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.
The City has received 25 years of Tree City USA Recognition and annually observes Arbor Day on the 4th Friday of April. Information on the City's Forestry Plan can be found on the Public Works webpage.
Owatonna........where progress and history entwine
Proud to be a Yellow Ribbon Community!
What's Happening in the City?
Public Hearing - Notice of Public Hearing:
Tuesday, June 7th - Modificaiton to Development District 3 and Establishment of TIF 3-10.
Tuesday, June 7th - Isuance of tax-exempt bonds to Ness Health Care.
Summer Reading Program Kickoff - Wednesday, June 8th - 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. (all ages)
Pick up your reading log this day (or any day after) and start recording your progress! Tattoos and ice cream available on Kick-off Day! Sing and dance with Mr. Billy!
Zoo Man at the Library - Thursday, June 9th - 10:00 a.m. (all ages)
Story Time (preschool) begins June 14 and continues Tuesdays at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Garden Time (all ages) begins June 15 and continues 9:00-10:00 a.m. Wednesdays
Adventure Club (ages 5 & up) 3:00 p.m. Wednesdays on June 22 & June 29
Bakken Science Museum: Shocking News about Your Heart Thursday, June 16, - 10:00 a.m.
(ages 5 & up) (STEM)
Mu Daiko Drummers Thursday, June 23, at 10:00 a.m. (all ages)
Once Upon a Reader: Author Derek Anderson will present his book Ten Pigs - Tuesday, June 28, at 10:00 a.m. (ages 0-6)
LEGO® Mania Wednesday, June 29, 10:00 a.m. - Noon (ages 3 & up) (STEM)
Book Fair - Tuesday, June 30, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Have you read 10 days this month?)
Thursday, June 2nd 5:30-6:30pm at Lake Chase Dog Park
Movies in the Park
River Springs Ducky Dash - Join us at River Springs Water Park for our 2nd Annual Dash
Sunday, June 26th at River Springs Park This race is being held for the benefit of the Owatonna Parks & RecreationYouth Scholarship Fund. How to buy a duck: Community Members and businesses can pre-purchase rubber ducks individually or in bulk through the Owatonna Park & Rec office. Each duck that is purchased will have a number on the bottom that correlates to the buyer.
Owatonna’s 6th Annual Weekend Out - July15th,16th&17th
Woofstock - Friday, August 26th at Lake Chase Dog Park
Steele County Safety Camp: June 9th & 10th
Listing of videos from various meetings, events and segments of the Owatonna Today Show and Stories of Steele with city staff members or city related topics.
Recent Mayor's Proclamations:
Picture from Council Meeting with the guests from India
Quick Facts - rate increase effective January 1, 2016.
Article by Susan Naughton, Atty with the League of Minnesota Cities - posted 2/20/13.
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!
Strategic Plan: Update 3-year Plan - FY2014-2016 approved by Council on March 17, 2015.
3-Year Plan: FY2014-2016 approved by Council on April 1, 2014.
DATA PRACTICE POLICY & REQUEST FORMS - Click for info and form
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