The children who wrote stories about the Internet. Pictured from left to right: Bodie and Sofi Anderson, Rhett Langreck, Ella Arcand, Greta Langreck, Addy Van Abel, Derek Kaiser, Henry Nittl and Diesel Lundeen. Mayor Christine Maefsky is in the back. 

Midco threw a big celebration for Scandia on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to celebrate the build out of a million-dollar Internet expansion project. The project was government/private business collaboration between Scandia, Midco and Minnesota DEED. 

“It’s exciting to focus on local neighbors who don’t have broadband and bringing it to them,” said Justin Forde, Senior Director of Government Relations for Midco. Forde said those words during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Scandia’s Hay Lake Park Shelter. Scandia Mayor Christine Maefsky also spoke and stressed the importance of high-speed Internet to the long-term success of Scandia and to the health and happiness of its residents. Thanks were also given to Scandia’s Internet Action Committee for all of their hard work in pushing the project forward. 

Two hundred and fifty Scandia/Midco tote bags were handed out at Scandia’s Farmers Market. It was the largest turn out for the Scandia Farmers Market to date. Business was brisk as residents filled their new tote bags with local produce. 

Perfect weather contributed to the fun had by all later in the day at Lilleskogen Park. Nine Scandia children wrote creative stories about how they use the Internet. Residents walked the story path and read each story and voted on their favorite. Meisters passed out over 250 Meisterburger meals courtesy of Midco. The children were each awarded $50 presented by Mayor Maefsky. The winning story was Gary the Snail by Derek Kaiser and Midco donated $200 to Derek’s classroom and his teacher Mrs. Myre at Scandia Elementary School. The stories will be in the park for the next two weeks. 

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