Month: April 2016

Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit – Big Stone Lake 2016

Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Returns to Big Stone Lake April 29th – 30th. Highlights from the two-day tournament If you are in one of the photos posted and would like a ‘full pixel’ copy of the photo, use the “Contact” tab on the top line menu to make a request and I will e-mail it to you shortly! Wishing the best of luck to all of the fisherman during this year’s tournament!! There are some determined fishermen out on the lake this morning!  A little rain into sleet was the weather a few minutes ago!   It was a very calm – beautiful morning to send off the boats!   Video from this morning’s send off   2016 MWC AM Launch from Vicki Oakes on Vimeo. The top two teams after day one! Thank You!! Congratulations to our Hometown Winners of this year’s MWC on Big Stone Lake! Father/Son – and third generation fishing in the MWC – Team Winners –  Video of the top 3 teams – tense moments before the winning team was identified. …

Life on the MNbump

The featured picture (above) is the Train Depot in Clinton.  This building has been beautifully restored/maintained with a nice little playground and picnic tables behind the building – great stop while traveling through the MNbump on Highwy 75 (King of Trails!) The first is a photo was taken by a parent that happened to be in the playground area & sent to Chief Mork – The picture shows some kids playing basketball with one of our newest officers, Officer Cody Schyma. Officer Schyma stopped to introduce himself and the next thing he is being “schooled” on playground basketball. Great job Officer Schyma! Roller Skating at Sioux Historic Great times living on Big Stone Lake! YOU’RE INVITED! BIG STONE LAKE FISHING OPENER – April 23, 2016 Big Stone Lake is located on the MN/SD border 3 hours west of the twin cities and 2 hours north of Sioux Falls. Big Stone Lake is known for its excellent walleye fishing! For more information about the fishing on Big Stone Lake and for lodging information click here:…/19/all-about-fishing/

Carson Ouellette of U.S. Senator Al Franken’s Office in Ortonville

Carson Ouellette, Northwest Minnesota Regional Field Representative for  U.S. Senator Al Franken, was in Ortonville this morning talking concerns with local leaders. Pictured (L to R):  Ortonville Mayor Steve Berkner, County Commissioner Brent Olson, Carson Ouellette of U.S. Senator Al Franken’s Office, Cindy Jorgenson of OAHS, Becky Parker President of the Ortonville EDA & President of the Big Stone Arts Council, and Kevin Benson of OAHS. Great conversation!  Topics ranged from concerns by Ortonville/MRES on the Rail Bill Sen. Franken is currently working on, Federal regulations on coal fired power plants which increases the cost of electricity;  update on Sen Franken’s previous visit to Ortonville and the work that has subsequently been accomplished on the $5.5 Million Whetstone Project; Health Care concerns including reimbursement discussions; the needs for mental health care in Big Stone County; support for the Community Block Grant through HUD which is the source of the Small Cities Development Grants; workforce needs; and our request to relay a “thank you!” message to U.S. Senator Franken for his continued work on Broadband. Below you see Commissioner …

Big Stone County Museum New Hours

KDIO announces the new summer hours for the Museum: Museum Opening for the Season The Big Stone County Historical Society Museum announces its opening dates and hours for 2016. The museum will be open this Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th. Then the museum will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the rest of the month starting April 15th. Friday and Saturday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. If you would like to visit the museum on days that the museum in not scheduled to be open, please contact Larry Helgeson at the museum at (320) 839-3359, at home at (320) 273-2331 or cell # (320) 305-4533. Starting May 1st the museum will be open seven days per week. Monday through Saturday hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Photo Tour of the Log Home (just one of the Museum out buildings)  

Fiber Rolling out across Big Stone County

  Do you see the Fiber coming to your place yet? Big Stone County – “Living Rural and Lovin’ it” is getting even better! Acira – Powered by Farmers Mutual & Federated Telephone will have fiber to the home across our County (rural areas  since our communities are already have internet coverage) – All customers should be able to convert to the fiber network in October if they choose to take services from Federated! The project was started in 2015 with approximately 90 mile of fiber plowed.  115 locations were plowed to in 2015 and as of the end of February 2016, 50 locations have taken service and converted onto the Fiber.  Construction crews will be starting again in April of 2016 and they hope to have all of the fiber buried by the middle of July.  Spicing crews will be following them as closely as they can but it will take at least two months longer than the construction crews.  Therefore, all customers should be able to convert to the fiber network in October!  (Thanks to Kevin Beyer of Acira for the update!) Thank …