Year: 2015

November 6th ‘Bump Update

The Clinton Women’s Civic Club’s first Holiday Expo was held this past Wednesday — and it was a hit!  Between the Holiday Expo and the Main Street Fitness Open House celebrating 5 years it was difficult to find parking on Main Street (very nice problem to have!)  Below is a short highlight video from the event – great vendors, dinner was served by the Clinton Crew Cancer Support Group, and the evening was an awesome opportunity to get together and visit!  (If you stopped at the Expo and there was something you really wish you would have picked up at a vendor’s booth, MNbump blogger Janine Teske has the vendors listed on her November 3rd post – Click here for link!) A few upcoming events to watch for here on the Bump… November 13th CGB HS Musical – New Clothes for the Empress ECI Vendor Fair – Ortonville High School Ortonville Holiday Kick-off & Lighting Ceremony November 20th – Odessa Turkey & Ham Bingo  November 21st – CGB Holiday Craft Fair in Graceville 50+ Vendors …

Fishing Update on Big Stone Lake

If you want to hear the latest fishing report on Big Stone Lake, Artie’s Bait & Tackle’s Facebook page is an excellent site to keep bookmarked on your electronic devices!  Link:  Artie’s Bait & Tackle Facebook Page WCCO is calling for Saturday to be a top 10 weather day this year! Low 80’s and little to no wind! The perch bite is hot and they are waiting for you…see you this weekend! Posted by Artie’s Bait & Tackle Ortonville on Thursday, August 27, 2015 Guided by Tanner Arndt, Bert and Patrick caught over 150 perch today and kept 45 perch between 9-11.5 inches! Fishing… Posted by Artie’s Bait & Tackle Ortonville on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Latest from MNbump!

We are looking forward to August 14th, 15th & 16th for the 77th Annual Cornfest in Ortonville!  This is always a big event in Big Stone County. UPDATE!  Check out pictures, video and a posting of all winners from the 77th Annual Cornfest celebration  We now have three Community Bloggers:  Mary Hillman covering Odessa & Correll, Janine Teske covering Clinton, and Julie French covering Ortonville.  We should have a new blogger on board soon for Graceville and Johnson.  Next on the list will be covering Beardsley & Barry. If you’d like to see some Big Stone County highlights from July, check out the links below.  Lots of pictures & even some video highlights! Ortonville’s first Downtown Festival Pictures from the 2015 Big Stone County Fair (thanks to Kris Lagred!) Rodeo Enduro Mowers Random Pictures from the Fair Jr/Sr Golf Tournament in Ortonville Ortonville Couples Golf Tournament Odessa Fireman Days Great Coverage on Bonnie’s Hometown Grocery in the News! Celebrate Clinton Event Annual 4th of July in Odessa      


Thank you to Edie Barrett for sharing some local birding information!  We have many comment on the birding opportunities in the area; however, we did not have detailed information to share… until now! She also attached a list of birds – and it is quite a list! PDF File:  mnchecklist SL 15 Edie writes…  On Saturday, April 25, William Peterson of St. Cloud, and I participated in the 40th annual Salt Lake Bird Count. There were at least 100 people who showed-up in Marietta (at 7 AM!), most came from far reaching areas across Minnesota to help identify and count the migrating birds of Lac Qui Parle County and Big Stone County. I have to say, it was a hoot of a good time (pun intended). The group divided into various car caravan tours, each assigned to a birding guide. Our caravan had four cars; our guide was Mark Lystig of Eagen, MN. Mark was exceptional in his knowledge and his enthusiasm to help educate all of us regarding the different species of birds. It …

Big Stone Lake Fishing Opening – Report

Thanks Artie for the Fishing Opener update and picture! (report below) Great fishing and limits of walleyes were reported for the Minnesota/South Dakota border water opener on Big Stone Lake which started at midnight Friday April 17. The first BIG fish of the year may have gone to the Bryon Schloemer of New Market, MN! Caught just 10 minutes after midnight was this nice 29″ walleye which is a personal best for Byron! The fish was caught in 6′ of water on the rocks! The first BIG fish of the year may have gone to the Bryon Schloemer! Caught 10 minutes after midnight was this nice 29″ walleye! The fish was caught in 6′ of water on the rocks! Photo submitted by Artie’s Bait & Tackle of Ortonville, MN (320)839-2480

Big Stone County Township Officers Annual Meeting

Great attendance at the Big Stone County Township Officers’ Annual Meeting!  For those of you that were unable to attend, we have posted the complete meeting (separated into segments) on the MNbump YouTube Channel or you can view below (listed in the order of the meeting presentation): The initial business meeting: County Engineer, Nick Anderson District Township Representative, Lyle Stai UMVRDC Representative, Erin Smith Veteran’s Service Officer, Dan Meyer Big Stone Area Growth (BSAG), Vince Robinson SWCD, Blayne Johnson BSC Commissioner, Brent Olson

Clinton Community Blogger

Our second Community Blogger went on-line last night!  Janine Teske will be blogging for Clinton – and she has been busy.  With Janine’s experience with WordPress (the blogging software used for this site) on the Clinton Celebration website, there was no learning curve for her – as soon as the log-in information was sent to her she was working on the site!  She was also busy collecting Clinton area business information before she was sent the log-in information and has quite a list of updates.  The business listing on MNbump will be updated with those additions today! If you are in the Clinton area and have a business or an event that you’d like covered, please contact Janine.  Link to Clinton’s Blog and Janine’s contact information: Bloggers for Ortonville, Graceville & Johnson, and Beardsley & Barry will be going on-line soon!

Bald Eagles – Hundreds of them! – Updated

Thanks to the gals at Minnwest Bank (esp. Kim Kuchenmeister!) for alerting me to the Bald Eagle find! Great opportunity to take the kids to see a group of Bald Eagles like no other in the area – head over to the Big Stone Power Plant (north side of the ponds). They are flying around and landing on the ponds and by driving further west you will find them in the trees next to the north side of the road!  (you will also find them in groves scattered around the area)  Beautiful! Update: Fun to see the interest in the Eagles!  This post was viewed 807 times today by 662 unique visitors. With Fish!  Thanks to Brenda & Jim Haugen for sharing this great picture!   Thanks to Photographer Rob Rakow for sharing the picture below!  You can find more pictures of the Eagles on Rob Rakow Photography’s Facebook Page

Sports & Leisure Show

The Annual Sports & Leisure Show hosted by the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce always draws quite a crowd!  They have shared the’s YouTube videos of the Just for Kix performances which took place at 3:00 yesterday at the Show.  The Show runs today from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Link to the Just for Kix Performance Videos Link to the Chamber’s Info Page for the Sports & Leisure Show One of the 13 videos taken at the Sports & Leisure Show yesterday    

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Graceville

The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Graceville is an event to mark on your calendar and plan to attend – every year!  The weather was perfect yesterday! The video & pictures below are from their parade: (if you have good broadband, click on the little gear icon at the bottom right of the video to change to HD!)