Every Voice: Creating Belonging for All

People in Owatonna have a deep sense of pride and often refer to themselves as “Owatonnans.” The term is embedded in our community and our language. At times, it has also been used to draw a line between insiders and outsiders.

To be an Owatonnan is a good thing – yet we know that each of us has a connection, a story from somewhere else at some time. That connection could be more recent. It could be 1-2 generations ago. Those varying perspectives make us a stronger community.

As our community changes and grows, it is time to expand our imagination about what it means to be an Owatonnan. How do we create a sense of belonging for everyone who calls Owatonna home? It starts with listening, connecting through shared experiences and honoring our differences.

We want to hear your story!

How did you or your family come to call Owatonna home? What do you love about this community? How can we improve our inclusivity? We need your ideas and input on how Owatonna can become more inclusive and welcoming for all. Let's make this page a space for everyone to connect, share ideas, share their story and honor each other as Owatonnans through all of our unique differences.

People in Owatonna have a deep sense of pride and often refer to themselves as “Owatonnans.” The term is embedded in our community and our language. At times, it has also been used to draw a line between insiders and outsiders.

To be an Owatonnan is a good thing – yet we know that each of us has a connection, a story from somewhere else at some time. That connection could be more recent. It could be 1-2 generations ago. Those varying perspectives make us a stronger community.

As our community changes and grows, it is time to expand our imagination about what it means to be an Owatonnan. How do we create a sense of belonging for everyone who calls Owatonna home? It starts with listening, connecting through shared experiences and honoring our differences.

We want to hear your story!

How did you or your family come to call Owatonna home? What do you love about this community? How can we improve our inclusivity? We need your ideas and input on how Owatonna can become more inclusive and welcoming for all. Let's make this page a space for everyone to connect, share ideas, share their story and honor each other as Owatonnans through all of our unique differences.

  • Featured Stories


    Check out our first Every Voice story from Owatonnan Brian Coleman! Brian made his way to Owatonna from Port Huron, Michigan (with a few stops in between) and is making a lasting impact on our community.

    Each month, we will feature a new story from an Owatonnan like you. If you'd like us to feature your story, contact us!

Page last updated: 12 July 2021, 14:52