The Owatonna Police Department made over 3,700 calls in the month of December 2021 according to a report from their Just the Facts newsletter. Those numbers included 15 DWI arrests, the biggest number of any month of 2021.

Here's the breakdown of service calls made by Owatonna police in December 2021.

  • 472 traffic stops
  • 242 medical emergencies
  • 161 animal calls
  • 97 ordinance violations
  • 89 suspicious activity calls
  • 79 alarms
  • 65 motor vehicle accidents
  • 15 juvenile calls
  • 14 domestic disturbances
  • 8 warrants

Officers issured 111 citations and 398 warnings. The top five citation types

  1. speeding
  2. expired registration
  3. no insurance
  4. invalid driver's license
  5. failure to stop

Owatonna police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who may have been involved in a hit-and-run. Look here for his picture. You can contact the police department at 507-451-8232 with information or go here for the tip line.


Owatonna police made a traffic stop for an equipment violation early on Christmas morning. Just the Facts reports, "Upon making contact with the driver, the officer noticed several open containers of alcohol within the vehicle. After the driver failed his field sobriety tests, he was arrested for probable cause DWI.

A loaded gun was found in the vehicle. Twenty-one year old Carter Hagen of Ellendale was arrested on "4th degree DWI, carrying a pistol while under the influence of alcohol, and possession of a pistol without a permit in a public place." Twenty-three year old Keton Brown of Owatonna, a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested for outstanding felony warrants.

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