Author: Vicki Oakes

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 …

Northridge Building Rental Interest Form

  Bids will be evaluated at the end of the month and construction materials will be ordered after.  They are looking at full-time rehab work to begin in September.   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 below.  Thanks! — and watch our blog for project updates.  We’ll have more details once construction gets started!

June Social Media Lunch

The first Wednesday of the month is here again! Mark your calendars… every first Monday of the Month EXCEPT for July – our summer break month.  🙂 Wednesday, June 5, 2019Time:  Noon Location:   442nd Street NW, Ortonville (Lower Level of the Community Center) Topics: Connect & Promote – tying in with Local Events Posts Discussion on last month’s Google My Business topic (see link & info below) 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! Thank you to Patrick Buttke & Chance Haugen of “Famous in a Small Town” for providing an overview, some tips, and stressing the importance – of “Google My Business”.  I’ve provided a video of the meeting below… this is not a formal presentation video – just the raw discussion of our informal Social Media Lunch meetings!  I knew a couple of regulars were unable to make this meeting so I videotaped the meeting on this very important topic!  We …

Memorial Day Program in Ortonville 2019

Another amazing Memorial Day Program sponsored by the Big Stone Lake VFW Post 3964 and the VFW Auxiliary Post 3964 which was held at the Ortonville School Gymnasium. This was the first year in a very long time that I’ve been out of town for the Program – thank you to my sister, Heidi Weeding Karels, for videotaping the Program for me!  It was her first time – so through a couple of technical adjustments and seating positioning, the video does not include the complete program.  After editing and uploading the video, I sat and watched the complete video.  I had tears streaming down my face during the Memorial Day Address by Pastor Ailsa Harl (who has accepted a Chaplain appointment and I’m sure will be missed greatly by Ortonville’s Zion Lutheran Church!!)  I hope you take a few minutes to watch the complete video.  It truly provided an emotional and vivid picture of the cost that has been paid and will continue to be paid for our freedoms, here in the United States of …

Beautiful!

It really is fun to see so much happening here in Ortonville – I was going to (and will later today) write a post to update the latest… just hoping for a “go ahead” on a downtown project that I’ve been held to secrecy on for so long that it is starting to almost burst anyway…  AND, I was already thinking how awesome our business folks are here in Ortonville and throughout Big Stone County – when Kandi at the Ortonville Flower Shop stopped by with a beautiful bouquet of my FAVORITE flowers  (Gerbs! – another great thing about living in this community… the Flower Shop knowing what it is that you enjoy – like when I’m in a family group sending flowers for a funeral or such, I’ll always notice that there is a Gerber Daisy within the bouquet when she knows I was part of the order… that is the warmth I so enjoy living here!) So… here are the flowers I received this morning from our new developers in town  – sitting …

May 2019 Social Media Networking Lunch

The first Monday of the month is here again! Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Time:  Noon Location:   442nd Street NW, Ortonville (Lower Level of the Community Center) This is a meeting you’ll want to attend for the full benefit on the topic!  Patrick Buttke will be providing the training for this meeting. Topics: Google Listing (It is important to have one!) 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!