Author Archives: Matt Thueson

Measuring up

I don’t know when – or if – the high water will disable the Army Corps of Engineers’ electronic Stillwater river gage, but it looks like we’ll have another method of observing the river levels: Yes, that’s a giant ruler. … Continue reading

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Views of the 1965 flood

While we wait for the river to rise again, here are some great flood photos from 1965. That flood still holds the record for the highest St. Croix River crest. Use the full-screen button to see more detail. Do you … Continue reading

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Al Franken hasn’t made up his mind about a new bridge

The Pioneer Press reports that Sen. Al Franken hasn’t yet made up his mind about whether to support efforts to pass legislation allowing a new bridge to be built south of Stillwater. Like a driver trying to get through Stillwater, … Continue reading

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Sunday’s flood updates

For those of you who are catching up on the last few days of flood news, the St. Croix River crested on Thursday, but the Stillwater Lift Bridge remained open. This morning, the river appeared noticeably lower. With warmer temperatures, … Continue reading

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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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