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With a population of over 24,000 people Owatonna lies over the Straight River and is about 65 miles south of Minneapolis, the city was founded in 1854 and soon becoming a regular stopping place for stagecoaches and, later, railroad lines. According to local legend, the Straight River had curative powers and was able to restore the daughter of an Indian chief to health; a statue of the princess dating from the 1930s stands in the cities Mineral Springs Park.

Must see sights/attractions include: the National Farmers Bank, Kaplan’s Woods and the State School Museum.

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The word Owatonna in Sioux means straight

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  • Last visit to Owatonna: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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