Winter seems to be over in southern Minnesota, though that can change in a heartbeat in March...April...or May. Still, with the change in weather, road construction season is close to resuming in downtown Owatonna. The North Cedar Avenue Streetscape project began last year. Find the overview of the project here.

The latest edition of the Tuesday Talk e-newsletter from the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (OACCT) lays out the timetable for work, "The contractor is planning to begin traffic control the week of April 4, with pavement removals beginning as early as the week of April 11, dependent on upcoming weather."

"The major work is proposed to occur between Vine Street and Broadway Street, starting at and closing the intersection of Vine Street and Cedar Avenue. Broadway Street will remain open as long as possible. In addition, the alleys on the west side of Cedar Avenue will be constructed this year."

"Amenities and landscaping work is expected to occur... however, this work is not anticipated to cause full street closures," states Tuesday Talk.

The Owatonna Chamber announces Business After Hours on Tuesday, March 22 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at Sparetime Entertainment.

Chamber President Brad Meier blogs on the Great Resignation, "Gaining traction since April 2021, the Great Resignation has created a labor shortage for many industries that are now struggling to fill open positions."

"While some speculations early on suggested that workers would return in droves before the holidays, time is beginning to tell a different story." Read Meier's blog.

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