Author: Vicki Oakes

Christmas Season in Ortonville

Such joy! — and busy.  Christmas time in Ortonville. Last night’s vocal concert at the Ortonville High School  – the combination of generational inclusion  – painted a beautiful picture of who we are as a community. The annual Hymn Sing at Abiding Faith Free Lutheran Church (open to congregations to join in) was just beautiful! A Short Clip from the Christmas Carolers on Santa Day COMING SOON A HIGHLIGHT VIDEO FROM THE SANTA DAY ACTIVITIES And, to top off Santa Day, the annual Lighted Parade in Ortonville!  

Presentation: Branding

November’s Social Media lunch was held on November 20th with Kelley Nemitz of 360 Design House, Inc.  We had a number of our “regulars” that could not make it to the presentation that day so Kelley was kind enough to let me videotape so that they were able to view later.  And, since then has ok’d my request to post the video on our website for all of our businesses to view!  The handouts from the presentation are being emailed to those that had registered for the meeting.  Check out the Gallery section (LINK) of her website for examples of her work. On a side note, it was great to have Jackie Turner of the Southwest Initiative Foundation join us for this Social Media Lunch!  Jackie and the Foundation were instrumental in starting our Social Media Lunch program several years ago.  Things have evolved but the concept is still in place. This was a great presentation – hope you get a chance to take a look!  I did not include the question and answer portion at …

November Social Media Lunch – Branding

We will have a speaker/presenter from Canby for this month’s Social Media Networking Lunch. We are changing up the “Wednesday” to November 20th Time:  Noon Location:   Ortonville Media Center, 412 2nd St NW, Ortonville, MN (lower level of the Ortonville Library) Branding is one of the most important parts of your business. An effective brand strategy will set you apart from the crowd, tell your unique story, help you attract your ideal customers, and establish trust, all while staying true to who you are. Whether you are starting a new business, or just need to clarify your existing one, crafting an effective brand strategy is essential. If you’re thinking about branding but you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed, join us on November 20th. Kelley Nemitz from 360 Design House will present the basics of branding and give tips on how to get started. Topics will include: What is a brand? Telling your brand story What is my brand purpose? Brand spirit/personality Defining your ideal customer Establishing brand positioning Crafting your brand style (logo, colors, fonts, images, …

Local Author Presentation: Claudia Sellin

Of course, I’ll start out with a picture of the amazing brunch (peach french toast with sausages) that was catered by Crazy Apron Catering.  It was truly as delicious as it looks! I’m a member of one of our local organizations in Ortonville that gets together once per month (September through May) and enjoys great food, conversation and a presentation by a person or organization from the area.  This month’s presentation was a delightful (and humorous) share by Claudia Sellin on her book “You Can be Anything You Want to Be!  Says Who?”  The video below provides an introduction to the book – then she went on to share various pieces of the book… which were so relatable and hilarious!  I’ve just started the book… and picked up a few copies which will make perfect gifts!  As one of the MNbump bloggers, I find this book to have an extra interest… reading about the life of someone who also grew up in Ortonville (bonus for me:  as a babyboomer), moved away and has now returned …

Northridge Apartment Specs, OHS Homecoming & the 2019 Art’s Meander

It was a busy week for all ages in the Ortonville area! Many of you have noticed the activity at the Northridge building (I know this because of the number of texts I’ve received!)  Yes, the work has begun – and I can share the Phase I and Phase II apartment layout with you!  Phase I is the complete northern hall/end with Phase II being the apartments along the hallway that runs north and south.   LINK:  Apartment Layout — The contractors have an estimated 60 working days to complete Phase I with Phase II to follow early next summer.  Phase I includes Six 2-bedrooms, two 1-bedrooms and an efficiency apartment. More details to follow!   — If you are interested in renting and would like more information once the project is complete (or nearing completion) of the first phase, please fill in the no-obligation form.  LINK to FORM I’m excited to see this project get started – the property will provide some lovely rental options with mature trees, great landscaping and private sheltered picnic area in …

Click to view a One-Page Photo Snapshot of Ortonville

MNOrtonville.com is not only our City Government page, but it is also our link-hub to connect across our community, Big Stone County and the surrounding area. On Big Stone Lake:  26 miles long & the headwaters of the Minnesota River Awarding winning & growing Health Care – Clinic & Hospital Web Link Currently 7 MDs with 2 more coming on board by November 2020 Senior Housing on the Golf Course Web Link 18-Hole Municipal Golf Course (beautiful course! Web Link) Check out our Business & Organizations on the Chamber Website Great School System!  School Website Big Stone County is well connected – work from your home! Find Employment Find Housing Ortonville is an MNbump Community!

Lingonberry’s Lodge Photos, Idle Spurs Inn Update, New Dentist sets date to open & More!

Oh so beautifully done!  I took a tour of the new Lingonberry’s Lodge on Main Street yesterday afternoon – wow!  I had a real urge to relax in a comfortable chair and look out the nicely tinted windows overlooking Main Street… and just stay awhile. Khadija will be listing all of the local businesses that contributed to this project soon in the Ortonville Independent – it is quite a list of local talent. You can see from the photos below, you can step out the front door for your breakfast (or lunch if you get up a little later!) at Lingonberry’s Pastry & Coffeeshop or the back door to step onto the Coffeeshop’s patio and enter from there. (breakfast or lunch will be included for each room) Lingonberry’s Lodge opens to its first guests today!  What a wonderful addition to Ortonville. And speaking of awesome new lodging in Ortonville, Idle Spurs Inn is coming along wonderfully too!  They do still have four rooms to complete – but the rooms that are ready are full for …

Updates coming to the Info Kiosk Area

The Ortonville EDA took action to move forward with the first phase of the info Kiosk area on Second Street (main street – oh, how we confuse people on this one!) just north of the Holiday Gas Station. The photo below was taken last year when the City Crew demolished and removed the corner structure.  (also, thanks to the City Crew for removing some trees earlier in the year and making this area more visible!)  I’ve imposed the new sign in the area to reflect the 24′ x 8′ graphic.  I know – my skills leave a bit for the imagination – but hopefully, this gives you a good idea! Dan Kafka (of Pro Image Partners) shared a great idea to continue the sign’s theme across the rest of the retaining wall.  Paint the background a blue similar to that in the sign and add clouds periodically across – he thought maybe the EDA should talk to the Arts Council about some help with that – GREAT IDEA! (heads up Big Stone Arts Council!) — …

New Dental Office, Northridge Building, Idle Spurs Inn, Pickleball and more!

A few quick community updates. Northridge Building.  The new owners, Roop Brar & Swachetan Bajwa, have requested quotes for the apartment project materials.  Once the quotes have been reviewed and materials ordered, their contractor will begin work.  They are currently looking to start the rehab project in September.  They will be providing highlights on the progress of their construction – so we will keep you posted!  In the meantime, if you think that you may be interested in renting and would like to be kept on a notification list, you can complete a short form – CLICK HERE FOR FORM No updates on the date they plan to open… just a quick picture to see the work that continues! Idle Spurs Inn… if you have not checked out their Facebook Page to see this amazing transformation, please do now!  Brandy has awesome taste in decorating.  The updates are thorough and expansive.  Link to Idle Spurs Inn Facebook Page And, you’ve likely checked out our new awesome retail store – O.M.G. – but they have now …