Month: November 2018

Pro Image Partners, Inc.

From the “Meet our Businesses Series – Ortonville Owners:  Dan & Brenda Kafka Address:  229 2nd Street NW Phone:  320-839-2542 Check out their Website:  proimagepartners.com History:  Since 2006, Pro Image Partners has continued to build an image of excellence for both ourselves and customers alike. Offering apparel, vehicle graphics, signs & banners, and more to all 50 states and over a dozen countries around the world has helped us grow into a company that can manage any order, big or small. From custom designs that we create in store, to apparel with no design, we are your complete professional image partner! ABOUT THE OWNERS Dan and Brenda Kafka, the owners of Pro Image Partners, have carried their own small town rural Minnesota values into the Pro Image culture. Their most important value is treating employees, suppliers, and most importantly customers like family. Long term success has been possible through their education as they are both college graduates and also experienced in Corporate America. Brenda was previously a CPA by trade and Dan a National VP of …

New Business Opening December 1st

2nd Street (Coffeehouse & Bistro) will have their soft open on December 1st – Just in time for all of the downtown festivities!  Santa Day, the official Snowflake Lighting and the Lighted Parade will all be on December 1st. In talking with Sara Keller, one of the owners, they plan to have a limited menu through Memorial Day weekend and at that time have their Grand Opening with a full menu in place in time for the summer season. Sarah and Brenda (both owners) will be coffee prepping this weekend and continuing to prepare for December 1st.  Although they do not plan to have their full menu available until Memorial Day, Sarah did note that they will be serving a full breakfast… and make sure to stop in during the Santa Day activities to try her Keto friendly Carrot Cake!  I know there will be quite a few locals excited to have Keto, Paleo, and vegetarian choices included on their menu!   Sarah loves to bake (I enjoyed just listening to her talk about what’s coming!) …

Looking back, Christmas in Ortonville & Big Stone County

County Santa & Event Schedule November 19th – ClintonWomen’s Civic Club – Taster’s Tea December 1 – Beardsley, Santa will be in town from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. December 1 – Ortonville various activities 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with sunset lighted Christmas Parade) December 1 – Graceville Santa Day at Grace Village at 1:00 December 2 – 7:00 p.m. Community Hymn Sing at Abiding Faith Lutheran Church December 8th – Clinton 930-11am bingo for prizes and pictures with Santa We will update with additional events as they are posted. What does it look like here in Ortonville and other Big Stone County communities for the Christmas Season?  Check out some videos from our recent past.  #Life #LoveWhereYouLive Guess what year on this first video (one of my favorites!) A video from one of Clinton’s annual Taster’s Tea Event! A flashback a few years to the annual event – Downtown Ortonville Snowflake Lighting! A video of one of the annual Community Hymn Sing! I happen to have the Abiding Faith Lutheran Church Christmas Program video – …

A Letter of Gratitude for Ortonville Area Health Services

While reading the Ortonville Independent, I came across a Letter to the Editor from one of my classmates, Brent Gerber.  His family was also neighbors for many years while growing up.  I have not seen Brent in quite some time – I did, however, see his dad, Verden, recently at Fairway View.   I remembered thinking how awesome it was to see Verden join in with the Miltones while they were holding one of their practice sessions at Fairway View.  Verden has been in the Miltones for many years so it was great to see that they planned a practice here in hopes that Verden would feel up to joining them – and how awesome it was to live in this community, the City of Ortonville.  It took reading Brent’s letter to remind me there is so much more to be thankful for! I contacted Brent and asked if I could share his letter (below) I’d like to also start by sharing his email reply: The gratitude I expressed in this letter hardly covers how grateful …

2018 Veterans Day Program

The program was November 12, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at the Ortonville School. Master of Ceremonies, SM Retired Joseph Eustice guided us through the program – delivering information and leading us through the recognition of so many in our community to the Tribute to Veterans of all wars. I’ve split the program into sections – and apologize for the shaky moments throughout.  I tried videotaping from the new bleachers this year and although the height gives a great view, every movement of the crowd shakes the camera. Posting of Colors VFW Post 3964 and VFW Auxiliary National Anthem – OAHS Band directed by Ms Jen Mickels Welcome – Master of Ceremonies:  CSM Retired Joseph Eustice Veterans’ Day Poem “Thought for Today” read by Aubrey Zuraff Patriotic Selection Elementary Choir Grades 4, 5, 6 Directed by Mrs. Jennifer Neu “For the Good of the Many” and “Stars & Stripes Forever” Tribute to Veterans of All Wars.  Students of the Ortonville School presenting plaques with war totals.  Readings read by Jason Helgeson Veterans’ Day Address:  SP4 Gerald …

Arachne Yarns and More

From the “Meet our Businesses Series – Ortonville Owner:  Tessie Smith Address:  132 2nd Street NW, Ortonville Phone:  701-429-7384 Check out their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ArachneYarns/ History:  Arachne Yarns and More began several years ago, but opened up at the current location in October 2017. I have been working with wool for the past 25 years. I raised my own fiber animals until a few years ago. I am a knitter, weaver, spinner, and felter and enjoy exploring new techniques with wool. One goal of the business is to promote fiber art in the community through working with and teaching others. What they carry:  Arachne Yarns and More offers handspun yarns, handwoven clothing, and other handmade items. You will find unique handmade gift ideas as well. I carry books as well as supplies for knitting and felting. Classes are offered in weaving, spinning, knitting, crochet, needle felting and more. I encourage anyone interested in learning about the many ways to work with wool and yarns to stop in and ask about classes. Help with a project you are working …

Let’em Buck Apparel and Supply

From the “Meet Our Businesses Series – Ortonville Owner:  Joanie Hills Address:  700 US Hwy 75 Phone:  320-487-0195 History:  We opened May of 2017 What they carry:  We carry both men & women’s clothing size small – 3x. We also carry both shoes & boots for men and women along with accessories. What do you enjoy about Ortonville?  The beauty of our town is unbeatable when you look down over the lake from several spots in town, it is breathtaking. I am very thankful that we have a preK-12 school in our town, a full medical facility, dental facility and we are the county seat. It is nice to have all those things right in town and you don’t have to drive an hour to get to an appointment.   

Cutting Edge Engraving

From the “Meet Our Businesses Series – Ortonville Owner:  Carol Thompson Address: 116 2nd Street NW Phone:  320-760-1288 History:  Laser engraving. Started in 2014. Wanted to retire from a hair stylist after 40 plus years. What they carry:  Laser engraving. Custom orders or already made. Barn wood, signs, leather item, polar mugs, polar wine mugs, trophies, awards, plaques, and much much more What do you enjoy about Ortonville?  Friendly people, rural area (Note from Vicki:  The variety is amazing!  We tried to include a bit of everything – but you should definitely stop in to see all that Carol can do!)