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Old 07-21-2012, 01:48 AM
 
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I was just wondering what the general concensus on Cottage Grove is. I asked a few friends, and some said it can be shady in some areas, but others say that it is one of the safest suburbs in MN. How are the school systems, and the people? Any "stereotypes" about them? Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:15 AM
 
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I don't know that Cottage Grove is "shady". I am sure there are some neighborhoods that aren't very nice. It's a pretty area but the schools are marginal and it's kind of landlocked, meaning that there is one way in and out of town so if you are going to commute and there is an accident or bad snow storm, you have no other options but to sit in traffic and wait. It's one area I wouldn't recommend moving to. There are just much better options close by and all over the metro.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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I have friends who live in Cottage Grove, so I go there often. I'd say it's mostly working class, with small to mid-size homes built in the 50's, 60's and 70's. It's true that crime is very low (search Cottage Grove MN crime stats) but based on the appearance of the streets, I don't think there's a lot of money in the city's till ---or they're just not spending it on appearances. Still, if my finances took a downturn, I wouldn't mind living there. There's a lot of convenient shopping and the people are pleasant. However, as golfgal mentioned, Cottage Grove is pretty much landlocked.
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:46 PM
 
Location: East St. Paul 651 forever (or North St. Paul) .
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My parents almost bought a house there on 61 when I was back in junior high, if I remember correctly. I think it's relatively pleasant and I wouldn't mind raising a family there. Hastings is right by as well and Hastings is nice. I'm sure it will be a nicer area as well when they get the new bridge into Hastings.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:41 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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All the shopping areas are very very unorganized, cant stand it. used to be a drive-in theater but now its closed
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Southwest MPls
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I would agree with Golfgal.

Cottage Grove is a generic, middle-class place that is just kind of "there". It looks and feels like nowhere in particular. It has sprawling...unwalkability...houses...Menards...Wen dy's...McDonald's...roads...trees...and highway 61. There are many better options.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:17 AM
 
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I think Cottage Grove has improved over the years. It's got a great golf course, actually two. It does wierd community things to celebrate the different seasons like the Holiday Train in December and Strawberry Fest in June. The City feels safe to me and I love the bike trails and the fact that it feels like a small town.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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All the shopping areas are very very unorganized, cant stand it. used to be a drive-in theater but now its closed
I went by the drive in yesterday and it's open again. They're showing a double feature... Ice Age 4 and Spiderman. Thinking of taking the family this weekend.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:56 AM
 
Location: East St. Paul 651 forever (or North St. Paul) .
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I went by the drive in yesterday and it's open again. They're showing a double feature... Ice Age 4 and Spiderman. Thinking of taking the family this weekend.
That's news to me.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:11 PM
 
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I went by the drive in yesterday and it's open again. They're showing a double feature... Ice Age 4 and Spiderman. Thinking of taking the family this weekend.
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That's news to me.

Indeed it is...going to have to make the trip down there one of these days.

Cottage View Drive-In - Mann Theatres
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