Owatonna MN Homes for Sale
Owatonna MN Homes for Sale
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Owatonna (/ˌoʊwəˈtɒnə/) is a city in Steele County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 25,599 at the 2010 census.It is the county seat of Steele County. Owatonna is home to the Steele County Fairgrounds, which hosts the Steele County Free Fair in August.
In 1856, Josef Karel Kaplan emigrated from a village southwest of Prague Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) and selected a quarter section (160 acres (65 ha)) of land near the town of Owatonna. Kaplan described Owatonna as having just 50 small homes, but predicted 100 within a year, along with a railroad. With just four stores and a pharmacy, Owatonna quickly prospered and grew to 1500 inhabitants in just 5 years. Kaplan wrote about the Owatonna area in letters donated to the Minnesota Historical Society. In them he described often seeing Indians – people with “tough constitutions…brown skin and good dispositions”, explaining: “When you read about battles between whites and Indians, it is the whites who are to blame.” In 1866, Kaplan helped organize the Catholic Cemetery, and a year later, the National Bohemian Cemetery of Owatonna
Kaplan’s Woods is part of the land originally owned by Josef Kaplan, and later Victor and Anna Kaplan. The State of Minnesota created Kaplan’s Wood State Park, which was later transferred to the City of Owatonna. The Kaplan’s Woods Parkway contains over 6 miles (10 km) of hiking and cross country skiing trails, and nearly 2 miles (3 km) of hard—surfaced, handicapped—accessible trail. The parkway includes Lake Kohlmier, a 35-acre (14 ha) lake. Maps of the parkway are available at the Park and Recreation office. Owatonna MN Homes for Sale
The Minnesota State School for Dependent and Neglected Children was built in 1886. The school took in orphans from around the state and taught them “the value of drill, discipline, and labor”. The children who died in the institution were interred in the graveyard behind the school. In 1945, the orphanage was closed and in 1947 the State Public School was officially abolished and all its lands, buildings, property, and funds were transferred to the newly established the Owatonna State School, which provided academic and vocational training for the mentally handicapped. The Owatonna State School was closed June 30, 1970. In 1974, the City purchased the compound for its office space. Renamed “West Hills”, it continues to serve as the city’s administration complex and home to many nonprofit civic organizations including a senior activity center, the Owatonna Arts Center, two nonprofit day care centers, a chemical dependency halfway house, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, among others. Owatonna MN Homes for Sale
On November 3, 2015 the Owatonna Public School District passed a bond referendum to fund school facilities improvements focusing on deferred maintenance, safety, and Elementary school crowding. As a result, the school district will get $77.9 million to repair all buildings, replace out of date equipment, update security in all 7 public school buildings, switching the use for two school buildings, and reconfigure grades from K-5, 6, 7-8, 9-12 to K-5, 6-8, 9-12. All facility changes and projects will be completed by September 2018  Owatonna MN Homes for Sale
Owatonna is an economic center of Southern Minnesota, with diverse industries. Federated Insurance is the largest employer with 1521 employees, followed by an expanding Viracon which has 1434 employees. Both have their headquarters in Owatonna. Other large employers in the community are Bosch, Jostens, Cabela’s, Mills Fleet Farm, Lowe’s, McQuay International (Daikin Industries), Owatonna Public Utilities, Truth Hardware, ISD 761, Wenger Corporation, Owatonna Clinic – Mayo Health System, and Owatonna Hospital – Allina Hospitals & Clinics. Owatonna MN Homes for Sale