Mayor wants Stillwater Log Jam to change name because of Urban Dictionary connotation

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A literal log jam. An image of the figurative meaning would be NSFW.
The name of the event that will follow in the footsteps of the defunct Stillwater Lumberjack Days was officially announced on Tuesday. The festival, to be held July 18-20, will be called the Stillwater Log Jam.

RELATED: What should replace Stillwater's Lumberjack Days?

But yesterday, Stillwater officials contacted the festival organizers and asked them to change the name. The reason? A resident contacted them to let them know how "log jam" is defined in the Urban Dictionary.

According to Urban Dictionary, a "log jam" is... um.... well, just read about it for yourself.

Reached for comment this morning, Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki acknowledged that "to a certain extent it really doesn't matter what we want."

"It's a suggestion that this may not be the best name to use, but in the end it's going to be the sponsors that vote with their pocketbook," Harycki told us.

"I feel strongly against it because of its connotation," Harycki continued. "Frankly, I didn't know that existed. I guess there's a whole subworld out there that I just found out about."

Festival organizers say they have no intention to bow to pressure from city officials. Harycki suggested, however, that stance could prove problematic when it comes time to approve a contract with the city.

"They still have to negotiate a contract with us on the event, and we have to vote for that," Harycki said. "And so, you just don't know what the twists and turns will be."

Harycki said he had no idea about the Urban Dictionary connotation of "log jam" until the city was contacted by a whistle-blowing resident on Sunday morning.

"They said, 'check it out,'" Harycki told us with a chuckle. "And my wife is a teacher, and she told me, 'We use Urban Dictionary all the time to understand our students,' so I checked it out and there's quite a few variations. I'm not quite sure I understand them all."

To us, it seems like much ado about nothing. After all, it's not like the Urban Dictionary entry for "lumberjack" is any more family-friendly.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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Sarah Beth Lewis
Sarah Beth Lewis

if u change the name it alters the cultural identity of the region.

Sarah Beth Lewis
Sarah Beth Lewis

this is a matter of cultural identity. the log gin industry BY NAME THE LOG JAM is an important part of everyones culture in stillwater and hudson. this can get filed and easily get support

Sarah Beth Lewis
Sarah Beth Lewis

i can literally say ANYTHING and make it a sexual remark. this is a violation of section 106 of the national historic preservation act. this is a culturally important act and if they change the name i EXPECT reparations if they change it. shame on them for trying to ruin cultural IDENTITY THIS COULD BE A LEGAL MATTER. obviously the claims her qualify as an important cultural matter. SO MAYOR. bring it.

Sarah Beth Lewis
Sarah Beth Lewis

no reason. people can make anything dirty. unless he's fighting some internal log jamming urge he shouldn't be offended

Erin Burckhard
Erin Burckhard

I literally cannot stop laughing, this shit is soooo funny! I love the quote about him learning all these sub-meanings and that "he's not quite sure if he even understands all of them" hahahaha! This article is hilarious, Onion-esque in style and entertaining. This needs to be submitted to a talk show or something, I swear. Now for the serious stuff... really? Change the name? There are a million terms used everyday that have, although sometimes undesirable, alternate meanings. I think its really ridiculous to change the name. If it is a name that fits true to what the event represents, then who cares! It's not like it was a racial slur, or degrading or prejudicial or anything. They should actually stick with it now that it has some publicity, and use it to help promote the event further! Hell, come up with something funny and catchy to capture the satire of it all and make some merchandise and sell the hell out of it! They could use this whole thing as a promotional tool rather than something negative. I'm gonna go back now and read the article over again so I can giggle some more, go find these alternate meanings for "log jam" the guy found that he doesn't understand, and brainstorm witty advertising slogans for the event trying to incorporate the Urban Dictionary slang definition of log jam and a real log jam together LoL

Scott Wendt
Scott Wendt

I've never heard that definition of logjam before. I don't think its likely to supersede the more traditional one.

Kirk Danielson
Kirk Danielson

Don't change it, we will just make up something new for the new name now that a spotlight has been shown on this issue.

Justin Irvine
Justin Irvine

Urban dictionary is useless other than for a good laugh because it is written by random people with no standardization.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81

If 13 year olds giggle about a log jam in Stillwater who cares. Kids will always find some double meaning to laugh about. I can't believe the mayor would even take the urban dictionary into consideration. Oh wait I forgot, politicians have to find something divisive in everything.

Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Well that makes more sense, that wasn't how it was portrayed in the articles I read about it when it was happening. Surprise, surprise. Like I said, Urban Dictionary shouldn't be the reason to not use the name. Almost everything has a dirty connotation.

Dani Murphy
Dani Murphy

Cowards. I thought they were lumber jacks not pussies

Don Hoye
Don Hoye

Hi Carrie...the group that is organizing the festival tried hard to get the use of the name (they wanted to lease it), but it's owned by a corp that would not negotiate with them. They had to move forward and pick a name and start marketing it. They would have loved to use LJD, but there was no way around it. What is stupid is ONE persons dirty mind brought this to the attention of the Stillwater mayor and he is making this into a huge issue...it's a non-issue! This City Pages article says he and the city council are going to vote differently for the city contracts just because of the name??? That right there is not representing the people of Stillwater who 99.9% think of a log jam as a damn log jam in the river! Classic blackmail tactic. So dumb!

WalterK
WalterK

www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=lumberjack

vitajex
vitajex

Yeah, well just wait until they learn about:

-Austin's annual "Meat Packing Days"

-International Falls' winter festival called "Icebox Days"

-Grand Marais' "North Shore Lemon Party"

-Moorhead's "More Head Days"

-Warroad's yearly "Creepy Kinky Atypical Sexual Fetish Festival" 

Chris Pyne
Chris Pyne

Let's change the name to"nonspecific summer festival"

Ben Bakunin
Ben Bakunin

Make sure your balloon knot is nice and neat

Daniel Myhra
Daniel Myhra

I can't believe this is news?!? Now if we could dig up some footage of a squirrel on water skis...that would be something to talk about.

Gramma Margie
Gramma Margie

I don't get it. Read the article and still don't get it.

John Paulson
John Paulson

i'm lumberjacking to that photo right now.

Sam Ziemer
Sam Ziemer

Btw, Bachmann isn't our rep anymore. They changed our district, guy.

Sam Ziemer
Sam Ziemer

Why is the mayor putting so much stock into a website he was probably unaware of prior to this whole thing?

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Oh the suffering of those poor souls in the Land of Bachmann. I plan to boycott the event if they change the name.

Kimberly Mikla
Kimberly Mikla

I am from Stillwater and think "Log Jam" is a fine name for the event.

Mackenzie Denny
Mackenzie Denny

ugh, you just said "twisted," have you even seen the new definition of that word???

Kitty Berg
Kitty Berg

If you change the name, no matter WHAT you call it, some jerk out there will make some terrible pun about it. Don't bow to pressure, be passive-aggressive and Minnesotan and make deep-fried "LogJams" aka deep-fried Peanut Butter Snickers.

Brie MacDougall
Brie MacDougall

Should MacDonald's change the name of the Big Mac? "big mac The act of a woman pleasuring three men simultaneously, one in each of her orifices. The word MAC being an acronym for mouth, arse and cunt."

Brie MacDougall
Brie MacDougall

Urban Dictionary has a vulgar version of EVERYTHING.

Christian Jensen
Christian Jensen

No. The very notion is silly. Anyone offended by the name should grow up.

bradpants
bradpants

It's like wiping a marker. 

Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Could not or would not? Bet they wish they would have tried harder now.

swee2th
swee2th

Did you read the Urban Dictionary definition? It's not sexual.

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