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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.

Editor’s note: With the vote on the upcoming referendum for a new high school in the Owatonna school district less than two weeks away, we put a dozen questions to district officials — questions gleaned from comments, questions or issues raised in letters to the editors as well as conversati…

OWATONNA — The $22 million-plus pledged to help build a new high school in Owatonna likely will not be available to the school district if voters reject the upcoming referendum, district officials said Monday.

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OWATONNA — Owatonna, or at least a section of it, got its first look at the new apartment building downtown and along with it, a view of the city from what is soon to be the tallest building in the community.

OWATONNA — Despite being what industry officials called a devastating year of adversity, the Owatonna-based Federated Mutual Insurance Company announced another record-breaking year at its annual meeting Tuesday morning.

OWATONNA — The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has come out in support of the school district’s $116 million bond referendum to build a new high school, calling the goal of the new facility “a wise investment” and the “best long-term solution.”

The unemployment rate across edged slightly lower across the region, according to figures released Tuesday morning by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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OWATONNA — Typically filled by ice rinks, Owatonna’s Four Seasons Centre this weekend has cleared the way for gargantuan farm equipment, seminars and demonstrations, and vendor booths with topics like solar energy, liquid fertilizer, and dirty fuel tanks for the North American Farm and Power Show.

OWATONNA — It has been almost a full year since the Workforce Center in Owatonna was forced to close its doors due to a drop in funding. This week, however, strong community advocates visited the legislators in St. Paul to testify on the importance of re-opening the doors, in large to help c…

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MANKATO — In 1904, a group of farmers and business owners around Owatonna pooled their resources to create a better insurance company that could really focus on the needs of rural Minnesotans. Out of this group came Federated Insurance, one of the country’s first multi-line insurance compani…

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OWATONNA — It may have seemed like a bit of a setback when Foremost Properties, LLC, pulled its purchase agreement with the City of Owatonna off the table last minute on Tuesday, but those spearheading the movement to bring a brewpub to downtown assure that that is not the case.

STEELE COUNTY — It was a standard meeting for the Steele County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, though the commissioners had the opportunity to learn more about two seemingly dramatic processes: tax forfeitures and eminent domain.

STEELE COUNTY — After a year of public scrutiny over meal expenses, credit card use, and per diems by former members of the county board, Commissioner Rick Gnemi is proposing a change in compensation to offer more transparency in what and how the Steele County commissioners are being paid.

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