Grand Portage Superintendent to Lead St. Croix National Scenic Riverway – Twin Cities

Craig Hansen, superintendent of the Grand Portage National Monument in Grand Portage, Minn., Has been chosen as the new superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Craig Hansen (Courtesy of the National Park Service)

Hansen, a 19-year National Park Service veteran, will begin his new job in February.

He “brings a wealth of institutional knowledge from his years of leadership experience and a proven track record of working with a variety of partners,” National Park Service regional director Bert Frost said in a statement. “These skills will make him an exceptional superintendent for the park. “

Hansen succeeds Julie Galonska, who has been superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway since 2017. Galonska left in November to be superintendent of Lowell National Historic Park in Lowell, Mass.

Prior to being appointed Superintendent at Grand Portage in 2017, Hansen served as Superintendent, Chief Interpreter, and Education Specialist at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton, North Dakota. Before joining the National Park Service in 2003, Hansen worked for the parks of North Dakota. and Recreation Department as coordinator of an environmental learning center and held various positions as a ranger within the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Hansen holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation, parks and recreation services from Minnesota State University, Mankato, as well as an associate’s degree in parks and recreation management from State University of Minot – Bottineau.

Hansen and his wife, Kasha, plan to move to the St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin area with their two school-aged children in the coming months, according to an NPS statement.

“They love to hang out with their two dogs and can’t wait to explore all that makes St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and its surroundings special,” the press release said.

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