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OWATONNA — Despite advocacy from the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism to restore and keep in place the recently discontinued traffic signals at the intersection of Oak Avenue and Vine Street, the Steele County engineer has confirmed that the plan to remove the lights will move f…

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BLOOMING PRAIRIE — During its regular meeting on Monday night, the Blooming Prairie City Council unanimously approved the preliminary 2020 budget, as well as the preliminary 2020 tax levy.

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MASON CITY, Iowa — Three months after Mason City Mayor Bill Schickel announced on Facebook that an Owatonna, Minnesota-based business was looking to expand into town, the groundbreaking has been set.

OWATONNA — After a lengthy discussion regarding the increase in popularity for multi-generational housing needs, the Owatonna City Council approved the ordinance that will allow accessory dwelling units to be constructed within a single family zoning district.

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OWATONNA — The final details have been ironed out as the Steele County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday officially approved a purchase agreement with Bradford Holdings for the sale of an assisted living facility and a vacant senior care center.

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OWATONNA — Over the past several years, weary travelers have been stopping in to hotels on the north side of Owatonna during the dead of night with the same story and concern: “It sure is dark on that exit.”

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OWATONNA — After eight years in Owatonna, the local Family Video store on Oak Avenue will be closing up shop next month, but the assistant district manager asserts that its closure has nothing to do with business numbers — or a lack thereof.

MEDFORD — During its regular meeting on Monday night, the Medford City Council on Monday unanimously approved the preliminary 2020 budget, as well as the preliminary 2020 tax levy.

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OWATONNA — Heading into its third year, Steele Co. Works, with its mission of matching local individuals to jobs in the community, is “starting to really take shape,” said Anisha Zak, workforce entry coordinator, as more students — and their parents — discover it, and more businesses jump on board.

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OWATONNA — Family members became irate and staff members began to shed tears as the Steele County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the sale of Park Place Assisted Living and the empty Cedarview Care Center to Bradford Holdings, solidifying the eventual relocation of 50 Park Place …

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OWATONNA — The long-rumored building of a Costco Distribution Center in Owatonna’s industrial park — bringing with it up to 200 new jobs — will be taking steps toward becoming a reality in the upcoming weeks, city officials confirmed on Tuesday.

Jobless rates dropped across the region last month to their lowest rates since the end of last year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

OWATONNA — Local entrepreneurs met Thursday at Riverland Community College to discuss challenges of starting, maintaining, and growing businesses, as well as to learn more about resources available to them.

OWATONNA — Owatonna-based Federated Insurance has been named one of the top workplaces in the state of Minnesota and its CEO and chairman of the board, Jeff Fetters, named the top CEO for large companies in the state.

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OWATONNA — With the self-imposed June 1 deadline staring him squarely in the face, real estate developer Mac Hamilton made good on a promise and opened his new apartment complex in downtown Owatonna to residents over the weekend.

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OWATONNA — About 100 new jobs will be created, most of them in town, when a new Twin Cities-based construction company takes up residency in an Owatonna facility later this year.

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MEDFORD — Dressbarn, the women’s clothing chain founded in 1962 as a place where women in need of career-wear “could find fashion at a value,” is closing all its stores — including the location and Dressbarn Woman location at the Medford Outlet Center.

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OWATONNA — During the inaugural Steele Co. Works signing day Wednesday night inside Owatonna High School, several Steele County high school seniors were able to celebrate their commitments to their immediate — and future — careers.

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