Scandia Heritage Alliance survey open until March 24

Members of the Scandia Heritage Alliance, a nonprofit group leading the effort to create an arts and heritage center in Scandia, are asking people to weigh in on what displays and events they would like to see at a new arts and heritage center.

The Water Tower Barn Arts and Heritage Center site will include space to “celebrate Scandia’s rich history with an outdoor amphitheater, a water garden play area for kids, and a wetland overlook and trails,” said Susan Rodsjo, the chairwoman of the board.

Anyone interested is asked to fill out an online survey before March 24. They will be asked for opinions on different aspects of the center — from exhibit ideas to amenities, Rodsjo said.

Answers will help the board prioritize exhibit ideas. Among the suggested ideas: how the city’s Water Tower Barn impacted life, immigrant stories over the decades, social clubs and gatherings, the progression of agriculture, a failed bank robbery in 1914, and Ingrid Bergman’s visit to Scandia during WWII.

The survey also will influence programming development, such as theater, music, art classes, dance lessons and more, Rodsjo said.

For more information or to request a printed copy of the survey, go to

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