LUMBERJACK DAYS ORGANIZERS

Brad Glynn – Board Member

Founding member of Lift Bridge Brewery (2008-present), successful Stillwater business owner and career project manager. Has created and executed many successful targeted events and regional product rollouts. Has taken a business from basement to sustaining success, garnering regional awards.

Michael Sobieski – Board Member

I have lived in Stillwater for the past 33 years, while working at 3M as a Telecommunications Architect and most recently Security Architect. Will retire before Log Jam 2015 begins. This is part of what I will be doing with my retirement. Volunteered at the Command Center for Log Jam 2014 and with that decided to up the game and be part of the team. We live in a 130 year old house in Stillwater that occupies much of the rest of the time. We enjoy the summer time in Stillwater on our pontoon cruising the river, hiking and biking the new Brown’s Creek trail and the North Shore. Michael can be contacted at michael.thelocals@gmail.com

Paul Creager – Board Member

Stillwater native. 11 + years of festival organizing experience with the Square Lake Film & Music Festival, producer/director of “An Ode to Stillwater: The 8mm Films of John Runk”, extensive grant writing experience, 13+ years of educational programming experience. Contact Paul directly at paul.thelocals@gmail.com

Josh Ernst – Board Member

Stillwater native. Josh has been working as a graphic artist for over 2 decades. He created the logos for Lumberjack Days, Stillwater Log Jam, Discover Stillwater and Square Lake Film and Music Festival. Josh lived and worked as a graphic designer in Minneapolis before returning to the St. Croix Valley to start his business, Grain Studio.

Sam Ziemer – Board Member

A longtime resident of the valley, Sam has been volunteering in the festival since year one.  He and his family live in Bayport, but you may find him out at a local concert, managing the bar at LoLo on Main Street, or out in town doing his latest Paul Giamatti impersonation.  His contributions are focused on the kick-off boat cruise and various elements of creative direction.

Joe Widmer – Down Hill Derby Coordinator

Joe is a resident of Stillwater’s North Hill neighborhood where he lives with his wife, son, and two dogs (Darwin & Turbo). Joe and his family enjoy boating and paddle boarding on the river in the summer and curling at the St. Croix Curling Club in the winter. Joe coaches boys basketball and once led his high school intramural team to a prestigious championship. Joe is a commercial real estate agent specializing in the east Metro.

Dave Ratte – Parade Director

Stillwater native and current resident. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy, Dave spent several years away from the St. Croix Valley as he sailed most of the seven seas and all of the world’s oceans, including quality time under the Arctic ice pack. He and his wife enjoy many activities above, on, near, and below the water to include flying, motorcycling, hiking, sailing, diving, and watching Minnesota and Navy sports. He is involved in his community, volunteering and contributing to various local commissions, organizations, and activities. Contact Dave concerning Stillwater Log Jam Parade at parade2.thelocals@gmail.com.

Julie Moravec – Parade Co-Director

A current White Bear resident. Previously a preschool teacher in Stillwater, currently employed with Roseville school district with ECFE/Pre K. An active volunteer and employee at Lift Bridge Brewery since 2010. She has many hobbies concerning community involvement and educational outreach. Julie enjoys organizing and event planning, although not professionally yet. She’s always looking for her next challenge whether its directing a parade, planning a new event, or starting a new classroom. Julie’s favorite hobbies include watching movies with her roommate, spending time with her 2 nieces, 4 nephews, and other nearby family, and trying out the newest local restaurant, or specialty cocktail.

Chris Foster – Administrative Wizard

Stillwater native. Three wonderful kiddos. Served on the Valley Outreach Board of Directors prior to joining the Lumberjack Days team. Certified Food Safety Professional and owner of Valley Installations Company (13yrs). Currently perusing a BS in Food Science at UMN. 

Erin McQuay – Medalion Hunt COORDINATOR

Stillwater resident, Erin has several years experience executing events on all scales. Heading up marketing and events for Lift Bridge Brewing Company full time for five years, she now is enjoying being full-time mom to three wonderful kids. She is also working part-time as Promotions Director for Judd Street Exchange in Marine on St. Croix, Erin loves what she has contributed to the return of Lumberjack Days and looks forward to seeing what other volunteers in the community bring to the event moving forward.

Contact us with any questions you have today - thelocals.stillwater@gmail.com
Please mail forms and applications to: The Locals - PO Box 403, Stillwater, MN 55082
(note: this is a mailing address only. Please no solicitation).

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