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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 …

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 …

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¬†‚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!  

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 РClinic & 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 Рwork 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 …