Welcome to the City of Owatonna

Founded in 1854, Owatonna is now a city of just over 25,000 people (25,599 in the 2010 Census), and is the heart and the heartbeat of a greater community known as Southern Minnesota. Owatonna is known for its quality of life, and your City Government is committed to maintaining that high quality and improving it.

...where progress and history entwine

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Check out "Stormwater Mgmt" under "DEPARTMENTS" for ways to get involved in the community.  Programs available include:  Adopt a Rain Garden,  Adopt a Catch Basin, and the Rain Garden Cost Share Program.

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Election information posted on the City Council page.

MAP  - CITY'S WARDS & PRECINCTS - with polling sites identified for 2014 Elections

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What Has Been Happening in the City?

  (Click on this title to see videos of various meetings and events and segments of the Owatonna Today Show and Stories of Steele with city staff members or city related topics.)    

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The Ins and Outs of City Sales Tax 

Article by Susan Naughton, Atty with the League of Minnesota Cities - posted 2/20/13.

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Sign Up to Support Highway 14!

Completing the four-lane expansion of Highway 14 between Owatonna and Dodge Center is critical to the safety and economic success of our region.  Not only does this dangerous stretch of road have a fatality rate nearly double the statewide average, but traffic volumes are expected to more than double by 2030.  Owatonna’s population and economy are growing, but employees’ ability to get to work and businesses’ ability to move their products and provide their services are being hampered by this insufficient two-lane road. 

Four-lane expansion is needed to position Highway 14 for the future.  Right now, MnDOT is developing its 20-year state highway investment plan, which will establish the highway projects that will be funded in the next two decades.  We must ensure that Highway 14 is included in plan, or we risk the loss of additional lives and economic opportunity.   Please add your voice to the efforts to complete Highway 14!  Sign up here to learn about ways you can help get this project done!

http://ushighway14.com/sign-up-to-support-highway-14/

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Strategic Plan:  Three-Year Plan:  FY2014-2016 was approved by Council on April 1, 2014.

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Council Meeting Date/Time Changes during 2014: 

  • Feb 4, 2014 Meeting - Time changed to 5:00 p.m. (Party Caucauses)
  • August 5, 2014 Meeting - Dated changed to Monday, August 4, 2014 (Nite to Unite)
  • November 4, 2014 Meeting - Date changed to Monday, November 3, 2014 (2014 General Election) 

Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Notification System. This notification system enables the Rice and Steele Counties to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, and evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, cell, or business phone, email, text messages, hearing impaired receiving devices, and more. You pick where, you pick how.

(Click here to enroll)

Owatonna Partners for Economic Development

 

DATA PRACTICE POLICY & REQUEST FORMS - Click for info and form

 

SCAT BUS Info - Click to link to the Steele County website with bus information