The coffee is free and the chatter could be lively as Owatonna Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Elstad hosts the first "Coffee and Conversation" of the new school year on Wednesday, October 13 at 11 am at the district office. Use door No. 1 at 515 West Bridge Street in Owatonna to attend. The district newsletter does not indicate a need to preregister.

Hear an update from Elstad "on what's happening within the school district and bring any questions you have." The district will also present a video "State of the District" address from Elstad that will be available Monday, November 8 on the school district's website.


Bob Olson, Director of Facilities, Infrastructure, and Security reports in the October newsletter that construction of the new Owatonna High School is progressing well, "From a construction point of view, the dry summer has been a blessing, enabling crews to get more done than planned. We may even go into the winter season about a month ahead of schedule."

He says you can notice a few things when you drive by the location on the corner of 18th Street SE and Bixby Road, "You should see some of the interior stair towers have been erected, the stadium and varsity softball field light towers are up, and the stadium bleacher footings have been poured." He adds, "According to our construction manager Kraus-Anderson the project is on track and things are going well."


  • Owatonna Public Schools are accepting applications from district residents interested in serving on a task force to plan for future use of the current high school after the new facility opens in the fall of 2023.
  • A winter clothing drive is underway.
  • The Red Ribbon drug prevention week kick-off event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 at Owatonna Middle School.
  • The district is hiring.
  • Instructions on how to get tickets to Owatonna High School sporting events, home and away.
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