Briefs: St. Croix Riverway rangers travel to Costa Rica

  • Updated: August 30, 2014 - 2:00 PM

A five-member team from the National Park Service recently traveled to Costa Rica to exchange information about natural resources.

Jonathan Moore, community outreach and partnership coordinator at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, coordinated the team’s activities with Costa Rica officials. Also attending from the St. Croix Falls, Wis., park office was Jean Van Tatenhove, visual information specialist.

Last year, 13 parks in the Upper Midwest, in addition to the Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network, formed a sister park relationship with seven parks and protected areas in Costa Rica’s Osa Conservation Region.

The most current exchange, in July, involved discussions on issues of mutual interest, and trading technical information on monitoring natural resources and interpreting natural and cultural features in protected areas, the Park Service said.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway covers the Upper St. Croix River and, in Wisconsin, the Namekagon River.


Design ideas needed for veterans memorial

Design ideas are being sought from Scandia-area residents for a veterans memorial that would be built as an addition to the Barton Johnson Memorial Park. The 4.5-acre park is situated between Gammelgarden Museum and the original Elim Church cemetery on County Road 3 (Olinda Trail North).

“We’re interested in designs like the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.,” said Tom Triplett, planning committee co-chair. “We want the memorial to blend in with the beautiful natural surroundings.”

Bart Johnson was a local resident killed in the Vietnam War. “When our family donated the land to Elim Church for the park, we wanted it to be a happy gathering place for the living as well as a place to honor the dead,” said Wendy Wojtowicz, his sister. The new memorial will recognize all veterans, not just those coming from Scandia and Marine on St Croix.

Fundraising will be led by the Scandia Marine Lions Foundation. The campaign will kick off at Scandia’s Taco Daze community festival, Sept. 6.

A professional designer will ultimately be selected for the park, and all submissions will be forwarded to the designer. Suggestions should be sent by Sept. 30 to Scandia Marine Lions Foundation, P.O. Box 263, Scandia 55073 or to Questions can be directed to Triplett at 651-433-4749.

The Taco Daze Community Festival includes a farmers market, a dodgeball tournament, dancers and musical performers, and a parade at 4 p.m.

Details are available at


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