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The sprawling 140-acre Cottage Grove property, once a summer getaway for Constance Shepard-Otis,consists of multiple stables, barns and farmstead. The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center recently acquired the functional farmstead with plans to use it as a site for environmental education opportunities. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Family farmstead in Cottage Grove transferred to Dodge Nature Center

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Preservation and the outdoors were two of Constance Shepard-Otis' passions.

A native of St. Paul, she spent her childhood summers at a farmstead in Cottage Grove learning about nature and enjoying life in what was originally sprawling countryside.


Protected by a conservation easement, the farmstead remained a sentiment of the past as Cottage Grove continued to grow.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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