Area briefs: North Star Bicycle Festival features top pro bike race June 11-15

The 16th Annual North Star Bicycle Festival (formerly the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival) will take place June 11-15, and will include the North Star Grand Prix pro stage bike race June 11-15 in Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis and Stillwater, Minn. and Menomonie, Wisc. The North Star Grand Prix, the most prestigious event on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, opens June 11 in Saint Paul with a morning time trial along East River Parkway. Stillwater is host the final June 15, which features a 24 degree climb up Chilikoot Hill – the steepest in North American racing. For maps, event schedules and information,


The Youth United Way grant application open

United Way of Washington County-East’s Youth United Way is offering youth program grants to be awarded this summer. To be eligible, nonprofit groups must fill out an application and use the funds for youth programs that will occur in or benefit the Stillwater School District area.

Applications are due May 1. Applications guidelines and forms can be found on, or call the United Way Office at 651-349-3838.


First State Bank and Trust Cash Mob on April 23

First State Bank and Trust employees will be “mobbing” Dough Boys Pizza in Hudson noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday. April 23. They will be covering the first $5 of customer’s purchases. To follow along on Facebook, visit


Brewers Bazaar tickets are still available

Between 100 and 200 tickets are left for next month’s Brewers Bazaar. The 8th annual Brewers Bazaar will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 on the Avalon Riverboat in downtown Stillwater. Tickets are $45. To buy tickets, visit