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With a population of over 24,000 people Owatonna lies over the Straight River, the word Owatonna in Sioux means straight. The city is about 65 miles south of Minneapolis and was founded in 1854, 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.

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  • Last visit to Owatonna: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated Jan 23, 2011
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