Year: 2018

National Park Service + NDSU Landscape Architecture Program Students in Ortonville!

Dr. Yang Song’s NDSU Landscape Architecture Program students along with Brian Leaders of the National Park Service were in Ortonville on Monday (February 12th) presenting the work they’ve done so far to the Ortonville Park Board along with providing an overview of what they found as they toured the community earlier in the day (splitting the group in half and hitting two of our local eateries for lunch!) The students have been reviewing the work that was completed by SDSU (see presentation video below) 2016/17 and laying the foundation for their work by utilizing the Big Stone County GIS mapping data (thanks to Terry Ocana and Darren Wilke of the County for facilitating that ability!)… the students then followed that up with a visit to Ortonville and direct discussions with Ortonville Park Board members along with a few community members.  Becky Parker (Ortonville EDA President) commented on what an opportunity it was to have such a diverse group of students evaluating the parks in Ortonville – from Bismark, Madison, Russia, Peru, Buffalo, Fargo, St. Paul++ …

…and What About Our Youth!?

They are busy… and adults are so busy making sure that their kids are where they need to be for their next activity that sometimes we forget to stop.  Take a breath… and celebrate their accomplishments and all that they are involved in!  Take this post as an example!  I’ve great intentions to write an article about 4-H –  for quite some time and sent out a request for additional information; however, everyone is busy with that next activity.  So, we’ll give a glimpse into 4-H with some of the pictures and video that we’ve captured. 4-H.  We think “Big Stone County Fair” and many love to head straight to the barns – and watch the horse show, the animal judging – however, we may miss the actual judging of all of projects and accomplishments of the items that are on display in the non-animal 4-H building.  There is so much to take in when you start really looking at the vast opportunities that 4-H provides!  And, really… the fair is a time of show …

House Fire – If you’d like to help…

So many are offering to help that we thought we’d share a post with links to the various avenues that you can help this family! Note from Becky Stattelman’s Facebook page: (and much help from Amanda Tatro on the post with information!) I’ve taken a few calls asking about our neighbors; the Billy and Dara Gibson family, who lost their home and all possessions in a house fire yesterday. Talked with them last night and they are being brave and thankful for each other. Kids are sweet as ever. Will take a bit to organize thoughts and future. Our good neighbors, Brian and Arleen, have shared a house on our same road so the family has immediate temporary housing. There is a Go Fund Me page set up if you would like to help with getting them back on their feet. If you prefer to help them in another way; cash or check in a card, grocery gift card, bag of groceries, etc. you may certainly connect with me and I will drop it off …

Basketball Tournament

We take our youth sports seriously – and enjoy a good Saturday morning basketball tournament!  After watching the older teams play with serious reffing, it was fun to watch the refs taking their time and giving some great teaching/coaching pointers to the players… and they continued that help all morning! I was at the tournament on Saturday not as an MNbump blogger but as an aunt with a 4th grader playing on the Ortonville School team; however, when I noticed that a younger team from the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley school was also in the tournament, I took the opportunity to video one of their games also so that we could show off some of our MNbump basketball skills!  Enjoy! (Note:  One video has the crowd cheering – the other has music background… the only reason for that is that my video skills are hit & miss… 🙂  I accidentally turned off the audio on the camera for part of a game!) Life is Good, here on the MNbump!

Two Camera Crews on Big Stone Lake Today

What brings two crews out to fish… Artie’s Bait and Tackle to shoot video for their advertising.  Since Artie likes to have them out when the fish are biting – it is probably a good time to head out to Big Stone Lake!  (I know my husband made good time getting home from work and straight out there tonight – unfortunately I’ve been sworn to secrecy when he is catching fish so that is about all I can say on that) I find fisherman kind of a quirky bunch (obviously this may not be reflective of everyone’s opinion, here on the MNbump!) – they all want to know where the fish are biting, what bait & lure to use, etc. However, nobody wants to give out that information.  This makes Artie & his crew at Artie’s Bait and Tackle an awesome group to some… and traitors of sorts to others.  From my point of view, Artie’s marketing and the information that he shares is a very nice bonus for our area – and today was …

The Arctic Open in Clinton MN!

Originally posted on MNbump.com:
One of our annual events here in Big Stone County is golfing on ice! We get creative, here on the MNbump! Golfing starts mid-morning and goes into the afternoon with a bean bag tournament starting mid afternoon at the Memorial Building and ending the evening with a Sweetheart Dance at the NorthStar Saloon. The first video is a few highlights from this year’s Arctic Open (thanks to MNbump Blogger, Janine Teske, and also the awesome Amanda Tatro!!) The second video is a blast from the past – thanks to Pioneer Public TV for the interview (and allowing our use of their video all these years later!)

Basketball Ortonville vs Milbank SD

Ortonville Trojans vs the Milbank Bulldogs has always been “the” rivals to watch! Ortonville Area Health Services provided some halftime fun at the game last night.  Anyone could sign up for a drawing (free bag of popcorn just for signing up).  Two names would be drawn and they would play against Dr. Stacy Longnecker and Dr. Grant Botker in a friendly game of DOC (a version of PIG).  Those drawn also received a few prizes for playing.  It was all in fun… but a bit competitive. Did Dr. Longnecker practice shooting some hoops before the event?  Watch the video and you be the judge!  The end of the video does include a few highlights from both the girls and boys varsity basketball games.  GO TROJANS!  Fun times, here on the MNbump.