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After a year of dealing with the rollercoaster of COVID-19, the restaurant industry certainly has had its ups and downs. Because of fewer restrictions and the fact that people are getting vaccinated, Stella’s on 97 Neighborhood Grille in Forest Lake and Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop in Stillwa…

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Interest in home gardening has blossomed throughout the last year, as COVID-19 has confined people to their homes. With the pandemic stretching into another year and spring, thankfully, around the corner, March is a good time to get ready for the growing season ahead, even if the weather isn…

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Increased traffic from the Highway 36 bridge, opioids, the many challenges brought on by the pandemic including what can be declared as a mental health crisis — that is just a glimpse of what the Stillwater Police Department (SPD) is facing in 2021. 

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The song of the American robin—large, friendly redbreast of suburban lawns and back yards—has long been said to herald the arrival of spring. For scientists who study long-term data, collected by community volunteers, the presence of the robin can signal much more, especially when it appears…

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Minnesotans are no strangers to making the most of the chilly months, but outdoor activities are set to be more popular than ever this year as COVID-19 rages on. If you're looking for to fend off stir crazy feelings, consider the following. Washington County is full of wonders to explore, an…

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What a wild ride 2020 has been! At the end of each year, it is a tradition of the Lowdown to take a look back at memorable moments from the last 12 months. Despite the hardships of this year, there was still some good that managed to come through. Now that 2020 is coming to a much-welcomed c…

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Adoptions and foster care placements have continued throughout the COVID-19 crisis, but both children and families are facing additional challenges due to the ongoing pandemic. Thankfully, in Minnesota there are many organizations with resources to help them navigate such challenges.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has, among other things, resulted in the cancellation of several annual community events, but many of Stillwater's most cherished holiday traditions will make it through in tact and a new celebration of the season is on its way.

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This year’s hunting season had more than a few unexpected variables, but among the most unusual was the weather conditions of the rifle season opener. Temperatures hovered in the 60s and 70s during the weekend of Nov. 7-9. Combined with high winds, hunters did not see many deer during openin…

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Tiffany Goodchild had the perfect pregnancy, but after she arrived at the hospital things quickly spun out of control. 

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As part of a statewide listening tour, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz visited with business owners in downtown Stillwater. Stopping at the Uptown Curl owned by Kristy Zimmerman and The Daily Grind owned by Tim and Megan Palm, he listened to the challenges and concerns the business owners have b…

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The mornings have a crispness in the air that signals fall is quickly approaching. What better way to celebrate the new season than visiting some local apple orchards? 

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After a three-year renovation, the Stillwater Lift Bridge is once again open and operating. It reopened with little fanfare, as celebrations were canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but community leaders hope its completed construction will have a positive impact on the St. Croix …

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Amid recent unrest throughout the Twin Cities comes a spark of hope in the form of tiny homes for those in need in Forest Lake.

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Among the re-emergence of the hustle and bustle on the streets of downtown Stillwater, you will find a new group of curious walkers led by a guide telling the rich history of the community.

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FamilyMeans board of directors announced that Jim Kroening is named the new President of FamilyMeans. Kroening is replaced Arba-Della Beck, who started in 1996 and announced her retirement in January. He will be the fifth president since the agency was founded in 1963. 

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Minnesota may be under a stay-at-home order for the time being, but its state parks remain open.

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Per Gov. Tim Walz’s orders, all bars and restaurants have stopped dine-in service to curb the spread of COVID-19. That hits doubly hard for that state’s craft breweries, which are losing out on sales both in their taprooms and bars/restaurants where their brews are served. 

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In preparation for Valentine's Day on Friday, Feb. 14, we rounded up gift selections from area businesses. Here are our recommendations for ways to say “I love you” locally.

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Cabin fever strikes humans and canines alike in the dog days of winter, but the classic sport of skijoring is one way for Minnesotans and their furry friends to fight the winter blues together.

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The recovery of the bald eagle has been one of the greatest conservation success stories in American history, but these majestic raptors aren’t quite out of the woods for good. Recent declines in eagle populations have some scientists asking where the biggest threats to these birds lie, and …

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For the last several years, Sara’s Tipsy Pies have been a staple at the Minnesota State Fair. Now that owner Sara Hayden has opened a retail storefront in Stillwater, locals need not travel far (or wait until August) to get their fix of her handheld pies, which also come complete with a litt…

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Chilly autumn mornings go great with a hot cup of coffee and a relaxing view of migrating birds--but there might be a stronger connection between that cup of coffee and the birds at the feeder than you realize. 

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It may be hard to believe, but the holidays will soon be upon us, which means that we’ll be making our lists and checking them twice. Not sure what to put on your list? Look no further. We’ve rounded up a selection of unique and thoughtful items, all available at businesses in Stillwater and…