The site which is now Cottage Grove was first settled by immigrants in 1844. By the mid-1850s Cottage Grove had grown to include a school, a store and a flour mill. In 1856, C. C. Andrews described Cottage Grove as a “large and handsome village” and noted that pine logs were floated down the Rum River to sawmills there. The city was formally incorporated in 1878. The name Cottage Grove was derived from two Indian words. The native Dakota used A-NO-KA-TAN-HAN, meaning “on both sides”, or “from both sides”, referring to its location on the banks of the Rum River. The native Ojibwa used ON-O-KAY, meaning “working waters”.

Cottage Grove is home to attractions such as the Cottage Grove Technical College.

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