Next week, world-class athletes from across the globe will come to Minnesota and Wisconsin to compete in a one-of-a kind event. The North Star Bicycle Race is the only pro-stage race in the Midwest. It’s not every day you get to see elite athletes this close, according to David LaPorte – the race’s executive director.
Water traffic was brought to a halt after the Stillwater Lift Bridge got stuck in the down position Friday morning. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said that the lift bridge was stuck because of a tree jam.
A Stillwater dad home from Afghanistan Tuesday gave his son a surprise birthday present he’ll never forget. Derek Kirby, 6, hadn’t seen his dad in nearly a year. Spc. Gary Kirby surprised him by wrapping himself up in a box at his birthday party.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday a no-wake boating restriction is in effect on the river between Taylors Falls and Prescott due to high water levels from recent rainfall in the area.
Visitors will soon be able to get a close-up look at construction of the new St. Croix Crossing linking Minnesota and Wisconsin. Paddleboat tours of the project are scheduled to begin May 31.
As the soreness sets in for Boston marathoners, so do the images. A few hundred meters from the finish line, a runner could no longer stand. Several others stopped to carry him closer so he could gain strength and cross the finish line. One of the helper is from Stillwater, and the moment so many are talking about is one which Mike Johnson never thought would be discussed again.
This time of year, it’s a perfect day for a run…indoors. But when there’s as much at stake as there is for Eli Krahn, you don’t take days off.
A salt shortage across the upper Midwest has the operations director of Washington County Public Works hoping our frigid weather is over. During a regular winter, Doug Johnson’s department budgets for 10,000 tons of salt, with an additional 2,000 tons on reserve. He’s now down to 1,400 tons, but he’s optimistic it will last.
A 24-year-old woman was convicted Thursday of stealing more than $150,000 from a vulnerable family member, according to the Washington County Attorney’s office. Elaina Lorene Casello was convicted on multiple counts of felony theft and identity theft after stealing money from various bank accounts of an elderly relative. The theft occurred from Feb. 2011 till Dec. 2012, with Casello using the stolen funds to buy several items, in addition to paying her own bills.
When the puck drops Wednesday morning at Xcel Energy Center, it’ll mark one of the most exciting and entertaining weeks of state tournament action. Between two classes, 16 of the top boys high school hockey teams in Minnesota will converge on St. Paul this week.
February is a great time of year to be a high school sports fan in Minnesota. Every week, there’s a big match-up somewhere putting talented teams against each other with a lot on the line. This weekend, remaining girls hockey teams vie for a trip to state in various section championship games.
When Stillwater native Rachel Frederickson took home $250,000 on Tuesday night’s The Biggest Loser, Twitter lit up with criticism of the former high school swimmer. She’d shed 150 pounds over seven months to get down to a 105-pound frame. That was almost 60 percent of her body weight – the biggest percentage body weight loss in the show’s history.
A young woman who grew up in Stillwater was just the “Biggest Loser” on national television Tuesday night. Twenty-four-year-old Rachel Frederickson went from 260 pounds to 105 pounds, for a total loss of 155 pounds since late June. That’s almost 60 percent of her body weight.
Twenty-nine-year-old Adam McCloud died in October of 2012 after he was beaten at a Stillwater bar. Eric Richard was convicted of first-degree assault after punching McCloud at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque. According to the criminal complaint, McCloud had spilled Richard’s drink and later refused to pay for it. After McCloud’s death, his family found that they could keep his spirit alive by helping local charities. Supper time at the Odebrecht household brings the family together. But every so often, they can’t help but think of who’s not at the dinner table.
A prosecutor has declined to charge a priest accused of possessing potential child pornography. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said Wednesday that investigators found no evidence of a crime when they examined computer files that once belonged to the Rev. John Shelley.