All posts filed under: Updates

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.

April 2019 Social Media Networking Lunch

Our April Social Media Networking Lunch is this Wednesday, April 3rd. Time:  Noon Location:   442nd Street NW, Ortonville (Lower Level of the Community Center) Topics: Using HootSuites Interactive Post Examples (NOTE:  In May, we will have Patrick Buttke presenting on 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!  

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 …

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!

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 …

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 – …

The Information Center Updates

Thanks to the City Crew, the old information sign & kiosk have been removed!  We now have a clean slate to work with… next, what should we do with this great little piece of property as you enter Ortonville’s downtown? The property is owned by the Ortonville EDA, the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber has always kept the information up-to-date in the kiosk; the Ortonville Kiwanis have trimmed bushes when needed and decorated the property for Christmas (and more!) as one of their community projects;  Craig Randleman tended to the clock that was above the kiosk; a group of ladies (Downtown Renovation Committee -DRC) – Wanda Berry, Rachel Davis, Khadija, Trish Kramer and Becky Parker dug out and planted new flower beds — a little extra shout out to Wanda Berry who continued to check in and pull weeds when needed  not only at this location but also the triangle across from Artie’s Bait & Tackle/Subway area throughout the year;  and the City Crew kept the grass mowed.  How is that for community support!? Thanks …