'Log Jam' Will Take Place of Stillwater's 'Lumberjack Days'

Created: 11/07/2013 8:39 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

The City of Stillwater now has plans to replace Lumberjack Days.

The city council voted Thursday night to award a contract to a group of local business owners and residents.

At this point, the festival will be called "Log Jam" and will start next year, according to council member Doug Menikheim. The group gets a one year contract, with built in extensions if they do a good job.

This comes after Lumberjack Days promoter Dave Eckberg was charged with felony theft, and the event ended in 2012.

St. Croix Events, run by Eckberg, had a contractual Dec. 31, 2011, deadline to pay thousands of dollars in outstanding bills related to Lumberjack Days and the 2010 and 2011 Stillwater Marathons. Eckberg's company also owed three businesses and a high school hockey booster club approximately $38,000, according to police, after Eckberg's checks to cover those festival-related debts bounced.

Lumber Jack days was officially canceled after Eckberg was charged.