City to participate in St. Paul ice sculpture hunt

Snowmore. Blizzard Bear. Meltin’ John. Salter Mondale.

Those are just a few of the examples of the creative names Scandia city officials are hoping residents will come up with for the city’s snowplows in the first-ever Snowplow Naming Contest.

The Scandia City Council last week approved the idea for the contest after Councilwoman Patti Ray pitched the idea earlier this month, rattling off more than a dozen humorous examples of possible names.

The idea originated in Scotland, Ray said, but is something that the Minnesota Department of Transportation is doing as well.

The contest will take place on the city’s newly relaunched website: and on social media.

The top three winning names will be stenciled onto the city’s snowplows, at a cost of $150.


Ice sculpture hunt

At the behest of the city’s Tourism Committee, the council approved a $1,150 expenditure to involve Scandia in the upcoming Twin Cities ice sculpture hunt put on by Get Knit Events.

Sarah Porubcansky, a Tourism Committee member, told the council the committee has raised $1,350 in sponsorship funding from local businesses for the event and asked the council for the remainder of the $2,500 entry fee to involve the city.

Scandia will get a four- to five-foot ice sculpture to be placed somewhere in the downtown area, likely near the city hall or the skating rink.

More than 25 ice sculptures will be placed throughout the Twin Cities as part of the hunt, which will take place Feb. 19-28. For a fee of $25, participants in the sculpture hunt will receive an official map of all the sculptures and prizes for finding them.


Minnesotan Cup

For a second time, the council tabled a proposal to host the Minnesotan Cup ice hockey tournament on the city’s skating rink.

The council told Corey Roberts, the organizer of the event, that the proposal had fallen short of the state requirements for COVID-19 preparedness plan for managing participant and spectator capacity for the event.

The council chided Roberts for submitting the proposal over the weekend before the Jan. 19 meeting, with Jan. 18 being a government holiday.

“There’s a blueprint for these type of events that the state has provided,” City Attorney Chris Nelson said. “There isn’t a lot of time here to get this done, so it needs to be addressed in very short order.”

Roberts told the council he would review the missing requirements and consider whether to postpone the event.


Other business:

• The council approved specifications and authorized bids for its 2021 street improvements project. The roads included in the project are 220th Street North, Peabody Trail North, and the drainage improvements on Layton Avenue in the Bliss Neighborhood approved last September. The city has budgeted $895,000 for the project.

• The council approved the purchase of a 2021 Dodge Ram with plowing package for $37,415. Though the council debated keeping it in the fleet for a few years longer for lighter duty, the city opted to sell its 2011 Ford F250, which has 82,000 miles on it.

• The council elected Ray to serve as Acting Mayor. Ray would preside over meetings or other business of the city in the absence of the mayor.

• The council approved an annual performance review and wage increase for City Treasurer Colleen Firkus. Firkus, who is in her 25th year with the city, will make $22.43 per hour.

• The council hired Ellie Krueger and Maggie Gerty to teach Learn To Skate classes through the city’s Parks and Recreation Program.

• The council designated The Country Messenger as its official newspaper and Security State Bank of Marine, Midwest One Bank and the 4M Fund of the League of Minnesota Cities as its official depositories.


 The next Scandia City Council meeting will be held Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

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