Slow down, folks. The Owatonna Police Department (OPD) issued a report on their January citations in their recent Just the Facts newsletter. It probably doesn't come as a surprise that speeding was the top ticket issued by officers. But what are the rest of the Top 5?

And, how about the overall number of calls that the Owatonna Police Department was called out to to start 2022. Breaking down the 3,586 overall service calls that the OPD responded to to start 2022.

  • 479 traffic stops
  • 399 warnings
  • 213 medical calls
  • 113 citations were issued
  • 112 animal complaints
  • 91 alarms
  • 77 ordinance violations
  • 76 suspicious activity calls
  • 70 motor vehicle accidents
  • 22 warrants
  • 14 domestic disturbances
  • 8 DWIs
  • 5 juvenile calls

Counting down the Top 5 traffic stop citations.


No. 5 Expired Registration

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David Lentz

No. 4 Invalid Driver's License

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Ingram Publishing

No. 3 No Insurance


No. 2 Stop Sign Violation


And the No. 1 Citation Issued by OPD in January 2022...Speeding

Just the Facts also salutes the retirement of a longtime officer. The end of January marked the completion of Captain Eric Rethemeier's career in Owatonna. "He has been a constant around the office for many years. Rethemeier started his career with our department on November 29, 1993 as a patrol officer. He held several titles during his 28+ years at OPD."

Promotions included investigations September 1998, patrol Sergeant April 2004, and Captain of investigations April 2008. He also served as interim chief June through October 2010.

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