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Jul 09

Park and Rec Happenings

Posted to Park and Rec Staff Blog by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Nikki Callahan, Administrative Technician

Lake Kohlmier Equipment Rental and Concessions

Open Hours and Fees

*Thursday/Friday: 1:00-7:00PM

*Saturday/Sunday: 12:00-7:00PM

*Group rental times also available during non-open hours

*Rental Rates: $6.00/hour per equipment rented

Available Rental Equipment

*Water Equipment: Canoes, Single and Double Kayaks, Peddle Boats, Hydro Bikes, Paddle Boards

*Trail Equipment: Electric Assist Trike, Tandem Bike, Tag-a-long Bike

*Safety Equipment Available (including lifejackets, Helmets and Safety Vests)

Waiver Required to use the equipment

Visit the Owatonna Parks and Recreation Website @ for additional details

Brooktree Golf Course

If you haven’t already played a round, Brooktree Golf Course is in fine shape!  Summer specials include Senior Monday special $30 – 18 holes/cart or $20 – 9 holes/cart.  And on Wednesdays, enjoy an 18-hole round of golf for just $32 with a cart and a burger and fries after your round.  The specials are until 2 p.m. and do not include league players.  The clubhouse opens at 7 a.m. daily, so grab your clubs and head to the links!

River Springs Water Park

Open Swim Hours

Monday-Friday: 12:00pm-7:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm-8:00pm 


June 4 - August 8: 

$7.00 per person 48" and above 

$5.00 per person under 48"

$4.50 Twilight Fee (5pm-Close) 

August 9 - August 22: 

$4.50 per person 

**All summer children under two are free with a paid adult. 

Summer Weekend Out

Mark your calendars for July 23-25 for our annual Weekend Out!  We'll offer a variety of activities including a Movie in the Park, River Springs Water Park Specials and Lake Kohlmier Specials.  Check our website for details on events and activities at

Day Camp

There are a few spots left in some of our day camps.  Check availability and register now at

Swim Lessons

Registration for August swim classes will start at 7am on July 12.  Check availability and register at

Jul 30

Engineering Updates 7/30/2021

Posted to Public Works - Engineering Updates by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

Construction has begun and various projects can be seen around The City of Owatonna. Please slow down and use caution when approaching a construction zone.

 We thank you for your patience as these projects are completed. 

2021 Construction Projects:
2021 Project Location Map

 2021 Bridge Street: Work this week was primarily focused on prepping and paving the St. John Drive entrance and business driveways. The new concrete typically takes between 7 and 14 days before it can be driven on so please use extra caution during and after paving is occurring and do not enter the area until the road is open to traffic. Work is also occurring west of Park to install driveway culverts and prepare for driveway paving. Next week, the curb and gutter, along with the median, will be placed. Striping and median landscaping will occur in mid-August, while seeding along Phase 1 is expected to be placed early next week with Phase 1 and 1A completion mid-August. Phase 1B re-opened on Tuesday evening and now allows for access to and from southbound I-35 at Bridge Street; however please note the detour to access west of I-35 is still in place, as only the intersection has been reopened.

It is anticipated that new traffic changes will begin the week of August 16th with removals beginning within Phase 2. A new detour plan and media release will be sent and detour signage will be updated.

Additional media releases and detour routes are shown here.

To sign up for updates specific to the 2021 Bridge Street Project, please visit Notify Me.

2021 N Cedar StreetscapeWork this week included continued concrete removal, sanitary sewer services, and the painting of signal poles at the Rose Street intersection. Asbestos was found as an insulator in a steam pipe along the 300 block, and the safe removal began mid-week. This temporarily slowed the service installation, however removals on the west side are anticipated to be completed shortly, allowing a quicker pace to resume.

Next week, the contractor will look to finalize base prep and install curb along Rose Street early in the week, with mainline and sidewalk paving to follow. The continuation of sanitary sewer services, watermain construction, and storm sewer installation along N. Cedar Avenue is also expected next week. The new concrete typically takes between 7 and 14 days before it can be driven on, so please use extra caution while paving is occurring and do not enter the area until the road is open to traffic. Coordination with businesses will occur during sidewalk construction to ensure pedestrian access to buildings. Removals and closure of the Pearl Street intersection and the 200 block is anticipated to begin in about two weeks.

The Owatonna Downtown Live Stream can be found on The 2021 North Cedar Ave Streetscape Project page! Be sure to visit the website for detour routes and alternate parking areas.

To sign up for updates for the North Cedar Streetscape Project, please visit the ISG Project Page, scroll to "Stay Connected" and fill out the form titled "Sign up here for project updates"

2021 Truman Avenue: This week: Northland Grading & Excavating worked on longitudinal subdrain, sump pump services, water main, and subbase grading.  Northland completed longitudinal subdrain and sump pump services between School St. and Phelps St.  They also completed water main from Phelps St. to University St.  Also, they finished subgrade prep. work and started subbase grading work between School St. and Phelps St. 

Current Status of Major Work Items:

  • Sanitary Sewer
    • Work Completed To-Date: Main St. to Prospect St.
    • Work Remaining: Prospect St. to Havana Rd.
  • Storm Sewer
    • Work Completed To-Date: Main St. to Phelps St.
    • Work Remaining: University St. to Havana Rd.
  • Water Main
    • Work Completed To-Date: Main St. to University St.
    • Work Remaining: University St. to Havana Rd.
  • Subgrade prep. & Subbase Grading
    • Work Completed To-Date: Main St. to School St.
    • Work Remaining: School St. to Havana Rd.
  • Roadway & Sidewalk Pavement 
    • Work Remaining: Main St. to Havana Rd.

Next week: On Monday of next week, Northland is planning to work on water main; continuing from where they left off at this week at University St. and work towards Prospect St. On Wednesday of next week, Removal of Existing Pavement is scheduled to take place.  The asphalt milling subcontractor will be onsite to remove the remaining portion of existing asphalt pavement on the project, from South St. to Havana Rd. Northland will also be working on subbase grading at the start of next week to get the subbase placed and graded up to Phelps St.  After they get the subbase completed at this intersection, they will begin working on subgrade prep. work from Phelps St. to University St.  

Intersections affected: There will be an increase in construction activity on-site next week because of the asphalt milling subcontractor that is scheduled on Wednesday for the removal of the remaining existing asphalt pavement on the project.  On Wednesday, flaggers will be located at side streets to direct drivers and pedestrians during the asphalt milling operation.  With the increased construction activity planned for next week, drivers and pedestrians are especially advised to take alternatives routes, if possible, to avoid construction activities on-site. 

2021 Overlay: The 2021 Overlay project is completed. The Street Department finished with the paving Thursday (July 29th) afternoon.

26th Street & State Avenue Roundabout: The intersection of 26th Street and State Avenue (County Highways 34 and 45) will be closed for construction starting Thursday, July 29. State Avenue will be detoured via Hoffman Drive (CH 2), I-35, and 46th St NW (CH 9). 26th Street will be detoured via Cedar Avenue, North Street, Hoffman Drive, and I-35. A map showing the project area and detours is attached. The project will replace the existing signalized intersection with a roundabout to improve safety and traffic operations. The project will also improve a rough railroad crossing to the east. The construction is expected to be completed in October. View the full media release here.

To sign up for various department notifications, use the Notify Me feature on The City of Owatonna Website.

To submit a Public Works Maintenance Request, please call 507-444-4350 or fill out an Online Public Works Maintenance Request Form.

Jul 09

West Hills Social Commons Happenings

Posted to West Hills Social Commons Blog by Jessica Abrahams

West Hills Social Commons
Did you miss us? The West Hills Socials Commons is open again to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8-4pm.
** The Social Commons will be closed on Monday July 5th
Adult Leisure Pursuit Membership
Sign up for our membership and get access to discounted programming along with discounts at several business part of our local partnership program. The annual membership fee remains at $40 for 2021 year; however, our 2020 members will receive a $16 discount off their 2021 membership with a remaining balance amount of only $24. Annual memberships are valid for January through December.
St. Paul Saints Baseball Game: Sunday, July 18th
Join others from Adult Leisure Pursuits as we take a trip up the CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints. Take advantage of this great opportunity to watch outdoor baseball and take a stroll through the beautiful CHS Field concourse. The Saints will be taking on the Columbus Clippers for a 2:05pm first pitch. Bring a friend, grandchild, or the whole family. Children under the age of 18 pay the members price
-Cost: $32 members/ $47 non-members
-Registration Deadline: July 9th
-Depart SeniorPlace:12:15pm
Strength Training (Free/ with Membership)
Try our FREE Strength Training Class. This program will teach you how to get a full-body workout from either a standing or a sitting position. Weights and resistance bands are available for use if you are looking for a challenge. You will go through stretching to increase flexibility, mobility, and balance. The class is held in the Social Commons West on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, from 9-10 am. No registration is required.  
Table Tennis
The table tennis program will run at West Hills Social Commons on Wednesday’s 12:30-2:00 PM ($1.00 per time). Any age can play the game, so don’t be afraid.  Players of all abilities are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing. They are willing to teach any new players!
500 Club (Free/ with Membership)
Played on Friday, June 25th, 2021. There were 13 players, 4 tables with 6 rounds each.  First place went to Betty Mikeworth with 3,480 points. Second Place went to Roger Milbrath with 3,130 points. Third Place went to Shirlly Malecha with 2,600 points. Fourth Place went to Lowell Larson with 2,440 points. Fifth place went to Mernie Malecha with 2,160 points. Sixth place went to Fran Kubista with 1,970 points Betty Mikeworth made a 10 spade bid 2 times. Roger Milbrath made a 10 no Trump Bid.

Owatonna Senior Bowling Highlights:
Friday, July 2:
Fifth Frame Strike Jackpot:  Chuck Newgard
Pins Over Average:
Game 1:  Mike Dettmer 214 ( 17)
Game 2:  Mike Dettmer 267 ( 71)
Game 3:  Judy Drevlow 198 ( 38)
Series High:  Mike Dettmer 696 ( 105)
Split Conversions:  Marty Speikers (2-5-7-8); Reuben Ebeling & Mike Dettmer (each 3-10)

Monday, July 5:
Pins Over Average:
Game 1:  Reuben Ebeling 181 ( 31); Rod Fletcher 223 ( 27)
Game 2:  Judy Drevlow 189 ( 31)
Game 3:  Dennis Branstad 220 ( 49); Sharon Hassing 185 ( 48);
Myland Vroman 204 ( 34); Jerry Drevlow 232 ( 27)
Series High:  (Tie); Myland Vroman 564 ( 54); Sharon Hassing 465 ( 54)
Split Conversions:  Bill Nelson (6-7-10); Chuck Newgard (4-7-9); Marty Speikers (2-7); Willie Peterson (3-10 twice); Reuben Ebeling (3-10)
Billiards (Free/ with Membership)
The billiards players are always looking for new players to join the group.  They meet on Wednesdays at 8:30am and Fridays at 9:00am . You don’t have to be a pool shark to enjoy a game of billiards.  Come on down and play a game or two.  Both men and women are always welcome if you are a beginner, the players would be happy to teach you the game.  Drop-in billiards is also available Monday-Friday when the building is open.  Cost: $0.50 for 2 hours.
Every Friday at 12:30pm in the multipurpose room, all participants must be Adult Leisure Pursuit Members. Pay per card.