Dig set at Otsego’s McDonald house

The city of Otsego’s Heritage Preservation Commission is planning an archaeological dig and architecture study of the historic McDonald House for Oct. 14–16.  

The McDonald House was initially constructed in the 1850s by the first northern European settler in Wright County, Mr. John McDonald.  The Heritage Preservation Commission is working with Dr. Richard Rothaus of Trefoil Cultural Resources to help make this event a success.

The public is invited to volunteer and participate in shifts each day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  

Volunteers will assist in the archeological digs of the site and in documenting construction methods used in building the McDonald House.  

Volunteers must be 15 years of age or older, with minors being accompanied by an adult.  To register, call 763-441-4414.

“This project is a unique opportunity for people in Otsego to get involved and help document an important part of our community’s history from a time when the area was first settled,” said Heritage Preservation Commissioner Gail Anderson.