Conversations of the Valley

Season 2017-2018 Speakers

Conversations of the Valley
A luncheon speaker series sponsored by
St. Croix Valley Foundation & First State Bank and Trust

“Secrets of the Congdon Mansion”
with guest speaker

Joseph Kimball
reporter at

Joe Kimball will talk about the infamous Congdon murders and his book, Secrets of the Congdon Mansion, a first-hand account of the Duluth case. One of Minnesota’s richest women was smothered in her 39-room mansion, and her night nurse was bludgeoned to death on the stairway. A daughter was accused of planning the murders to speed up her $8 million inheritance. There were convictions and acquittals in the case, along with more bodies, arson, bigamy and more.

 The mansion, known as Glensheen, has become a popular tour site on the shores of Lake Superior, but the guides won’t tell you much about the case.

It was one of Minnesota’s most publicized and sensational murder cases and Joe had a front-row seat, covering it from start to finish as a reporter for the Star Tribune.

 This year is the 40th anniversary of the murders. 


Wednesday, November 15, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Lowell Inn Event Center
102 N. Second St., Stillwater

Free parking in the ramp with validation.

The cost of the lunch and program is $17 and must be paid in advance to guarantee your reservation. (Any payments received on the day of the event will be charged $20 a ticket, if seats available.)

To make a reservation (due in SCVF offices by noon prior to the day of luncheon):

1. Mail your check to: SCVF, 516 Second St. #214, Hudson, WI 54016, or

2. Make your reservation by credit card online using the PayPal button below. There is a $1.00 processing fee per person using PayPal.


To reserve a spot
Conversations of the Valley is supported by a generous contribution from
First State Bank and Trust.

Conversations of the Valley is a monthly luncheon series.  The programs feature speakers on an interesting variety of topics; they are designed to strengthen community connections in the St. Croix Valley and to facilitate discussion around a broad range of local current affairs issues.Programs are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at

The Lowell Inn in Stillwater, located at 102 N. Second Street. The cost of the lunch and program is $17 and must be paid in advance to guarantee your reservation. (Any payments received on the day of the event will be charged $20 a ticket if seating is available.) Please note, doors open at 11:15 a.m.

To Make a Reservation:  Send a check for $17 per registrant to the St. Croix Valley Foundation at 516 Second St., Suite 214, Hudson, WI 54016. Please enclose the names of the attendees with your check. (Checks are due in the SCVF offices by noon the day prior to the luncheon.)or Reserve online using a credit card and the PayPal system. Please note the $1.00 processing fee per person for registrations made using PayPal. Please enclose the names of the attendees in the “Message/Notes” line. (Registrations are due by noon the day prior to the luncheon.)

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Our Previous Conversations of the Valley:

“Teachable Safety Skills: Replacing Myths with Facts” with guest speaker Jane Straub of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, Wednesday, April 19, 20

“Real Mountains – A Grief Journey” with guest speaker Dan Seftick, Author, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

“Opening the Door to the Natural World” with guest speaker Jennifer Vieth of the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Wednesday, February 15, 2017

“The Role of a Community Foundation in Identifying Community Needs” with guest speaker Paul Mayer of the New Richmond Area Community Foundation

“Under the Surface: Teens Find Hope Through Underwater Photography” with guest speaker Ben Thwaits of Northwest Passage”, Dec. 11, 2016