In November 2006, the City of Kasson voted to demolish the historic 1918 Kasson Public School. Within weeks a small group of Kasson’s citizens began meeting to discuss adaptive reuses for the school (now commonly referred to as the Kasson Elementary School). This group of school supporters soon grew. The group decided to form the Kasson Alliance for Restoration (KARE). KARE was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c) corporation on January 29, 2007 dedicated to preserving Kasson’s historic resources. KARE’s membership now numbers over 400 with over 35 local supporting businesses.
KARE’s mission is to preserve Kasson’s history, historic buildings and historic structures to serve as landmarks to Kasson’s heritage while being a source of education in the importance of historic preservation.
Where is Kasson?
Kasson, Minnesota is located in Dodge County in the southeast portion of the state along Highway 14 approximately 14 miles west of Rochester and 20 miles east of Owatonna. The school is located within the city limits at 101 3rd Avenue Northwest.