The City of Scandia does NOT require licensing of dogs or cats. If dogs are not on a leash, they must be under voice command and shall not infringe on your neighbor's property. Dogs that have been declared to be "dangerous" under the provisions of Minnesota Law must be registered with the City each year. The registration fee is $300 per dog. For complete regulations, see Dog Ordinance in the City's code of ordinances.
The Zoning Ordinance requires a kennel permit (Conditional Use Permit) if four (4) or more of any type of domestic pets, over (6) months of age, are owned by any member of the household, or boarded, bred, trained or offered for sale. Please contact City Staff with any questions by email or calling (651) 433-2274.
The City of Scandia Animal Control Officer is Brit Harmon. Brit is on call at (715) 220-1332 from 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM, 7 days a week.
How do I contact animal control?
Call Companion Animal Control at (715) 220-1332. Established in 2011, Companion Animal Control serves more than 24 cities/towns within Pierce County, WI, St. Croix County, WI and Washington County, MN. Companion Animal Control responds to hundreds of calls each year to help animals, working closely with law enforcement to keep your community safe by responding to pick up stray animals, investigate concerns of cruelty/neglect, nuisance complaints and dog bites.
Where are animals impounded?
Otter Lake Animal Care Center at 6848 Otter Lake Road, Hugo MN 55038 (651) 426-8871. Animals are held for the state required holding period, then evaluated and transferred to local rescues for adoption. Owners reclaiming their animal should expect to pay all shelter and city fees and/or issued a citation for an at large animal.
What to do if I’ve found an animal?
If possible, contain and/or leash the animal. Never approach an animal that is behaving aggressively.
- Call Washington Co. Sheriff Non-Emergency (651) 439-9381 and Companion Animal Control (715) 220-1332.
- Companion Animal Control will respond to pick up the animal and will post it on their Facebook Page; notify your neighborhood by sharing the posting on social media or email. The animal will be safely kept for the state required holding period before transfer to a rescue or adoption.
- Consider posting a "Found" report on a website such as www.lostdogsmn.com and the www.animalhumanesociety.org.
What to do if I’ve lost an animal?
- Call Washington Co. Sheriff Non-Emergency (651) 439-9381 to report your pet missing, Companion Animal Control checks County lost animal reports when responding to calls of found animals.
- Check Companion Animal Control found animal posts: Companion Animal Control Facebook Page
- Call the impound facility Otter Lake Animal Care Center (651) 426-8871.
- For tips on finding your lost animal visit: lostdogsmn.com
The City of Scandia owns and maintains three ball fields that provide locations for organized games and informal recreation opportunities for Scandia residents:
- Wayne Erickson Memorial Ball Park (formerly known as the Lighted Ball Field) located at 21398 Olinda Trail N
- Scandia T-Ball Field, located at 14849 Oakhill Road N
- South Ball Field, located at 20835 Olinda Trail N
The fields can be reserved as provided by the policy adopted by the City Council, which establishes priorities for adult and youth athletic organizations during their ball seasons.
Cable Television & Internet
Frontier Communications and Midco provide cable television, internet and telephone services in the Scandia area.
Contact them directly for information on services available to individual addresses:
Midco Channel Help
Midco is working to expand services in the Scandia area. Check back to view the Internet Expansion updates section of our website for the latest information.
Scandia is committed to providing information to its taxpayer about the City's finances. Budget and audit information is available for download. For more information, contact city staff by email or call (651) 433-2274.
Community Center Rental
The Scandia Community Center was built in 1986 and has become an important part of life in our community. It is used by many groups and organizations. It contains the City of Scandia office, City Council meeting chambers, a hall seating 220 for dinners, and a full service kitchen. The hall can be rented for private parties, weddings, and other occasions.
Contact City Staff for availability and rates.
The Community Center has a Wi-Fi internet connection for your computer, PDA and other wireless devices.
Lakes Area Television
Public Access Television:
Established October 1, 1985, LATV 10 is a public access television station that serves the cities of Forest Lake, Columbus and Scandia. The station provides professionally produced local news, special event coverage, as well as relevant, locally produced shows for playback on US Cable channel 10. This television operation works with individuals, organizations and city government to share information and positive stories for and about the citizens of Forest Lake, Columbus and Scandia, Minnesota. In addition to the creation of local programming, LATV 10 airs other interesting public access shows from other stations throughout the nation.
Established August 30, 2010, and in its first year of operation, Ranger 20 is LATV's second channel. It acts as the area's education channel, airing shows directly related to student happenings in the Forest Lake Area School District. Music concerts, theatre, a wide-variety of school sports, and school district special events can be viewed on this station.
You must be a US Cable subscriber to access these two informative local channels. If you would like more information on the LATV 10 or Ranger 20 television stations or websites, please call the station's studio and office at 651-464-1142.
Forest Lake Cable Commission (FLCC):
LATV 10 and Ranger 20 are owned and operated by the Forest Lake Cable Commission (FLCC) which is a joint powers agency established by the Forest Lake, Columbus and Scandia municipalities. The power and authority of the Commission lies with its Board of voting members. The FLCC consists of two members appointed by each of the three city councils, for a total of six members. Each city appoints one of their city council members and a public representative who is a citizen residing in that municipality. Each FLCC member is appointed for two years. The FLCC meets at 4 p.m., on the second Wednesday of the month at the Forest Lake City Center, 1408 Lake Street South, Forest Lake, MN 55025 Forest Lake, Minnesota (55025). The meetings are open to the public.
Scandia's citizen representative on the Commission is currently vacant. Interested residents should submit an application using the form below:
Application for Committee / Commission appointment
Televising of City Council and Planning Commission Meetings:
LATV videotapes monthly City Council meetings (the third Tuesday of each month) and the monthly Planning Commission meetings (the first Tuesday of each month.) Typically, the most recent meeting is played on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. following the Tuesday City Council meeting, and then again on Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. On weekends (Friday through Sunday) meetings are also played at the same times (7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.) Tune in to Channel 10 for the current schedule as times may change. Call Lakes Area Community Television at 651 464-1142 for more information.
Scandia city meetings are available to all residents with a computer via the new video-on-demand service on LATV's website. Watch anytime at your convenience. Just go to the the LATV 10 website, click on "Videos", then "Full City Meetings" for a list of meetings available to view. There is also a link to LATV's new Ranger 20 website where you will find video-on-demand of Forest Lake Area School District board meetings.
A city permit is required for a “special event”, which is defined as “an outdoor gathering of at least 100 individuals whether on public or private property, assembled with a common purpose for a period of one hour or longer but may not exceed twelve hours in duration; except, that events held during the two-day Taco Daze community celebration shall be considered one event. Special Events include, but are not limited to concerts, theatrical productions, public dances, fairs, carnivals, circuses, parades, flea markets, auctions, marathons, walkathons, festivals, races, bicycle events, celebrations, or any other gathering or events of similar nature. Special Events do not include events that are not open to the public and held on private property such as graduation parties or social parties.”
Click here for more information on the Special Event Permit requirements, including application forms.
Fire & Rescue
The City of Scandia Fire Department is located at 15040 Scandia Trail N and shares the facility with the Public Works Department. Department non-emergency phone number is (651) 433-4383. Dial 9-1-1 for all emergencies.
The fire department was established in 1952. The first fire station was in the old CO-OP building that was East of Meister’s (no longer there). In the early 1970 the building just west of Meister’s was built as the fire station and town hall. In 1999 the residents of Scandia approved a levy to build the new fire/public works building. The building was completed in October of 2000. We currently have 7 apparatus, a boat and a 6x6 UTV. Scandia has no fire hydrants in the city, so 2 of our apparatus are tenders. These trucks’ primary job is to bring water to the fire, each truck can carry 2,200 gallons of water. An average structure fire will require 80,000 gallons of water to extinguish.
The Scandia Fire Department is a paid-on-call department that consists of a fire chief, 2 assistant chiefs, 3 captains, 1 engineer and up to 23 firefighters. All non-probationary members of the department are nationally registered Emergency Medical Technicians and Minnesota firefighter 1 certified. These dedicated personnel respond to all types of emergencies including medical & fire emergencies in the city of Scandia and part of May Township. The department also responds mutual aid to our surrounding communities.
The department trains four times a month for 2-3 hours per training session. These trainings keep our members current on medical, fire, auto extrication, Haz-Mat and many other types of emergency care trends and procedures.
The department has been understaffed for many years now, so we perform a hiring campaign beginning in January of each year. Candidates that meet all requirements become probationary members on June 1st of each year. We do accept applications throughout the entire year and will process candidates that have existing certifications as soon as possible.
The City regulates Lawful Gambling by issuing local permits as permitted by state law. See Section 130 of the City Ordinances for more information.
Ice Skating @ Wojtowicz Skating Park
The City issues liquor and tobacco products licenses.
The City issues Small Event Center licenses.
Applications and information are found on the Permits & Licensing section of the City's website, or contact city staff for more information at email@example.com or 651-433-2274.
The public can contact Mosquito Control District at 651.645.9149 with concerns regarding mosquito control or go to the website Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
Scandia has approximately 120 acres of city-owned parks, and is also home to a number of state and regional parks and open space sites. Click here for a description of parks and trails in and around Scandia, including links to maps.
Permits are required for certain types of activities in City parks (extension of park hours, erection of any structure, sales, signs/placards, gatherings of over 100 people and discharge of fireworks.) Some permits require City Council approval.
Download Park User Permit Application, with Park Rules and Regulations
Picnic Shelter Rentals
The City owns and maintains the Hay Lake Park Picnic Shelter, located 14001 Old Marine Trail N, adjacent to the Hay Lake School Museum and near the Swedish Monument.
Use of the shelter is first-come, first served unless it is reserved in advance. The rental fee for the shelter is $25 for residents, $50 for non-residents, plus sales tax. A $100 refundable deposit also applies.
The same policy/procedures are used to reserve the Warming House outside of the ice-skating season. The rental fee for the warming house is $50 for residents, $100 for non-residents, plus sales tax. A $100 refundable deposit also applies.
Please review the complete Park Shelter Reservation Policy, below, for details
Scandia provides police services through a contract with the Washington County Sherriff's Department.
The non-emergency phone number is: 651 439-9381. Dial 9-1-1 for all emergencies.
Scandia residents may register for emergency notifications through the CodeRED system a partnership among Washington County and its municipalities.
Click here to register for CodeRED
US Postal Service
Scandia Plaza, Highway 97
Monday thru Friday -- 8 a.m. to Noon & 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday -- 8 - 11 a.m.
Note: The taxing district of the City of Scandia is not necessarily identical to the Scandia mailing address as used by the US Postal Service.
Washington County's Department of Public Health and Environment offers many services to prevent, promote and protect the community's health and the environment, including
- Disease Prevention
- Emergency Management
- Environmental Health
- Healthy Communities and Healthy Behaviors
- Individual and Family Health
- Women Infants and Children (WIC)
Click here to be directed to the County's website to learn more about services available.
The Minnesota Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13) presumes that all government data are public unless a state or federal law says that it is not. The law also provides that the city must keep all government data in a way that makes it easy for the public to access the data. You have a right to look at (inspect), free of charge, all public data that we keep. You also have the right to get copies of public data. The Data Practices Act allows us to charge for copies.
The City of Scandia provides two Guides for members of the public and individuals to request government data.
The Guides explain how to make information requests. Download the documents and data request forms, below, or request copies from the City Office. The City of Scandia is committed to provide access to all public information. Formal requests will be responded to as described in the Guides, but feel free to contact us at any time with questions. A formal request may not be necessary to obtain the information that you seek.
Data Practices Responsible Authority: Kenneth Cammilleri, City Administrator, (651) 433-2274.
Senior Housing/Senior Services
Senior Rental Housing in Scandia:
14621-17689 Oakhill Court N, Scandia
For more information, contact Shelter Corporation
2300 Orleans St. W.
Stillwater, MN 55082
The Senior LinkAge Line® is the Minnesota Board on Aging's free statewide information and assistance service. They provide services to seniors in all 87 counties and are available toll free at 1-800-333-2433to answer your questions.
Senior LinkAge Line® can connect you with:
- Financial Assistance
- Home Care
- Housekeeping and Chore services
- Indian Elder Program
- Legal Assistance
- Long-term Care Ombudsman
- Meal Delivery and Nutrition
- Transitional Consultation
- Other services to help you remain independent in your community
Streets - Ice & Snow Control
- Snow accumulation of two (2) inches or more;
- Drifting of snow that causes problems for travel;
- Icy conditions which seriously affect travel; and
- Time of snowfall in relationship to heavy use of streets.
View the complete policy, below.
Streets - Dust Control
On February 16, 2010 the Council adopted a new policy for application of dust control on the city's gravel streets. The policy can be downloaded below.
The City will pay for one application of dust control chemicals annually to the city's remaining gravel streets. Special provisions apply to 185th street, which serves an active sand and gravel mine.
To report an issue to the Public Works Department regarding the conditions of any City owned road, click here.
Dust Control Policy
Streets - Pavement Management
To report an issue to the Public Works Department regarding the conditions of any City owned road, click here.
Trash & Waste Disposal/Recycling/Yard Waste Composting
Scandia is serviced by two refuse haulers. Forest Lake Sanitation (uses Washington County Resource Recovery Facility in Newport, Minnesota) 651-464-2321, and Waste Management (uses their own facility, Timberline Trail in Bruce, Wisconsin) 1-800-777-8408.
Household Hazardous Waste:
The Washington County Environmental Center accepts many hazardous products, electronics and recyclables from all county residents. The center is located at 4039 Cottage Grove Drive, Woodbury, MN 55129 (corner of Bailey Road & Cottage Grove, 4 miles south of I-94.)
See the Washington County website at www.co.washington.mn.us/envirocenter for more information including hours of operation and details on products accepted.
Forest Lake Sanitation (SRC) Recycling curbside pick-up for all City of Scandia residents is every other week. Pick-up is on Thursday for residents south of Highway 97, and Friday for residents north of Highway 97. For more information, call 651-462-1099.Even if you use another company for your trash pickup, you may contact SRC to arrange for your recycling container and regular pick-up.
Note on recycling shredded paper: Paper waste from your home paper shredder is accepted by SRC. They recommend placing the shredded paper in plastic bags (such as recycled grocery sacks) and tying the bags closed. Then put the bag in your bin for pick-up with your other recyclables. This keeps the shreds from blowing around and allows for easier processing and sorting.
Waste Management also offers recycling pick-up for their customers. Call 1-800-472-7919 for more information.
For more information on recycling and disposal options, check out the Washington County Disposal Directory.
View the Going Green Guide for more information on recycling, yard waste, special events, education resources, and the County's Environmental Center.
Do you have a vehicle you'd rather donate than try to sell or trade? Below are links to non-profit organizations that offer fast, convenient vehicle donation services. They'll even come to your house to pick up the vehicle for you, regardless of whether or not its running.
Wheels for Wishes - Benefiting the Minnesota Make-A-Wish Foundation 1-866-920-0264
Cars for Homes - Benefiting Habitat for Humanity 1-877-277-4344
Vehicles for Veterans - Benefiting Vehicles for Veterans 1-844-234-2328
"Spring Cleanup Week":
City-wide Cleanup Week is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020 through Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the SRC / Forest Lake Sanitation site in Wyoming, MN. Residents may drop off refuse items not taken by their regular trash hauler, such as appliances, tires, furniture, mattresses, scrap metal, and wood. Materials considered hazardous waste will not be accepted. The SRC facility is located at 6320 E. Viking Boulevard in Wyoming and is open from 8 to 4:30 on weekdays, 8 to 1:30 on Saturdays. During this week, Scandia residents will receive a 20% discount off regular collection prices listed here. Be prepared to show proof of residency, such as a drivers license. Call SRC at 651 462-1099 with any questions, or visit their website mytrashservice.com.
NEW Organics drop-off at the Washington County Environmental Center!
The organics drop-off program is for residents who are recycling organics at home. The program is open to residents of Washington, Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties. Free starter kits and compostable bags are only available to Washington County residents. The Center does not accept organics from businesses. Visit BizRecycling.com for details on business recycling.
Click here for more information.
Yard Waste Composting
Scandia does not have a municipal composting or yard-waste site. Residents who do not have space on their own property for composting yard waste (such as lawn clippings, leaves or brush) may sign up for the Scandia Composter's Registry. The Registry is a list maintained by city staff to match Scandia residents with others who want these materials for their gardens or farms. Call city staff at 651 433-2274 to sign up for the Registry. We will ask what materials you have to give, and put you in contact with any other resident who may be willing to accept them. Names will not be posted publicly; this is simply a match-making service. All arrangements must be made between the private parties.
Washington County's Department of Public Health and Environment provides information about composting on their website, including a listing of compost sites, some of which may accept materials from Scandia residents. Fees may apply. Contact the compost sites for details.
Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale: Washington County is excited to partner with the Recycling Association of Minnesota to sell compost bins and rain barrels to residents at low cost. Find ordering information on the County's website.
To learn more about backyard composting and compost bins, check out the following websites: www.RethinkRecycling.com and Living Green 365
Tree Trimming, Removal & Mowing
The Public Works Department trims the trees along the road right of way (ROW) that do not meet the height or setback standards of the policy. The standards are set to provide safe visibility and no vehicle contact with branches while driving the roads. The road right of way is prescribed as 33’ off the center line of the roadway. The City rarely removes trees but will notify residents of the adjacent properties before proceeding. Tree trimming also occurs in the parks to promote healthy tree growth.
ROW mowing is performed twice a year to keep vegetation back away from the road and to keep volunteer trees from establishing in the ditches. Volunteer trees in the ROW can become very problematic for traffic and costly to remove in the future.
To report an issue to the Public Works Department regarding the conditions of any City owned road, including Road Right-of-Way Maintenance, click here.
Telephone services are available from both Midco and Frontier. Contact each company for further details and instructions.
The city receives electrical service from two companies, Xcel Energy 1-800-481-4700 and Connexus Energy 763-323-2650. For power outages, call your utility at the number listed above. Click Here to bring up an interactive map for the electrical service areas of MN.
Northern Natural Gas has two major pipelines that cross the city. Natural gas service is provided by Xcel Energy 1-800-481-4700. (Not available in all areas.)
A small area of Scandia (generally 182nd/188th St.) is serviced by Minnesota Energy Resources. Contact them at 1-800-889-9508.
In limited areas of the City internet service is available from MidCo Contact them at 1-800-888-1300 to determine if service can be delivered to your resident or business.
The entire City receives internet via the telephone services offered by Frontier. For more details contact this at 1-800-921-8101 or visit their website
Frontier has partnered with the FCC as part of Connect America Fund Phase II ("CAF 2") to bring faster broadband speeds to some of the most rural and difficult to serve portions across Frontier’s service area. Scandia residents were part of the CAF2 build-out in MN in 2017 and additional areas are tentatively planned for build-out in 2018. A link to a map of the project area is shown below.
May 2018 Update from Frontier on ConnectAmerica projects in Scandia
The City does not perform the permitting or services to individual home services. Residences that are on private systems and should refer to the Washington County Environmental site to review the policy’s associated with private systems.
For support on the city maintained sewer system around Big Marine Lake or the Village Center, please see Public Works Septic. On line payment option for Sewer Bill is available here.