Addie Stegmeir

Addie Stegmeir with teacher Kaitlyn Crawford next to the ice Dala Horse Saturday.  

To celebrate Gammelgarden’s Year of the Dala Horse, Scandia Elementary students penned stories about Dala Horses. 

Eight finalists were selected with Addie Stegmeir’s entry selected as the winner Saturday. Stegmeir received $50 along with her teacher, fourth grade teacher Kaitlyn Crawford. 

The contest was a joint collaboration between Gammelgarden, Scandia’s Park and Recreation committee and Scandia Elementary. 

The announcement came as part of Scandia’s participation in Ice Sculpture Exploration. Coordinated by GetKnit Events and Minnesota Ice Sculptures, they hid 30-plus ice sculptures throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul along with the suburbs. Organizers stated it’s focused to encourage community, support small businesses, discover new neighborhoods and create safe and fun outings. 

Other student entries were Charles Thorson, Chase Stegmeir, Elsie Guinee, Marshal Carter, Gabriella Wiosky, Olivia Salitors and Tryggr Thorson. The entries will be available at Lilleskogen Park Feb. 19-March 5. 

"The Dala Horse Story Contest has been a great opportunity for our students at Scandia Elementary," said Principal Julie Hull. "Our students were excited about the creating writing opportunity that tied in the heritage of our community. We are so grateful for the community partnerships that we have which allow for additional opportunities for our amazing students.   

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