WINNERTop 100 rank: 97
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This self-proclaimed "Jewel of the Prairie" -- surrounded by tall meadows, wildflowers and farmland -- is full of people who love the great outdoors. Hiking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing are popular in the city's 24 parks, as is fishing and canoeing at Lake Kohlmier.
The historic Village of Yesteryear provides a snapshot of life in 19th-century Owatonna.
The jobs picture is good: The city is home to more than 500 retailers and 40 industrial firms that employ more than 17,000 people. --D.G.
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