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Heavily laden with deciduous trees and interspersed with lakes, rivers, ponds, and prairies, the area of Otsego was part of the region known as the Big Woods. Located at the junction of two major waterways, the Mississippi and Crow Rivers, this fertile land attracted its first settlers of European descent in 1852. After only a few short years the land was clear, businesses, schools, and homes were built, and an abundant future in agriculture had begun. The story of Otsego, as told through pictures, newspaper clippings, and the memories of local residents, shares how generations of war heroes, agricultural scientists, and entrepreneurs survived years of hardship to eventually form what is now the youngest city inMinnesota, having been incorporated in November 1990.
ISBN: 9780738550718
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Minnesota
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Chris Wilson is a member of the Otsego Heritage Preservation Commission and the Wright County Historical Society. After obtaining her art education degree from the University of Minnesota, she taught high school art in New South Wales, Australia. Later she returned to one of the Otsego homesteads, which has been converted into Chris Wilson Studios. Paulie Skaja-Bell has lived in a neighboring community since 1995. She has helped form multiple organizations and currently serves on the local school board along with the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations within the area. Professionally she provides marketing and career coaching for clients.
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