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.

Shawn Smalley – Board Member

Stillwater native and resident.  Successful entrepreneur as owner of Smalley’s Caribbean BBQ.  Restaurant has been featured in national TV and print publications numerous times, bringing much needed attention to both Stillwater as a small town and its culinary offerings. Active among downtown businesses and local charities. Contact Shawn concerning Stillwater Log Jam at

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

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

Erin McQuay – Board Member

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.

Josh Ernst – Board Member

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

Nelson – Down Hill Derby Coordinator

I retired from 3M in March of 2013. For many years there I was a project planner in their corporate supply chain department. That meant that I got to work on a variety of projects with great people from all over the world. In retirement, I have focused on enjoying my many hobbies. I volunteer for Habitat for Humanity one day very week and occasionally for Community Thread. And I spend one day every week with my grandchildren. The rest of my time is devoted to biking, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, pickleball, travel, volleyball, working in my wood shop and yard work. I have a lovely wife that supports all of my hobbies, two adult children that both live in the metro area, the two best grandchildren in the world and a dog that is a constant source of affection and entertainment.

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

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.

Contact us with any questions you have today -
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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