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Ortonville Park Board Looking to Revisit the National Parks Student Presentations

The Ortonville Park Board met last night at their regularly scheduled meeting – I’m writing to cover just a couple of their agenda items. In new business, Scott Simmons announced he would be stepping down from the Board – but stressed he would be happy to help on projects and assist in an advisory role when the Board calls on him.  I’m covering this item to take a moment to extend a HUGE THANK YOU for the work that he has done on the Park Board – and his many volunteer hours planning and creating Ortonville Central Park’s new Disc Golf course last summer (you can follow their updates on the Central Park Disc Golf Facebook Page)  I’ve added a few photos of their work to reflect what a major undertaking this was by Scott and the many awesome volunteers.  Scott is the Manager of the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District and also serves as the Coordinator/Manager for the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge – just a little extra note …

2020 Listing the Ortonville Investments

Looking at the past 10 years… listing the businesses that have made major capital investments (investing in the permanent structures & securing our brick and motor tax base in the City of Ortonville for years yet to come).  Investing in our town.  I personally have found this list to be impressive!  Let’s take a few minutes to reflect and celebrate these awesome investments in our community!  – and if you see that I missed someone, give me a shout by using the contact form on this website.  (you’ll see a photo and then a very brief description – click on each of their links to see more about each business) Bluestem Dental – or newest business and building in town which just recently opened.  The lots were cleared and construction began… what a conversation piece as we anxiously awaited the completion!  Located on First Street and houses 10 jobs.   Lingonberry Lodge a beautiful lodging option overlooking Main Street and right next door to Lingonberry’s Pastry and Coffee Shop which opened earlier but within this …

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 And, to top off Santa Day, the annual Lighted Parade in Ortonville!  

Click to view a One-Page Photo Snapshot of Ortonville 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 …

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 …

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!

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 …

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.