Month: February 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 …