Briefs: Stillwater City Council approves dog park

After five years of work, the Friends of Stillwater Area Dog Park will have a dog park.

The Stillwater City Council unanimously approved the plan for an off-leash area at the Jaycees ball field complex at 2000 Myrtle St. W. July 1. Mayor Ken Harycki was absent from this portion of the meeting. The council’s vote was greeted with a loud “Yee-ha!” and applause from the audience.

Allison Haag-McGinnis has spearheaded the effort to create a dog park since 2009.

“I’m still in shock,” she said after the vote.

The plan calls for a five-foot wire fence around approximately one third of the former city dump site. The entrance to the off-leash area will be through a double-gated area. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to sunset.

The Friends of Stillwater Area Dog Park are raising the funds for the amenities and will monitor the cleanup of the property and perform basic repair. The group is asking the city to prepare the site by clearing away mulch and debris, install a fence and perform snow and trash removal.


Greeley Street-Highway 36 intersection closure

The Greeley Street intersection at Highway 36 will partially close for six days between Highway 36 and the North Frontage Road July 7-12, weather permitting. During the closure, Greeley Street traffic will not have access to or from Hwy 36, but eastbound and westbound traffic — on Hwy 36 and the N. Frontage Road — will flow normally.

MnDOT says crews will complete utility work and repave the intersection. Local resident and business access will be available at all times by following the posted detour using the North Frontage Road, Washington Avenue and Highway 36. This work does not affect Oakgreen Avenue traffic south of Highway 36.


City requires design permits for seasonal food trucks

All equipment for seasonal food vendors that will remain in place more than 20 hours will now require a design permit. The Stillwater City Council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance amendment requiring the permit July 1.

Mayor Ken Harycki was absent from this part of the meeting. The change means seasonal food vendors that leave equipment in place overnight will need design approval from the city.

Among other provisions, they are prohibited from using neon or fluorescent paint, having moving displays or flashing lights or using use amplification. Designs must be consistent with the Downtown Design manual. The Heritage Preservation Commission recommended approval of the change.

The Stillwater Planning Commission wanted to remove the 20-hour requirement so the ordinance would apply to all food vendors.


Stillwater approves Rutherford Station

The Stillwater City Council unanimously approved a 55-home development on 17.5 acres at the corner of Manning Avenue and McKusick Road July 1. Mayor Ken Harycki was absent from this part of the meeting.

The development will be called Rutherford Station, is being undertaken by Chris Aamodt, owner of Aamodt’s Apple Farm. The project involves the annexation of three lots from Stillwater Township. One Stillwater resident spoke at the public hearing saying her property abuts the proposed development and she hadn’t received notice of related meetings. She also asked who would pay for paving Marylane Avenue, which runs on the east side of the development.

City staff said fees charged to the developer would cover the costs, and residents would not be assessed.


Paint Log Jam parade float for ArtReach

ArtReach St. Croix is hosting hosting a community-painting sessions for their Stillwater Log Jam parade float. They welcome professional painters but non-painters are encouraged to pitch in too.

In the spirit of the Art Car, where “carists” modify a car’s appearance as an act of artistic expression, ArtReach St. Croix will be making an art canoe as thier Stillwater Log Jam parade float. Paint and brushes will be provided and everyone is welcome.

The painting session will take place Thursday, July 10 from 4-6 p.m. It will be followed immediately by the opening of the Members Show in the gallery from 6-8 p.m.

The art canoe will take its maiden voyage at the Stillwater Log Jam parade on Sunday, July 20 at 1 p.m. Community members who would like to walk alongside the float to hand out candy can email [email protected]



Students win calendar contest

Xcel Energy selected three Afton-Lakeland Elementary School sixth graders Jemina Maasin, Garrett Hanson and Josie Thrall as winners in the 2014-2015 Energy Safety Calendar Art Contest.

The Energy Safety Calendar Program offers K-6 students the opportunity to learn about electric and natural gas safety, create drawings about safety and submit their drawings to the Energy Safety Calendar Art Contest.

Thirteen entries, one for each month and one for the cover, are chosen out of the thousands submitted across the 5 states of Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Maasin’s submission will be the art for December, Hanson’s drawing will be featured for August and Thrall’s piece will be the artwork for September.


Lakeview seeks volunteers to lead groups

Lakeview Hospital, 927 Churchill St. W., is looking for volunteers to serve as support group facilitators and lead two grief groups, Weathering Life’s Losses and Kids & Teens in Grief. Training will be provided and volunteers will have the opportunity to co-lead with experienced facilitators.

Ideal candidates for this volunteer opportunity would have gone through the grieving process at least one year ago and feel comfortable facilitating in group settings and making short presentations.

Weathering Life’s Losses meets every Thursday (except Thanksgiving), and Kids and Teens in Grief is held in three 6-week sessions each year. Volunteers will be asked to co-facilitate one or two 6-week sessions per year and attend the quarterly meetings for facilitators.

If you are interested in volunteering or want more information, please contact Chaplain Bob Furniss at Lakeview Hospital 651-430-4578 or [email protected]


Volunteer at the historic St. Croix Boom Site

The community can spend a morning on the St. Croix River cleaning up the historic Boom Site area, which includes a wayside rest and scenic overlook, just north of downtown Stillwater.

The volunteer event will be held Saturday, July 26, from 9-11:30 a.m. and be followed by a complimentary lunch. Conservation Corps Minnesota youth crews will lead volunteers in picking up trash, clearing brush, removing invasive plants, raking and seeding.

All ages are welcome. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing. Conservation Corps will provide work gloves, eyewear and hand tools.

To reach the volunteer site from Highway 36 and avoid downtown bridge construction traffic, take Highway 15 (Manning Ave) north to Highway 96; go right and follow 96 to Highway 95, take a left and follow 95 about one mile north to Boom Site Wayside Rest.

For more information and to register visit