Thank you to Frandsen Bank & Trust for the desk – my office is now complete! It is quite a network, living here on the MNbump – The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber Director, Mary Hillman, had stopped in the Ortonville EDA office shortly after our move and noted that I really needed a new desk. I actually had a nice desk setup originally; however, my move downtown provides a great centralized location and easy walk for many of our businesses so I had decided to set-up my two desk sections as one long conference table so that the office would always be ready for a meeting – and I could just use the city’s desk that had been left in the space. Yes, the desk was not much to look at – but my office was much more practical this way. The Downtown Revitalization Committee has started to have their monthly meetings here – which keeps me in the loop with what is happening; the City Park Board will start using the conference table for their meetings; and, the Ortonville EDA has a monthly Social Media Lunch for area businesses – all of which work great in this space. My ugly desk did not seem to hinder any of these meetings! 🙂
But… back to Mary! She had stopped at Frandsen Bank & Trust in Clinton one day and in talking with them found out that they would have a couple of desks for sale since they were remodeling the bank. Of course, she immediately called me to encourage me to buy one! (for those of you that know Mary – she is persistently encouraging) – so I contacted Bill Thyne – who was awesome! He said that they had the flexibility to donate the desk to a “worthy cause” and he was sure that the Ortonville EDA met that requirement.
So late Friday afternoon I grabbed my favorite “helper” – my husband, Dan, and we drove to Clinton to pick it up – Bill Thyne himself helped Dan load the desk. Bill also gave us a quick tour to see the changes that they are making at the bank – I’m anxious to stop back up and see the finished remodel! Once we returned to Ortonville and had barely stepped out of the vehicle – there was Sue Lockwood asking if we’d like some help unloading the desk. Greg was there too in just a few minutes time. They had been working on their building across the street (Ortonville Mercantile & Gallery (O-M-G)) and saw us pull up.
THAT is what it is like to live here, on the MNbump!
I stopped in this afternoon to put my office back together so that I would be ready to kick off the work week Monday morning – and as I write this, I’m enjoying my new desk – much larger L-shaped desk with matching file cabinet — and yes, it is much better looking than the desk I was using!