Earlier this week a pipe within the sprinkler system in the Steele County Courthouse failed, resulting in all three levels of the courthouse being flooded. This also necessitated an immediate evacuation. The removal of water and debris continues and a complete assessment of the building had not been completed as of Wednesday afternoon. The building will remain closed until further notice and the county insurance adjuster has been onsite.

As a result there will be a few changes in location for a couple of entities.

  • The Steele County Probation Services is for now in the Steele County Attorney's Office at 303 S. Cedar Ave., Owatonna.
  • The State of Minnesota Steele County District Court is for now in the Owatonna Fire Hall at 107 W. Main St.

The public is asked to park in the courthouse parking lot to access either location.