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Festival has deep roots

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The name of Cottage Grove's "Strawberry Fest" originated in fields of the delicious late spring fruit grown by the Swanlund family on Hadley Avenue across from Pine Hill Elementary School.

In 1940, a 24-quart crate of strawberries cost $1.50 to raise, pick and crate. Martin Swanlund could not get that price at the St. Paul Market, so he made wine.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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