Thanks to the help from the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and their Tourism Center we’ve been working on identifying a deeper understanding of our ttourism potential and ways to develop opportunities – and we have been busy identifying assets… Big Stone Lake, Big Stone Lake State Park, Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, hunting & fishing, bike trail, historic buildings, Arts, birding, shopping – and the list goes on. HOWEVER, while enjoying a delicious meal that was served at St. John’s Catholic Church today (a fundraiser for the the Ortonville Cemetery Association) and looking at all of the people already there (our Church gets out a little later than most and they were still serving!) enjoying the meal and visiting with each other — and thought “Wow. The biggest asset that we have here in the MNbump area is our people!” Life is Good here on the MNbump!
Excellent meeting last night in Appleton! I have uploaded the video for those of you here on the MNbump that were unable to make the meeting. There were many from Big Stone County that were employed by the Appleton prison – they were a significant employer for our region! If you’d like to see this facility re-opened, please go to their new website and see how you can help. Handout from the Meeting: The Appleton Option Handout Website: AppletonOption.org Appleton Prison Meeting from Vicki Oakes on Vimeo.
The City of Ortonville has obtained the assistance of the National Park System in preparing a City Park Plan. What an opportunity to evaluate their community’s Park System and tie in with the area’s land uses and assets! The fresh look at our area from students (and professors) is a great reminder to those of us that live here of the beauty that surrounds us daily! Check out the website that has been created for this Park Plan process and watch the videos of the first meeting with the students. Link to blog post & video on their first meeting: https://ortonvilleparks.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/park-plan-first-meeting-meet-the-group/
A video with a few highlights from events held here on the MNbump in Ortonville –