All posts filed under: Youth

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 …

Trojan Takeout – Thank you for your Work!

Congratulations & thank you to the local volunteers who organized in the beginning and who also continue to manage the Trojan Takeout Progam (and to those who volunteer their time to pack the food!) The Trojan Takeout Program  received mention in Southwest Initiative Foundation’s President and CEO, Diana Anderson, summary of the recent Grow Our Own summit:  “Folks in Ortonville went back to their community after the 2016 Summit and launched a weekend backpack food program to ensure kids weren’t going hungry at home.”  LINK to Diana Anderson summary of the event For more information on the Grow Our Own initiative, check out the Foundations website post LINK:  Grow Our Own Summit Details Those in attendance from Ortonville at this year’s summit were:  Becky Parker, Nancie Haukos and Kari Dorry. Thank you to the three that got it started – persistent & dedicated!

Ortonville High School Trap Team

The Ortonville High School Trap Team is comprised of students in grades 6 – 12 that compete weekly in Trap Shooting competitions as part of the MSHSCTL (Minnesota State High School Clay Target League).  This sport is strictly sponsored by the students, families, and local community partners.  They receive no financial support from the school district, however, the school district does acknowledge the program as a varsity sport with potential to earn a letter. They had an opportunity to build a new shooting range and clubhouse just outside of Ortonville and they have been raising funds – a huge shout out to the sponsors that have already contributed so much!!  If you’d like to help with a sponsorship, please see the attachments – Fundraiser Letter & Fundraiser Ad (these were posted at the start of the fundraising efforts) Thank you to the Sponsors that have already contributed to this project!  Such awesome community support!  (On your computer?  hit the full-screen icon on the bottom right of the video!)

Cookies & Crafts – Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative

Cookies and Crafts – Halloween Style was held at Fairway View Senior Communities yesterday (Sunday, October 14th).  If you’re not following or plugged into the Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative group and you have kids, you should check out their Facebook link and “follow” that page! The Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative started in 2006  by a group of pretty dedicated residents (parents themselves) and through support and organization assistance from the Southwest Initiative Foundation.   They receive the ongoing assistance from Big Stone Area Growth as their flowthrough nonprofit entity (with thanks to Johnson & Roggenbuck, P.A.) Vision Statement:  The Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative commits to building community partnership that enhances childcare, educational opportunities and family support for children birth to age 5. When I look at the photos that Michelle Bauer took from this event, I see the focus fully on the children – and an amazing community wrapped around them in support.  Our beautiful Fairway View Communities hosted the event (you’ll even find our CEO of Ortonville Area Health Services & Fairway View Senior Communities, David …

Jr-Sr Golf Tournament

Awesome turnout for the 2018 Jr -Sr. Golf Tournament!  Mary Ross organizes this tournament every year – and this year she received some recruitment help from Summer Rec Coach volunteer, Isaiah Longnecker!  They had 25 teams – with some traveling as far as from Melrose, Nisswa, and St. Peter!  (The Ortonville Independent will carry the full story!) Thank you to Adam of Off the Green for donating the meal!  (very nice!) Video of the awards presented. Thank you to Shana Buttke for taking the photos! Some random shots… … and some more