Scandia

The Gateway State Trail begins near the state capitol in St. Paul and ends at Washington County’s Pine Point Regional Park in northern Stillwater.

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In modern Sweden, Midsommar Dag is the most important holiday of the year. The Majstång is decorated with greens and flowers, then raised in the center of town. Traditional Swedish music and dances celebrate the long days of summer. This Saturday, June 22, you can be a part of this wonderful tradition at Gammelgården Museum’s [...]

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Summer at the Hay Lake Museum in Scandia means it’s time for the Washington County Historical Society’s annual beer tasting event. If you are 21 or older, for $15 you can raise a glass and offer a toast 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at the Hay Lake Museum, located just south of [...]

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Get your trunk and pack your metal farm tools (no wooden handles please—you can make new ones when you get to Amerika). In Scandia, the first Swedish settlement in Minnesota, Gammelgården Museum preserves the story of coming to the New World. Visitors can experience daily life on the Old (Gammel) Small Farm (Gården) as the [...]

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  For the first time, this year the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride came to east Washington County. Almost 3,000 bikers came through Scandia before noon on Sunday as part of the 52-mile loop from and to Stillwater. Ride Director Jon Ridge said 4,699 riders registered this year, and about 3,500 did the Scandia loop. “The [...]

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Master Gardener Tom Groppoli (on right) talks with a participant after the rain garden workshop held at Prairie Restorations in Scandia on April 20. To improve the quality of nearby lakes and rivers, homeowners are encouraged to plant wetland edge vegetation in low spots to let storm water soak slowly into the ground. Prairie Restoration [...]

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