Welcome to the City of Owatonna

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

The City has received 25 years of Tree City USA Recognition and annually observes Arbor Day on the 4th Friday of April.  Information on the City's Forestry Plan can be found on the Public Works webpage.

                                 Owatonna........where progress and history entwine

Proud to be a Yellow Ribbon Community!

Code Updates:  City Code was last codified in 2015.  Updates will be added to the code available on this website soon.  If you have any questions regarding the City's Code, please call Jeanette at 507-774-7341 to confirm recent amendments.


What's Happening in the City?

Future Events

      Library Events:  Story Time (preschool) Tuesdays at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Events that have happened:

Listing of videos from various meetings, events and segments of the Owatonna Today Show and Stories of Steele with city staff members or city related topics.   

2017 State of the City Presentation by City Administrator Kris M. Busse & Mayor Thomas A. Kuntz.

Storm Water Rate Adjustment Quick Facts - Rate increase effective January 1, 2017.


The Ins and Outs of City Sales Tax 

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


Sign Up to Support Highway 14!

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

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



Strategic Plan:  3-year Plan - 2017-2019 approved by Council on September 20, 2016.


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

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

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Owatonna Partners for Economic Development




Link to bus information:




Salary Compliance Notice: 

Minnesota state law, Chapter 156 of the Session Laws of 2005, requires a city or county with a population of more than 15,000 must annually notify its residents of the positions and base salaries of its three highest-paid employees. This notice may be provided on the homepage of the primary website maintained by the political subdivision for a period of not less than 90 consecutive days, in a publication of the political subdivision that is distributed to all residents in the political subdivision, or as part of the annual notice of proposed property taxes prepared under section 275.065. 

2017 Salaries:  Posted January 6, 2017 - April 19, 2017.