Founded in 1854, Owatonna is now a city of just over 20,000 people, and is the heart and the heartbeat of a greater community known as Southern Minnesota. Owatonna is known for its quality of life, and your City Government is committed to maintaining that high quality and improving it.
Owatonna offers over 530 lodging rooms, a variety of restaurants, unique shopping areas, annual festivals, sports events and activities for everyone. Visitors can tour the city or visit the many attractions. Enjoy our 20 parks, hiking trails, golf, tennis, public beach, cross country and snowmobile trails.
Owatonna has emerged from its agricultural heritage as a community with a diverse economy, including a strong industrial, financial and service base. Owatonna is the home of many nationally renowned firms such as Federated Mutual Insurance Company, Owatonna Tool Company (SPX), Jostens, Wenger Company, Viracon and others. Unlike many rural Minnesota communities, Owatonna is experiencing annexations, increased traffic count, new building starts and new housing efforts, as well as street and airport improvements.
Owatonna's primary and secondary retail trade area consists of 285 million dollars of purchasing power. Ideally situated on three primary highway systems, Interstate 35 and U.S. Highways 14 and 218, Owatonna presents an ideal location for retail shoppers. The three shopping areas are the Cedar Mall/Oakdale shopping area on the south side, Hoffman Drive and the north side shopping area and the downtown area in the heart of the city. All three areas are united in their promotional efforts to make Owatonna an exciting place to shop.
Owatonna has a total of more than 500 retail, wholesale and professional firms supporting its large industrial base. Boasting over 40 industrial firms, Owatonna's business community provides jobs for a labor force in excess of 17,000 people. * Information compiled from City of Owatonna Website