Author: Vicki Oakes

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.¬† ūüôā 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¬†‚Äď 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¬†‚Äď 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 ‚Äď so that I gauge if we have enough seating.¬† However, if you do not RSVP and at the last minute decide to come ‚Äď please do!

The Smallest Art Gallery Expands, Ice Out & Docks In, Golfers Hit the Course!

A few updates this week! Kathleen Marihart stopped in the office for a few minutes (I love my new location downtown where people can easily stop in!)¬†and I asked her how the opening was coming between the two buildings – I am behind the times!¬† The door is in!¬† So, I stopped down this afternoon to take a couple of pictures.¬† Kathleen owns The Smallest Art Gallery in downtown Ortonville and recently purchased the building next door so that she could expand her space.¬† She plans to use the new portion for her personal gallery and classes and the original portion of her business for Artist Receptions, Exhibits, and Classes.¬† You can see from the photos that she is preparing for a class and also, her sister and local artist, Edie Barrett, is preparing for a project day with a group of regional friends – they get together about every seven weeks or so and this gathering is in Ortonville.¬† To Ortonville’s benefit, these two sisters have settled, invested and provided new opportunities for residents …

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 …