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Meet the Arcola Board

Alexa Eickschen – Board Chair

An enthusiast for all things outdoors and a lover of history, Alexa fell in love with Arcola the minute she passed through the gates. Doesn’t everyone? In search of the perfect outdoor location for her wedding in 2016 Alexa found Arcola and has been volunteering and serving on the board ever since. When she is away from her hotel business in River Falls, WI  Alexa enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, kayaking, hiking, fly fishing, and spending time with her family and friends.  She believes in Arcola’s  mission statement of Educate, Preserve, and Renew – and enjoys working with the numerous organizations who are invested in the Arcola site.  

Rolf Dittmann, Vice Chair

Rolf is the owner of River Valley Restoration, a design/build firm based in the St Croix Valley that specializes in historic restoration and adaptive use of historic structures. Notable completed projects are May and Stillwater Town Halls, Fields of St Croix community barn, Arcola schoolhouse, and most importantly the Mower/Van Meier mansion at Arcola Mills! Rolft holds a BA from St Olaf College and post graduate studies in design from Art Center College in Pasadena CA. When not restoring history, you can find Rolf on his bicycle, in his kayak, or on all things automotive. Him and his wife Jill recently moved from Stillwater to Hudson and have three great adult children. Rolf joined the board two years ago to help ensure that the eight year’s he personally worked on the Arcola mansion will reach it’s full potential use as an educational retreat center!

Steve Mower – Treasurer

Steve is the 2x great nephew of John and Martin Mower, the founders of Arcola Mills.  Steve was born and brought up Maine and was part of the Mower family that stayed in Maine to continue farming the “homestead”.  Steve’s interest is not only the preservation of the Arcola Mills property and Mower Mansion, but learning more and more about the extensive history in this area as well.  Steve lives in Somerset and works in Hudson.  Steve is involved with the sales, marketing, and export of cattle genetics around the world.   When not traveling or digging up history, Steve loves variations of jazz, food & culture, and cattle breeding history & development.  

Scott Eickschen – 4th year on the board

Local business owner and operator, Scott Eickschen, is also a husband, a soon-to-be father, a musician and an outdoorsman. He is very passionate about the area’s streams, lakes, rivers and other natural resources.  He also volunteers with Kinni Corridor Collaborative, a non profit organization in charge of restoring the Kinnickinnick River in River Falls, WI. The natural beauty and energy of Arcola Mills caught Scott’s attention and he’s been hooked ever since. His aspirations for Arcola are that the organization reaches operational and financial sustainability, and that Arcola continues to
become a place of rest, peace and inspiration for the spirits of people of the area.

Fitzie Heimdahl – 4th  year on the board (returning in 2020)

Fitzie is lucky enough to have been raised and still live in the St. Croix Valley so knows firsthand that arts, culture, history, and the environment are important to the community.  Fitzie is involved personally and professionally with organizations and initiatives that are uniquely special to the St. Croix River Valley.  As a historian, preservationist, environmentalist, and patron of the arts, Arcola Mills has a special place in Fitzie’s heart.  Fitzie works at the Wisconsin Historical Society as the State Historical Marker Program Coordinator. Fitzie is excited to see how this program can tell the many stories of the state.  In his free time, Fitzie enjoys hiking, bike riding, exploring new places, visiting historic sites (of course), and trying new food. 

Mick Caouette – 2nd year on the board

Mick Caouette is a filmmaker who has been producing historical documentaries for PBS, through his company South Hill Films since 1996. He also spent six years as an assistant to the photo and film archivist at the Minnesota History Center.   Mick and his wife Carol live in Stillwater and he holds a Masters Degree from Hamline University, where he later taught as an adjunct professor.  Mick and Carol have a daughter Corinne, who lives and works in St Paul, and a son Cory and daughter-in-law Katy who live in San Jose CA with their three grandchildren, Josie, Kieran and Lily.   Mick has spent his entire career working outside of the Twin Cities area, and he welcomed the opportunity to finally bring his time and talent to his own community, by joining the board at  Arcola Mills.

Reese Glaser – 2nd year on the board

Although Reese resides in St. Paul, he works throughout all of Washington County.   Just coincidently, as a crew leader for Sentence to Service, Reese discovered the Arcola Mansion and instantly fell in love.  So, w hen given the opportunity to join the board and support this truly magical place, Reese jumped at the opportunity and we are glad he did!  Reese enjoys his travels throughout  Washington County and is amazed at how beautiful it is and all it has to offer.  When he’s not on the move, Reese can be found camping alongside a small lake with a roaring bonfire and his camera.

Kerri Kolstad – 1st year on the board

Through her business, Wahoo! Adventures, Kerri helps people “Get Outside and Play”.  So, when she was asked to join the board at Arcola Mills, it was the perfect fit with its beautiful location and opportunity to help get Arcola guests on the river and learn the history.  Although Kerri grew up in the Bemidji area, her husband Dave and dog Addy live in White Bear Lake and have spent over 25 years paddling the river.  Kerri was introduced to Arcola Mills back in 2011 through Community Thread’s “Spring into Service” volunteer initiative and helped removed buckthorn.  She knew it was special then and is excited to be more engaged by sharing the mansion and lumbering history with others.

 

Merry Domke – 1st year on the board

Merry L. Domke joined the Arcola Mills board in March of 2020.  She lives in Stillwater currently but resided in Marine on St. Croix for several years before that.  Her love for Arcola started about five years ago when she volunteered helping with the gardens and learning the history of the grounds.  Her interests include art, baking, cooking, foraging, architecture of buildings and cities, music, painting watercolors, spending time with family, and volunteering. She is eager to help take Arcola Mills to the next level and dreams of one day seeing the mansion full of guests with an art gallery open in the basement!  Merry’s high energy and outgoing personality make her perfect for introducing new people to Arcola’s splendor.

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Stillwater · MN 55082

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