Stillwater, Minnesota, and Hudson, Wisconsin, both located within about a half-hour drive from most launchpads in the Twin Cities, are practically busting at the seams with antiquey, boutiquey, bed-and-breakfast charm. Their prime location in the St. Croix River Valley means there are lots of hiking ... More >>
This week's beer of the week is a hoppy beer worthy of its name. Hop Dish from Lift Bridge Brewing in Stillwater is an IPA brewed with seven hop varieties combined into a single recipe. The beer is refreshing and crisp for a warm day and equally suited for a cold day spent dreaming of summer. Hop D ... More >>
We first spotted Chris Kohtz at the Minnesota Cheese Festival, scoping out his favorite cheeses and plotting how he'd stock his case. We were pleased to learn his new gourmet cheese shop, the Wedge and Wheel, is on the verge of opening in Stillwater.See Also:Minnesota Cheese Festival returns and exp ... More >>
-- Update at bottom -- A Stillwater family's Wednesday morning took a turn for the surreal when a man went out to his back deck and Holy shit! There's a 7-foot snake!SEE ALSO: "Superhuman" gray-haired woman steals decorative planter from Stillwater business [VIDEO] Camille Kiolbasa snapped a photo o ... More >>
There's a new eatery for you to try out on your next summer road trip into Stillwater. Tin Bins finally opened up to the public just before the big Independence Day holiday. The bar and cafe features light cuisine and drinks just a stone's throw away from the St. Croix River and the city's iconic li ... More >>
In a feat of strength Lift Bridge Brewing CEO Dan Schwarz described as "unbelievable," a gray-haired lady was caught on tape stealing a $125 decorative planter from the brewery's Stillwater headquarters during the wee hours of Saturday morning.ALSO UNSOLVED: Man wants "plantnappers" who stole junipe ... More >>
The brewery news just keeps flowing these days and as the flow of beer related happenings continues to expand, so does Lift Bridge Brewery. The Stillwater brewery recently underwent a transformation that will now allow them to increase their annual production capacity by over 200 percent. See also: ... More >>
If the instructor of the firearms class offered at Stillwater's Salem Lutheran School is a model of gun safety, we'd hate to be around the reckless folks.SEE ALSO: MNGOP Rep. Tony Cornish says Jesus would pack heat if he were alive todayThat's because the 76-year-old teacher and Cottage Grove reside ... More >>
See Also:Rock The Vine 3 at the Saint Croix Vineyards, 6/09/12Stillwater sure knows how to take advantage of the picturesque surroundings of their city when they put on a music festival. After the highly enjoyable Rock The Vine event held at Saint Croix Vineyards earlier this summer, now Stillwater ... More >>
Summer means your Week in Food events can be indoors (like the excellent farmers market exhibit at Mill City Museum) or in the great wide open (the second annual Taste of Stillwater), so you can mend your sunburn or enjoy a frosty beer in the sun -- your call. 7/9 If you haven't checked out the Mi ... More >>
It's been a busy couple of days in the local beer world, with multiple announcements of old projects moving forward and new ones in the works. Much has already been written about 612 Brew finding a space and ordering equipment. Fitger's move to launch a branch in the Twin Cities has also been copiou ... More >>
Rock The Vine 3Featuring Halloween, Alaska, Solid Gold, White Light Riot, and Haley BonarSaint Croix Vineyards, Stillwater, MinnesotaJune 9, 2012Sometimes, it's just nice to get out of the city. Rock The Vine 3 was set in the picturesque grounds of the Saint Croix Vineyards in Stillwater, and treate ... More >>
In recent weeks, two cities in the Twin Cities metro -- Stillwater and Hudson, Wisconsin -- have taken steps to criminalize the sale or possession of unused glass pipes and other objects that can be used to inhale controlled substances. Such objects, city officials argue, constitute "drug parapherna ... More >>
There must be something about the waters of the St. Croix River that make authorities really paranoid about glass pipes.Earlier this month, we told you about a new Stillwater ordinance that broadly defines "drug paraphernalia" as "objects used, intended for use, or designed for use in ingesting, in ... More >>
Stillwater has a driving-while-old problem.Within the span of one hour Saturday afternoon, two separate wrecks were caused by 92- and 83-year-old drivers who accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. Are we sure it isn't a good idea to make folks pass another driving test once they've been aliv ... More >>
Last month, we told you about a proposed ordinance in Stillwater that would ban drug paraphernalia in the city.At that time, the ordinance had been approved in a first reading before the City Council, but needed a second approval before becoming law. That second reading happened May 1, after which c ... More >>
Last night, the Stillwater City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would ban drug paraphernalia in the city.The ordinance, which needs to be approved at a council meeting next month following a second reading before becoming law, bans "objects used, intended for use, or designed for use ... More >>
Twin Cities music fans who are willing to make the short drive to Stillwater on Saturday, June 9 for Rock The Vine 3 will be rewarded will a bunch of great bands, exquisite wine, and tasty food options, all set along the picturesque backdrop of the St. Croix River Valley. Rock the Cause and Comp ... More >>
Stillwater's Lumberjack Days festival is no more. At its February meeting, the City Council voted to disband the annual celebration after an outcry of public disapproval and an ongoing investigation by local law enforcement. Sorry, Smash Mouth, you'll have to look for gigs elsewhere from now on ... More >>
It sounds like Stillwater is still recovering from a Lumberjack Days hangover. At a City Council meeting Tuesday, local businessmen proposed an alternative to the now-defunct summer Lumberjack Days festival, which would be called "Stillwater River Days." But amid still-pending investigations in ... More >>
Take a drive right to the border on the edge of the St. Croix, and you'll find Dock Cafe, a beautiful Stillwater staple. Although it's too early in the year to appreciate the fine view of the river while dining on the patio or glancing through the large row of panoramic glass windows, you can enj ... More >>
Customer loyalty is big business, but how annoying is it to keep track of your visits (and potential free food) with a dozen stamp cards in your wallet or tags on your keychain? It's much easier to rely on your trusty smartphone to track your visits to the places you drink and dine most frequentl ... More >>
Rebecca Otto: Stillwater made unauthorized TIF expenditure.The State Auditor has referred Stillwater to the county attorney's office in a fight over an $80,000 tax "donation" gone wrong. In July, the city "donated" $80,000 to a non-profit, the Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing, a group ... More >>
What is this thing?Now that the Department of Natural Resources claims to have solved Minnesota's chupacabra mystery, they're going to have to tell us what the hell this thing is. A Minnesota farmer and his wife were walking in the woods north of Stillwater one July night, when they saw a strange ... More >>
No more Farm Girl bottlesStillwater's Lift Bridge Brewery sent out a release today announcing that they are suspending delivery of their bottled product. No more Farm Girl on store shelves; at least for now. For the last couple of years Lift Bridge beers have been brewed at the Cold Spring Brewer ... More >>
Changes in downtown Stillwater's dining scene. A new restaurant, First National Green Room, is coming to downtown Stillwater's First National Bank building, the former home of Shane's on Main, according to the Pioneer Press. The sous chef and bartender at the nearby Marx Fusion Bistro are ... More >>
Lynching jokes usually don't go over as planned.Four hockey players from Stillwater are facing a one-game suspension this week for some ill-received Facebook humor. Before a game against White Bear Lake last week, the high school girls posted a picture of a teddy bear wearing the number 34 ... More >>
Photo from MN150Years.org"You're the one who said to order the scampi!"Yesterday, we shared our list of the 10 dishes to avoid ordering on your Valentine's dates, from stinky garlic to messy barbecue, ugly oysters to wings that zing--too much and in the wrong places. But ... More >>
KDWB's annual ladies-only Booty Cruise got a little catty this year on the St. Croix River. Police were called to the boat in Stillwater Thursday night after a fight broke out between a bunch of the booty-shaking women in attendance. The women on the booze cruise apparently came for the wild da ... More >>
She supports a monster, $668.5 million bridge span built to divert traffic away from Stillwater and its aging lift bridge.
There's a cougar making its way around the northern and eastern St. Paul suburbs.
Stillwater's having its third annual Harvest Fest this weekend, with lots of beer and chili.
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At least the housing market is strong enough for celebrities to sell their homes. We were starting to get really concerned about their w ... More >>
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Out of Stillwater's 1,300 or so inmates, 80 attended this year's holiday service, which Chaplain Steve Hokonson calls "pretty good": "You're talking Monday evening. Monday Night Football--there's a little bit of competition there."
Never mind the new state law outlawing smoking in prisons, Stillwater inmate Gale Rachuy has no plans to quit. "Within a week, watch. This is going to turn into a very dangerous place."