Stillwater

Fri
22
Aug

Municipal and school board candidates file in Oakdale-Lake Elmo area

The filing period for offices in cities without a primary election closed on Tuesday, Aug. 12, as did filing for seats on local school boards. Candidates who filed by Tuesday's deadline had until 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug.

Wed
07
May

Lake Elmo, Stillwater Area Schools partner for park project


The area highlighted in green, just north of Oak-Land Junior High School, is the future sight of 3.7-acre park. The park will not be developed this year, however, three new tennis courts will be built there this summer. (submitted image)

Three new tennis courts will be built on school grounds this summer
Stillwater Area Schools and Lake Elmo are partnering to create more park amenities in the southeast quadrant of the city just north of Oak-Land Junior High School.  
At its April 23 meeting, the city council approved a joint powers agreement between Lake Elmo and the school district. As part of the agreement, the city will pay $64,000 to District 834 to build three new tennis courts, and the district will make 3.7 acres of land it owns on the corner of Manning Avenue and 10th Street N. available to the city for use as a public park.

Wed
07
May

Stillwater Prison: a time capsule


The Minnesota State Correctional Facility at Stillwater has stood the test of time -- though 100 years old, it’s still in full operation. The facility, which stands in Bayport, Minn. holds 1,638 inmates. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

To enter the Stillwater Prison, a visitor passes through the security scanning area, called “the bubble,” followed by four sets of gates, before arriving in the core of the prison. From there, a security desk sits between the four cell blocks, which look to be straight out of a movie set, and haven’t changed much since they were built. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Stillwater Prison Warden Michelle Smith spoke in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the prison. Smith toted the facility’s successes with education programs for inmates, and spoke of the challenges of maintaining a century-old building. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

As of Friday, May 2, the Stillwater Prison has been running non-stop, 24 hours a day, for the past 100 years.
Though by no means a cheerful place, the Victorian-era building does hold a certain charm. Even inside the main hallway where prisoners are transported, touches like lavender trim, worn tile floors, yellow brick walls and oak rails make it easily identifiable as a piece of history.

Wed
26
Mar

Stillwater superintendent accepts job in Iowa


Superintendent Corey Lunn

School board to discuss next steps Thursday
Stillwater Area Public Schools will need to soon look for a new leader.
Superintendent Corey Lunn was recently offered a position in a suburban district north of Des Moines, Iowa. On March 20, Lunn signed the contract to be the Johnston Community School District superintendent, starting July 1.

Wed
19
Mar

Stillwater area schools to cut up to 30 teachers

More adjustments, scaling back anticipated
Stillwater Area Public Schools could lose up to 30 teachers next year.
In what’s just the beginning of cuts and adjustments to be made to balance the budget, the school board Thursday approved scaling back instructional staff by the equivalent of about 30.2 full-time positions.

Wed
12
Mar

Man who robbed Oakdale SuperAmerica sentenced

A St. Paul man convicted of aiding and abetting an aggravated robbery in December was sentenced in Washington County court last week.
Hassan Mohamed Salim, 22, and two other males, entered the Oakdale SuperAmerica, located at 7570 10th St. N., around 2 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012.

Wed
12
Mar

Stillwater District prepares to cut $4 million from budget

Despite the passing of a $16.2 million levy last fall, Stillwater Public Schools is expected to cut several million dollars from next year’s budget.
School board members met on Thursday, March 6, to direct staff to compile a list of possible budget adjustments and cuts for the 2014-15 school year, which will total a projected $4 million. The board is scheduled to vote on the reductions at its March 13 meeting.

Wed
13
Nov

Voters approve Stillwater District tax levy

This Election Day, residents living in the Stillwater Area Public School District voted to renew and increase the district’s tax levy.
About 63 percent of the voters, or about 9,111 of 14,396 votes cast, voted in favor of the $16.2 million levy, which district officials have said will have a three-fold impact: providing financial stability for schools by supporting current programs and avoiding more budget cuts; supporting the district’s “Bridge to Excellence” plan, and creating safer schools through a series of security upgrades.