Area Briefs 10/23/13

Winter parking enforcement begins soon
Beginning 12:01 a.m. Nov. 1, through midnight April 1, (snow or no snow) all vehicles parked on city streets must be parked on the side of the street that bears addresses that are odd and/or even according to the day.
On odd numbered days, vehicles must be parked on the odd addressed side of the street. On even numbered days, vehicles must be parked on the even addressed side of the street. Between the hours of 7 p.m. to midnight you must move your vehicle to the side of the street where parking is allowed for the next day.
If your vehicle is found to be in violation of this ordinance, you may be issued a summons and your vehicle may be towed. The city says this ordinance is necessary to allow proper snow plowing. If your car is not moved to the correct side of the street on the appropriate day, you are in violation of this parking ordinance.
Any questions regarding enforcement should be directed to the Stillwater Police Department, 651-351-4900.

Paranormal presentation
On Saturday, Oct. 26th, at 2 p.m. the Washington County Historical Society will be hosting the Johnsdale Paranormal Group for a presentation on paranormal investigations.  The event will be held at the Warden’s House Museum in Stillwater.
Over the last two years, the Johnsdale Paranormal Group has been investigating famously haunted locales such as the Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Kentucky, First Avenue in Minneapolis, and the Warden’s House itself.
During their presentation, founder Justin Miner and his associates will delve into the evidence they’ve uncovered at these sites, but will also explain exactly what goes into a “ghost hunt” and will showcase their state-of-the-art equipment.
This event is free and open to the public.
For sale at the event will be several of the best Minnesota ghost story books including Michael Norman’s “Nearly Departed,” the “Ghost Stories of Minnesota,” by Gina Teel and “Minnesota Road Guide of Haunted Locations” by Chad Lewis & Terry Fisk.

Boutwells costume parade
Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club invites children of all ages to dress up in their Halloween Costumes a day early.  This year, the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Halloween parade will take place at Boutwells Landing on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6-7:15 p.m.
It is the 12th annual for the Rotary Halloween Parade that is co-sponsored by Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights. It draws hundreds of kids from around the community to proudly show off this year’s best costumes. Children will be able to start their collection of Halloween treats a day early, while raising money to support Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign.
The End Polio Now campaign leads the final push to eradicate polio, a devastating and contagious disease. By making a small donation, children will be marked with a purple pinky, as a reminder of the continued fight against polio.
If you are looking for a warm place to trick-or-treat, or are simply hoping to get one more wear out of this year’s costume, mark your calendar for October 30th. Join Stillwater Sunrise Rotary and Boutwells Landing for the 12th Annual Rotary Halloween Parade. For more information visit

Turkeys for teens
This fun, family event takes place at Stillwater Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. You and your friends and family can bowl as many games as you can in one of three time slots: Noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m.  By collecting donations you help us reach thousands of youth and families whether they need chemical health services, suicide prevention support or education on topics like bullying or theft.
Being a kid isn’t easy! But giving kids the support they need and helping them learn from their mistakes makes the future brighter for all of us! Register at

Mental Health Workshop
Spend a Saturday with a trained family member who will offer information, hope, and practical strategies for dealing with the complexities of mental illnesses. The workshop takes place at Canvas Health 7066 Stillwater Blvd. N. Oakdale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Participants learn information about: mental illnesses, treatments, recovery, coping strategies, the mental health system, and local resources.Lunch is not provided as part of the workshop. Participants can bring a bagged lunch or bring money and join the group in a delivery. The workshop is offered by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support and advocacy. To register go to Or visit our website at

Fundraiser for HOPE Adoption
HOPE Adoption is hosting a fund raiser called Unique Boutique. The fund raiser runs from Nov 1-3, Nov. 8-10, and Nov. 15-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Crafters work will be featured at the boutique sale that will take place at 12790 Lynch Rd. North in Hugo. Crafters have paid a fee to be involved in the sale and various items and refreshment sales will go directly to HOPE.

Compiled by Avery Cropp – [email protected]