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Spring comes to Stillwater


Stillwater is one of the oldest towns in Minnesota. Settlers from the east began arriving soon after treaties with Ojibwe and Dakota tribes were signed in the late 1830s. Stillwater’s picturesque setting on the St. Croix River, charming old buildings, Victorian houses, boating opportunities, antique shops, and restaurants have made it a popular tourist destination.

The warm weather we’ve had in Minnesota has brought walkers, ice cream eaters, motorcyclists and shoppers to Stillwater in numbers not usually seen at this time of year. Here are some photos from a sunny, breezy afternoon last weekend.

MinnPost photo by Steve DateMotorcycles and ice cream in March

MinnPost photo by Steve Date

MinnPost photo by Steve Date

MinnPost photo by Steve Date

MinnPost photo by Steve DateThe iconic lift bridge over the St. Croix River

MinnPost photo by Steve DateLast of the winter ice gathers in the river’s curve

MinnPost photo by Steve Date

MinnPost photo by Steve DateStairway up the bluff from downtown is popular with serious runners

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MinnPost photo by Steve DateHouses on top of the bluff have magnificent views of the river valley

MinnPost photo by Steve Date

MinnPost photo by Steve DateView of downtown Stillwater from the bluff

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 03/22/2012 - 09:34 am.

    History still rests here with a sense of grace

    Thanks for giving this reader a ‘Stillwater Moment’ before time and monster development invades this special place..

  2. Submitted by Alex Bauman on 03/22/2012 - 11:40 am.

    Main St sidewalks too narrow

    Your shot of Brown’s Ice Cream Parlor captured how ludicrously narrow Stillwater’s sidewalks are. Hopefully MnDot can find some spare change in the gazillions of dollars they’re spending on the new freeway bridge to at least make a plan to widen the sidewalks.

  3. Submitted by Doug Seitz on 03/22/2012 - 12:20 pm.


    Beautiful, indeed, ruined only by the roar of muffler-less motorcycles bouncing off the bluffs and buildings. It can get so loud it’s difficult to talk unless you are in a building. Why the riders feel it is their privilege to make so much noise or why the city allows it is beyond me. Incidentally, this is not a problem not just in Stillwater but in similar towns up and down the river.

    • Submitted by Tim Walker on 03/22/2012 - 04:21 pm.

      My 750 Honda Nighthawk motorcycle …

      … is quite quiet, as are most Hondas.

      And I agree 100% with Doug about the rude and selfish motorcyclists who strip off the factory mufflers and put on straight pipes.

      This is illegal, and quite the jerk move.

      Stillwater has a noise ordinance, but it’s obviously not enforced.

  4. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 03/23/2012 - 10:03 am.

    Every picture a window…

    If I were to take one picture, profile naively I suppose…. I would wonder of the two women with their shopping bags viewing the bridge; looking at their landmark for the last time maybe, before the overpowering new one covers the view? Or could be they were dreaming about a trip way up north before mining corporations start turning all that natural beauty into another mine pit?

    Then again, I didn’t hear the voom, voom of the cycle rider earlier…but the red on red approach to the awning, Brownie’s Ice Cream and the red bricks etc…splendid!.

    I saw the formulated marina patterning its sameness, san boats; cold silver adding not diversity but copycat spaces if nothing else?

    Two dogs on a leash…a study in curiosity and aloofness…someone better tell that one pooch…’in-your-face’ doesn’t make for a positive reception…so it goes

    Every window a picture…fog’s rolling in…

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