Author: Vicki Oakes

Ag Career Day in Big Stone County

Save the date:  May 14, 2019 Location:  Sioux Historic Pavilion There will be speakers, activities, exhibitors and more. Grades 7th to 10th are encouraged to come! We have an amazing 4-H program, here in Big Stone County (MNbump)  – the opportunities for engagement, learning, connecting… are just about endless!  Of course, in the economic development office, here in Ortonville – we were very excited to hear that they would be hosting an Ag Career Day.  We likely describe ourselves as a rural ag community (with awesome added amenities to boot… like our amazing health care, school system, beautiful golf course – and of course Big Stone Lake) when we talk to others… but do our kids know how extensive the opportunities are in our area to find an ag-related career?  Ag-related comes in so many forms – and Suzanne, 4-H Director, will be sharing tidbits of information throughout the weeks to come leading up to the event. A special shout out to American Farm Bureau for financially supporting this opportunity!  (truly would not have been …

2nd Annual Art Crawl

Save the date!  Saturday, June 8th Time:  9 a.m to 5:00 p.m. The 2nd Annual Big Stone Lake Regional Art Crawl The Big Stone County artists draw quite a crowd in their participation with the Meander:  The Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl (save that date too… October 4, 5, 6th) and last year started their first art crawl. Check out the video taken during last year’s Big Stone  Lake Regional Art Crawl (I can personally add that it was awesome!!) We have an active artist community!  Check out another video below… The GuestHouse, a local short-term rental home that sits on the northern edge of the downtown business district (easy walking distance to the coffee houses and shops – and overlooking Big Stone Lake) is owned by one of our local artists that moved into the area several years ago from California.  The GuestHouse has an art change event every year – those who stay at this home enjoy local art throughout the rooms.  This video was taken during one of the art change events.

New Residential Lots Available in Ortonville

Today may not look like the perfect Spring day… and tomorrow won’t either!  However, the snow will clear out soon – and building season will arrive! When Ortonville Area Health Services and the City expanded Fairway view, Roy Street was extended to accommodate another access to the facility.  This made for a great opportunity to parcel out a few new residential lots along the way.  As you can see, the lots are in an excellent location – near the ballfields, golf course, and municipal swimming pool!  — And, excellent pricing at this time!  Call Shady Oak Realty (who has already taken purchase agreements for two projects in this area!) 320-839-2118 or check out their website at http://www.shadyoakrealty.com For more information about the area: City Website:  MNortonville.com Looking for a Job in the Area? -CLICK HERE! We are an MNbump Community – check out the latest from MNbump’s Facebook Page! Recent News in Ortonville – business expansions + more Post 1 LINK   Post 2 LINK Check a few videos from last year’s events – This is …

O.M.G. Opens, Take a Look at Gorgeous Upgrades at the Hotel, and more!

After a long snow-filled winter, this spring has sure started with some great upgrades in Ortonville! First, I stopped over at O.M.G. (Ortonville Mercantile & Gallery) – it is just across the street from my office and I’ve been watching them work on getting ready for a bit now.  So, when Mary Hillman of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber told me they were now open… I headed over for a look!  Check out the photos below – and make a plan to stop in – Downtown Ortonville right across the street from the newly renovated building of  Ortonville Family Eyecare!   Now… check out the work that has been completed so far at Idle Spurs Inn (formerly Vali Vu Motel) – WOW!  I talked with Brandy yesterday about the work that they’ve been doing since purchasing the property in October.  She is concerned about the look of the exterior at this point – but when you’re doing as much work as they are, there is bound to be parts done before others!  The photos will give …

April 2019 Social Media Networking Lunch

Our April Social Media Networking Lunch is this Wednesday, April 3rd. Time:  Noon Location:   442nd Street NW, Ortonville (Lower Level of the Community Center) Topics: Using HootSuites Interactive Post Examples (NOTE:  In May, we will have Patrick Buttke presenting on how to get your Google Business listing to rank higher on the search results!) Reminder:  These are informal lunch meetings where everyone brings their own lunch and drink – and joins in conversation after the initial agenda.  Of course, there will be discussions throughout the hour! If you plan to attend the meeting, please fill out the form below – so that I gauge if we have enough seating.  However, if you do not RSVP and at the last minute decide to come – please do!  

Thank you to Frandsen Bank & Trust!

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 …

GoFasters Expands + 2 New Housing Developments Moving Forward – and more!

I stopped up to see how the GoFaster’s Power Sports and Marine move was going this morning.  Wow!  The work that Dustin Roggenbuck has done on the 38,000+ sq ft. warehouse building along Highway 75 is impressive!   This additional space will allow expansion for not only their showroom and accessory items but also much-needed space for their expanding service shop. They also now have additional space available for winter storage of boats, pontoons and RV’s.  GoFasters is a full range power sports and marine dealership.  They also sell all season specific gear – from outerwear to snowmobilers, to helmets and specialized gear to offroad riders year-round, to paddle boards and life jackets to boaters in the summer.  Their service shop works on everything from boats, pontoons, ATVs, dirt bikes, street bikes, snowmobiles, generators, and side by sides.  With this large amount of additional space, they will be able to create that one stop shop.  GoFaster’s also sells docks and provides an install service for docks and lifts along the lake for those in need of …

Water Tower Design: There are TWO Winners!

Congratulations to David Rausch as the Water Tower Design winner! (design pictured below) David will receive $700.00 for his design and he has asked that the seperate $300.00 portion of the contest that was available for an Ortonville based non-profit of his choice go to the Big Stone Area Emergency Food Shelf. David works here locally at Rausch Granite Monuments  (On a side note if you are not familiar with this local business, you should check out their website and read the History page – a great family business story.  For those that have lived in the area awhile, we associate the family name with strong community support and involvement – with the Food Shelf being one that David remembers as being important to his mother)   When he was called to notify him as the winner, the Board had asked if he would be willing (not necessary) to alter the design to include a golf reference along with the bobber – which he did – but as is with most designs that really catch your …

Facebook – Promoting Your Business or Organization

Our Social Media Lunch tomorrow will be promoting your business with Facebook. Time:  Noon Location:  44 2nd Street NW, Ortonville (Lower Level of the Community Center – or just North of Shady Oak Realty) Tips on topics to post on Facebook Tips on Engaging your Followers & Getting more Followers Where to find the Analytics so that you can evaluate your activity What do the numbers mean: Page Views Post Reach Post Engagements Page Followers Those in Attendance – How do you currently use Facebook? Tips on Facebook activity that you’ve found engaged your followers? If you do not have a Facebook Page and are considering one, this is still a great lunch to attend.  You’ll be able to hear how it used which will help you in formulating your Facebook Marketing plan.  Either I (Vicki) or Janine Teske would be happy to set up an appointment to work with you on an individual basis to help set up your Page. Reminder:  These are informal lunch meetings where everyone brings their own lunch and drink …