Month: December 2018

Big Stone Health Care Foundation Event

I was unable to make this event; however, I sent my camera and asked Vanessa Lhotka-Meyer (Big Stone Health Care Foundation’s Director) for some highlights from the event and she provided all of the information below.  So… that certainly helped complete this blog post! I would like to introduce our speaker today, Dr. Stacy Longnecker. Stacey and her husband Isaiah chose to return to Ortonville because of a love for the community, rural setting and trust she found in the partners as she began her practice back in 2008. In that time, Stacey has built her practice specifically her OB practice; this has been invaluable to the area and success of Ortonville Area Health Services. Stacey is a leader and is admired by her coworkers and staff for compassion and dedication. Her patients and staff know that Stacey shares in their own personal journeys and becomes invested in each life she touches. Her staff describes her as an inspiration who possess amazing strength, knowledge, and faith. Please help me welcome Dr. Stacy Longnecker. This is …

Trojan Takeout – Thank you for your Work!

Congratulations & thank you to the local volunteers who organized in the beginning and who also continue to manage the Trojan Takeout Progam (and to those who volunteer their time to pack the food!) The Trojan Takeout Program  received mention in Southwest Initiative Foundation’s President and CEO, Diana Anderson, summary of the recent Grow Our Own summit:  “Folks in Ortonville went back to their community after the 2016 Summit and launched a weekend backpack food program to ensure kids weren’t going hungry at home.”  LINK to Diana Anderson summary of the event For more information on the Grow Our Own initiative, check out the Foundations website post LINK:  Grow Our Own Summit Details Those in attendance from Ortonville at this year’s summit were:  Becky Parker, Nancie Haukos and Kari Dorry. Thank you to the three that got it started – persistent & dedicated!

Boys Basketball Trojans vs LQPV

I video my nephew’s basketball games when I can – since I was able to be at the LQPV game which was out of town, I decided to video all the games for highlights (C, B & Varsity) since there may have been some that were unable to make the drive. All the games were fun to watch!  As you’ll see in the varsity game, Tyson Powell was busy making baskets!  Quoting Paul Raymo (the famous Paul Raymo!) “Tyson lead his Trojans team in scoring with 26 points with some crucial free throws down the stretch in a 80 to 74 win over LQPV Tuesday” — and kudos to the cheerleaders who did an awesome job also! Link to the Roster (PDF) – just in case you’re curious who the players were! Link:  LQPV-Ortonville Roster Make sure to hit full screen to watch! Varsity Highlights — Nice Win! C Squad Highlights B Squad Highlights  

Welcome Home for Christmas!

We hope you enjoy your Christmas with family and friends while you’re back in the area!  You can keep in touch with the latest from the City at our new website: If you are making plans for extended family and need extra space, make sure to check out the Chamber’s lodging page A reminder on Ortonville’s Dining & Beverage choices (links to their Facebook pages for the latest posts) Alley Cat (Bowling & Awesome food!!) Lakewood Supper Club Lingonberry’s Pastry and Coffee Shop 2nd Street (Coffee Shop and Bistro) – just opened downtown Ortonville Headwaters Grill & Bar Berkner Pizza Moose Lodge VFW Subway … and just across the Border Big Rock Grill & Casino If you get a few extra minutes to fish while you’re back, stop in at Artie’s Bait & Tackle to find out where the fishing are biting. AND, if you should decide that you’d rather not leave once you get here… a couple of links here to help you out – LINK:  find homes to purchase or rent & LINK:  Find …

Santa Day in Ortonville

It was so much fun to see everyone enjoying downtown Ortonville on Saturday!  The Community Center had a steady stream from 1 to 4 to see Santa, have some treats, activities & games – then off to Lingonberry’s for cookie decorating (Hartman’s Super Valu is on First Street; however, they joined the fun up on Second Street by donating the cookie decorating supplies!)  Dalen Roe was kept very busy with hayrides and OMG owners Greg & Sue Lockwood prepped their lot next to their building with a bonfire so that it was ready for Christmas Caroling around the fire after the lighted parade. And, as announced earlier on this blog, 2nd Street (Coffee House & Bistro) opened on Saturday during all of the festivities.  When I asked them what their best seller of the day was, they said it was the potato soup in a bread bowl… later on Facebook, I did see postings that said how good that soup was!  I purchased a sampling (that sounds smaller than it was! ha) of baked treats …