Month: January 2019

TV Programs Aired – Information Requests Coming in!

In talking with Chamber Director Mary Hillman yesterday, the recent airing of Big Stone Lake fishing segments on Midwest Outdoors TV has brought phone calls and emails from Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota & North Dakota!  Mary also gave out the Chamber Website address on the segment below – the Chamber website activity has more than doubled over any of the last four months for website visits! It is nice to know that as we are bundled up from the cold blast coming in this week, that visitors from all over are watching Big Stone Lake fishing episodes and checking out our websites as they make their future travel plans!   Great job Mary & Artie on the video below! You can check out Midwest Outdoors TV’s  YouTube channel for past Big Stone Lake episodes for some great fishing tips!

Water Tower Art/Design Contest

The City of Ortonville will be working on the water tower this summer which will end with new paint.  Rather than painting Ortonville in block letters on two sides, they are open to suggestions for a design change. The Ortonville EDA is offering a Water Tower Art/Design Contest! The winning design will receive $700.00 with an additional $300.00 to be donated to an Ortonville organization of your choice (i.e. Early childhood Initiative, 4-H, Food Shelf, etc.) We are looking for a simple design that can be easily read or understood from a distance. The design will be selected based on quality, technical feasibility, and relevance to Ortonville (best way to brand Ortonville for passers-by – i.e. Lake, golf, fish, or ??) The design must be an original and unpublished – submitted as a drawing or print form on a standard sheet of paper (letter or legal size) Understanding that the design selected will be reproduced and the end result may not be identical to the design drawing that you submitted. UPDATE 1/23/19:  Due to questions …

The Ortonville EDA has Moved Downtown!

I am excited to be located downtown in our main business district! When I say I’ve moved, I mean all the heavy office furniture/equipment has arrived (thanks to the City Crew!), I have a phone and internet. Other office details will be coming along over the next week or so.  (EDA Information is located on the City’s website) Now that I’m here, it is time to schedule the first social media lunch (monthly event).  From the survey sent out, it appears that noon on Wednesdays works the best.  So, the meetings will be scheduled as follows: The first Wednesday of the Month Time:  Noon to 1:00 A casual gathering & bring your own lunch If you are unable to make it but would like to sit in over the phone – or maybe a video option, we can make arrangements! February 6th – First Meeting Topic:  How to engage in social media to promote each other & the area The discussion will center on connecting with the Ortonville EDA, MNbump (some new changes there!), and …