This Friday marks the 80th anniversary of the Stillwater Lumberjack Days Celebration. The festival ended a couple of years ago after a financial scandal involving the past promoter. This year, the city asked a group of locals to bring back the festival under the new name ‘Log Jam.’
The City of Stillwater is taking a controversial stance on who they want in parades. The city has upped its entry fee to $1,000 for politicians wanting to walk in this weekend’s Log Jam Parade, according to reports.
Heavy rainfall at the end of May, and beginning of June, is causing problems on lakes and rivers around Minnesota and Wisconsin. Some lakes have no wake zones, creeks and rivers are showing minor flooding and the swollen Mississippi River is sending a lot of debris down river. On the banks of the Mississippi, the St. Paul Yacht Club kicks off the boating season with an annual orientation.
Stillwater city officials are asking organizers of a new summer music festival to change the name, saying it could be construed as vulgar. City Administrator Larry Hansen emailed festival organizer Cassie McLemore on Thursday to request that the Stillwater Log Jam find another name, but McLemore called the request “ridiculous.” McLemore told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the festival’s name fits with the city’s history of a logging community. She also said her group tried to lease the name “Lumberjack Days” from the nonprofit Lumberjack Days Festival Association but couldn’t reach an agreement.
Nicollet County Sheriff’s deputies say they believe they’ve found the body of a kayaker missing since June. The body is believed to be Steven Fritze, a sixth-grade teacher from Watertown, S.D., according to the Journal in New Ulm.
A log jam at Raspberry Island near downtown St. Paul is finally being cleared. There had been a dispute between the city of St. Paul and the St. Paul Yacht Club as to who was responsible for cleaning up the debris. With the weight of the log jam pushing against the bridge, concerns arose over the bridge’s integrity. That’s when the city decided to step in and foot the bill, which is an estimated $25,000.
Storm-swept trees and branches, some as big as telephone poles, are creating a logjam on the Mississippi River near downtown St. Paul. Workers haven’t been able to clear the debris because contractors were concerned about the high water levels.
It has been over a week and a half since a summer storm socked the Twin Cities, and clean-up crews are making the rounds. The storm is also to blame for a big mess along the Mississippi River in St. Paul.
If your Fourth of July plans have you on the Mississippi River, there is one area where boats can’t travel. A log jam near Raspberry Island in downtown St. Paul, has doubled in size since last Friday.
A sizable log jam on Raspberry Island along the Mississippi River has the St. Paul Yacht club concerned as pileup eats away at available slips for boaters. According to Roger Anderson of the club, 28 slips can’t be used on the downriver side of the bridge as the spans are covered by the debris. The St. Paul Rowing club also can’t use one of their docks, Anderson said.