The Owatonna Police Department is seeking community members interested in becoming police reserve officers. The weekly newsletter Just the Facts from the department states the opportunity "offers citizens a unique way to give back to their community."

"This volunteer unit is made up of dedicated men and women who generously donate their time to help make our community a safer place. The Owatonna Police Department welcomes reserve officer applicants of all ages and backgrounds who have an interest in law enforcement and a desire to serve their community."

Reserve officers must live in the county, be at least 18 years old, and have no criminal convictions. For more information contact Pam Roberts at 507-774-7200. or email

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The Owatonna Police Department continues its extra enforcement crackdown on distracted driving. Over 300 agencies across the state are putting an extra emphasis on watching for drivers who aren't watching the road as well as they should.

A news release from the Owatonna Police states the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has established the Drive Smart campaign, "Driving smart means setting your radio, streaming music or GPS before you start driving, keeping your eyes on the road during a conversation in the vehicle, not reaching down for an object on the floor, not eating messy food that could spill and take your attention off the road," the release states.


Just the Facts reports that Boy Scout Troop 355 hosted officers to show "their appreciation to all local first responders. They fed us with great food and told us stories from their troop activities."

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