the city's downtown to the Gateway trail and could draw 75,000 users a year.
East Metro
May 30, 2015
Former Vice President Walter Mondale received a standing ovation when he stood to speak about the St. Croix River in Stillwater on May 21. Behind him

Mondale on the St. Croix: 'More challenges, tougher challenges' ahead

Architect of federal legislation to protect the river discussed its future.
East Metro
May 30, 2015

School briefs: State honors 9 'scholars of distinction'

Nine area high school students were honored recently as “scholars of distinction” by the Minnesota Department of Education. The awards, presented to 48 students from…
East Metro
May 29, 2015
The Rev. Cader Howard of the First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater blessed the Boutwell House on Thursday.

For $600K, historic Boutwell House in Stillwater is saved

Restorations will cost more than $300,000 at home once owned by Presbyterian missionary.