Thank you to everyone who read and shared St. Croix 360 stories this year! There was a lot to report on, from parks to drought to protecting clean water. “Forever chemicals” produced by industrial waste were confirmed in the river’s fish, while some truly amazing and old mussels were found in the upper river.
It was also a good year and a year of growth for St. Croix 360. For the fifth year in a row, the number of people who visited the site increased significantly. We welcomed about 700 new email subscribers, and surpassed 250 financial supporters. (Last year, the total was around 200.)
St. Croix 360 published almost 200 posts this year, and we sent 49 weekly newsletters. More than 250 comments were published from readers.
Without further ado, the 10 most-read articles of the year:
City council gives plan its stamp of approval, allowing park improvements to proceed — with continued concerns about former residence on the site.
Launch will offer boaters access to a popular stretch of the lower St. Croix.
Proposal would include tens of thousands of swine in barns, and lots of manure to spread nearby.
“It’s good for body and mind,” he says.
Conflict over trail route and impact on Dock Café appears to have been resolved.
Months of dry conditions have sent the river plunging to levels not seen in decades.
Once a retreat for powerful St. Paul businessmen, Big Rock Creek Farm is now hosting a unique winter festival.
Specimens are believed to have persisted above St. Croix Falls dam, cut off from host fish, for more than a century.
High levels of “forever chemicals” in fillets point to decades of industrial pollution.
Test results from town hall near large dairy operation show high levels of toxins.