Left: Bright Spencer alerted me that the ‘Cows Colleges and Contentment’ sign on North Hwy 3 near Dairy Queen is missing. Is the sign being repaired? Was it stolen?
Right: the sign looks like this, although that’s the Hwy 19 sign on the west side of town, blogged by Carleton student Ken Geiger in a piece for Northfield.org titled Where are all the cows? back in early 2007.
According to the Carleton Wiki entry for ‘Cows Colleges and Contentment’:
Around 1914, Northfield decided upon the official town motto of “Cows, Colleges and Contentment.”
… sometime in the 1970s, the motto was changed to “Northfield: A Special Place.” A low key campaign by leading citizens in the 1980s restored the old motto.
Hmm. Anyone remember who those ‘leading citizens’ were?