Brad Glynn – Founding 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.

Paul Creager – Founding Board Member

Paul is a Stillwater native, and a founding member of The Locals. He has 20 years of music & film curation & festival organizing experience with the Square Lake Film & Music Festival, Marine Film Society & Square Lake Productions events.  Paul has been the producer/director of numerous films, including “An Ode to Stillwater: The 8mm Films of John Runk”, has extensive grant writing experience, and 23 years of educational programming experience. Contact Paul directly at

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.

Chris Foster – Board Member

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.

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.

Michael Sobieski – Volunteer

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

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 -
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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