Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press
STILLWATER, Minn.—It's still a mystery who will be first to drive across the new St. Croix River bridge once it officially opens to traffic, but you can meet the man who plans to be the last one across the Stillwater Lift Bridge. He's Mark Desch, a longtime Stillwater business owner and classic-car collector who just happens to own a robin's-egg blue Stutz DV-32 Convertible Sedan that was made in 1931 — the same year the lift bridge opened to traffic.
STILLWATER, Minn. — With cold weather in the forecast, organic farmer Eduardo Rivera was facing crunch time. By noon one day early in October, he had picked about 300 pounds of hot peppers from his vegetable farm in rural Stillwater. Half would go to Surly Brewing, one of Rivera’s biggest clients, the rest to local food co-ops. Those paying customers, he hopes, will help him change the face of farming.
STILLWATER, Minn. — Terry Zoller has a unique perspective for a Minnesota Department of Transportation employee working on the new St. Croix River bridge: He can see it from his back yard. Zoller, the bridge construction manager, lives on South Broadway Street on Stillwater’s South Hill. He is a born-and-bred fourth-generation resident of the city. He was a member of the Stillwater City Council, is active at St. Michael’s Catholic Church and serves on the city’s charter commission and Washington County’s planning commission.
MINNEAPOLIS — Some of Mitch Kluesner’s happiest high-school memories are of hanging out with Zach Sobiech during the late Lakeland teen’s chemotherapy treatments. The pair, wearing blue Forever Lazy fleece onesies with matching footie socks, would blow bubbles in other cancer patients’ rooms, concoct crazy sandwiches and serenade staff and patients at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- Crews building the new St. Croix River bridge south of Stillwater are hoping two massive Manitowoc 888 Ringer cranes will help speed construction and allow them to meet a fall 2017 construction deadline. The cranes, which can lift 660 tons and have a boom length of 250 feet, will help crews lift and place bridge deck segments at piers in the middle of the river and on the Wisconsin bluff. The cranes will supplement the work being done by segment lifters.