Month: September 2016

Housing is Available in Big Stone County, Minnesota!

Great housing opportunities in Big Stone County!  (house pictured is available!) The City of Ortonville via Ortonville Area Health Services has expanded their senior housing campus (located on a beautiful 18-hole golf course) which has opened up a number of single-family homes over the past few months adding to our for-sale selection. For information on the properties that are for sale in Big Stone County, check out our realtor websites!  Click here  Broadband:  All rural areas of Big Stone County now have fiber to the premise – the fiber is in the ground and they are now completing the equipment installation and hook-ups  – so picture yourself anywhere in MNbump territory and you’ll be connected! There are also a couple of units available yet at the newly expanded  Fairway View Senior Communities – with views of the golf course! (below are a few interior photos but do check out the website link for more photos and information on this beautiful facility)   A few photos of Ortonville –  Below are a couple of videos to get a “feel” of Big Stone County.  The …

What do our local artists do?

First, this is certainly not an all inclusive list that covers everything that those within our arts’ community do! I’m starting with one project that was recently featured on 1350 KDIO‘s Morning Show with Julie & Adam.  The Cari Me Project (click here for more info).  One of our local artists, Becky Stattelman, collaborated with Make it Minnesota magazine which held a state-wide Instagram photo contest – 6 regional winners along with a grand prize winner.  Becky made one of her tote bags with each of the winners’ photos and this display of bags then travels to each winner’s community to be displayed and used as a fundraiser for a local cause that is selected by that photographer.  The grand prize winner will be displaying in their community at the Mall of America! The display is currently at Becky’s community location which is the Inadvertent Cafe in Clinton with her fundraiser to support youth art by helping to purchase supplies for both of our school districts in Big Stone County.  Becky is pictured above (middle) with Naomi Ballard (left) …

The Business First Stop Team Tours the Graceville Grain Terminal

State agency leaders visit 11 communities (one was Graceville in Big Stone County!) to highlight investments in water, energy, agriculture innovation in Greater Minnesota. Among the goals of the trip is to increase awareness of Minnesota Business First Stop, which Gov. Mark Dayton created in 2012 to help businesses cut through red tape when working with state agencies.  Minnesota Business First Stop streamlines the process for financing, licensing, permitting, technical assistance and other resources that state agencies provide to businesses. Commissioner Hardy will be joined on the trip by leaders from the following state agencies: Andrea Vaubel, assistant commissioner, Department of Agriculture John Linc Stine, commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Tom Landwehr, commissioner, Department of Natural Resources Mark Phillips, commissioner, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board Charlie Zelle, commissioner, Department of Transportation Cynthia Bauerly, commissioner, Department of Revenue Ken Peterson, commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry Mike Rothman, commissioner, Department of Commerce  — Graceville, Wheaton-Dumont Co-op Elevator’s Graceville Grain Terminal – provided the Commissioners a tour of this newer unit train loading facility.  The tour was provided …

Support Needed to Recognize Capt. E. Royce Williams, Retired

Included below are two links  to articles written by Lois Torgerson and published in the Northern Star (we have received authorization to use the articles on this post) 100,000 Signatures are needed – seeking recognition for Clinton native Captain E. Royce Williams, Retired, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars. Links: Full Info Article Brief Article with Instructions on how to sign the petition Direct Link to the Petition

New Lodging Opening Soon on Big Stone Lake

While WCCO was in the area, a drive out to the “Foster Lodge”  or as other know it as “Mallard Point” area boat access to see Tanner Arndt push off for the fishing segment of Goin’ To The Lake, I was also able to tour a new lodging option that will be opening soon on Big Stone Lake  (and I caught  Troy Lang of Shores Edge Excavating working on video) Although the lodge was not ready for viewing, I was able to snap a few pictures as a sneak peek!  Mallard Point Lodge Make sure to check out our Where to Stay link for all of our lodging options, here on the MNbump!

WCCO – Goin’ to the Lake Series in Ortonville

The links below (Day1 & Day 2) each have many video links from their trip! Going to the Lake (Day 1) Goin’ To The Lake: Ortonville (Day 1) Going to the Lake (Day 2) Goin’ To The Lake: Ortonville (Day 2) “Maxie’s suiting up with the Ortonville high school football team!”     Fun tour of the Ortonville Golf Course 🙂   Interview with Artie Arndt of Artie’s Bait and Tackle – Source: 8-18-16 Sports to the Max 8pm   Interview with John Thomas – the Rox John Thomas spoke with Mike Max on Sports to the Max about Rox baseball and his father/Rox manager Ron Thomas. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/audio/sports-to-the-max-with-mike-max/8-18-16-sports-to-the-max-7pm/ A State of 10,000 lakes – and Big Stone Lake is one that is picked for WCCO’s Goin’ To The Lake Series – awesome! Watching Tanner taking out the WCCO crew for a short fishing spot for their program was fun to watch – Tanner is one of our young people that is looking for ways to stay in our area — and bonus, his service brings more people …

Highlights from the Big Stone County Fair 4-H

Our Big Stone County Get Together!  Enjoy a few 4-H Highlights – this post comes at a time of excitement from the State Fair.  Check out Suzanne Souza’s Facebook post – Disclaimer:  This blog post focuses on the 4-H livestock, etc.  Watch for other MNbump youth highlights from throughout our County.  There is more to 4-H than is covered in this post… and more youth opportunities than 4-H! Our 4-H Youth, their families, those that extend their farm sites for animal housing and 4-H director, Suzanne Souza are amazing!  You do not have to spend much time around the barns, the 4-H Exhibit building and the 4-H food stand (and malt stand!) before you see into an amazing world of learning (through some hard work and dedication) and a network of support that is really hard to put into words.  They are competing to do and be the best – yet it does not appear to take away even in the slightest of ways their total support for each other! One short and personal observation… I started …