Monthly Archives: March 2011

The origins of names: St. Croix River and the Boomsite

As we wait for the river to fall and likely rise again, the Washington County Historical Society has a couple of interesting items. Surprisingly, no one really knows why the river is named St. Croix. Brent Peterson looks at some … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to a second crest

The Stillwater Gazette posts a recap of yesterday morning’s community flood meeting. While the first crest is forecast for Friday at a level below flood stage (but high enough to close the Lift Bridge), a second crest will likely be … Continue reading

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Flood chart tutorial and Lowell Park photos

Do those 90-day charts mystify you? The weather service posted a helpful video explaining how to interpret them. For the St. Croix, the charts show that based on the conditions last Wednesday, there is about a 50% chance of major … Continue reading

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Flood forecasts

On Friday morning, I wondered if the cold weather was just a reprieve, or if it changed the overall picture for St. Croix flooding this spring. The latest forecast, published later on Friday, has a much better-looking prediction for the … Continue reading

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Friday morning flood news

After the on-off-on-off-on again flood levee stories of the past week, with the final “on-off-on” happening yesterday alone, there actually isn’t much new this morning. In the latest forecast, issued last night, the river will reach 86 feet Monday afternoon … Continue reading

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Mondale opposes Bachmann and Klobuchar bridge proposals

Former Vice President Walter Mondale opposes efforts by Rep. Michele Bachmann and Sen. Amy Klobuchar to clear the way for a new bridge south of Stillwater. From the Star Tribune: “I’m against it. This bridge as proposed should not be … Continue reading

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Changing plans for the Stillwater levee

The Stillwater Gazette has more details on Stillwater’s decision to delay starting work on the dike due to a lower forecast. Later in the day, however, the forecast rose again. Downstream, the Gazette notes that sandbagging and other preparations are … Continue reading

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A lower, later crest?

Stillwater police chief John Gannaway in the Star Tribune this morning: In Stillwater, the National Weather Service is projecting a lower crest to occur around March 30 or 31 for the St. Croix River. That update prompted the city to … Continue reading

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Thursday Morning Flood News

While there’s a lot of coverage of the rising waters in southern Minnesota and the south metro, there are few St. Croix items in the news this morning: Stillwater Gazette: Washington County declares a state of emergency MPR: Stillwater will … Continue reading

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Some help from the weather?

The weather service has a new forecast out for the Stillwater this evening, showing the river tapering off about a foot below flood stage. That’s a lot different than what we were seeing a few days ago. On the one … Continue reading

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