A tornado touched down in Scandia July 28 causing significant damage to some homes. Residents worked together to clean up some of the debris left behind.



Scanley Cup now Minnesotan Cup

The traditional Vinterfest Scanley Cup hockey tournament was renamed to The Minnesotan Cup after event organizer Corey Roberts established his apparel brand The Minnesotan in White Bear Lake. Now the title sponsor of the tournament, the new name stuck with proceeds donated to maintain the Wojtowicz skating park.

Also in January:

• Vinterfest in Scandia.

• Audubon Christmas Bird Count spotted uncommon Carolina Wren in Marine on St. Croix and May Township.


Frigid Polar Vortex

30-below-zero temperatures ripped through Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois cancelling school days, closing businesses and even suspending The United States Postal Service. The Red Cross was in need of blood after 370 blood drives were cancelled due to the frigid temps.

Also in February

• Solar Farm discussions in Scandia.

• Division from parents over whether or not to move River Grove from Wilder Forest.


May Township finds

handwritten records 

May Township Clerk, Linda Tibbetts, found hand written records that dated back to the founding of May Township in some boxes while she was organizing. Nobody knew the records were there until she discovered them that included a swearing, in 1893, which created the town.

Also in March

• River Grove stays in Wilder Forest.

• Marine residents relieved that Ostlund’s Marine Garage would stay open.


Marine earns Tree City recognition 

Marine on St. Croix received a recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for Tree City USA. A municipality must create a tree care policy, maintain an annual budget for community forestry, establish a tree board committee, and celebrate Arbor Day annually to receive this recognition.

Also in April

• A bomb scare in Scandia turned out to be no threat to the public. 

• Cheryl Bennet retires from May Township treasurer position.


Gammelgärden Restorations

Restorations were planned for the 151 year old Präst Hus, Minnesota’s oldest Lutheran parsonage. The building is no longer lived in, but is kept as a historic landmark in Scandia. The city worked with Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps and Advantage Construction for the restorations.

Also in May

• City of Marine purchases Marine Elementary School property.

• Little Miss Forest Lake wins Little Miss Minnesota.


Flanagan visits

William O’ Brien Park

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan visited William O’ Brien State Park June 6 to celebrate Minnesota’s outdoor skill-building programs. The visit marked the 10th anniversary for the Department of Natural Resource’s I Can! outdoor programs offering equipment and lessons for the outdoors.

Also in June

• Marine fireworks show continues after some uncertainty in the community.

• Surf Yogurt Bar brings the coast to Marine


Tornado touches down in Scandia

A tornado left a trail of damage in its path when traveling through Scandia July 28. The path of the tornado started in Forest Lake, moved through the solar farm on Highway 97 and Manning Trail before hitting hardest on the homes near Bone Lake. Nobody was injured during the tornado and residents helped to clean the debris.

Also in July

• Nearby Marine residents rescued a bald eagle after crashing into the river while locked with another eagle.

• Arcola Mills awarded $10,000 grant from Minnesota Historical Society


Search for Scandia Administrator.

Five more candidates interviewed with Scandia City Council for the Administrator’s position after three others had been offered the job and declined. Candidates included Cynthia Boyce, Tina Folch, Joseph Bjelland, Kevin Kelly, and Ken Cammilleri, who would eventually be chosen for the position.

Also in August

• Scandia walk-in clinic opens.

• Marine holds inaugural Founder’s Day Soirée.


Warner Nature Center

announces closure

To the dismay of many, the Warner Nature Center announced that it would be closing its doors at the start of 2020. The Manitou Fund announced that it would not renew its longstanding partnership with and would no longer be funding the Warner Nature Center. As of the time of this publication, the Warner Nature Center will have closed down.

Also in September

• Scandia Taco Daze.

• Marine Doc Nights begin with ‘Love Them First.’


Mondale honored at

William O’Brien State Park

Five St. Croix River sites in Minnesota were renamed to honor Walter Mondale at the William O’Brien State Park October 15. The sites were renamed in recognition for all that Walter Mondale did as a champion for the St. Croix River.

Also in October

• Lilleskogen Park opens Scandia Elementary  ‘Story Time’ walking path.

• Annual Scandia heritage Alliance Dinner.


Scandia water tower

barn still on Olinda

Scandia officials granted the Scandia Heritage Alliance a 50-year lease of land south of Scandia City Hall and Community Center as a proposed location for the historic water tower barn just down the street from its original location. Next to the barn would be an amphitheater, Scandia Arts and Heritage Center, and walking path connecting other Scandia landmark locations.

Also in November 

• Marine Folk School celebrates first year.

• St. Croix Chocolate Company wins International Chocolate Salon Award for Best Overall Truffle Artistry.


Red Christmas Truck part begins

For its first year, the iconic red Christmas truck seen on holiday decorations came to life in Marine on St. Croix for the first time. Robyn Dochterman launched the first event this year parking Marine residents David Stephens and Susan Ferron’s 1950 Chevy on Judd Street for residents to admire and take pictures with.

Also in December

• Annual Lucia Dagen celebration in Scandia


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