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    by chellediva Written Jul 24, 2011

    Huge gorgeous park at the East end of Cherry Street in Owatonna. My great grandmother lived on Cherry Street til the early 80's, and my brother and I used to go to this park to play and drink from the fountain. Since then, they've constructed a nice disc golf course and horseshoe pits. There's a lovely waterfall and great trails for bikers, joggers or strollers. They've also upgraded the playground equipment with lots of fun stuff and my 2 year old thought it was great! With a river running through it, and lots of green space, I bet it's been a VERY popular spot for senior/wedding pictures over the years! Very serene and calming. Maybe it's the healing mineral waters!

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    by grayfo Updated Jul 2, 2008

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    In 1996, the City of Owatonna acquired a jet plane from the U.S. Air Force to be used as a monument at the airport. Due to the cost of the project exceeding the City’s budget, the plane was put in storage.

    In 1997, R.W. “Buzz” Kaplan proposed that the plane become part of a signature display outside Heritage Halls Museum to north of the airport. To complete the display the City acquired two more jets from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

    After the Heritage Halls museum closed the jets were moved, it was felt that the Owatonna (Degner) Regional Airport was the natural and appropriate location for the jets.

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    by yooperprof Written Jun 20, 2007

    On a recent drive from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Kansas, I stopped in Owatonna Minnesota to a take a look at one of the masterpieces of American architecture, Louis Sullivan's "Farmers National Bank." (It's now Wells Fargo, but it looks like the San Francisco megabank is taking good care of it.)

    Louis Sullivan (1856-1924) is often credited as being one of the inventors of the skycraper. With his engineering partner Dankmar Adler, he designed scores of important building around the US, but most centrally in and around Chicago.

    Sullivan was one of the mentors and models for Frank Lloyd Wright.

    "...The architect who combines in his being the powers of vision, of imagination, of intellect, of sympathy with human need and the power to interpret them in a language vernacular and true -- is he who shall create poems in stone..."

    Sullivan was not appreciated in his own lifetime and his life ended in obscurity and poverty. He died alone in a Chicago hotel room

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    by yooperprof Written Jul 1, 2007

    I was looking for a decent lunch-place in the center of Owatonna on a Sunday afternoon, and El Tapatio was one of the few restaurants that was open. Good affordable standard Tex-Mex is always welcome. You might be surprised to find good mexican food in rural Minnesota, but you shouldn't be. "The Times they are a changin'," as a famous Minnesotan once wrote.

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    by yooperprof Updated Jul 1, 2007

    Favorite thing: You can't get any more Americana than this!

    The middle of the town square in Owatonna features an authentic wooden bandstand from which local ensembles perform free concerts in the summertime.

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    by yooperprof Written Jul 1, 2007

    Favorite thing: The Fireman's Hall stands at a corner of the town square, and is built in a classic Italian Romanesque style that complements the nearby County Courthouse. It was built in 1906.

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    ready for a siege?

    by yooperprof Written Jul 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The old Armory building in Owatonna is just off the town square, next to the Louis Sullivan Farmer's Bank building. I think it's now used as an office building.

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