The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will host former Golden Gopher running back and Rochester John Marshall graduate Darrell Thompson at a kickoff for its Owatonna Community Leadership Academy in September. Thompson, who is the color commentator for Gopher football broadcasts, also is president of Bolder Options.

The academy "is a leadership program designed to enable candidates to learn about Owatonna resources, values, strengths, weaknesses and challenges," according to the chamber's website description. It begins September 11 and meets monthly through June.

Bolder Options is a volunteer organization that works with young people.

The weekly e-newsletter from the Owatonna Chamber also reports that a movie is being filmed in Owatonna, shooting on Friday, September 7 at Morehouse Park. Anyone interested in being an extra can simply show up by 4 pm. Be ready to be there through the overnight.

Chamber president Brad Meier also teases in the newsletter, "Three recent building purchases will add a service for one business, change location for another and create an entire new building for the third. All are in process-details soon!"