Month: July 2018

Clinton’s 135th Celebration

The 135th Celebration in Clinton has begun!  Event Flyer Link There was an “Over 80’s Gathering at 10:00 this morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church.  Check out the photos by Janine on the ClintonMN Facebook Page The Opening Flag Ceremony has been broken into three videos: Flag Ceremony Video Welcome Video Stattelman – Water Fountain & Ending of the Ceremony The All School Reunion Brunch (AWESOME turnout!) More videos and photos will be added throughout the weekend – so check back!

Corina Kells’ Conceptual Photography Show

The Smallest Art Gallery in Ortonville held an Artist Reception for Corina Kells on Thursday, July 5th from 5:00 to 6:30.   Corina Kells specializes in expressive conceptual photography to capture complex emotions such as fear, sadness, confusion, and isolation.  Her goal is to bring awareness to mental health issues and cultivate conversation. Due to another event in Ortonville, I did not make it to this reception until a few minutes after 6 and missed Corina’s presentation (I was very disappointed!)  — not that I would have had much room to stand since the gallery was packed when I arrived.  I did, however, get a chance to talk one on one with the artist about her work and the life experiences that are detailed within her photography (she was kind enough to visit with me until 7:00!)  Her insights  into the opioid and mental health epidemic and the way she is reaching out through art is amazing.  It is not only a personal therapy for her it is also an impactful way to reach out to bring …

Peace Run in Ortonville at Lakeside Park

Ortonville enjoyed a stop by a few participating in the 2018 route of the SRI CHINMOY ONENESS-HOME PEACE RUN last night.  (welcomed by Mary Hillman and Kevin Benson of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce)  The Peace Run is a global torch relay that symbolizes humanity’s universal aspiration for a more peaceful world. Now in its third decade, the Peace Run is humanity’s largest and longest grassroots effort for peace. Since its inception, the torch has visited more than 140 nations!  Check out their website & the 2018 North American route at this link! In this first video, they sing the Peace Run Song for us: In the next video, they shared some background and information about the run: And in this last video, they shared a song that they sing when they are with a group of children:

MNbump Celebrations – Highlighting Odessa

Yesterday was the annual 4th of July Parade in Odessa, here on the MNbump!  They start at noon with a (mostly) lawnmower parade followed by a community potluck meal at City Hall. City of Odessa history Link! Thanks to Rob Rakow for sharing a few of his photos from the event!  (for those of you that do know Rob, I think you’d really enjoy checking out his Rob Rakow Photography Facebook page for some amazing wildlife photos, landscapes & skyscapes from around the area!) …and Rob is an active member of the Big Stone Arts Council The next event in Big Stone County is the 135th Celebration in Clinton! July 6, 7 & 8th – Food, live music, bean bag tournament, volleyball tournament, baseball game, kids inflatables – and more!  for details check our Facebook link here! Immediately followed by the Big Stone County Fair July 11th through the 15th! check out the flyer for details  July 21st is Beardsley Day – check out their Facebook Page for details! Below are a few videos from …