Author: Vicki Oakes

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 …

Starting a Website – Picking out a Domain Name

One topic that has been suggested for the Social Media Lunch meetings is starting a website.  (Tomorrow is our first Social Media Lunch for 2019, CLICK HERE to see topics & RSVP if you’d like to come) So, if you are contemplating a new website, here is a great link for tips on picking out a domain name:  How to Choose the Best Domain Name (11 Tips and Tools) One of our upcoming Social Media Lunch meetings will be a discussion on websites.  We’ll have some general information for discussion – and we (Janine Teske & I) will be able to share some tips on WordPress and Wix.  The article that I linked in this post (Domain Names) is written on a site wpbeginner.  wp = WordPress.  This is what I use for a number of our local websites & blogs… this site, MNortonville.com, Golfortonville.com and both Janine and I use WordPress for MNbump.com Janine is also familiar with Wix. If you’d like to have your email address added to our notification list for future Social Media Lunch …

Social Media Lunch – February!

After reviewing the survey responses, the best day of the week is Wednesday.  So, the monthly meetings will be scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month from noon to 1:00 p.m.  As noted before, these will be informal lunch discussions focused on a topic of interest to the group at large.  Although the intent was to focus on online tools, there were other topics that were noted on the initial survey so we’ll leave the scope of discussion topics a bit more open-ended! Big Stone Area Growth has committed additional funding for the MNbump Initiative in 2019 expanding the scope of their workforce recruitment and community development work – so we’ll kick-off the monthly meetings with the topics below. MNbump Update (admin changes & expansion) How MNbump & EDA Can Assist Business Promotions How residents/businesses can help promote the area Recruiting Employees – how we can help you Brief Discussion items: Child Care & Housing Share topics of interest for future meetings Reminder:  It is a “bring your own lunch & drink” meeting! If …

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. Big Stone Lake 18-Hole Municipal Golf Course (beautiful course! Web Link) Amazing Health Care – Clinic & Hospital Web Link Wonderful Senior Housing on the Golf 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! Ortonville is an MNbump Community!

TV Programs Aired – Information Requests Coming in!

In talking with Chamber Director Mary Hillman yesterday, the recent airing of Big Stone Lake fishing segments on Midwest Outdoors TV has brought phone calls and emails from Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota & North Dakota!  Mary also gave out the Chamber Website address on the segment below – the Chamber website activity has more than doubled over any of the last four months for website visits! It is nice to know that as we are bundled up from the cold blast coming in this week, that visitors from all over are watching Big Stone Lake fishing episodes and checking out our websites as they make their future travel plans!   Great job Mary & Artie on the video below! You can check out Midwest Outdoors TV’s  YouTube channel for past Big Stone Lake episodes for some great fishing tips!

Water Tower Art/Design Contest

The City of Ortonville will be working on the water tower this summer which will end with new paint.  Rather than painting Ortonville in block letters on two sides, they are open to suggestions for a design change. The Ortonville EDA is offering a Water Tower Art/Design Contest! The winning design will receive $700.00 with an additional $300.00 to be donated to an Ortonville organization of your choice (i.e. Early childhood Initiative, 4-H, Food Shelf, etc.) We are looking for a simple design that can be easily read or understood from a distance. The design will be selected based on quality, technical feasibility, and relevance to Ortonville (best way to brand Ortonville for passers-by – i.e. Lake, golf, fish, or ??) The design must be an original and unpublished – submitted as a drawing or print form on a standard sheet of paper (letter or legal size) Understanding that the design selected will be reproduced and the end result may not be identical to the design drawing that you submitted. UPDATE 1/23/19:  Due to questions …

The Ortonville EDA has Moved Downtown!

I am excited to be located downtown in our main business district! When I say I’ve moved, I mean all the heavy office furniture/equipment has arrived (thanks to the City Crew!), I have a phone and internet. Other office details will be coming along over the next week or so.  (EDA Information is located on the City’s website) Now that I’m here, it is time to schedule the first social media lunch (monthly event).  From the survey sent out, it appears that noon on Wednesdays works the best.  So, the meetings will be scheduled as follows: The first Wednesday of the Month Time:  Noon to 1:00 A casual gathering & bring your own lunch If you are unable to make it but would like to sit in over the phone – or maybe a video option, we can make arrangements! February 6th – First Meeting Topic:  How to engage in social media to promote each other & the area The discussion will center on connecting with the Ortonville EDA, MNbump (some new changes there!), and …

Video Highlights: Lots of Basketball this Weekend!

Friday night was Boys JV, Girls Varsity & Boys Varsity vs Underwood Saturday was an Elementary Boys Basketball Tournament All here, home, in Ortonville! All highlight videos will be posted here – over the next day.  I’ll add each as they are ready – so check back if the game you were looking for isn’t up yet. If you’re family and you’d like a link to download a video, please message me on Facebook. First, 5th Grade Boys – there was an end-of-game buzzer basket.  Fun to see! Kuechenmeister stacked a few baskets in a row in the second half of the game Friday night! (Tyson lead in points at 23 – Kuechenmeister at 16 – per Adam of KDIO Radio JV Boys Game 5th Grade Boys Tournament Game 1