Once again, as another year draws to its end, we’ve crunched the numbers and found the most popular stories of the year. These are the posts that were most-read, so they really are picked by St. Croix 360’s readers.
Thank you for reading St. Croix 360, sharing our articles, and truly being the most important part of this site.
Without further ado, let’s count down:
10. Plastic pollution prevalent in St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers
Researchers find tiny pieces of plastic in the water from Seeley to Prescott.
9. Aerial footage show the St. Croix’s narrow source and wide lower reaches
See the river’s small and wild beginnings and its broad lower reaches in two short videos.
8. Mermaid swims the St. Croix to share the wonders of water
Hudson woman entertains and educates kids about taking care of lakes and rivers.
7. Hauling in fishing nets on the St. Croix River
Commercial fishermen catch carp and more in the cold waters at Point Douglas.
6. Concept plan approved for Stillwater’s new St. Croix River park
Features include a fishing pier, canoe and kayak launching, walking trails, and picnic areas.
5. First-ever invasive silver carp caught in St. Croix River
The non-native fish jump out of the water when boats pass, endangering safety as well as the ecosystem.
4. Artists invited to live and work at historic St. Croix River cabin this summer
Residency offers inspiration, solitude, and chances to connect with the river, the community, and scientists.
3. Legislation would exempt Somerset event center from St. Croix River rules
Elected officials in Wisconsin want to let company ignore zoning after court decision upholding protections.
2. New Stillwater bridge could open in August
The bridge now fully spans the river, and only six months of work remain to prepare it for use. (It did open, and the Lift Bridge did close, read all about it here.)
1. St. Croix Valley willow tree declared the biggest in Minnesota — and probably America
Volunteer tree survey finds a record-breaking specimen of important floodplain species.