Mary Divine, Pioneer Press

Mary Divine

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Mary:

Washington County: Volunteers needed to drive veterans

Volunteers are needed to drive veterans in Washington County to appointments at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Rides are free, and drivers will use vans provided by the Disabled American Vetera… → Read More

Saw-whet owl migration gives researchers in Washington County a chance to study them

After three fruitless journeys into the darkness, they checked the nets again and found them: two tiny northern saw-whet owls peering back at them. Each was about the size of a robin. → Read More

St. Croix Riverway superintendent tapped for new assignment

Julie Galonska, superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway since 2017, has been named superintendent of Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, Mass. Galonska, a 27-year veteran of… → Read More

Stillwater bridge lifts ending for the season

It’s a sure sign that winter is coming. The Minnesota Department of Transportation sent its annual announcement Thursday warning St. Croix River boaters that the summer schedule for the Stillwater … → Read More

17 years in the making, Washington County Heritage Center opens Saturday

The grand opening of the $5 million center at 1862 S. Greeley St., will be 10 a.m. Saturday. → Read More

For Karla Hult, a new beginning after so many goodbyes

The first sign that something was wrong came after Bob Hult’s shoulder surgery at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park in 2010. → Read More

Curling 101: St. Croix Curling Center offers ‘Learn to Curl’ sessions

This is the fourth year that the St. Croix Curling Center has been open at the St. Mary’s Point Arena, just north of Afton. → Read More

Stillwater school board fills vacancy created by recent resignation

Stillwater school board members voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a resolution to appoint Vivian Votava to fill an open seat on the school board. Votava, a principal quality engineer at D… → Read More

Stillwater: Lift Bridge to close for repairs on Wednesday

this will last about four hours beginning at 8:30 a.m. → Read More

Afton: Private plane’s takeoffs, landings prompt complaints from neighbors – Twin Cities

The yellow airplane that took off and landed on Jeffrey Walker’s property in Afton on Sunday afternoon did not appear to be in distress. In fact, a video shot by a neighbor shows the airplane succe… → Read More

Lower St. Croix Valley Bike Trail gets picnic shelter and tables

Four years ago, officials gathered to mark the opening of the Lower St. Croix Valley Bike Trail on the east side of St. Croix Trail/Washington County 18 between Interstate 94 and Afton’s Old Villag… → Read More

Washington County: Volunteers sought to rake leaves

Dozens of volunteers are needed to rake yards and bag leaves for seniors and people with disabilities in Washington County. Rake a Difference Day, sponsored by the nonprofit Community Thread, will … → Read More

Stillwater: Bus driver shortage affecting students who live within 2 miles of schools

Families who live within 2 miles of school “will have to find alternative transportation,” Superintendent Malinda Lansfeldt wrote in a letter to families. → Read More

Obituary: Sheldon Ekstrom was the Ordway’s ‘quintessential doorkeeper’

When it came time to film the opening video for its virtual fundraiser in May, the management of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts knew they had to feature doorkeeper Sheldon Ekstrom. Dressed i… → Read More

Scandia plans sweet event to celebrate ‘Cinnamon Bun Day’ – Twin Cities

Volunteers will spend Sunday baking 500 buns and then frosting and individually packaging them at the Scandia Community Center. → Read More

Washington County: Board OKs federal relief funds for Stillwater retail/housing development

Over objections raised by an Oak Park Heights official and a local business owner, the Washington County board on Tuesday voted to provide $750,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to the city of Stillwate… → Read More

Oak Park Heights objects to federal relief funds for Stillwater retail/housing development

“Is this a proper use of public funds to basically subsidize a private business?” said Oak Park Heights city council member Mike Runk. → Read More

Stillwater: Couple’s $1 million donation will jump-start Lumberjack Landing construction – Twin Cities

The loves of Frank Freels’ life were his wife, Geri, their children and the St. Croix River — not necessarily in that order. → Read More

Another Stillwater school board member resigns, citing political divisions in community

Citing the current political divide in the Stillwater community, Stillwater Area Board of Education Member Matt Onken announced Thursday that he is resigning from the school board. Onken, who was e… → Read More

Woodbury teen charged in fatal March crash

Five teens were headed to McDonald’s to get Shamrock Shakes when the driver hit a bump at nearly twice the speed limit and crashed, officials say. → Read More