Judy Spooner: Some local history you might not know
Did you know Cottage Grove was once in the running as a place to build Carleton College?
In 1866, the Minnesota Conference of Congregational Churches wanted to build a college in Minnesota and Cottage Grove was the first community to put in a bid. Soon after, Northfield, Lake City, Wabasha and Zumbrota were also in the running.
Northfield, with a larger population than the others, raised more subscription money and Carleton was built there.