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hank you for choosing the Owatonna Guide, an invaluable guide to the City of Owatonna and the surrounding area for visitors and residents alike. This edition of the Owatonna Guide, produced in cooperation with the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, is designed to help make your stay in Owatonna as comfortable, enjoyable and productive as possible. Whether you are enjoying our world-class attractions, fascinating historical sites, spectacular parks and walkways or the incredible shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment opportunities, we want your Owatonna experience to be an unforgettable one. This booklet is prepared by the Owatonna People’s Press and funded by area advertisers. We hope you will patronize them. For additional information about Owatonna, contact the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, 320 Hoffman Drive, (507) 451-7970; Web site: www. owatonna.org. For questions and comments on the editorial or advertising content within this Guide, contact the Owatonna People’s Press 135 W. Pearl Street (507) 451-2840 Web site: www. owatonna.com Owatonna Guide

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Table of Contents Advertising Index ............ 2-3 Jewel of the Prairie .............. 4 New to Town? ....................... 6 History ...................................10 Business and Industry ......18 Agriculture ...........................22 Health Care ..........................24 Senior Citizens ....................32 Faith........................................40 Education .............................44 Youth ......................................47 Camp Pillsbury ...................51 Map of Owatonna .............52

Downtown Map .................54 Parks and Trails ...................55 Meeting Places ...................68 Lodging .................................70 Teeing Off .............................71 Artists .....................................72 Free Fair .................................76 Library....................................82 Outdoors ..............................83 Goods and Services ..........86 Dining ....................................93 Calendar of Events ............98

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Advertising Index Accounting Stockwell Accounting ............................................................................... 35 Airport Owatonna Degner Regional Airport ...................................................... 91 Apartments LifeStyle, Inc. ............................................................................................. 37 Gateway Apartments ................................................................................ 49 Realife Cooperative................................................................................... 19 Assisted Living/Senior Living Ecumen Brooks & Countryside .............................................................. 33 Morehouse Place ....................................................................................... 35 Valleyview of Owatonna, LLC ................................................................. 85 Attorneys Einhaus, Mattison, Carver & Haberman, P.A. ....................................... 41 Kent D. Rossi Attorney at Law................................................................. 41 Patton, Hoversten & Berg, P.A. ................................................................ 41 Automotive/Trucks City Auto Glass.......................................................................................... 85 Keck’s Repair.............................................................................................. 15 McCabe Motors & Rental......................................................................... 59 Mark’s Repair ............................................................................................. 89 Bakery Perfect Day Cakes and Bakery................................................................. 49 Beauty/Nail Salon salon -e- clips ............................................................................................. 59 Bowling/Entertainment Spare Time Entertainment, LLC ............................................................. 13 Buildings Morton Buildings ...................................................................................... 87 Campgrounds Riverview Campground ........................................................................... 11 Chamber of Commerce Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism ............................ 91 Child Care/Preschool Providers Associated Preschool ................................................................................ 67 Good Shepherd Preschool ....................................................................... 66 Owatonna Montessori Children’s House................................................ 67 St. Isidore Preschool ................................................................................. 66 St. Mary’s Preschool .................................................................................. 67 Steele County Childcare ........................................................................... 66 Sunshine Tree Day Care ........................................................................... 67 Trinity Nursery School ............................................................................. 67 Wee Pals Child Care Center..................................................................... 67 Chiropractic Dow Chiropractic ..................................................................................... 19 Churches Associated Church .................................................................................... 63 Bethel Church............................................................................................ 61 Christian Family Church ......................................................................... 60 Page 2

Churches (continued) Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church .................................................... 61 Countryside Christian Church ............................................................... 62 First Baptist Church.................................................................................. 62 Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ................................................................. 62 Owatonna United Methodist Church ..................................................... 63 Sacred Heart Catholic Church................................................................. 62 Simple Church ........................................................................................... 60 Seventh Day Adventist Church ............................................................... 63 St. John Lutheran Church ........................................................................ 63 St. Joseph Catholic Church ...................................................................... 61 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church ...................................................................... 61 Trinity Lutheran Church .......................................................................... 60 Clubs & Organizations 20 Rifle & Pistol Club ............................................................................... 31 Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota ................................... 31 Grandparents for Education .................................................................... 31 Little Theatre of Owatonna ...................................................................... 30 Owatonna Arts Center ............................................................................. 31 Owatonna Business Women .................................................................... 31 Steele County 4-H ..................................................................................... 30 Steele County Food Shelf ......................................................................... 30 V.F.W. Post #3723 ...................................................................................... 35 Young Life .................................................................................................. 30 Coffee House Central Park Coffee................................................................................... 47 Construction AJ Lysne Contracting Corporation ......................................................... 25 Dental Main Street Dental Clinics ....................................................................... 11 Education Independent School District 761 ............................................................ 27 Riverland Community College................................................Back Cover Electrical/Utilities Cole’s Electric ............................................................................................ 50 Owatonna Public Utilities ........................................................................ 21 R & K Electric ............................................................................................ 37 Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric ........................................................ 89 Employment Agency Express Employment Professionals ........................................................ 25 Manpower .................................................................................................. 73 Specialty Personnel ................................................................................... 70 Events Steele County Free Fair.............................................................................75 Farm & Yard Equipment Ag Power Enterprises ............................................................................... 7 Northland Farm System ..........................................................................73

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Advertising Index Financial/Mortgage 1st State Bank of Red Wing...................................................................... 75 HomeTown Credit Union ........................................................................ 47 Profinium ................................................................................................... 57 Wells Federal Bank.................................................................................... 5 Flooring & Decorating Owatonna Floor Covering & Mirror ...................................................... 85 Foundation Owatonna Foundation ............................................................................. 27 Fuel/Propane Central Valley Co-op ................................................................................ 5 Government City of Owatonna ........................................................... Inside Back Cover Grocery Cash Wise Foods ....................................................................................... 39 Health Care/Fitness Mayo Clinic Health System...................................................................... 15 Owatonna Hospital ................................................................................... 97 Heating & Cooling Deml Heating & Air Conditioning ......................................................... 65 Owatonna Heating & Cooling ................................................................. 81 Industries Bosch Automotive Service Solutions ...................................................... 95 Cybex.......................................................................................................... 9 Dagry Tooling, Inc. ................................................................................... 95 Jostens ........................................................................................................ 95 Modern Metal Products ........................................................................... 95 Pearson ....................................................................................................... 23 Wenger Corporation................................................................................. 95 Insurance/Investments American Family Insurance..................................................................... 79 Farm Bureau Financial Services .............................................................. 79 Farmer’s Insurance Group........................................................................ 79 Federated Insurance...............................................78, Inside Front Cover Heinz Insurance Agency .......................................................................... 78 State Farm Insurance/Plemel Agency ..................................................... 78 TPS Insurance Agency ............................................................................. 79 License Randall’s License Bureau .......................................................................... 9 Lodging AmericInn Owatonna .............................................................................. 43 Holiday Inn & Suites.......................................................Inside Back Cover Microtel Inn & Suites................................................................................ 35 Northrop Oftedahl House ........................................................................ 89 Super 8........................................................................................................ 27 Media Owatonna People’s Press ..........................................................................77 Southern Minn Digital .............................................................................83 Southern Minn Scene ...............................................................................70 Owatonna Guide

Monument Owatonna Granite & Monument ............................................................ 81 Museum Steele County Historical Society ............................................................ 93 Printing J-C Press ..................................................................................................... 33 Real Estate/Townhome ERA Gillespie Real Estate......................................................................... 17 Prudential Advantage Realty ................................................................... 55 Restaurants/Pizza Costas Candies & Restaurant .................................................................. 65 El Tequila ................................................................................................... 91 Hubbell House........................................................................................... 87 Kernel Restaurant ..................................................................................... 23 Nick’s Pizza Palace .................................................................................... 9 Pizza Hut .................................................................................................... 77 The Kitchen................................................................................................ 47 Retail/Miscellaneous Country Goods ......................................................................................... 29 Cumberland’s Northwest Trappers Supply, Inc ..................................... 33 Owatonna Garage Sale Outlet ................................................................. 75 Sette Sports Center ................................................................................... 19 St. Clair’s for Men...................................................................................... 45 Secure Delivery Crosstown Cartage.................................................................................... 50 Towing Sweet Towing & Repair ............................................................................ 77 Transportation Access On Time......................................................................................... 33 Tonna Taxi Service .................................................................................... 81 Waste Management Stewart Sanitation & Recycling ............................................................... 70 Water Park River Springs Water Park ......................................................................... 93

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Jewel of the Prairie

For hundreds of years before the arrival of the first white settlers, Native Americans camped on the banks of a river they called “Ouitunya,” which means “straight.” Today, the major river that runs through Steele County, Minn., is still called the Straight River, and the name of the county’s principal city, “Owatonna,” bears the echo of the name of the river that flows through it. Legend has it that “Princess Owatonna,” the daughter of Chief Wabena, became ill during a winter of many sorrows. Her father had heard of the curing magic waters known as “Minnewaucan” and advised his daughter to drink of those waters. The young princess followed her father’s advice and drank from the rich mineral water bubbling from the springs and was restored back to health. Page 4

According to legend, the healing waters are those of the Straight River in Mineral Springs. Since 1933, a statue of Princess Owatonna has stood in Mineral Springs Park to mark the legend. While the historical accuracy of the legend may be doubtful, the story speaks of how the beautiful tree-filled city of Owatonna, built on the shore of the Straight River, has attracted people to the area for years and of why it continues to draw people to the community. But don’t take just our word for it. In November 2013, the Home Listing Report, an annual, national report by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, named Owatonna as the city with the most affordable housing in the state of Minnesota.

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The study ranked cities of a population between 8,500 and 50,000 on a variety of factors, including continued from 4 strong local economies, good schools, restaurants, A short time later that month, the report “The affordable housing and a low crime rate. Best Places for Job Seekers in Minnesota” — a Editors of Money said of the city: “This selfpart of a national report by NerdWallet, a San proclaimed ‘Jewel of the Prairie’ — surrounded Francisco-based dot com that offers “financial by tall meadows, wildflowers and farmland — is literacy” services to consumers — named full of people who love the great outdoors. Owatonna one of the top cities in the “Hiking, snowmobiling, and crossstate for job seekers. Ranking No. 9 POPULATION country skiing are popular in the city’s in the state, Owatonna was the only Owatonna: 25,421 community in the top 10 that was not Steele County: 36,322 24 parks, as is fishing and canoeing at Lake Kohlmier.” in a metropolitan area, prompting the Source: 2012 U.S. Located at the crossroads of Census analyst who authored the report to Interstate 35, U.S. Highway 14 and say that it was a sign that Owatonna U.S. Highway 218, Owatonna sits at the center of is “an up-and-coming city competing with the southern Minnesota. metropolitan areas.” The Twin Cities lie just a 60-minute drive to Those weren’t the first time that Owatonna the north, with Rochester just 45 miles to the east received national recognition. and Mankato 45 miles to the west. Its location In July 2009, Money Magazine, a national has made Owatonna a hub of the Interstate 35 financial magazine, named Owatonna as one corridor and a community that has attracted of the top 100 small towns in the United States business and industry, as well as people who to live in — and the only small town in Greater enjoy the outdoors. Minnesota that made the list.

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New to Town?

Moving to a new community always offers new opportunities. Here are some helpful things to know if you are new to Owatonna. City government

The mayor and city council members are the elected leaders of the city government. They are elected to four-year terms with four members elected in November of even-numbered years. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 540 West Hills Circle. The city council makes all policy decisions in matters such as legislation, zoning, budgets and improvement projects. The council hires the city attorney and city administrator, and confirms appointments to the city’s boards, commissions and department head positions.

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County: Steele Region: Southeast School District: 761 Distance from Minneapolis / St. Paul: 60 miles US Congressional District: 1 Minnesota Senate District: 24 Minnesota House Districts: 24A, 24B Area Code: 507 Zip Code: 55060 Page 6

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Property taxes

• City Tax Rate: 59.018 percent • County Tax Rate: 59.246 percent • School Tax Rate: 17.954 percent • School MV Tax Rate: 0.21988 • State Commercial/ Industrial Tax Rate: 52.160 percent • Total Tax Rate: 136.218 percent • Total Taxable Market Value: $1,556,821,400 (includes commercial, residential, other) Post Office The Owatonna Post Office is located at 209 E.

Broadway St. The phone number is (507) 451-3507.

Utilities

• Electric and gas service is provided to the Owatonna community by the Owatonna Public Utilities (451-2480) along with Alliant Energy [(507) 3732371] or Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (451-7340). Where you live determines who provides your service. • Natural gas service is provided by Owatonna Public Utilities (4512480). • Water service is provided by Owatonna Public Utilities (451-2480) from wells pumped from the Jordan Aquifers.

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• Telephone Service is provided by Qwest, Jaguar Communications, and Charter. For new residential service through Qwest, call (800) 244-1111. For new business service through Qwest, call (800) 603-6000. For service through Jaguar Communications, call 2141000. For service from Charter, call (888) GET-CHARTER.

Library is closed Sundays from May to September. The phone number is 444-2460.

Licenses

• Auto: Auto and driver’s licenses can be renewed at the Drivers and Vehicle License office at 1825 S. Elm Ave. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Phone number is 451-2040. • Road test: Driver’s license tests are given at the National Guard Media Owatonna People’s Press — The Armory, 2323 W. Bridge St. For information or appointments, call People’s Press is delivered daily the Faribault driver’s license office Tuesday through Saturday, while at (507) 332-7985 to speak with an the shopper is delivered Saturday examiner. to non-subscrib• Marriage: ers of the Press. Numbers to know Marriage licenses The People’s Press’ can be obtained at Website, www. • City Government: Mayor, the Steele County owatonna.com, is City Council, and City AdminRecorder’s Ofistrator, 540 West Hills Circle, the number one fice at the County 444-4300 Website serving Administration • Police (non-emergency): Owatonna and 444-3800 Building, 630 Steele County. • Owatonna Public UtiliFlorence Ave., Southern Minn ties: 451-2480 Owatonna. 444Digital offers a • Parks and Recreation: 7450. 444-4321 complete range of digital services. 135 W. Pearl St., 451-2840 KRFO AM 1390, Kat Kountry 105 Radio: 451-2250 KORN Country 92.1: 444-9224 KOWZ 100.9 FM, 92.1 KRUE, 1170 KOWZ AM Radio: 444-9224 Charter Communications: (800) 581-0081

Transportation

SMART (Southern Minnesota Area Rural Transit): 1-855-7627821 offers public transportation for all citizens of Steele County. All buses are fully accessible with wheelchair lifts and seat up to 18 passengers. Dial-a-Ride services is available from 6am to 6pm MonLibrary day through Friday, 9 am to 3pm Owatonna Public Library is Saturday, and 7:30am to 1pm on located at 105 N. Elm Ave., at the Sunday and costs $2 in Owatonna corner of Broadway and Elm. and $2.50 for county-wide trips. Hours are Monday through Thurs- Our 15 stop city of Owatonna bus day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and route operates from 6am to 9pm Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Monday through Friday and costs Page 8

$1.50 per ride. Tickets/tokens/passes may be purchased at the Steele County Auditor’s Office; Cash Wise, Hy-Vee, and Fareway grocery stores; Senior Place; and at the SMART Transit Office in the north lot of Cedar Valley Services (by appointment). Call dispatch at 1-855-762-7821 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule your ride or hop on the route bus at any of our 15 set stops: ALDI :00, Owatonna Hospital :04, Skyline Gardens :09, St Paul Place :12, Cedar Valley Services :16, Owatonna Public Library :22, Owatonna Community Ed :25, Cedardale Place :30, Hy-Vee :34, Fareway :39, Heather Court Apartments :45, Steele County Public Health :49, Senior Place :51, Cash Wise :54, Wal-Mart :58. • Jefferson Bus Lines: 451-4000 • Owatonna Bus Company: 4515262 • SMART: 855-762-7821 • Tonna Taxi: 451-4215 • Taxi First Choice: 339-1651 • White Dove Limousine 3391651 • Degner Regional Airport: 4442448

Development

The City of Owatonna has had an Economic Development Authority since 1992, and the EDA oversees a wide range of development initiatives from the sale of industrial property, financial packaging and marketing, revolving loan fund and Tax Increment Financing.

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In the years since, the EDA — along with the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the Owatonna Business Incubator, Owatonna Public Utilities and Steele County — has created an economic development partnership that seeks to meet the development needs of retail business and industries. For more information contact the City of Owatonna Community Development Director at (507) 774-7317; Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (507) 451-7970 or Owatonna Business Incubator (507) 451-0517.

Public Safety

Police: 444-3800 Fire: 444-2454 Still have questions? Call Owatonna City Hall at 444-4300 or Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism at 451-7970. Check out the Web site at www.ci.owatonna.mn.us for information on Owatonna’s parks, government, businesses, senior center, upcoming events and more.

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A Glimpse into History

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ince its founding in 1854, Owatonna has grown into a modern city of about 26,000 residents. Four attractions in particular — the Steele County History Center, the Village of Yesteryear, the Louis H. Sullivan National Farmers’ Bank and the Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum — are must-see stops for visitors and residents who wish to get a glimpse into the past of Owatonna.

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Village of Yesteryear and Steele County History Center The Village of Yesteryear, operated by the Steele County Historical Society, is a setting of 18 structures where visitors can experience what life was like in Owatonna and Steele County at the turn of the 20th Century. There are two log cabins, railroad station and a caboose from Steele County dating back to the 1850’s, general store/post office, fire station, farm machinery building, blacksmith shop, country school, Dunnell mansion built in 1868, and the St. Wenceslaus of Moravia Church built in 1891. The buildings are furnished according to the time they were built and are connected by a boardwalk. Some of Owatonna’s gems at the village are listed next.

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The Dunnell House

This Italianate-style home was built by Mark Hill Dunnell in 1868 and 1869 and was originally located at 357 E. Main Street in Owatonna. The house was sold to Pillsbury Military Academy in 1940 and was used as a cadet’s dorm, infirmary, piano classroom and residence. When the house was scheduled to be demolished for a parking lot, a group of citizens saved it, which led to its preservation and restoration by the Steele County Historical Society. The house was moved to its present location in January 1969 in two sections.

The Blacksmith Shop

Given in 1991 by the Styndl family, the Blacksmith Shop operated by Frank Styndl, was located east of Bixby and built in 1896. Bench vice, drill press, forge, by Frank, are exhibited, as well as examples of plow shares and horseshoes. There is often a working exhibit here during special events.

The Town Hall

The Town Hall first served as the Owatonna Town Hall in the late 1850s, according to the last two residents and an early assessor. It was originally located in downtown Owatonna. The building houses artifacts that relate to the county civic development, townships, government and business.

The Saco Church

The Church of St. Wenceslaus of Moravia was the first building moved to the Village site in 1962. The church was built seven miles southwest of Owatonna in 1891 to serve the Czech community of Moravia, later, after the arrival of the railroad, called Saco. After the church closed in 1952, it was given to the Society and moved with all its furnishings, altar and the 14 Stations of the Cross. The church is available to rent for small weddings. Personalized tours of the 15 buildings are available at 1:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, May 1 through Sept. 30. Visitors should allow an hour and a half for the tour. Call the office at 451-1420 for current tour pricing. Special rates and times are available for groups by appointment. The Steele County Historical Society offices are located in the History Center at 1700 Austin Road. The accessible center features exhibits and offers historically related programs throughout the year. The History Center is open: • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information please email, laura.resler@ steelehistorymuseum.org or visit our website at www. steelehistorymuseum.org. You can also follow the historical society on Facebook

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Louis H. Sullivan National Farmers’ Bank

The year was 1906. The National Farmers’ Bank — the largest bank in the city — had outgrown its offices on the first floor of a 40-year-old building in downtown Owatonna. Carl Bennett, then vice president of the bank, commissioned famed architect Louis H. Sullivan to design a “true and lasting work of art” to be the home of the bank. Sullivan, called the “father of modernism” and considered by many to be the creator of the modern skyscraper, had designed many buildings in downtown Chicago and was credited as being the inspiration to, if not the father of, the Chicago group of architects who have come to be known as the Prairie School. Construction on the new bank began in April 1907 and was completed in 1908 for $125,000. The new facility was opened for business on July 14, 1908. The building — located on the northeast corner of Broadway Street and Cedar Avenue in downtown Owatonna, across from the historic Central Park — is an architectural symphony inside and out.

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continued from 13 The red brick structure with green terra cotta bands features two large arches displaying stained glass windows designed by Louis J. Millet. Inside are several murals by Oskar Gross and a “poem of colors,” featuring more than 200 shades, primarily blues and greens, intricate terra cotta and gold-leaf detailing. Additional details include four immense cast iron electroliers, each weighing 2.25 tons, and an ornate sculptured clock. On Jan. 7, 1976, the building was recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its architectural significance. The United States Postal Service commemorated the building in 1981, putting the image of the bank on a postage stamp. Visitors are welcome to view the detailed work of the bank during regular banking hours. Just inside the west entrance to the bank on Cedar Avenue, visitors can pick up a printed self-guided tour memo that offers additional notes on the history and architecture, as well as the current functions of the bank. Page 14

self-sufficient. The main building was built in 1886 for $50,000 and housed the superintendent’s office, staff offices, a reception room, the library, Minnesota State a chapel, dining halls, industrial Public School departments and living quarters for Orphanage Museum small boys. The cemetery, where 198 In 1885, the Minnesota Legischildren are buried, is located in the lature created the Minnesota State southwest corner of the campus and Public School for Dependent and named crosses now mark 151 buriNeglected Children. Owatonna was als where children previously were chosen as the site for this new state only identified by their numbers. A orphanage, which operated from memorial boardwalk lines the old 1886 to 1945. During this time pecinder path near the cemetery. riod, 10,635 children passed through The orphanage closed in 1945. the institution. Today, the campus is For the next 25 years, the school known as the West Hills Complex. provided academic and vocational The grounds were originally training for the educable menhoused on 160 acres and grew to 329 tally disabled. The Owatonna State acres by 1937, with 42 acres desigSchool, as it was known, closed in nated as the campus and 287 acres 1970. For four years, the buildings for farm cultivation. At the height and grounds were unused. In 1974, of its existence, the school housed the City of Owatonna purchased the 500 children in 16 cottages. Other property to house its City Adminbuildings included a nursery, hosistrative Offices and other related pital, school, gymnasium, laundry city facilities. and superintendent and employee residences. The school had its own power plant, greenhouse, ice house, root cellar, cemetery and complete HISTORY farm operation—making it virtually continued on 15 The lobby is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

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continued from 14 Beginning in 1992, Harvey and Maxine Ronglien initiated efforts to restore the State Public School, educate others of its history, and remember the children who were placed there. Harvey was a Ward of the State at the State Public School for 11 years. The Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum is located on the first floor of the City Administration Building. The museum — which takes visitors though the 60-year orphanage era, the 25-year history of the State School, and the city’s purchase of the property in 1974 — contains photos, artifacts and stories of the children who lived this history. One feature is a 10-minute silent film shot in the 1930s with modern narration by Harvey. Visitors may also take the Outside Audio Tour, a seasonal, six station tour of the grounds, and tour Cottage 11—a restored boys’ cottage—which was built in 1923 and housed 30 to 35 boys ages 6 to 14. Cottage 11 restoration was complete in 2009 and gives visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the children who lived within its walls.

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Dermatology 507-446-7360 Audiology / Ear, Nose & Throat 507-444-5062 Dermatology 507-446-7360 Audiology / Ear, Nose & Throat 507-444-5062 Family Medicine 507-444-5060 Dermatology 507-446-7360 Family Medicine 507-444-5060 Dermatology 507-446-7360 Internal Medicine 507-444-5055 Family Medicine 507-444-5060 Internal Medicine 507-444-5055 Family Medicine 507-444-5060 Obstetrics / Gynecology 507-444-5057 Internal Medicine 507-444-5055 Obstetrics / Gynecology 507-444-5057 Internal Medicine 507-444-5055 Ophthalmology 507-444-5058 Obstetrics / Gynecology 507-444-5057 Ophthalmology 507-444-5058 Obstetrics//Orthopedics Gynecology 507-444-5057 Pediatrics 507-444-5069 Ophthalmology 507-444-5058 Pediatrics / Orthopedics 507-444-5069 Ophthalmology 507-444-5058 Same Day Care 507-444-5059 Pediatrics / Orthopedics 507-444-5069 Same Day Care 507-444-5059 Pediatrics / Orthopedics 507-444-5069 Surgery 507-444-5054 Same Day Care 507-444-5059 Surgery 507-444-5054 Same Day Care 507-444-5059 Urology 507-444-5062 Surgery 507-444-5054 Urology 507-444-5062 Surgery 507-444-5054 Urology 507-444-5062 Urology 507-444-5062 Main line: 507-451-1120 Main line: 507-451-1120 Main line (toll free): 800-628-2538 Main line: 507-451-1120 Main 800-628-2538 Main line line:(toll free): 507-451-1120 Main line (toll free): 800-628-2538 Main line (toll free): 800-628-2538 Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna Mayo26th Clinic Health in Owatonna 2200 Street NW,System Owatonna, MN 55060 Mayo26th Clinic Health in Owatonna 2200 Street NW, System Owatonna, MN 55060 Mayo26th Clinic Health in Owatonna 2200 Street NW,System Owatonna, MN 55060 2200 26th Street NW, Owatonna, MN 55060

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continued from 15 In December 2011, the former orphanage campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District. This site has earned the highest level of national and international significance.

Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House

Frank Gehry was no stranger to Minnesota before the project with the Wintons began. At Victor Gruen and Associates, Gehry was placed on the design team for the Southdale Mall in Edina. Gehry met members of the Dayton family of Dayton’s department stores, and through them he met Walker Art Center director Martin Friedman and his wife, Mildred (Mickey), the Walker’s design curator. At the time he was designing the guest house, Gehry cited an artist and a fellow architect as providing inspiration for the initial design Giorgio Morandi and Philip Johnson. The Italian artist Morandi’s still-life studies of bottles, boxes, cups, and vases link strongly to Gehry’s oneroom building concept, and particularly to the unique design of the Winton Guest House. As Gehry told author Barbara Isenberg during an interview for her 2009 book, “Conversations with Frank Gehry:” “When I discovered the pictures of Giorgio Morandi, I just went nuts because Morandi was drawing bottles which were essentially one-room buildings and creating villages of bottles. I liked that” Gehry also recalls Philip Johnson saying that all the best buildings in history were one-room buildings like Chartres Cathedral. The attention given to the diverse architectural elements in the guest house suggests an artistic sensibility in architecture that is intriguing from every angle. The Wintons envisioned a space that their grandchildren would love to visit. This gave Gehry the freedom to design the house with playfulness and joy in mind. With a robust

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budget and utmost confidence from his clients, Gehry first included a log cabin second story in the first model in honor of Mike Winton’s generational family lumber business. He then brought in forms of different shapes and materials, all rotating around a central tower, ultimately refining them into a sculptural object that from the terrace of the Johnson house reads as sculpture with no visible windows or doors. Gehry addressed the challenge of building adjacent to a Philip Johnson masterpiece with great respect. The view of the guest house from the Johnson patio included no windows, emphasizing the building’s sculptural presence. This visual connection between the houses was not always part of the plan, however. As Gehry said, “I didn’t want to mess around with Uncle Philip’s baby. I’m sure he was horrified when he heard I was doing it. So I decided to go on the other side of the hedge where we could create a separate zone.” Gehry had landscape architect Peter Walker keep the hedge between the buildings ensuring that the guest house would look “inevitable” and that the clients would find “a little jewel on the other side of the hedge.” But the existing 15-feet-tall by 4-feet-wide hedge prevented the dialogue that the Wintons sought, so they decided to take it down. Mike initially wanted to remove only a portion of the hedge, but when the backhoe arrived on site in 1986, Penny told them to remove it all and retreated to the Johnson house. She came out after the hedge was gone and immediately recognized the powerful energy at work, calling up Gehry and saying, “The houses are singing to each other.” In 2011 the house made its way from Orono, Minn., to Owatonna. Interested in touring the house? Contact the University of St. Thomas – Gainey Center in Owatonna by calling 507-446-4460.

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Weather: Hot, Cold and Everything Between Minnesota is famous for its colorful and varied seasons, and Owatonna is no exception. July is the warmest month, though the average temperatures for the month — a high of 82 degrees and a low of 62 degrees — make it ideal for enjoying the outdoors. August is the wettest month, averaging 4.74 inches of rain. The record high temperature for Owatonna is 102 degrees, set most recently on July 14, 1995, and six times prior. The record low for the summer months is 33 degrees, set June 1, 1964 — technically, still spring. But June’s record low temperature for the summer months pales by comparison to the record low for the entire year. On Jan. 9, 1977, the temperature dropped to 35 degrees below zero — the lowest in Owatonna since records have been kept. The average temperatures for January are higher than that though. The average high for the month is 22.5 degrees and the average low is 4.7 degrees. Snowfall each year averages 42.2 inches. Record snowfall in Owatonna was set May 2, 2013, with 15.5 inches. Time Zone: Central U.S. Time

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continued from 18 Largest of the manufacturing firms in Owatonna is Viracon, which employs about 1,200 people. Among the other large manufacturing firms in Owatonna are Amesbury Truth, Bosch, Wenger, Owatonna Construction Company, Cybex, Lakeside Foods, Daikin, Pearson, Crown Cork and Seal Company, MMP, Al-Corn Clean Fuel, Gandy Company, Chicago Tube and Iron, Century Leather Products, Metal Services of Owatonna, Brase Metal Worx Inc. Among non-manufacturing firms, the largest is Federated Insurance, which employs more than 1,300 people. Other major non-manufacturing firms in the city include Jostens, Cabela’s, Wal-Mart, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna, Owatonna Hospital, Holiday Inn and Suites, Cash Wise, Hy-Vee Food Store, Target, Mills Fleet Farm, Walser, NAPA Distribution Center, Gopher Sport, Owatonna Motor Company, Cedar Valley Services, Olympic Fire Protection, Wells Fargo Bank, J-C Press, Kohl’s and Lowe’s Home Improvement. The success of these businesses in the community is due in large part to the conscientiousness of the local work force, which results in the production of quality products.

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Major Employers in Owatonna Employer, Product/Services, Employees • Federated Insurance, insurance carrier, 1,375 • Viracon, glass, 1,200 • Owatonna Public School District #761, elementary and secondary schooling, 688 • Amesbury Truth, window and door hardware, 735 • Bosch Automotive Solutions, electronics, special diagnostic equipment, vehicle service tools, 540 • Jostens, class rings/recognition, 416 • Wenger Corp., musical performance equipment, 370 • Steele County, executive, legislative and other general government support, 335 • Allina Owatonna Hospital, general medical and surgical hospital, 323 • Cybex, exercise equipment, 300 • Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna, offices of physicians, 250 • Cabela’s, sporting goods, 219 • Hy-Vee Foods, 207 • Cash Wise Foods, 200 • Wal-Mart Supercenter, 190 • Koda Living Community, 180 • Daikin, manufacture heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment, 241 • Pearson, design, printing & distribution of specialized data forms, 180 • Lakeside Foods, fruit and vegetable preserving, special food manufacturing, 110 • Crown Cork & Seal Co., drawn and ironed two piece food cans and sanitary ends, 100 • Lowe’s Home Improvement, 100 Source: City of Owatonna / Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism/Various employers

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Agriculture It would be difficult, if not impossible, to over-emphasize the importance that farming and the agriculture industry has played in the development of Owatonna and Steele County. Indeed, in 1853 — a year before the city of Owatonna was founded and two years before Steele County itself was established — the first land claims were filed and the first sod was turned over to ready it for planting in the spring. It is, therefore, hardly an exaggeration to say that agriculture is the oldest and longlasting industry here. Most of the settlers in those early days were farmers, living in the rural areas of Steele County. In 1856, while just a little more than 300 lived in the city of Owatonna, rural Steele County boasted more than 2,500 residents with most of them living and working on farms. According to an early history of Owatonna, agricultural developments kept pace with those in town. At first, farming was on a subsistence level, but within a few years, poultry, hogs and cattle were being raised in increasing numbers. Early on, businessmen in Owatonna began to develop businesses in response to agricultural needs. In 1865, for example, Thomas Howe and Michael Lowth began to manufacture grain drills and seeders. Eventually, the company would be known as the Owatonna Manufacturing Company and, as it is known today, Mustang Manufacturing. The story is not unique. In fact, many of the industries that still exist in Owatonna today originally were established and grew to meet the needs of farmers in and around Steele County — industries like the Owatonna Canning Company (now Lakeside Foods) and the Gandy Corporation. Page 22

The now famous Louis H. Sullivandesigned bank in downtown Owatonna, now Wells Fargo Bank, originally was built to house the National Farmers Bank. Even C.I. Buxton, who helped take what is now Federated Insurance Companies from a fledgling company to the insurance giant that it is today, got his start in an agriculturally based business as a partner in the Buxton & McClintock Implement Company. And in those early days, the Federated was known as the Retail Implement Dealers Mutual Fire Insurance Company. The number of farms and those in the agricultural industry has declined here since those early days, just as it has in the vast majority of the country. According to figures from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, there are 992 on-farm jobs in Steele County, while the number of non-farm jobs in the county stands at 25,131 jobs. Still, agriculture plays an important and even vital role in the local economy. According to the state ag department, in 2008 (the last year for which figures are available) Steele County’s agricultural marketing was worth just over $250 million. There are 816 farms in Steele County. Crops make up 62 percent of the agricultural industry in the county and livestock the remaining 38 percent, according to the MDA. The top crops are corn for grain (113,639 acres), soybeans (96,627 acres) and vegetables harvested for sale (14,394 acres), according to the MDA. Hogs make up the largest livestock sector in the county (48 percent), followed by poultry (23 percent), dairy (21 percent) and cattle (8 percent).

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630 Florence Avenue 444-7475 455-9688 (fax) Soil and Water Conservation District 235 Cedardale Drive SE 451-6730 444-9357 (fax) University of Minnesota – Minnesota Extension Service Steele County Annex 635 Florence Avenue 444-7685 444-7682 (fax)

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Owatonna Hospital The Owatonna Hospital’s new facility opened its doors in 2009, bringing a new patient care experience to Steele County. Owatonna Hospital has served the local community since 1901, when it was founded to serve a city of 5,000. Today, the hospital has grown to meet the needs of more than 26,000 Owatonna residents as well as the Steele County area. The current facility features 43 beds and employs more than 300. Owatonna Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient orthopedic, Page 24

general, urology, plastic, ENT and ophthalmologic surgical services; inpatient mental health; birthing center; emergency medicine; and rehabilitation services through Courage Kenny® Rehabilitation Institute. The Joint Commission accredits Owatonna Hospital. The two-story hospital, connected to Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna is located at 2250 NW 26th St.

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In 1948, two medical pioneers — Dr. Albert J. Olson and Dr. Franklin C. Anderson — started the

Owatonna Clinic on the principle that the physician serves the community both in the preservation and the restoration of good health. For the past 60-plus years, the clinic has grown from its original office on Main Street to its current location on the 26th Street. In 1997, the clinic joined Mayo Clinic Health System. In 2011, the Owatonna Clinic changed its name to Mayo Clinic Health System. The name change is part of a broader effort to bring even more of Mayo Clinic to patients locally.

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continued from 24 “Mayo Clinic Health System has evolved over time, and today our sites work together more closely with each other and Mayo Clinic than ever before,” said Rob Nesse, CEO at Mayo Clinic Health System. “We operate as one system and work together to provide our patients with the care they need, where they need it – whether that’s in their hometown, a neighboring community or in Rochester. Our new name reflects that.” Mayo Clinic Health System has become a comprehensive medical clinic offering outpatient and specialty services. The staff includes a variety of specialty fields, including family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, obstetrician/gynecology, dermatology and many others. The clinic also offers comprehensive laboratory, diagnostic, pain management and infusion therapy services. Mayo Clinic Health System also offers a full-service optical shop.

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Care Facilities

Traditions I & II Traditions of Owatonna provides senior living with private apartments, community rooms, outdoor grounds, and specialized neighborhoods for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Owatonna Care Center Owatonna Care Center, a nursing and rehabilitation center, offers a community resource for rehabilitation and health care services.

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continued from 26 Brookdale Senior Living Brookdale Senior Living offers two houses, Clare Bridge and Sterling House, which offer specialized Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care, and personalized assisted living, respectively. The Brooks on St. Paul The Brooks on St. Paul offers one- and two-bedroom apartments, providing privacy and amenities to make life more convenient. Countryside Catered Senior Living Countryside Catered Living has the option of one- or two-bedroom

apartments, and offers a range of technologies to enhance the lives of residents. Realife Cooperative Realife Cooperative provides independent living and amenities ranging from social rooms and van service to secured entrances and guest room service. Valleyview of Owatonna, LLC Valleyview of Owatonna LLC offers spacious studio and large one-bedroom suite assisted living apartments, as well as memory care, respite care, hospice care, rehab care and on-site physician appointments.

Valleyview also has large enclosed courtyards, an indoor pool, a malt shop and many other distinct amenities and services. Small pets are welcome. Koda Living Community Koda Living Community, an 80bed skilled-nursing facility, opened in February 2013. It’s located off of Interstate 35 in Owatonna and offers long- and short-term care. The new facility features neighborhood-style living with home-like private and semi-private rooms, a rehabilitation center, beauty salon and spiritual care chapel. It is also connected to

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make it more homelike for residents and those visiting. It will also include an activity space, a store and a wellness room.

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Homestead Hospice House Homestead Hospice House provides 24-hour care for those facing terminal illness. It is located at 2350 26th Street N.W. and can be reached at 507-446-0936.

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earned the Humanitarian Organization of the Year award during the American Music Guild’s annual Heritage awards held in November 2013. The organization worn the Educational Organization of the Year award in 2012 and was nominated a second time in 2013. Grandparents for Education started its first year in the Owatonna school district during in 2009-2010 with 26 volunteers. The year closed logging more than 1,400 hours and having 50 volunteers. It has been growing ever since. The 2010-2011 school year the organization logged well over 3,000 volunteer hours in the Owatonna Schools. This year St. Mary’s Elementary school was added to the organization.

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The Senior Dining Program serves a hot, nutritious noon meal and a chance to gather with friends for fun and fellowship. Reservations at Senior Dining sites: SEMCAC Senior Dining is available at SeniorPlace, Monday through Friday. For more information, call 455-3195 between 9 a.m. and noon. The meal is served promptly at 11:30 a.m. Dining is also available in Blooming Prairie Monday through Friday at the Community Building. Call 583-7369 for more information. Dining is also available in Ellendale on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Community Building. Please call 6843311 for more information.

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continued from 36 Anyone 60 and older and their spouse regardless of age, is welcome to dine at SEMCAC. Anyone under age 60 is also welcome for the full cost of the meal. Diners may donate for the meal. Donation guidelines are posted at sites. No one is denied a meal because he or she is unable to contribute. Food Stamps and EBT cards are welcome.

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Nurse — In Weekly blood pressure service held throughout the county. Call for locations and times. Pharmacist — In Appointments can be made to review of all prescribed and over-the-counter medications. Medical Escorts The Medical Escort Service provides a companion for medical appointments, assisting the senior in understanding physician’s orders and helping to facilitate communication between the senior and the medical staff. Chore Service Spring and Fall clean-ups are coordinated to help seniors and caregivers with yard work and light housekeeping duties.

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ASSEMBLIES OF GOD • Northridge Church, 1650 7th Avenue N.E., 451-5467 • Vibrant Life Assembly of God, 702 S. 3rd St., Ellendale BAPTIST • Bethel, 1611 Hemlock, 4518548 • First Baptist Church, 104 NE 1st Ave., Blooming Prairie, 5837575 • First Baptist Church, 123 E. Main, 451-2803 • Grace Baptist Church of Owatonna, 265 26 Street N.E., 4513494 CATHOLIC • Church Of Christ The King, 205 N.W. Second Ave., Medford, 451-6353 • Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Litomysl: 9946 24th Ave. SE , Owatonna, 451-2299 • Sacred Heart Church, 810 S. Cedar Ave., 451-1588 • St. Columbanus Catholic Church, 114 E. Main St., Blooming Prairie, 583-2784 • St. Aidan Catholic Church, Corner of Highway 30 and 3rd Street, Ellendale • St. Joseph Church, 512 S. Elm Ave., 451-4845 • St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rural Geneva, 465-8217 COMMUNITY

continued from 40 • Christian Family Church, 2300 Heritage Place NW, 455-3205 • DayBreak Community Church, 2515 Harvest Lane, 451-3771 • Iglesia Linaje Escogido, 115 E. Vine St. • NewLife Community, Owatonna High School, Door No. 16 School St. EPISCOPAL • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 202 Cedar Avenue South, 451-5319 EVANGELICAL • Christ Community Covenant Church, 540 18th Street SE, 4511032 • Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, 1500 18th Street S.E., 4465850 LUTHERAN • Aurora Lutheran Church (ELCA), 6329 SE 38th St., 451-2819 • Community Lutheran Church (ELCA), 106 SE 3rd St., Geneva, 256-4288 • Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS), 750 Jeffrey St. S.W., 455-2729 • First Lutheran Church, 434 First St. S.W., Blooming Prairie, 583-6621 • First Lutheran Church, 602 S. 5th St., Ellendale, 684-2451 • First Lutheran Church (ELCA), Hope, 465-8298 • Good Shepherd Lutheran

Church (LCMS), 2500 7th Avenue NE, 451-4125 • Moland Lutheran Church (ELCA), 7618 N.E. 84th Ave., Kenyon, 789-6666 • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (ELCA), 1909 St. Paul Road, 4514853 • Peace Lutheran Church (Mo. Synod), Second at Oak, Claremont, 528-2345 • Pontoppidan Lutheran (ELCA), Lemond, 465-8298 • Redeemer Lutheran Church (Mo. Synod), 1054 Truman, 4512720 • St. John Lutheran Church (ELCA), 1301 Lincoln Ave., 4517293 • St. John Lutheran Church (LCMS), 4532 S.E. 84th Ave., Claremont, 528-2643 • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Meriden (ELCA), 2781 S.W. 92nd Ave, Waseca • Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA), 5881 SE 118th St., Blooming Prairie, 451-0940 • Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA), 609 S. Lincoln Avenue 451-4520 • Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS), 108 S.W. Third St. Medford, 451-1237 • Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA), 7126 S.W. 98th St., Ellendale, 465-8400

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continued from 42 MENNONITE • Mennonite, 13638 750th St., Blooming Prairie, 583-2081 MORMON • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 902 SW 17th St. in Faribault, 334-0232 PENTECOSTAL • First United Pentecostal Church, 230 Locust Ave., 4460472 PRESBYTERIAN • Associated Church, 800 Havana Road, 451-1546 • First Presbyterian Church, Claremont, 528-2320 SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST • Seventh Day Adventist, 2373 N.E. Seventh Ave., 507451-5761

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST • Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 211 S. Main, Medford, 451-4596 UNITED METHODIST • Owatonna United Methodist Church, 815 E. University St., 507-451-4734 • Blooming Grove United Methodist Church, 43089 180th St., 507-835-8726 • United Methodist Church, County Road 14 Ellendale, 6842731 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (of Northfield), corner of West Second and Linden in Northfield, 403-3418

NON-DENOMINATIONAL • Countryside Church, 1380 Rice Lake Street, 507-451-5547 • Destiny Christian Church, 422 North Street, Next to Ford dealership, 507-451-8111 • Elevation North, Corner of North Cedar and West Fremont in Owatonna • New Beginnings Church, 332 NE 14th St., 507-213-9194 • Owatonna Church of Christ, 500 Dunnell Drive, 507-455-0046 • Simple Church, Meeting in Country Goods, 4515 NW 22nd St., 507-451-5661 • Victory Christian Church, 1380 Rice Lake Street, 451-8111 MUSLIM • Owatonna Somali American Society Center, St. Paul Road and 12th Street NE, 451-2072

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Excelling in Education

The founders and settlers of Owatonna brought with them certain cultural traditions that were as real and perhaps as important as the houses and stores they constructed. One of their first priorities was education. From the first public school classes conducted in a crude pole and branch-covered structure in the summer of 1855 to the wide variety of public and private educational facilities and resources available today, Owatonna has a long history of offering the finest education to all ages. And the effort is working. Page 44

Owatonna Senior High School provides students a multitude of course offerings from Advance Placement courses in the core areas to technology, foreign languages and agriculture. OHS consistently has students receiving commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students at OHS have opportunities to excel in athletics, music, and the arts. Students have several clubs to participate in such as BPA, FFA, DECA, Mock Trial, and Math Team. Students attending Owatonna Public Schools have access to state of the art technology and learn-

ing environments participating in STEM, Options, and Montessori. Our schools are led by a professional staff that focuses on student learning and helping each student reach their highest potential. The Owatonna community takes prides in their schools, the achievements of our students and the many opportunities our students have that help them be prepared for a successful career and to become a positive and contributing member in our society.

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continued from 44 COLLEGES Riverland Community College – Owatonna Campus Owatonna College and University Center 964 Alexander Drive 455-5880 OWATONNA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Independent School District 761 General Information 444-8600 Superintendent’s Office 444-8601 Owatonna High School 333 School Street East 444-8800 Owatonna Junior High School 500 15th Street NE 444-8700 Owatonna Area Learning Center 130 E. Vine Street 444-8000 Rose Street Center 115 E. Rose St. 444-7800

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continued from 45 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Lincoln School 747 Havana Road 444-8100 McKinley School 423 14th Street NE 444-8200 Washington School 338 Main Street East 444-8300 Wilson School

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325 Meadow Lane 444-8400 Willow Creek School 1050 22nd Street NE 444-8500 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Eagle Academy 2300 Heritage Place NW (507) 455-3205 Owatonna Christian School 265 26 Street NE

451-3495 St. lsidore School 9970 SE 24 Avenue 451-5876 St. Mary’s Elementary School 730 S. Cedar Ave. 446-2300 COMMUNITY EDUCATION Owatonna Community Education 122 East McKinley Street 444-7900

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Opportunities for Youth Many activities for children and youth are offered in the Owatonna community. Owatonna Community Education and the Owatonna Park and Recreation Department both publish and distribute to the community booklets describing their activities on a seasonal basis. Community Education activities and programs are available from the website at www. owatonnacommunityed.org. The telephone number is 444-7900. The Park and Recreation Department is available through the department’s website. Go to www. ci.owatonna.mn.us and click on Park and Recreation. The telephone number is 444-4321.

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continued from 47 Opportunities for youth include: Spring: Soccer, tennis and swimming lessons Summer: Baseball, softball, T-ball, squirt ball, learn to skate, junior golf, sports camps, tennis and tadpoles camps, multi-sport camps, swimming lessons, pickleball and track Fall: Football and volleyball, tennis, mini-Husky football, learn to skate and swimming lessons Winter: Basketball, tennis, learn to skate and swimming lessons Park and Recreation also offers therapeutic recreation programs for both youth and adult.

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continued from 48 Red Cross swimming lessons are offered throughout the year by the Owatonna Park and Recreation Department and the Owatonna Community Education. Both organizations offer online registration. There are also many other programs available for youth throughout the year through the various organizations dedicated to individual sports or activities such as the gymnastics, figure skating, soccer, hockey, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H. The Owatonna Arts Center also offers a variety of arts programs to youth in Owatonna. For information on Arts Center classes call the center at 451-0533. The Owatonna Figure Skating Club offers lessons for beginning

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continued from 49 skaters and advance skaters. The Owatonna Public Library offers a variety of activities for children and youth throughout the year including story hours and family fun nights. The Park and Recreation Department and Community Education schedule five teen nights throughout the year. Each teen night is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Junior High School and includes gym events, games, swimming pool, music and dancing to a DJ service and food. The River Bend Nature Center in Faribault also offers several nature programs in Owatonna each year. These activities are paid for by the Owatonna Knights of Columbus and sponsored by Owatonna Park and Recreation. They are usually offered at Kaplan’s Woods or Mineral Springs Park in Owatonna.

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Located on a former college campus, Camp Pillsbury will offer activities, opportunities and adventures that culminate in end-of-session showcases, presentations and visiting days. Programs and classes that will be offered at Camp Pillsbury put an emphasis on activities toward which today’s kids gravitate, including circus, music, theater, dance, visual/ fine arts, technology/digital arts and multimedia, magic, team sports, individual sports, water sports, extreme sports, horseback riding, orchestra, band, vocal ensembles, cheer, gymnastics, mountain biking, chess, creative writing, role-playing games, archery, fitness, weights, yoga, Zumba and more. The elective program allows

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campers to select all of their favorite activities and to also try new ones within the established daily schedule. Every program and activity is open to all age groups and all skills levels. The day is comprised of six 1-hour periods — three majors and three minors. Majors are taken at the same time each day with the same staff and campers and are activities that each camper has chosen to learn more about, get better at and be in the end-ofsession showcase or exhibition. Campers choose three minors each day that they can try once or repeat as often as they like. This allows campers opportunities to try new activities to which they have never before been exposed. The staff will be a combination

of experienced professionals and college students who have been hand-selected for their particular expertise. All staff will maintain a safe and nurturing environment while at the same time providing the best available training, coaching, directing, teaching and support to each child. The camp is set on the campus of Pillsbury College Prep and Camp, which will be a year-round camp/ boarding school for students from 7th to 12th. The school will be designed for campers who love Camp Pillsbury and other camps so much that they want camp year round. For more information about Camp Pillsbury, call toll free 1-844800-CAMP (2267), email Info@ CampPillsbury.com or visit the camp’s website at CampPillsbury.com. Page 51


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Parks and Trails

A place to picnic and play games, to walk and run, to listen to concerts or watch a ball game, to ski or skate, or just to enjoy the beauty of nature — they all can be found in Owatonna’s parks and trails. The City of Owatonna has long been admired for its many beautiful parks. The city’s Park and Recreation Department currently maintains more than 700 acres of park land in 24 different city parks. The parks range from several neighborhood parks, which are less than a half-acre, to the Kaplan’s Woods Parkway, which is 225 acres. Perhaps the best known park is the 48-acre Mineral Springs Park, which has been maintained by the city since 1877. Originally known as the site of the healing mineral springs, the site now includes two picnic shelters, play equipment, horseshoe courts, sand volleyball and picnic sites. It also is the home of the statue of Princess Owatonna. The oldest of Owatonna parks is the downtown Central Park, which was designated as a public square in the original plat of the city. Today, the park features benches, picnic tables, a large fountain in the center of the park and the community stage, which was built as a 2004 Sesquicentennial project. The stage was designed to recreate the original bandstand, which stood in the park.

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Rudolph Nature Reserve. Kaplan’s Woods includes trails continued from 55 for hiking, jogging, skiing, biking Along the Straight River, and rollerblading, picnic shelter and Morehouse Park has long been picnic sites. The park includes the 35the site of outdoor ice-skating in acre Lake Kohlmier, which includes Owatonna. During winter months a swimming beach, bath house, the park boasts five lighted outdoor fishing piers, canoes and paddle boats hockey rinks and the river is also available for rental and a boat launch maintained for skating. Other ramp and dock. amenities include the Warsinski The 57-acre Leo Rudolph Nature Chalet, picnic shelter, play equipment, Reserve includes hiking and picnic picnic sites, horseshoe courts, softball site. It is being developed to include field, canoe access, sand volleyball numerous varieties of prairie grasses and a skate park for in-line skating and wildflowers. and skate boards. In 2006 the City of Owatonna Dartt’s Park includes two acquired a parcel of land of which tennis courts, a baseball field with will be part of a larger regional spectator seating and a softball park in the future as funding for field among its amenities. Four development becomes available. The additional softball fields with 8 acre park includes a small spring spectator seating are located at the fed lake. Currently development has Fairgrounds Park. been limited but with development Two of the largest parks are funding implementation of the park Kaplan’s Woods Parkway and the Leo Page 56

master plan will be done. Initial development includes a park entrance for vehicles, unimproved parking lot, picnic tables, wood chipped trails, shore access for fishing and portable restrooms. This lake is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for fishing. Access point for Lake Chase Park I 1915 State Ave. N.W. Park amenities include picnic tables, portable restrooms, wood chipped trails, shore access for fishing and vehicle parking.

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Owatonna’s multiple-use trail system has been created to provide a variety of recreational opportunities for city residents and visitors. The city council has adopted a plan to bring more trails to Owatonna as funding becomes available.

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continued from 56 The Buxton Trail begins at North Street traveling adjacent to Maple Creek and winding its way through Dartts Park, Brooktree Golf Course and Mineral Springs Park, before reaching its conclusion on the city’s eastern edge. The Buxton Trail, dedicated in 1998 recognizes the four contributions and success of three generations of Buxtons, men who devoted their lives and careers to building Federated Insurance Companies into a substantial national business organization. In doing so, they had a significant impact on the community where they were born, reared and spent their lives. The Buxton Trail serves as a reminder of that positive impact.

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Cashman Crossing

The Cashman Crossing of the Straight River was completed in 1997, providing easy access from the popular Kaplan’s Woods Parkway to Walter H. Gainey Park and Prairie Park. Thanks to the generous gift of $235,000 from the estate of Mrs. Walter H. Gainey, formerly Patricia Cashman, this 200-foot-long by 12-footwide bridge connects Kaplan’s Woods Parkway with Lemond Road. The donation also funded construction of a handicapped-accessible playground, rest room and shelter, with seating for 80, in Gainey Park. Mrs. Gainey was born and reared in Owatonna, and it was her wish to enhance the community while honoring her husband and parents. Her gifts are dedicated to the memory of her husband, Walter H. Gainey, and to her parents, Michael Richard and Mary Quinn Cashman, in recognition of their leadership and contributions to the early growth of Owatonna.

Kaplan’s Woods Parkway

Kaplan’s Woods Parkway offers a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities including cycling, in-line skating, swimming, fishing, crosscountry skiing and nature walks. This 225-acre park was dedicated in 1987. Formerly Kaplan’s Woods State Park, the area was acquired by the city in 1963. As a result of the generosity of the Owatonna Foundation as well as contributions from the U.S. Department of Interior Land and Water Conservation Fund and the State of Minnesota, this natural area is preserved.

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Muckle Trail

The Muckle Trail was named in 1998 in honor of Stan Muckle, a successful Owatonna business owner who generously bequeathed $600,000 to the Owatonna Foundation for acquisition and development of parks. The Muckle Trail runs along the Straight River in the heart of Owatonna, connecting Morehouse Park to the Buxton Trail. In 1992, the Bridge Street underpass and horseshoe shaped turn was a gift from Mr. Muckle in memory of his wife, Doretta. His generosity made possible the safe passage of trail-users via a handicapped-accessible walkway from the sidewalk at Bridge Street to the underpass area. It also provided for a beautiful display of annuals and perennials. In 1996, the City of Owatonna developed another .79 miles of trail from Walnut Avenue to North Street, completing the Muckle Trail.

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Area Churches Visit the church of your choice TRINITY Lutheran Church 609 Lincoln Ave S, Owatonna 451-4520

Worship With Us! “A Community Growing Disciples for Christ” Saturday 5:00 PM ● Sunday 8:15 AM, 9:45 AM 11:15 AM Contemporary Services Watch us on Cable Channel 8 Mon 10 AM ● Wed 6:30 PM ● Sun 11 AM www.tlcowatonna.org

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9AM SUNDAYS SUNDAYS 9AM9AM SUNDAYS 9AM SUNDAYS 7PM WEDNESDAYS WEDNESDAYS 7PM7PM WEDNESDAYS 7PM WEDNESDAYS 507.455.3205 | www.cfcmn.org facebook.com/cfcmn 507.455.3205 | www.cfcmn.org facebook.com/cfcmn 2300 Heritage Place NW, Owatonna twitter.com/cfc_mn 507.455.3205 | www.cfcmn.org facebook.com/cfcmn 507.455.3205 | www.cfcmn.org facebook.com/cfcmn 2300 Heritage Place NW, Owatonna twitter.com/cfc_mn 507.455.3205 | www.cfcmn.org 2300 Heritage Place NW, Owatonna Place NW, Owatonna facebook.com/cfcmn 2300 Heritage twitter.com/cfc_mn twitter.com/cfc_mn 2300 Heritage Place NW, Owatonna twitter.com/cfc_mn http://christianfamilychurchmn.blogspot.com

Youtube.com/christianfamilymn Google+Community = “Healthy Happy Marriages”

Simple Church 9:30 Sunday Mornings Bible studies and Youth Activities during the week. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

Meeting in the Country Goods building across the freeway from Cabelas

507-451-5661

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Celebrate Your Faith 9:00 AM SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE CHILDREN’S CHURCH *Nursery Available 10:10 AM FELLOWSHIP TIME

St. Joseph Catholic Parish Church 512 S. Elm Ave. • Owatonna • 451-4845

Rev. Edward McGrath & Deacon Patrick Fagan Call to verify Mass times Mass Times: Saturday 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. Daily Masses - 8:00 a.m. (please call to verify) Reconciliation - 3:00-3:30 p.m. Saturday & also after 11:00 a.m. Mass the 4th Sunday of each month

Christ the King Parish Church 205 2nd Ave • Medford

Mass Times: Sat. 5:30pm & Sun. 10:00am (call to verify Mass times)

Corpus Christi Parish Church Deerfield, MN • 507-451-6353

BRIAN WRIGHT, Pastor RYAN FOLKEN, Associate Pastor

507-446-5850 1500 18TH STREET SE OWATONNA, MN

10:30 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES *Nursery Available

To view other church activities, visit our website at www.cornerstoneowatonna.com

Mass Time: Sun. 8:30am (call to verify Mass time)

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Bethel Church “For the love of Christ compels us...” 2 Corinthians 5:14 Worship Services at 9AM and 10:45AM 1611 Hemlock Ave Owatonna (507) 451-8548

“God loves you! And God’s love is so great, God loves your enemies too.” -Desmond Tutu Saint Paul’s is located at 220 S. Cedar (corner of Cedar and Mill) Owatonna’s Episcopal church since 1860 Sunday Worship 10 a.m.

www.BethelOwatonna.com

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Area Churches COUNTRYSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Church of Christ)

Come as a guest... Leave as a friend. OWATONNA, MN 55060 CHURCH OFFICE 451-5547 JIM AVERY - MINISTER - 456-3040 CELL EMAIL: jimavery51@gmail.com WEBSITE: www.countrysidechurchowatonna.com Meeting at 1380 E. Rice Lake Street Sunday 9am Worship Family Movie Nite 5:30pm Last Sunday of the Month

First Baptist Church 123 E. Main | Owatonna | 507-451-2803 Next to the Courthouse in Downtown Owatonna

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 810 S. Cedar Ave., Owatonna 451-1588 Weekend Masses: Saturday 5:00 pm Sunday 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 10:30 am 1:00 pm Spanish Liturgy Adoration: Thursday 8 am - Midnight

Confessions: Saturday 4 pm

Rev. John M. Sauer, Pastor Rev. Michael Cronin, Parochial Vicar Call for daily Mass and Holy Day Schedule

www.sacredheartowatonna.org

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Building a caring community in Christ 1909 St. Paul Road, P.O. Box 423, Owatonna 507-451-4853 • oursaviorsowatonna.org John Weisenburger, Senior Pastor Karl Korbel, Pastor Lauren Baske Davis, Pastor Sunday Worship Schedule (School Year): 8:15 a.m. - Traditional Worship 9:30 a.m. - Educational Hour 10:45 a.m. - Contemporary Worship *Wednesday evening services and activities–see web page

Whether you’re lonely or lost, hungry or hurt, full of questions or looking for a home, there’s a place for you at First Baptist Church.

Sunday Schedule 9:30 a.m. Fellowship Time | 10:30 a.m. Worship Rev. Cindy Halvorson “Loving God; Loving People” www.firstbaptistowatonna.com

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Sunday Summer Schedule (May 25, 2014-Labor Day) 9:15 a.m. - Blend of Traditional & Contemporary Worship 10:30 a.m. - Adult Education/Bible Study

Holy Communion served at all worship services Handicap Accessible - Air Conditioned

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Worship at the Church of Your Choice

800 Havana Road ▪ Owatonna, MN 55060 Phone: 507-451-1546 ▪ Fax: 507-451-3578 www.AssociatedChurch.org

Sunday Morning Schedule: (During School Year)

9:00 AM - Worship 10:00 AM - Fellowship 10:15 AM - Church School & Adult Conversations

Wednesday Night Activities: For schedule, visit our website, www.AssociatedChurch.org

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

St. John Lutheran Church Dave Klawiter Pastor

We are called to…. Gather in Christ’s Name Grow in God’s Love Serve All People www.Owatonna.UMC.org 815 E. University Street Owatonna, Mn. 507-451-4734

OWATONNA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday Services 9:00am & 10:45am / Sunday School & Fellowship 10:00am Wednesday Service – September through May 6:30pm/ 5:30 Supper Nursery Available During Services / Youth group Wed. evening 7pm Bible Studies, Book Studies, Children’s Camps and Special Events open to the Public

Sunday Worship 8:00 AM Traditional Service 9:15 AM Adult Forum & Sunday School 10:30 AM Blended Service (9:30 During the Summer)

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Saturday Worship Ad Deadline: Contemporary 5:00 PM During the Summer

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1301 Lincoln Avenue South, Owatonna Phone: 507-451-7293

Services on Saturday at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM For more information Phone 507-384-9075 Pastor Bill Nixon

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Straight River Trail

The Straight River Trail has two access points – one at 26th Street N.W. and one at North Street. This trail is approximately 2 miles in length.

Morehouse Dam preservation

In November 2006 the ribbon cutting of the Morehouse Dam restoration marked the ending of a great effort both to preserve the history of the dam and to accommodate the environment. The dam features a 65-

foot bypass channel to allow for fish migration and sediment dispersal, a pedestrian overlook and a 3-foot seawall to minimize dangerous currents below the dam. The features were added to meet requirements from the state’s Department of Natural Resources to address safety concerns and the dam’s environmental impact. The dam’s bridge also allow for the connection of the trail systems, allowing walkers to go through the park instead of walking around.

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River Springs Water Park

The latest addition to the Owatonna Parks and Recreation system is the River Springs Water Park. Funded by private donations, the aquatic center was then given to the city to operate. More than just a swimming pool, the River Springs Water Park features a tube slide, body slide, Lazy River, activity pool with water basketball, zerodepth entry pool with play features, climbing wall, Lily Pad Walk and sand volleyball court. Open swim admission rates: June 7 – Aug. 10, 2014 Daily rate (48 inches or taller): $6.50 Daily rate (under 48 inches tall): $4.50 Twilight rate (5 p.m. to closing): $4 Children under 2 years old may enter free with a paid adult Aug. 11 – Aug. 24 Daily rate for everyone: $4 Children under 2 years old free with paid adult

Information on season passes and admission specials available at River Springs website at http://ci.owatonna. mn.us/parksrecreation/water-park/ Rules of the Road To make sure the trail system is a safe and fun place for all users, please follow the rules of the road: • Stay as near to the right side of the trail as you can while traveling safely • Travel in a consistent and predictable manner. • Cyclists and in-line skaters should pass on the left when going by others moving in the same direction. Please look ahead and back to make sure the lane is clear before you pull out to pass. • Cyclists and in-line skaters should give a warning signal by voice, bell or horn before passing. • Yield when entering/ crossing trails or roadways. • When traveling in a group, please use only half the trail, so you won’t block the traffic flow. • Pets must be on a leash. You are responsible for cleaning up after your pets. Dispensers with “pooperscoopers” are available on each trail. • This is a recreational trail only. Cyclists and in-line skaters must not race or use excessive speed.

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Childcare Providers & Pre-Schools Steele County Child Care Association If you are looking for licensed child care and would like a free referral; or if you are a licensed provider looking for training or support, please call Diane 451-2775 for more information.

www.steelecountychildcareassociation.com

Building Building Their Their Tomorrows Tomorrows TODAY! TODAY! High quality center programming with a family feel! Preschool, Kindergarten Enrichment, Food Program, & Friendly Staff.

MORE Classes & NEW Times

Visit tlcowatonna.org for new class times & schedules

T R IN ITY N U RSE RY S CH O OL love and learning go hand in hand

2014 OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION: Preschool for 3,AM 4, and 5 yearPM olds. Jan. 27:classes 8:30-10:30 & 6-7:30 Early Care and Transportation options available. Jan. 29: 8:30-10:30 AM Call 451-8247 for ongoing registration or a tour. Call 451-8247 for ongoing registration

6:30-5:30 M-F Enrolling infants through school age

560 Dunnell Dr « Owatonna « www.weepalschildcarecenter.org « 507-451-8355

Tammy Perryman Director Phone: (507) 451-0795 Fax: (507) 451-5467 Email: tammy@churchnorthridge.com Web: www.churchnorthridge.com Address: 1650 7th Ave. NE, Owatonna, MN

Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Ages 6 weeks - 12 years

OWATONNA MONTESSORI CHILDREN’S HOUSE

St. Mary’s School has openings Preschool, Kindergarten & Grades 1-8

“An approach to education that embraces individualized instruction for children 2-1/2 to 6 years of age.”

Programs Offered • 3-Day and 5-Day Sessions • All-Day and Half-Day Sessions • Sibling Discount Growing in Mind, Body & Spirit Serving Owatonna for over 35 years! 1820 Hartle Ave, Owatonna www.omch.org Call 451-2885 for a tour or email connie@omch.org

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A.E. Reding Envioronmental Center 1546 SW 58th St., Owatonna

1

1,200

100

90

75

American Legion Post 77 137 W. Broadway, Owatonn

2

4,000

175

180

50

AmericInn of Owatonna 245 florence Ave., Owatonna

4

2,968

120

90

90

Arts Center 435 Garden View Lane, Owatonna

1

2,800

200

120

30

Brooktree Golf Course 1369 Cherry St., Owatonna

1

1,200

94

94

94

Budget Host Inn 745 State Ave., Owatonna

1

900

50

50

50

Cabela's World's Foremost Outfitters 3900 Cabela Dr., Owatonna

2

1,000

150

110

75

Cedar Ballrom 303 North Cedar Ave.

x

2,475

125

125

80

Christian Family Church & World Outreach Center 2300 Heritage Place

7

35,000

120

300

Comfort Inn 2345 NW 43rd St., Owatonna

1

1,000

80

Daybreak Community Church 2515 Harvest Lane

7

12,000

350

Degner Airport 3400 W. Frontage Rd., Owatonna

1

Eagle's Club 141 E. Rose St., Owatonna

(507) 451-6080 Fax: (507) 451+8854

(507) 455-1142 Fax: (507) 444-0545 (507) 451-0533 (507) 444-2467 Fax: (507) 444-4299

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60

60

400

120

375

12

12

4

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350

350

(507) 451-3846 Fax: (507) 451-6075

Elks Club 126 E. Vine St., Owatonna

2

2,000

225

225

225

(507) 451-1395 Fax: (507) 451-1399

Express Employment Professionals 812 South Elm, Owatonna

1

448

20

20

25

(507) 455-3002 Fax: (507) 455-0271

Four Seasons Meeting Room 1525 Cedar Ave. South, Owatonna

4

50,000

1,500

1,100

2,000

(507) 451-1093 Fax: (507) 451-5078

Gainey Conference Center 2480 County Road 45 South, Owatonna

9

5,872

100

70

70

(507) 446-4460 Fax: (507) 451-2705

Holiday Inn & Suites 2365 NW 43rd St., Owatonna

6

7,500

400

350

80

(507) 446-8900 Fax: (507) 446-8999

Hy-Vee Club Room 1670 South Cedar Ave.

1

1,200

36

72

36

(507) 451-0138 www.hy-vee.com

Knights of Columbus 820 South Elm, Owatonna

1

1,800

240

240

240

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(507) 451-1426

(507) 455-3205 www.cfcmn.org Also has 200 capacity - Sanctuary

(507) 444-0818 Fax: (507) 444-0038

(507) 451-3771

www.daybreakcommunitychurch.org

(507) 444-2448 owa@hickorytech.net

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Contact Information (507) 451-5751 or (507) 451-7946

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Little Theatre of Owatonna 560 Dunnell Drive, Owatonna

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Monterey Ballroom 4712 South County Road 45

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Northrop-Oftedahl House B&B 358 East Main St., Owatonna

1

400

20

20

20

Owatonna Business Incubator 1065 SW 24th Ave, Owatonna

1

300

25

25

25

Owatonna Country Club 1991 Lemond Rd. Owatonna

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450

350

300

Owatonna Fire Hall 107 West Main St.

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1,092

80

50

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Owatonna Public Library 105 North Elm, Owatonna

1

1,000

49

25

Owatonna Training & Community Center (National Guard Armory) 2323 W, Bridge St., Owatonna

1

5,500

500

400

Pizza Ranch 142 W. Broadway St., Owatonna

2

672

70

100

70

SeniorPlace, Inc. 500 Dunnell Dr., Owatonna

3

3,000

160

160

Sportsman's Grille 4255 W. Frontage Road, Oawtonna

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300

24

Steele County Community Center 1380 S. Elm St., Owatonna

1

2,072

Steele County Free Fair Facilities 1525 South Cedar Ave.

N/A

21,000

Steele County History Center 1700 Austin Road

4

2,373

60

128

258

Super 8 Motel 1150 W. Frontage Road

1

425

16

16

16

The Kitchen Restaurant 329 Cedar Ave. North

1

500

120

Timberlodge Steak House 4455 W. Frontage Road, Owatonna

1

700

50

Torey's Restaurant and Bar 685 W. Bridge St., Suite 5, Owatonna

1

900

85

Valleyview Assisted Living 1212 W. Frontage Road

4

4,463

VFW Clubroom 135 Oakdale, Owatonna

1

2,880

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(507) 451-0517 Fax: (507) 455-2788 OBI@owatonnaincubator.com

(507) 451-6120 Fax: (507) 451-7004

(507) 444-2454 www.fire.ci.owatonna.mn.us

(507) 444-2460 ext. 7010 Fax: (507) 444-2465 www.owatonna.info

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(507) 455-5842

(507) 446-9000 Fax: (507) 446-9991 www.pizzaranchowatonna.com

(507) 444-4280 Fax: (507) 444-2470

(507) 214-1888 Fax: (507) 214-1910

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(507) 444-9890 www.montereyballroom.com (507) 451-4040 northoft@charter.net www.theNorthrophouse.com

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(507) 451-5305 www.scff.org

(507) 451-1420 www.steelecohistoricalsociety.org

(507) 451-0380 Fax: (507) 451-0380 (507) 451-9991 (507) 444-0303 Fax: (507) 444-0333

(507) 455-9260 Fax: (507) 455-9280 ✔

(507) 451-0722 www.valleyviewofowatonna.biz (507) 451-1001 www.owatonnavfw.com

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Best Budget Inn 1180 W. Frontage Rd (507) 451-0776 • Fax 451-9508

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Budget Host Inn 745 State Ave (507) 451-8712 • (888) 233-2688

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Comfort Inn 2345 43rd St. NW (507) 444-0818 • fax 444-0038

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Country Inn & Suites 130 Allan Ave SW (507) 455-9295

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Spa, Fax/Copy Service, Business Center, Whirlpool & Specialty Suites, Free Wireless Internet Access

Exit 42B, I-35 & Hwy 14 W

75 channels including free HBO/ESPN?CNN, Kitchenettes, Fax Service, Data Port Phones

Off-Site

Exit 42A, off I-35 to State Ave.

(www.budgethostmn.com) Free HBO & ESPN, Fax Service, Pass for Fitness Center with pool, Wireless Internet Access

On-Site

Off-Site

Exit 45, I-35 by Cabela's

Lodge-style Architecture, Spa, HBO, Business & Lesuire Suites, Free Wirelss Internet

Off-Site

Exit 41, I-35 & W. Bridge

Hot Tub, Valet, Laundry, Fax/Copy Service, Free High-Speed Wi-Fi Internet, free HBO, Read it & Return it library, Breakfast room available for groups under 30

On-Site Off-Site

Exit 45, I-35 by Cabela's

Great Serenteti Indoor Water Park, Restaurant & Bar, Gift Shop, Business Center, Flexible Mtg. & Banquet Space, High Speed & Wireless Internet

Off-Site

Exit 41, I-35 & Bridge St.

Free HBO, Free Local & Long Distance calls, Specialty Business & Lesuire Suites, Refrig. & Micro., Free High Speed Wireless Internet Access

Off-Site

Exit 40, I-35, North on Cedar

Free HBO, Fax, Laundry, At Door Parking, Kitchenettes, Whirlpool Suites, Free Pass to Americas Fitness Center with pool. AAA-2 Diamond Rating.

Exit 42B, I-35 & Hwy 14 W

Free HBO & ESPN, Fax/Copy Service, Limited In-room Microwave/Refrigerator, Free Wireless Internet Access.

Exit 41, I-35 Bridge to Main

1898 Home with Heirloom Furnishings, Full Hot Breakfast, Teas, Brunches, Parties, Tours, Antiques, Children Welcome.

Exit 40, I-35 & Hwy 14 E

Corporate and Retreat, Group Reservations Only, Complimentary High Speed Internet Access

Microtel Inn & Suites 150 St. John Drive NW (507) 446-0228

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Oakdale Motel 1418 S. Oak Ave (507) 451-5480 or 451-0893

25

Super 8 Motel 1818 Hwy 14 W (507) 451-0380

60

Northrop Oftedahl House Bed & Breakfast 358 East Main St. (507) 451-4040 • fax 451-2752

7

Gainey Conference Center 2480 S. County Road 45 (507) 446-4460 • fax 451-2705

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Teeing off If golf is your bag, Owatonna has plenty to offer. Even if you’ve never picked up a club, the variety of fun and challenging courses might inspire you to take a whack at it. The Owatonna area has two 18-hole courses – one private, one public – and one nine-hole, par-3 public course. Havana Hills, which opened in 1972, is a par-3 public course that plays at 1,140 yards. The course, located minutes east of Owatonna, offers golf carts, a driving range and a putting green. The Owatonna Country Club, regarded as one of the top private clubs in Southern Minnesota, is an 18-hole facility. The golf course, which stretches 6,296 yards across rolling hills, rivers and lakes, was designed to incorporate all of the natural settings into a challenging course with a par of 71 from the longest tees. This is very much a thinking person’s golf course filled with risk/ reward shots demanding accuracy off the tee. The greens play fast, so approach shots leave little room for error. Complementing its championship links, the OCC has an Olympic size pool, a 1,000 square foot workout room and first-class dining. Golf carts, a driving range and a putting green are offered. The Brooktree Golf Course, or the “muni” as referred to by some locals, is open from April through October as the weather dictates. Brooktree, considered one of the top public courses in Southern Minnesota, is an 18-hole championship course that features 6,684 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The Clubhouse is open March 15 for the purchase of season passes. Brooktree offers golf carts and a putting green. Owatonna Guide

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A Community of Artists

In 1856, just two years after the founding of the city, a Fourth of July celebration was held in Owatonna. The patriotic fervor evident in that celebration led several residents to form a brass band — the first organized musical group for the young city. Within 10 years, the community had its first musical society, named appropriately the Owatonna Musical Association, which was one of the earliest of such societies in the state. That club and its successors established Owatonna almost since its founding as a place where the arts have played a major role — first with music, then with theater and the visual arts. That tradition of supporting the arts continues to this day. ARTISTS

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Music, music, music

Owatonna’s rich musical history remains evident today, not only in the music of individual performers or small groups, many of whom who have gone on to fame, but that heritage can also be heard in the music of larger ensembles. One of the mainstays of the city’s music scene in the summer is the Owatonna Community Band. The band plays four concerts in the city’s Central Park as part of the popular 11@7 concert series. For 11 consecutive Thursdays in the summer months, the park’s bandstand stage is opened up and individuals and groups perform free concerts in the park. The Owatonna Community Band also performs every year on the main stage during the Steele County Free Fair. The 11@7 concert series for 2014 include: • May 29 — Kozy Lil’Duo • June 5 — Big Ben and the Brians • June 12 — Owatonna Community Band

• June 19 — CSM Praise Band at 6 p.m.; Joel Hanson Band at 7 p.m. • June 26 — Owatonna Community Band • July 3 — Lehto & Wright • July 10 — Owatonna Community Band • July 17 — Enablers • July 24 — Owatonna Community Band • July 31 — KC Men’s Choir •August 7 — Dunnell Lenort Likewise, the week-long fair — the largest free fair in the state of Minnesota — offers a variety of different musical acts, ranging from country to rock to old-time music and more, on its various stages. The talents of local musicians are also on display in the Owatonna Symphony Orchestra. Under the direction of conductor Bruce Gleason, the orchestra of about 50 musicians performs one concert each spring.

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Owatonna offers numerous opportunities to see live theatrical productions performed on stage throughout the year. Founded in 1966 to bring “culture, art and entertainment to Owatonna and the surrounding communities with active participation by all interested,” Little Theatre of Owatonna now mounts four to five productions a year, with the repertoire ranging from comedy to drama to musical theater. Recent seasons have included the musicals “She Loves Me,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “Gypsy”; dramas “Time Stands Still,” “Proof ” and “The Glass Menagerie”; comedies “Hay Fever,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “The Dixie Swim Club,” “Charley’s Aunt” and “Chase Me, Comrade”; and children’s theater productions “Three Little Pigs Out West,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” On June 13-15 and 19-21, Little Theatre of Owatonna will present a children’s theater production of “Ramona Quimby” by Beverly Cleary, directed by Sandee Hardy-Hagen. The 2014-2015 season productions of Little Theatre of Owatonna include: • “When We Are Married,” a comedy by J.B. Priestly, Oct. 24-26, 30-31 and Nov. 1, directed by Larry Ostermeier. • “The 39 Steps,” a mystery-comedy, by Patrick Barlow, adapted from both a novel by John Buchan and the movie by Alfred Hitchcock, Feb. 20-22 and 26-28, directed by Linda Karnauskas. “Treaure Island,” the family show, by Joseph G. Caruso, adapted from the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, April 17-19 and 23-25, directed by Jon Terrill. • “The Producers,” a musical comedy by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, June 18-21 and 2527, directed by Jeffrey Jackson. For further information about Little Theatre of Owatonna, go to the theater company’s website at www. littletheatreofowatonna.org.

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continued from 74 arts accessible to the community and to promote Making the arts accessible creativity.” Under the guidance of artistic director Located on the historic campus of Minnesota’s Silvan Durben, the center has become one of the top only state orphanage, the Owatonna Arts Center is a arts organizations in Greater place to discover surprising Minnesota. insights on the world The center’s vitality is around you and new talents experienced in the art within you. classes that are offered In 1974, the City of every quarter for children Owatonna purchased the and adults, exhibitions by campus of the former regional professional artists, Minnesota State Public and musical performances School for Dependent and ranging from chamber music Neglected Children and to folk. re-christened the site “West The Owatonna Arts Hills,” which serves as an Center entrance is located administrative center for the on the southwest corner city. The main building, built of the building on Garden in 1886, was named to the View Lane. Arts Center National Register of Historic business hours are 1 p.m. Places in 1975. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through The Owatonna Arts Friday. Gallery hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Center, founded as a 501©3 corporation in 1974, Tuesday through Sunday. The OAC is closed on makes its home in the main building of the West Mondays. Hills Complex and has as its mission “to make the

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morning at 9 a.m. There will be two free Kid’s Days on Wednesday and Friday. Special prices on the Gold Star Midway will be featured. A free show for kids will be held both mornings at 11 a.m. in Fair Square Park. Wednesday’s show, sponsored by Dr. Beth Gilthvedt and Horizon Eyecare will feature Dave Schulte, YoYo Man. Friday’s show will be fair friend Ronald McDonald, sponsored by McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. Following the Ronald McDonald Show, kids can get up close to fascinating amphibians brought to the stage by Rad Zoo in Owatonna. There will be daily ride specials on the Gold Star Midway. The popular Mega-Ride tickets will be available prior to the fair which entitle the holder to unlimited midway rides all during fair week. Mega-Ride tickets will sell for $49 and must be purchased by 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. They are only available at Hy-Vee Foods in Owatonna. Inductees into the Steele County Livestock Hall of Fame and the Equine Hall of Fame will be recognized in the show arena Tuesday afternoon.

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Owatonna Public Library

For more than 100 years, the citizens of Owatonna and Steele County have been served by the Owatonna Public Library, located at 105 N. Elm Ave. The library offers a wide range of services to adults and children, including wireless Internet. Children’s Services has materials and programs for children ages 13 and under. Kids can find their favorite stories, authors and books at the library or e-books through the library website. There are also DVDs, books on audio cassette and CD, and toys and puzzles available for checkout. Computers are available where they can type a paper or play with the best computer programs available. The local history collection in Adult Services includes a variety of resources to help in learning Page 82

about local history or tracing genealogy. Resources include local newspapers from 1868 to the present on microfilm, city and county directories, family histories and biographies, Steele County cemeteries index, city and county reports and proposals, Ancestry.com, passenger lists and immigration resources and the Steele County Historical Society digital photo archive. A local genealogy group holds a program one night a month at the library and is open to all. In addition to the books, including large print books, the library also carries magazines, compact discs, DVDs, Blu-Ray and books on CD. The library’s website — www.owatonna.info — lists numerous data bases available to library cardholders. You can also

download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, music and independent films with an Owatonna Public Library card. Special programs and events are also held throughout the year, such as story hours for children, book discussions for adults, author programs, a poetry writers group and a twice-monthly movie showing. The Owatonna Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. October through April The library is located at the corner of Elm and Broadway, directly across from the Post Office. Entrances are located on Elm and Broadway with a parking lot and bike racks near the Broadway entrance. Owatonna Guide


The Great Outdoors The editors of Money magazine had it right when they said that Owatonna, ‘surrounded by tall meadows, wildflowers and farmland … is full of people who love the great outdoors.’ An abundance of parks and trails provide hours of outdoor enjoyment in the Owatonna area. In rural Steele County, many also take part in hunting and fishing activities.

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Hunting of farmland game species (primarily white-tailed deer, pheasants, and waterfowl) is available throughout the county on public hunting lands managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR). For more information, including regulations, call the MNDNR Area Wildlife Office at 507-455-5841.

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Bird Watching

The county offers excellent opportunities for bird watching, with sightings of more than 200 species recorded. Try these recommended locations: Morehouse/Kaplan’s Woods in Owatonna, Rice Lake State Park: woodland, wetland and grassland species across the park’s diverse habitats; year round opportunities. Straight River Marsh/Oak Glen Lake: Waterfowl with peak viewing opportunities in spring and fall; viewing can be done from roads. Much of the property is privately owned and cannot be accessed without permission. For information on bird watching, contact the MNDNR Area Wildlife Office at 507-455-5841.

Wildlife watching

Rice Lake State Park is home to abundant wildlife that can be viewed throughout the year. In the summer by the lake you might see nesting western grebes or black terns, muskrats, snapping and painted turtles. During the spring and fall, watch for tundra swans, geese, flocks of diving and surfacefeeding ducks, sandpipers, marsh wrens, rails and herons all using the lake. Forest species to watch for include wild turkeys, fox, whitetailed deer and fox squirrels. Wildlife may not be as visible at Rice Lake in 2013 as the MNDNR will be lowering water levels throughout the summer in an effort increase water quality and eliminate rough fish. Officials say with normal precipitation, Rice Lake should be

back to its normal depth by 2014. For information call the park office at 507-455-5871.

Fishing

Both lake and river fishing opportunities exist in Steele County. The Straight River runs through Owatonna, and Crane Creek to the west provides good northern pike fishing. Lake Kohlmier in Owatonna is popular for fishing and yields northern pike, walleye, crappies, perch and sunfish. There is a fishing dock at Lake Kohlmier. Beaver Lake in southwestern Steele County is a small body of water that has maintained good water quality and provides excellent fishing. Game species include black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass and walleye. This lake has one fishing pier.

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Natural communities

Historically, Steele County was covered by diverse and rich natural communities of plants and animals. These included tall-grass prairie, oak savanna, maple-basswood forest, and wetlands. Scattered remnants of these communities exist cross the county. For more information contact the MNDNR Oak Savanna Landscape Project at 444-2424.

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Owatonna merchants offer a wide variety of goods and services. Here is a partial listing of businesses in town and their phone numbers for your convenience. All local phone numbers are in the 507 area code.

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All American Auto Glass 363-6101 Auto Zone 446-9077 Carquest Auto Parts 451-0044 Colors & Glass 475-0473 Ellis Body Shop 451-0845 Expert Tire 451-5230 Harland’s Tire and Auto Center 451-3084 Hometown Motors 451-5990 Hy-Tail Concepts 451-2510 Keck’s Repair 463-2679 Mark’s Repair Service 451-1412 NAPA Auto Parts 451-1790 O’Reilly Auto Parts 455-1777 Owatonna Auto Clinic 451-1950 Owatonna Motor Company 451-7860 Pit Stop Plaza 451-4739 Ron’s Repair Service 451-8678 Rohwer Body and Paint Shop 451-1530 Sweet Towing and Repair 451-3424 Terry’s Repair 451-0831 Tim’s Auto Service, Inc. 455-9050

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Dance Studios

Dance Dynamics 651-274-7378 Dance Made Easy / Cedar Ballroom 451-1426 Jill Hoggard Academy of Dance 451-0074 Just for Kix 377-3206

Department Stores

Kohl’s 444-0153 Mills Fleet Farm 445-1088 Target 451-1882 Wal-Mart 455-0049

Dry Cleaning

Cash Wise 451-7220 Cindy’s Tailoring and Dry Cleaning 455-0891 Elwood Star Cleaners 451-3430 Hy-Vee 451-0138

Fitness Centers

Anytime Fitness 456-8587 Curves 455-4060 Dynamic Fitness 573-1097 Just About You! Get in Shape Studio 213-6324 M.C. Fitness of Owatonna 451-8833

Owatonna Tennis & Fitness Center 444-4290 Snap Fitness 24-7 455-3500 Yoga & Wellness Center 390-0279

Florists/Design Studios

Cash Wise Floral 451-8116 Cedar Floral Design Studio 451-7673 Floral Designs by Jodi 455-1437 Hy-Vee Floral 451-0138 Stargazer Designs 475-1639

Furniture Stores

E Z Own 451-7205 Nelson Decorating Center 451-3710 Slumberland 444-9200 3-Day Mattress 214-3036

Grocery Stores

Aldi Cash Wise Foods 451-7220 El Progresso Market 451-0995 Fareway Foods 451-1550 Harvest Food Co-op 451-0340 Hy-Vee Food Store 451-0138 Wal-Mart 455-0049

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“Come & Enjoy The Best Of Owatonna’s Hospitality” • Tours • Parties • Dinners • Teas/Coffees • Family Reunions • Meetings • Retreats Ask about packages: Anniversary • Birthday • Bridal • Children’s Teas • Long-Term Lodging WIFI & Cable TV Available!

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Hardware/Home Improvement Alexander Lumber 451-7710 Arrow Ace Hardware 451-4966 Lowe’s 446-4900 Mills Fleet Farm 445-1088 MN Rebath 664-0999

Jewelers

Kottke Jewelers 451-6644 Paffrath Jewelers 451-0301

Liquor Sales

Cash Wise Liquor 451-8440 Firehouse Liquor 214-2337 Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits 451-0138 Hi-Way Liquor 451-0776 J-B Liquor 451-5491 Larry’s Liquor 451-7010 MGM Wine and Spirits 451-8451

Lodging

AmericInn of Owatonna 455-1142 Best Budget Inn 451-0776 Budget Host Inn 451-8712 Comfort Inn 444-0818 Country Inn and Suites 455-9295 Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites 446-8900 Microtel Inn and Suites 446-0228

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Northrop-Oftedahl House 451-4040 Oakdale Motel 451-5480 Super 8 Motel 451-0380

Massage

Healthy Living Oriental Massage & Nails 446-1099 Lighthouse Natural Health Center 363-1711

Martial Arts

National Taekwondo Institute 456-0550 Warrior Spirit (Marital Arts) 573-3223

Media

KORN Country 92.1 444-9224 KOWZ 100.9 FM- KRUE 1170 AM 444-9224 KRFO AM 1390-Kat Kountry 105 451-2250 Owatonna People’s Press 451-2840 Owatonna Area Shopper 444-2389 Owatonna.com 444-2386 SouthernMinn Digital Agency 444-2386

Nurseries/Landscaping

Hidden Creek Landscape 451-2784 Jack’s Nursery and Landscaping 455-1434 Klancher and Son Landscaping and Concrete 451-0159 Nagel Sod Farm and Nursery 451-9605 Oak View Nursery 451-0454 Souba Greenhouse and Nursery 451-1444 Turtle Creek Nursery and Landscaping 214-8733

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Pet Groomers/Washes

Dirty Paws 413-5180 Head to Tail Dog Grooming 413-0196 Husky Car & Pet Wash 446-0556 Tail Chasers 451-8170 TLC 451-9087 Must Love Dogs 213-6815 Pampered Pooches 455-0238 Paws T’Notice 455-3244 Pet Pizzaz 451-8244 PetProz Grooming Service 301-1099

Pharmacies

Cash Wise 451-7886 Hy-Vee 451-0138 Owatonna Pharmacy Care 977-2020 Sterling Drug 451-0240 Target Pharmacy 451-1771 Walgreen’s 451-8326 Wal-Mart Pharmacy 451-3323

Photography

B. Schroht Designs 456-1369 Daydreams by Angela 456-7622 Lindgren Photo & Frame 455-0920 Oldenburg Photography 455-0959 Shot In The Dark Studio 446-8335

Rentals

American Rent-All 455-0000

Service Stations/Convenience Stores

Casey’s (18th St.) 455-8565 Casey’s (State Ave.) 451-4168 Fleet Farm Gas Mart 455-1088 Fuel ‘N Food 455-2436 Holiday Station 446-1061 Hy-Vee Gas & Convenience Store 451-0138 Kwik Trip (S Oak) 451-3384 Kwik Trip (Cabela’s) 446-8176 Kwik Trip (Mineral Springs Rd) 455-1541 Kwik Trip (Frontage Rd) 446-9576 Owatonna Pump and Grocery 451-4100 Sterling Drug 451-0240

Photo Developing/Digital Kiosks Cash Wise 451-7220 Mills Fleet Farm 445-1088 Walgreen’s 451-8326 Wal-Mart 455-0049

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Specialty Shops

3 Shades of Black Tattoo 413-6220 Corporate Recognition 451-2404 Country Goods 451-5661 Dollar Tree 444-0660 Family Dollar 455-9174 Gamestop 451-4620 GNC 451-2366 Haberman’s Picture Framing 451-6565 Insty Prints 451-6004 Kat’s Tat’s 214-2100 Lion’s Den Adult Boutique 214-3900 Let’s Ride Tack and Apparel 455-1487 Midnight Sun Spas 214-7727 Office Max 455-1132 Owatonna Music School 214-7664 Owatonna Shoe 451-4640 Party Plus 455-9677 Paul’s Shoe Repair 451-9029 Radio Shack 455-0015 Salvation Army 455-2023 Thee Dragon’s Lair 451-8441 Tone Music 451-5196 Tri M Graphics 451-3920 Uptown Consignment 201-4509 Page 92

Sporting/Outdoor Goods

Cabela’s 451-4545 Court Sports… And More 451-0567 Fischer Sports 451-3880 Straight River Sports and Fitness 451-1666

Tanning Salons

Haute Tanning (Broadway) 214-3071 Haute Tanning (Frontage Road) 451-1127 Tropical Tanning 214-8266

Taxidermy

Hidden Creek Taxidermy 451-2784

Tobacco

Owatonna Tobacco Shop 451-2460 Towing Services Dean’s Westside Towing 455-1950 Sweet Towing and Repair 451-3424

Video

Family Video 451-5555

Veterinarians

Fairview Animal Medical Center 451-4591 Heartland Animal Hospital 214-7387 Owatonna Veterinary Hospital 451-8153 Owatonna Veterinary Services 451-0960

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Hy-Vee Bakery 451-0138 Cash Wise Bakery 451-7220 Perfect Day Cakes & Bakery 455-2253

BAGEL SHOPS

Old Town Bagels 451-3193 Candies/Ice Cream/Yogurt Berry Blast 413-6300 Blast Soft Serve 455-2898 Costas Candies & Restaurant 451-9050 Dairy Queen 451-8398 Fireside Coffee & Beans 413-0248 Russell Stover Candies 451-9127 The S’cream 214-3224

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COFFEE HOUSES

Caribou Coffee 451-9589 Central Park Coffee Co. 451-4242 Fireside Coffee & Beans 413-0248 Starbucks 455-3624

DELI

Hy-Vee Deli 451-0138 Cash Wise Deli 451-7220

FAST FOOD

Arby’s 444-0416 Burger King 455-9700 Culver’s 455-2000 Dairy Queen 451-8398 KFC 451-7056 Jimmy John’s 413-0999 McDonald’s 451-6831 Panda Express 451-3267 Subway (NW 43rd St.) 446-0502 Subway (Bridge St.) 451-6842 Subway (Oak St.) 451-6062 Subway (Wal-Mart) 455-0049 Taco Bell 444-0242 Taco Johns 451-2023 Wagner’s Lunch 451-0931 Wendy’s 451-7403

HEALTH/SPECIALTY

Health Nutz 451-0011

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INTERNATIONAL FOOD

Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant 413-6200 Andiamo Italian Ristorante 455-8568

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Industries Music for the Community Wenger Corporation has a long history of involvement in the community. This includes support of area music and arts organizations, charter membership in the Arts Center and numerous cultural outreach programs for local schoolchildren. The Wenger Foundation is an independent, private foundation established by members of the Wenger family. The Foundation supports music education and the performing arts in Owatonna and surrounding communities, and nonprofit organizations across Minnesota and the U.S. Locally, Foundation activities have included sponsoring a visit by the Minnesota Opera to Owatonna, the Music In Owatonna Festival and annual field trips to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis for Owatonna fourth graders. The Foundation also supports local arts organizations such as the Owatonna Arts Center and the Little Theatre of Owatonna.

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PIZZERIA

Casey’s (18th St.) 455-8565 Casey’s (State Ave.) 451-4168 Domino’s Pizza 451-3030 Hy-Vee Pizzeria 451-0138 Godfather’s Pizza 455-1470 Kwik Trip (S Oak) 451-3384 Kwik Trip (Cabela’s) 446-8176 Kwik Trip (Mineral Springs Rd) 455-1541 Kwik Trip (Frontage Rd) 446-9576

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RESTAURANTS

43rd St. Pub and Grill 446-9200 Applebee’s 451-0006 Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar 455-2700 Costas Candies & Restaurant 451-9050 Famous Dave’s Barbecue 451-4008 Owatonna Country Club 451-6120 Olivia’s Family Restaurant 444-4000 Perkins Restaurant and Bakery 451-6831 Sportsman’s Grille 214-1888 The Kernel Restaurant 451-2585 The Kitchen 451-9991 Timber Lodge Steakhouse 444-0303 Torey’s Restaurant & Bar 455-9260 Wings Tavern and Grill 444-9335 Owatonna Guide

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Calendar of Events

MAY 26

The community of Owatonna will remember the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice when the American Legion and the VFW hold Memorial Day exercises. The remembrance will begin with a Memorial Day Parade at 9:30 a.m. The parade will end at the Four Seasons Centre, where a formal program will take place. Also participating will be the Knights of Columbus Chorus and the Owatonna High School Band.

MAY 29

The 11@7 Concert Series, held at 7 p.m. every Thursday from June through August in Owatonna’s Central Park, kicks off with Kozy Lil’ Duo performing. Admission is free. Bring your own lawn chair.

MAY 30

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MAY 30 TO JUNE 1

Smokin’ In Steele County will be held May 30 – June 1. The benefiting charity will again be the local chapter of the Special Olympics. A pancake breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. June 1 in the SCFF beer garden. Cost is $6 per person. The barbecue contest will be held Saturday in Fair Square Park. Visit www.smokininsteele.com. New this year is the “Fareway Foods Challenge.” Winners from each category in the KCBS sanctioned contest receive an extra $500 from Fareway Foods, If the meat is purchased from Fareway Foods. Back for 2014 is the third annual Antique Tractor Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31. Contact Mike Schaffner at BMWood@Q.Net or call 451-2818 (cell 213-1692) for details. Also back for 2014 is the third annual Smokin’ In Steele 5K run/walk and kid’s 1/2 mile fun Run. See our Facebook page for pictures and updates.

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JUNE 5

The 11@7 concert series continues with Performances from Big Ben and the Brians. Admission is free. The concert will be in Owatonna’s Central Park.

JUNE 8

Owatonna High School Commencement ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. in the Four Seasons Centre.

JUNE 12-14

The 139th annual MSFDA State Firefighter’s Conference June 12-14 at the Steele County Four Seasons Centre. There will be training from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Hands-on training will include grain bin rescue, combine/tractor rollover rescue, basic fire investigation, fighting fire with foam/CAFS system and Railroad 101 incidents. Suburban/ small town fire tactics will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. and will be presented by Jim Silvernail, Battalion Chief in St. Louise County, Missouri. For more information visit www.ci.owatonna. mn.us/fire or www.msfda.org

JUNE 12

The 11@7 concert series continues with the Owatonna Community Band. Admission is free. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Owatonna’s Central Park.

JUNE 12, JULY 10, AUGUST 7

Prior to the 11@7 series concerts, Owatonna businesses invite you to be a part of Thursday Night Live, which will take place each Thursday night before the concerts from 5-7 p.m., where local businesses will be offering retail promotions.

JUNE 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21

Little Theatre of Owatonna presents the children’s show “Ramona Quimby” written by Beverly Cleary, directed by Sandee Hardy-Hagen and sponsored by Federated Insurance. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. June 13, 14, 19, Owatonna Guide

20, 21 with a 2 p.m. matinee on June 15, at the Little Theatre of Owatonna, 560A Dunnell Drive in the West Hills Complex. For more information visit the LTO website at www.littletheatreowatonna.org.

JUNE 17

Power of the Purse Imagination Library Fundraiser will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Owatonna Country Club, 1991 Lemond Road. Cost is $50 per person and includes tapas, desserts and cocktail. Tickets are available at the United Way Office, 110 North Cedar; Kristi’s and Kottke Jewelers. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a program that mails an age appropriate book every month to every child in Steele County from birth to age 5. Dolly Parton’s foundation pays for the books. All of the money we raise goes to the cost of shipping the books to children in our community.

JUNE 19

The 11@7 concert series continues Joel Hanson Band at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The concert will be in Owatonna’s Central Park. The CSM Praise Band will also be performing at 6 p.m.

JUNE 21

The fifth annual Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival will be held on June 21. Top-notch high school marching bands will participate, with the marching competition beginning at 11 a.m. The festival, which organizers hope will become an annual event, is named after Harry Wenger, a former Owatonna High School music teacher. Wenger’s namesake company is widely recognized by musicians worldwide as a premier provider of high quality and innovative musical products. Even in its first year, the festival has managed to attract its maximum number of participating bands. It will be both a showcase for the young student musicians and the many beautiful assets of the Owatonna community.

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JUNE 21-SEPTEMBER 20

Walking through the Winton Guest House will be unlike any other architectural tour, since this is the only Gehry-design residence open to the public. Observe how the rooms show their individuality as they branch off from the central living room hub. Winton Guest House tours will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays: June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20. Cost is $7 per adult and $5 for students, with student ID, and children under 12 are admitted at no cost.

JUNE 26

The 11@7 concert series continues with the Owatonna Community Band. Admission is free. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Owatonna’s Central Park.

JUNE 28

The annual “Build the Barns Bash” fundraiser will feature fair food concessionaires, bands in Beer

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Garden, a Car Show, and More! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a car, truck and tractor show. A silent auction will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with a live auction at 6:30 p.m. Gold Star Amusements will have several kids rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the concessions will be Tom Thumb Donuts, Godfather’s Pizza, Cinni Smiths, cheese curds and corn dogs, and hamburgers. To volunteer your help, call the fair office at 451-5305.

JULY 3

The 11@7 concert series continues with Lehto & Wright. Admission is free. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Owatonna’s Central Park.

JULY 4

Owatonna celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks at the Steele County Fairgrounds. The display, sponsored by the Early Edition Rotary Club, begins at 10 p.m.

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JULY 12, 13

History buffs will get their fill — in more ways than one — on July 12 and 13 when the Steele County Historical Society hosts its annual Chuckwagon Supper and Extravaganza at the Village of Yesteryear in Owatonna. The festival kicks off with a Chuckwagon Supper from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Attendees will enjoy an evening of cowboy fare and entertainment by Lonesome Ron. Tickets are required and space is limited. Tickets are $12 per person with children 6 and under free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased at the Village office, Kottke Jewelers and Cash Wise. For more information, contact the Steele County Historical Society at (507) 451-1420 or via e-mail at director@ steelecohistoricalsociety.org. Then, on Sunday, the historical society will host its biggest event of the year with the Extravaganza. The Extravaganza will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the Village of Yesteryear. There will be re-enacted old west shootouts and scenarios, old time hand crafts, musical entertainment, Owatonna Guide

soap making, basket weaving, blacksmithing demonstrations and much more. Caricaturist Sue Brownwill draw your picture. Throughout the day have your fill of sloppy joes, locally made brats, pork burgers, ice cream, root beer floats, kolaches and more! Vintage Baseball returns with the game being played at 3 p.m. Admission is free for all events and the History Center, though donations are appreciated. For more information you can call the History Center at 4511420.

JULY 10

The 11@7 concert series continues with the Owatonna Community Band. Admission is free. The concert will be held in Owatonna’s Central Park.

JULY 18

Hundreds of walkers will gather on Leisure Lane of the Steele County Fairgrounds for the annual Relay for Life, an all-night walk-a-thon to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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JULY 24-27

Four days of fun throughout Owatonna will be held Thursday, July 24, through Sunday, July 27. Thursday’s events include sidewalk sales, kid’s parade, kid’s games in Central Park, an evening car show and the Owatonna Community Band performing in Central Park. The United Way of Steele County will also be holdings its annual campaign kick-off on Thursday. Sidewalk sales continue on Friday with the annual BBQ and Street Dance that evening. Along with continued sidewalk sales, the Farmer’s Market will be held in the 200 Block of North Cedar in the former State Theater location. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, Central Park will be transformed once again, this time for the Owatonna Arts Center’s annual Festival of the Arts. Artists from around the area — and beyond — will display and sell their work at various booths around the park.

JULY 17

The 11@7 concert series continues with the Enablers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Band. Admission is free. The concert will be held in Owatonna’s Central Park.

JULY 24

The 11@7 concert series continues with The Owatonna Community Band. Admission is free. The concert will be in Owatonna’s Central Park.

JULY 31

The 11@7 concert series continues with the KC Men’s Choir. Admission is free. The concert will be in Owatonna’s Central Park.

AUGUST 2

The Owatonna Elks annual car show will held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Admission is a free will donation. Awards to the top 30 cars and three motorcycles. There will also be a silent auction, food at the Elks food stand, cold drinks, fun and games, classic car trivia, door prizes and much more! No bicycles, pets, roller blades or skateboards allowed! For more information contact Cathy Kniefel 507-455-0798 or Charlie Jarvi 507-456-1520.

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AUGUST 7

The 11@7 concert series concludes with Dunnell Lenort performing. Admission is free. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Owatonna’s Central Park.

AUGUST 12-17

“The Entertainment Dream of 2014!” is the theme for this year’s Steele County Free Fair, which runs from Tuesday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 17. Fair hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information about the fair, see page76.

SEPTEMBER 27

CulturFest will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Wilson Elementary School. CulturFest unites music and dance talents, ethnic

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OCTOBER 2-4

The 12th annual Harvest Fest 2014 will be feature various events throughout the weekend. Thursday and Friday will consist of sidewalk sales, Scarecrow displays and refreshments. Also on Friday will be the Owatonna High School Homecoming Parade at 1:40 p.m. through the downtown area. Oakview Nursery Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch will be holding the

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Great Pumpkin Contest with weigh in from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Central Park. There will be pie in the park sale and the Farmer’s Market.

NOVEMBER 22

The fifth annual Little Black Dress fundraiser will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Owatonna Country Club. This years theme is “Purple Flair.” The event includes, dinner,

raffle, and dance. This years events benefits Relay for Life.

NOVEMBER 22

The Woman’s Club of Owatonna will hold its annual charity event Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Owatonna Eagles Club. All proceeds from the event are given to nonprofit organizations or to benefit community projects in Steele County.

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