Winter white

The Jackson Meadow development near Marine on St Croix was designed with the outdoors in mind including a six mile trail system on 360 acres of mostly open space. The homeowners association requires a minimalist Scandinavian design on all homes with similar metal roofs and only white exterior paint. A detached garage is also required to prevent residents from coming and going without being seen; a simple way to encourage community and interaction.

Jackson Meadow

Limited winter lift

The lift portion of the Stillwater bridge sees limited activity during the winter months as snowmobiles can easily glide underneath on the ice covered St. Croix river. This bridge sees 18,000 cars and trucks a day and will be replaced by a new four laner called the St Croix Crossing, basically extending Highway 36 into Wisconsin. That project will start this year and will take three years to complete. Once the new bridge is in place the Stillwater bridge will be limited to foot and bicycle traffic only. A nice retirement for this historic 80 year old.

Stillwater lift bridge winter

Yes we do

Yes we do drive on our lakes in Minnesota especially on big lakes where getting to your ice fishing shack may require motorized transportation. Our temps this winter have been up and down with several cars going through especially on narrow lake channels. The Minnesota DNR provides good information on ice safety:

  • New ice is usually stronger than old ice
  • Ice seldom freezes uniformly
  • Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often dangerous
  • The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process
  • Booming and cracking ice isn’t necessarily dangerous
  • Schools of fish or flocks of waterfowl can also adversely affect the relative safety of ice

ice house + tracks