Author: Vicki Oakes

Big Stone Health Care Foundation Event

I was unable to make this event; however, I sent my camera and asked Vanessa Lhotka-Meyer (Big Stone Health Care Foundation’s Director) for some highlights from the event and she provided all of the information below.  So… that certainly helped complete this blog post! I would like to introduce our speaker today, Dr. Stacy Longnecker. Stacey and her husband Isaiah chose to return to Ortonville because of a love for the community, rural setting and trust she found in the partners as she began her practice back in 2008. In that time, Stacey has built her practice specifically her OB practice; this has been invaluable to the area and success of Ortonville Area Health Services. Stacey is a leader and is admired by her coworkers and staff for compassion and dedication. Her patients and staff know that Stacey shares in their own personal journeys and becomes invested in each life she touches. Her staff describes her as an inspiration who possess amazing strength, knowledge, and faith. Please help me welcome Dr. Stacy Longnecker. This is …

Trojan Takeout – Thank you for your Work!

Congratulations & thank you to the local volunteers who organized in the beginning and who also continue to manage the Trojan Takeout Progam (and to those who volunteer their time to pack the food!) The Trojan Takeout Program  received mention in Southwest Initiative Foundation’s President and CEO, Diana Anderson, summary of the recent Grow Our Own summit:  “Folks in Ortonville went back to their community after the 2016 Summit and launched a weekend backpack food program to ensure kids weren’t going hungry at home.”  LINK to Diana Anderson summary of the event For more information on the Grow Our Own initiative, check out the Foundations website post LINK:  Grow Our Own Summit Details Those in attendance from Ortonville at this year’s summit were:  Becky Parker, Nancie Haukos and Kari Dorry. Thank you to the three that got it started – persistent & dedicated!

Boys Basketball Trojans vs LQPV

I video my nephew’s basketball games when I can – since I was able to be at the LQPV game which was out of town, I decided to video all the games for highlights (C, B & Varsity) since there may have been some that were unable to make the drive. All the games were fun to watch!  As you’ll see in the varsity game, Tyson Powell was busy making baskets!  Quoting Paul Raymo (the famous Paul Raymo!) “Tyson lead his Trojans team in scoring with 26 points with some crucial free throws down the stretch in a 80 to 74 win over LQPV Tuesday” — and kudos to the cheerleaders who did an awesome job also! Link to the Roster (PDF) – just in case you’re curious who the players were! Link:  LQPV-Ortonville Roster Make sure to hit full screen to watch! Varsity Highlights — Nice Win! C Squad Highlights B Squad Highlights  

Welcome Home for Christmas!

We hope you enjoy your Christmas with family and friends while you’re back in the area!  You can keep in touch with the latest from the City at our new website:  MNortonville.com If you are making plans for extended family and need extra space, make sure to check out the Chamber’s lodging page A reminder on Ortonville’s Dining & Beverage choices (links to their Facebook pages for the latest posts) Alley Cat (Bowling & Awesome food!!) Lakewood Supper Club Lingonberry’s Pastry and Coffee Shop 2nd Street (Coffee Shop and Bistro) – just opened downtown Ortonville Headwaters Grill & Bar Berkner Pizza Moose Lodge VFW Subway … and just across the Border Big Rock Grill & Casino If you get a few extra minutes to fish while you’re back, stop in at Artie’s Bait & Tackle to find out where the fishing are biting. AND, if you should decide that you’d rather not leave once you get here… a couple of links here to help you out – LINK:  find homes to purchase or rent & LINK:  Find …

Santa Day in Ortonville

It was so much fun to see everyone enjoying downtown Ortonville on Saturday!  The Community Center had a steady stream from 1 to 4 to see Santa, have some treats, activities & games – then off to Lingonberry’s for cookie decorating (Hartman’s Super Valu is on First Street; however, they joined the fun up on Second Street by donating the cookie decorating supplies!)  Dalen Roe was kept very busy with hayrides and OMG owners Greg & Sue Lockwood prepped their lot next to their building with a bonfire so that it was ready for Christmas Caroling around the fire after the lighted parade. And, as announced earlier on this blog, 2nd Street (Coffee House & Bistro) opened on Saturday during all of the festivities.  When I asked them what their best seller of the day was, they said it was the potato soup in a bread bowl… later on Facebook, I did see postings that said how good that soup was!  I purchased a sampling (that sounds smaller than it was! ha) of baked treats …

Pro Image Partners, Inc.

From the “Meet our Businesses Series – Ortonville Owners:  Dan & Brenda Kafka Address:  229 2nd Street NW Phone:  320-839-2542 Check out their Website:  proimagepartners.com History:  Since 2006, Pro Image Partners has continued to build an image of excellence for both ourselves and customers alike. Offering apparel, vehicle graphics, signs & banners, and more to all 50 states and over a dozen countries around the world has helped us grow into a company that can manage any order, big or small. From custom designs that we create in store, to apparel with no design, we are your complete professional image partner! ABOUT THE OWNERS Dan and Brenda Kafka, the owners of Pro Image Partners, have carried their own small town rural Minnesota values into the Pro Image culture. Their most important value is treating employees, suppliers, and most importantly customers like family. Long term success has been possible through their education as they are both college graduates and also experienced in Corporate America. Brenda was previously a CPA by trade and Dan a National VP of …

New Business Opening December 1st

2nd Street (Coffeehouse & Bistro) will have their soft open on December 1st – Just in time for all of the downtown festivities!  Santa Day, the official Snowflake Lighting and the Lighted Parade will all be on December 1st. In talking with Sara Keller, one of the owners, they plan to have a limited menu through Memorial Day weekend and at that time have their Grand Opening with a full menu in place in time for the summer season. Sarah and Brenda (both owners) will be coffee prepping this weekend and continuing to prepare for December 1st.  Although they do not plan to have their full menu available until Memorial Day, Sarah did note that they will be serving a full breakfast… and make sure to stop in during the Santa Day activities to try her Keto friendly Carrot Cake!  I know there will be quite a few locals excited to have Keto, Paleo, and vegetarian choices included on their menu!   Sarah loves to bake (I enjoyed just listening to her talk about what’s coming!) …

Looking back, Christmas in Ortonville & Big Stone County

County Santa & Event Schedule November 19th – ClintonWomen’s Civic Club – Taster’s Tea December 1 – Beardsley, Santa will be in town from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. December 1 – Ortonville various activities 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with sunset lighted Christmas Parade) December 1 – Graceville Santa Day at Grace Village at 1:00 December 2 – 7:00 p.m. Community Hymn Sing at Abiding Faith Lutheran Church December 8th – Clinton 930-11am bingo for prizes and pictures with Santa We will update with additional events as they are posted. What does it look like here in Ortonville and other Big Stone County communities for the Christmas Season?  Check out some videos from our recent past.  #Life #LoveWhereYouLive Guess what year on this first video (one of my favorites!) A video from one of Clinton’s annual Taster’s Tea Event! A flashback a few years to the annual event – Downtown Ortonville Snowflake Lighting! A video of one of the annual Community Hymn Sing! I happen to have the Abiding Faith Lutheran Church Christmas Program video – …

A Letter of Gratitude for Ortonville Area Health Services

While reading the Ortonville Independent, I came across a Letter to the Editor from one of my classmates, Brent Gerber.  His family was also neighbors for many years while growing up.  I have not seen Brent in quite some time – I did, however, see his dad, Verden, recently at Fairway View.   I remembered thinking how awesome it was to see Verden join in with the Miltones while they were holding one of their practice sessions at Fairway View.  Verden has been in the Miltones for many years so it was great to see that they planned a practice here in hopes that Verden would feel up to joining them – and how awesome it was to live in this community, the City of Ortonville.  It took reading Brent’s letter to remind me there is so much more to be thankful for! I contacted Brent and asked if I could share his letter (below) I’d like to also start by sharing his email reply: The gratitude I expressed in this letter hardly covers how grateful …