City of Scandia, MN

Selected Archived News Items:

City Council, City Commissions, and Committees to temporarily meet via Zoom interactive television due to pandemic...

On December 21, 2021, the City Council approved a modified emergency declaration issued by Mayor Christine Maefsky, in accordance with Minnesota Statute Sections 12.29 and 13D.021, to temporarily conduct all city meetings remotely via Zoom interactive television or telephone due to recent increases in Covid-19 viral transmission rates and public health concerns related to the potential risks of the Omicron variant of virus.  

The public may continue to attend any City meetings in person, but members of the City Council, and its Commissions and Committees will participate remotely via Zoom for the duration of this temporary preventive measure.  The large hall at the Community Center will remain open at meeting times so that the public may view and interact in public meetings.  In person attendees are strongly encouraged to observe social distancing guidelines and to wear masks. 

 When possible, the City strongly encourages the public to also participate remotely via Zoom with a computer or phone or to observe the meeting via the City’s Boxcast Channel online.  Instructions on joining meetings virtually or by phone are on all meeting agendas. 

 Given the rapidly changing nature of current public health conditions, the City will continue to reassess its policies in response to this public health emergency.  Updates are available on the City’s website, by contacting City Hall at 651-433-2274, or by viewing the official notice board at the by the Scandia Community Center main entrance.

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The Washington County Community Development Agency is administrating a relief program for homeowners: the Crisis Assistance Relief for Homeownership Program (CARH). This program was funded through the CARES-Act via Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that were allocated to Washington County. The City of Scandia currently participates in the CDBG program, so homeowners in Scandia have access to this program. The program provides households at or below 80% area median income (AMI) with up to six consecutive months of delinquent mortgage and/or HOA assistance. The program will be available until the funding runs out.

The link to apply can be found here: WA County Assistance For Homeowners
Housing Assistance
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Midco High Speed Internet Expansion:
Have you noticed Midco laying fiber in your neighborhood?  Have you tried to sign up for Internet service on Midco’s website but your address does not come up?   Midco has been busy this summer and fall laying miles of fiber and have not updated all the new addresses on their website.  If you would like Midco’s high speed Internet service this year, you need to sign up immediately or you might have to wait until next spring.

Please contact Midco’s local sales rep, Laurie Morrison, directly to sign up for Midco’s service. 

Tel:  651-900-0058
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Thank you Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails:Workers
The City of Scandia would like to extend its gratitude and sincerest thanks to the Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails for their generous volunteer work to help eradicate invasive buckthorn and amur maple trees this season.  Thank you for all your hard work helping us keep our parklands healthy and happy for all to enjoy!
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Thank you, Scandia Internet Action Committee
  • Midco GrantGammelgarden Museum will be using Midco grant funds to support the expenses associated with installing Midco internet and phone to the museum.  Their current service no longer supports their needs. ($1,000)
  • Scandia Heritage Alliance will use the funds to help cover capital costs for the Water Tower Barn Scandia Arts & Heritage Center project they are working on with the city of Scandia. ($2,500)
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“In honor of the generations of men and women who have served to defend the liberties that we enjoy today.
Vetrans Memorial

The memorial is dedicated to all US military veterans, regardless of where they are from or when they served.  The memorial recognizes the contributions and sacrifices by generations of men and women who have served in battle or not, to defend our freedoms.  The memorial is appropriately located in beautiful Lilleskogen Park.  We hope you will come to enjoy the memorial and park often.  
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Click Here to see more about the Veteran's Memorial at Lilleskogen Park

The City of Scandia’s offices are open Monday thru Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm.  

A new Service Window has been installed for access to city staff.  The community center remains closed, except by appointment.  Residents and customers may also reach city staff by calling 651-433-2274 or by email at

Forms and information can also be found on the City's website,   
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The City of Scandia is currently seeking applications for the IAC (Internet Action Committee) to fill a vacancy.  Application deadline is May 28, 2021. 

Click here to submit an online application or download the application.  These may be sent to:
  2. City of Scandia, 14727 209th Street North, Scandia, MN 55073

The Internet Action Committee will work diligently to provide High Speed Internet coverage to the citizens of Scandia quickly at the lowest cost to the City by leveraging grants from both State and Federal government, and funding from current service providers with infrastructure in the community, and the City. 

Our goal is to see Scandia’s Internet expansion successfully conclude with the entire City served by the end of 2024.

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If you would like to appeal your 2022 property valuations, FIRST contact  Scandia Assessor Patrick Poshek at 651-430-0360 to discuss your concerns.

If this does not resolve your concerns, then reference the link below for current Open Book meeting schedules and instructions:

There are tentatively two Open Book meetings scheduled for property owners in open book communities if conditions allow:

Washington County Government Center

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

10:00am – 6:00pm

Washington County Government Center

Thursday,     April 22, 2021

10:00am – 6:00pm

Property owners may attend any one of the two regional Open Book meetings.

 The purpose of these meetings is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor.

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Public Works Director

The City of Scandia, population 4,112, is seeking to fill the full-time position of Public Works Director.  Located within forty minutes from downtown St. Paul, Scandia is a rural community in Washington County and the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.  The Public Works Director position is a “working Director” and will perform operational duties as needed.

The Public Works Director is a Department Head under the direct supervision of the City Administrator and reports to Parks and Recreation Committee and City Council.  This position plans, organizes, directs, and supervises field operations and contracted services for effectiveness and efficiency. These duties include determining overall department goals/objectives and resource needs, and administration of permits. Department operations include operation and maintenance of 3 small wastewater utilities and a small community water system; buildings, fleet and equipment maintenance; forestry; and parks, trails, and street maintenance.

The candidate must have a minimum of five years of Public Works field experience with supervisory experience.  Minimum requirements include high school diploma or equivalent and valid Minnesota’s driver’s and CDL license.  An Associate’s Degree in a related field preferred. Must possess or obtain and maintain Minnesota Water and Wastewater Operator certifications upon employment.  Ideal candidates should possess strong leadership and problem-solving skills, experience in budgeting and personnel management in a union shop, and strategic management. Must have excellent communication, teamwork, and customer relations skills. Proficiency in basic computer software and knowledge of GIS and SCADA systems is also desired.

The salary range for this position will be between $70,000 - $90,000 per year dependent upon qualifications and experience. Benefits include Minnesota PERA pension retirement, health insurance, dental, life insurance, PTO and paid holiday.  A criminal background check and other pre-employment testing will be required.

Applicants may apply for this position by submitting an application, cover letter, resume, and five professional references to the attention of Ken Cammilleri, City Administrator, via email at no later than 4:00pm on Friday, May 7, 2021.  EOE

Read the job description: Click Here
Employment Application: Click Here

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Scandia's Snowplows in the Pioneer Press - 

Uff da! Of course Ole, Lena and Sven will be plowing the snow in Scandia – Twin Cities

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Financial Relief:
Homeowners in Washington County who have experienced a reduction in income because of the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for one-time grants of up to $10,000 to help make housing payments.

A separate program providing rental assistance will be administered by Washington County’s Community Services Department.

Washington County received money from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, to assist small businesses, homeowners, and renters.

Assistance payment will be made directly to the entity owed, and the delinquency or financial hardship must be due to a COVID-19-related financial impact on the household and must be documented. Assistance may be used for payments of a home mortgage/loan, homeowners’ association dues, manufactured home community lot rent, and land payments for community land trust properties on the household’s primary residence within Washington County. Other terms apply, and homeowners will be required to provide documentation of need.

The program will be managed by the Community Development Agency, which will be accepting applications after Aug. 1 at, Washington County Community Development Agency, 7645 Currell Blvd., Woodbury; email, or telephone 651-202-2822.
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Dog Owners!
Everyone wants to get out to enjoy the Spring Like Weather - including Fido!  Remember that Scandia has an ordinance that prohibits any dog from roaming at large.  

90.05  AT LARGE

   No owner shall permit the owner’s dog to be at large within the city.

A dog shall be termed to be at large when it is not under “restraint.”

A dog is under restraint within the meaning of this section if it is controlled by a leash; if it is wearing a remote shock collar controlled by the owner, if it is under the voice or signal command of a responsible person whom the dog will immediately obey; if it is within a vehicle being driven or parked on the public streets; and if it is within the limits of its owner’s premises.
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Mosquito News
The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District trucks, helicopters, and staff will be out in neighborhoods and parks this summer working to reduce mosquito-borne disease and annoyance.

CLICK HERE for more information
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Washington County ready with small-business financial relief

Washington County is opening applications for financial assistance for businesses in the county that have bene negatively impacted through additional expenses or lost revenue due to closures during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington County Small Business Relief Fund, provided by the federal CARES Act, will provide grants of up to $15,000 to small businesses in need of support. Applications will be accepted between Aug. 10 and Aug. 24; applicants will be notified if they are eligible for a grant on or before Aug. 31.

Business recipients:

  • must be a locally owned and operated for-profit business in the county. Multiple individual businesses in the county that are owned by one owner are eligible to apply;
  • to receive up to the maximum $15,000 funding limit, businesses must have at least one full-time equivalent employee, in addition to the owner as of March 1, and not more than 50, and generate less than $3.5 million in annual revenues;
  • have been operating for at least six months before March 1, 2020; and
  • demonstrate a significant loss in revenue since March 15.

Home-based businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs are eligible for grants of up to $7,500; however, priority will be given to employer businesses with separate non-residential property addresses.

All businesses must complete, sign and certify the grant application. The business must provide all required information verifying their eligibility. All businesses must provide and document evidence of COVID-19 eligible expenses incurred.

Applications will be managed by Tyler Hilsabeck, Open to Business - Business Advisor, at the Washington County Community Development Agency, 7645 Currell Blvd., Woodbury; work telephone is 612-789-8838, cell is 312-402-6954, and email is

More information is at
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 Scandia Is Awarded Broadband Development Grant From The State Of Minnesota


SCANDIA, Minn. (January 21, 2020) –Midcontinent Communications or Midco, in partnership with the City of Scandia, has been awarded a grant through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  The grant through the last mile project will upgrade approximately 64 unserved households and 155 underserved households in areas of Scandia in Washington County. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota and the City of Scandia, Midco will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 20 Mbps upload, meeting or exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. The broadband network will improve access to critical school e-learning applications, and health care resources; enable telecommuting options for residents; and make businesses and city institutions more efficient.

Total eligible cost is $1,020,717 and the local match is $510,359, of which the City of Scandia will be providing $160,085.  The remainder of the matching requirement will be provided by MIDCO.

This grant award is part of a larger ongoing effort on behalf of the City of Scandia to close internet coverage gaps in the community.  For further updates on progress to address community internet access needs, please see the Internet Expansion Page.
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Transition to New Website
Please contact the city offices by email ( or phone (651-433-2274) for assistance in locating information on the new website, give feedback or to report a problem in navigation.  We appreciate your assistance while we iron out details.
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