Plenty of good news to report from the Owatonna Police Department (OPD) in a recent edition of their Just the Facts newsletter. There was a promotion for a hometown officer, a badge-pinning and oath of office ceremony, and a banquet to celebrate the Police Officer of the Year. The department is also seeking the public's help in locating a dog and its owner after a biting incident in an Owatonna park.

The OPD reports Josh Sorenson, a native of Owatonna, is promoted to Captain, effective September 26. He began with the department in 2004, "During that time, Josh has been a defensive tactics instructor, firearms instructor, child protection investigator, school resource officer and mobile field force instructor."

Sorenson was promoted to Sergeant in 2011 and was named the Owatonna Police Officer of the Year by the Moonlighter's Exchange Club in 2019. He takes the place of Captain Eric Rethemeier who is retiring in January.

The 2021 Officer of the Year, Detective Christian Berg was honored at a recent banquet. He has been with the Owatonna department since 2011.

The OPD recognized officers Michael Brein, Tony Malepsy, Jeremy Katz, John Van Alstine, Matthew Lounsbury and Sergeant Zack Schumaker during an oath-of-office ceremony at an Owatonna City Council meeting.

DOG BITE INVESTIGATION

The police department is seeking public assistance in identifying the owner of a dog that bit someone at the Owatonna Dog Park on State Avenue on Sunday, September 19. Just the Facts reports, "in the case, a younger brindle colored pit-bull, or pit-bull/boxer mix bit a black Labrador and then bit its human owner on the forearm-the dog also had a dark blue collar." A white female with shoulder-length dark hair is believed to be the person with the dog. Anyone with information can contact the Owatonna Police Department at 507-451-8232.

Enter your number to get our free mobile app

25 True Crime Locations: What Do They Look Like Today?

Below, find out where 25 of the most infamous crimes in history took place — and what the locations are used for today. (If they've been left standing.)

How Many in America: From Guns to Ghost Towns

Can you take a guess as to how many public schools are in the U.S.? Do you have any clue as to how many billionaires might be residing there? Read on to find out—and learn a thing or two about each of these selection’s cultural significance and legacy along the way.

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.