At its meeting on Tuesday, the Owatonna City Council gave its final approval to an ordinance that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old in early October. It passed by a 6-1 vote.

The increase will also apply to the possession of tobacco products and e-cigarettes, meaning that it will soon be illegal for persons between 18 and 21 to have or use those products, regardless of how they were acquired.

The increase will go into effect after the change goes through the necessary publication requirements, which is tentatively set for Oct. 4.

Owatonna is home to just under 26,000 residents and is located approximately 70 miles south of Minneapolis.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.