With snowfall after snowfall recently, conditions seem fine to hit the trails with your snowmobile. But what are the rules you need to know to operate a sled in Owatonna. The Owatonna Police Department (OPD), through their newsletter Just the Facts, shared the SEVEN rules to follow.

DON'T operate a snowmobile in city parks, golf courses, school grounds or recreational areas.

DO get to the city limits right away, "A snowmobile may only by operated on a city street going to and from the city limits and on the most direct route."

DON'T "create loud, or unnecessary noise." This is considered a public nuisance.

DO get written permission to ride across private property.

DON'T ride a snowmobile in the downtown area.

DON'T be careless or reckless.

KEEP IT TO THE SPEED LIMIT. "The absolute speed limit of a snowmobile operated in the city limits is 15 miles per hour."


Just the Facts reports, "The Owatonna Middle School forensic classes participated in a mock crime scene investigation on January 13, 2022. The Owatonna Police Department's Detective Bureau partnered with Mr. Miller and Mrs. Rhodes forensic classes to provide this hands-on exercise to approximately 60 students."

Students studied two separate mock crime scenes set up in an OPD garage. "This has been an ongoing partnership the school district shares with the police department and offers the youth locally," states Just the Facts.

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