Top dog at Westminster show traces genes to Scandia

  • Updated: February 22, 2014 - 1:58 PM

Sky, a wire fox terrier with Scandia roots, won the Best in Show award at the Westminster Kennel Club event in New York City on Feb. 11.

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The winner of the Best in Show trophy at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has ties to Scandia.

Sky, a 5-year-old female wire fox terrier, was born after award-winning breeder Betty Seaton of Scandia traveled to South Carolina to breed one of her top dogs with another dog. Since then, the dog has won top honors at dozens of national and international competitions.

Wire fox terriers, originally bred in England to hunt foxes and small vermin, are “outgoing, intelligent but independent,” according to the Westminster Kennel Club’s website.

“Their compact size, handsome appearance, and happy disposition combine to make them appealing as show dogs and companions,” the site said.

Sky’s win was the 14th time the breed has won the Best in Show prize, more than any other type of dog. The famed dog show, now in its 138th year, is one of the oldest sporting events in the United States.

Lake Elmo

Program to examine Hitler’s personality

“Who Was Adolf Hitler?”, a presentation by historian David Steele, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the public meeting room of the Lake Elmo Public Library, 3537 Lake Elmo Av. N., Lake Elmo.

Steele will discuss what made one of history’s most hated and feared persons tick. He will focus on Hitler’s work habits, personal health, sexuality and other factors that influenced his rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s and final decline near the end of World War II. Was Hitler Jewish? Was he always a megalomaniac? When and why did he become an anti-Semite? How did he become the absolute dictator of Germany?

Because of limited seating, preregistration is encouraged. Call the library at 651-773-4926 to sign up.

Steele grew up in Stillwater, is a Lake Elmo resident and is director of the Grants and Research Office at the University of St. Thomas.


Historical Society offers scholarship

The Washington County Historical Society is offering a scholarship for postsecondary education.

The scholarship is available to graduating seniors enrolled in a Washington County high school or a student in a college or university program currently residing in Washington County who is focusing on history, American studies, architecture or a history-related field of study.

Applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and must be a member of the Historical Society or have an immediate family member who is a member of the organization.

The goal of the scholarship program is to encourage historic preservation and interpretation and to encourage students to study history by providing financial assistance in the form of an educational scholarship.

All applications must be received by April 15. To receive an application, please contact your counselor’s office or the Washington County Historical Society at 651-439-5956, e-mail: or visit

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