Was it an old eyesore or a rare piece of history? Should it be removed or preserved? The answer to both questions may be “Both.” The Hilltop Water Company building, located next to the Scandia Café, is being removed and the community well it has sheltered will get a new, smaller building. Workers removing the [...]
Lilleskogen means “small forest” in Swedish. Recent changes to the Scandia park bearing this name have made the forest a little smaller. But progress requires change, and Lilleskogen is progressing. Following a 2008 park restoration plan, the city is converting the 8 acres of woods and wetlands to include a parking lot and butterfly garden. [...]
West of Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia lies Gammelgården (Swedish for Old Farm). The 11-acre museum includes a log house, barn and church that tell the story of Swedish immigrants who settled in Scandia. East of the church is Ruth Anderson’s place. It’s not a museum, but it could be. Here Ruth lives in a house her grandparents built.
A drainage pipe that keeps the road dry is gouging a ravine and filling in a wetland between 197th Street and the St. Croix River in Scandia.