Author: Janine Teske

Clinton Minnesota Celebrates Memorial Day 2020 Virtually

The City of Clinton, Minnesota has a long tradition of celebrating and honoring our military veterans who have passed away, not only those making the ultimate sacrifice dying for our county, but all of those who have served our country and have died. Because of the pandemic of Covid19, we are unable to gather together to share our memories. The Campbell-Williams Post #258 of Clinton, Minnesota (with the help of Auxiliary member Janine Teske) has put together this Virtual Memorial Day Program.  We hope that this allows you the opportunity to reflect on our community and pay respect to those that have gone before us. Welcome by Jim Teske –        Commander, Campbell Williams American Legion Post #258 Video Tribute to the Departed Veterans –  Presentation of the Roll Call Adjutant, Tom Nelson, Campbell Williams American Legion Post #258.  Video prepared by Janine Teske on behalf of the American Legion. Memorial Day 2020 Honored Speaker – Joel Stattelman, Graduate of Clinton High School and Retired Principal of Ortonville Public Schools. Raising of the Flag/Honor …

Shopping Local Series – Christmas Shopping at Home in the #MNbump

Shopping the MNbump this Christmas Season (and all year round)… Please shop local first & when you can. As you scroll below, you’ll first see this post’s business partners and then you’ll find a link to every business (and organization, church, etc.) in Big Stone County sorted by category.  Remember – most have gift certificates available. (How do you become a business partner for one of MNbump’s posts? Watch our Facebook page and respond – no cost – we like to highlight a few of our businesses that stay connected to the ‘bump and reach out to help spread the news of Big Stone County. Staying connected, promoting each other – that is a great partner! Shopping in Beardsley by Matthew “Slim” Meyer The season of giving is fast approaching and one thing no one wants to give anymore is their time! What better way to keep your time than to shop local and not travel over the river and through the woods to find gift options. A quick trip to Beardsley can easily fulfill …

Meander Art Crawl Features Several #MNbump Artists – Oct. 4-6

  The 16th annual Upper Minnesota River Meander Arts Crawl will be held on October 4, 5 & 6, 2019. The Meander is a free self-guided tour featuring 42 artists from 5 counties in western Minnesota. The annual event offers a chance for the public to meet with the region’s top artists in their home studios nestled among the small towns and family farms found in the Upper Minnesota River Valley. We are happy to be able to highlight the #MNbump artists who will be participating in this years Crawl.   Click on the photos below to check out their locations for the Meander and also the links below the photos to follow their pages.  For full details on the 2019 Meander – the Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl click here for the link to their page. The full brochure of all the events can be found on this link.  

Brent Olson’s Independently Speaking Column Enlightens Those Around the #MNbump and Beyond

Brent Olson leads a complicated life. His home is in Big Stone County, a small place hanging off the western edge of Minnesota. Brent made a living as a farmer for 30 years. In 1977 he was asked to fill out a term on the Soil and Water Conservation District. He ended up staying 12 years, during which time the district won two Goodyear Awards, given for outstanding work in soil and water conservation. He was also the token Protestant on a Catholic hospital board which led to an epic trip across Saskatchewan with a van load of nuns. He’s served on the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council, Big Stone County Pork Producers, the United Methodist Board of Ordained Ministries, and is on the board of the New Life Primary School in Mizac, Haiti. He served on the first board of directors of a wildly successful ethanol plant and an utterly failed wind turbine project. He was a 2012 Bush Foundation Fellow and his fellowship project, The Inadvertent Café, was profiled by Minnesota Public …

The Creative Bite – a Blog by Danielle Green

Danielle Green, grew up in the small community of Graceville, Minnesota and now lives on the farm she grew up in outside of Graceville with her husband Matt and their twins Madelyn and Cooper.  Her parents are Chuck and Deb Walters of Graceville. Here is the link to her blog – https://www.thecreativebite.com/ Danielle’s blog highlights her love of cooking as and highlights her ideas of Eating Well, Being Creative and to Live Good If you have any questions or feedback please contact her at Danielle@TheCreativeBite.com! The MNbump will be sharing information on some of our local people that have blog posts and like to write and share their information.  Please note that the views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of anyone associated with the MNbump or Big Stone Area Growth.    

A View From Here: Resettling Big Stone County – a blog by Kathy Draeger

We know that there are many talented people in living in the MNbump and we are starting a series to highlight them! Kathy Draeger, an Adjunct Assistant Professor; Statewide Director, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships with the University of Minnesota and a resident of the #MNbump is one of our local area bloggers that moved to Big Stone County after living in the Twin Cities area for several years. Kathy started her blog post in 2007 and it has been fun to follow as she describes life and living rural and loving it.    Kathy and her husband Mike Jorgenson farm east of Clinton.  They have three children Alma, Jens and Lake.   Thanks for allowing us to share your blog page Kathy.  It’s been fun following your posts over the years and we are glad you are back!   Here is the link to her blog site: https://viewfromhere-bigstoneco.blogspot.com/ The MNbump will be sharing information on some of our local people that have blog posts and like to write and share their information.  Please note that the views …

Arens Family Named Big Stone County Farm Family of the Year

Story and photo courtesy of The Northern Star Newspaper THE TOM AND MARY ARENS FAMILY OF GRACEVILLE  was named the Big Stone County 2019 Farm Family of the Year. They will be among the Minnesota Farm Families of the Year to be recognized at FarmFest in Redwood County on August 6. The family is pictured at the Big Stone County Fair. Tom’s mother, Beverly Arens is pictured, along with the Tom and Mary, right; and their children, Michelle, who will be a junior at CGB this fall and Joe, who will be a freshman. Eighty-four families from throughout Minnesota are being honored as 2019 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.  In Big Stone County the Tom Arens family was named the 2019 Farm Family of the Year.  Tom’s father, Tony, purchased the Arens farm, rural Graceville,  in 1962. Tony and his wife, Bev, raised nine children on the farm. They grew corn, soybeans and wheat and raised 50,000 laying hens. Tom’s parents also had 500 cow/calf pairs and raised pigs. In 2009, …

Did You Know – #5 of a Series – The Odessa Jail

an #MNbump Series – #5 The Odessa Jail This is the fifth in a series about things in the #MNbump that we are calling #MNbumpExplore. You may or may not know about these places but we encourage you to go check them out, take a selfie or group photo with them and share the photos on your page, tagging MNbump.com or #MNbump on Facebook! The old Odessa Jail building is still standing in Odessa and has been the subject of many conversations throughout the years.  We’d be interested in hearing some of them (if they are appropriate) on our page here and on Facebook.  The video below was found online and I am not sure who John the Mouse is.  It gives a video tour of the building.   The sign on the building says the Jail Cells were built by ET Barnum Iron Works ET Barnum Iron Works from Detroit, Michigan.  (click the link to see more info on that company, kind of interesting!)  

Main Street Industries New Garden Brings Attention to Clinton’s Main Street

Story and photo courtesy of The Northern Star Newspaper MAIN STREET INDUSTRIES GARDEN is a new attraction on Clinton’s Main Street this year. The location was an empty lot, owned by Wally Sayles, who gave them permission for this great addition. Lisa Sayles, MSI Direct Support Professional, is pictured with some of the MSI consumers who have been involved in the project. The signage was provided by SHIP, a state program through the Minnesota Department of Health. MainStreet Industries in Clinton is a very busy place year-round. This summer they increased one project to include a vegetable garden on an empty lot on Clinton’s Main Street. In partnership with SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Partnership), which is under the Minnesota Department of Health, they were able to use SHIP’s $3,000 grant along with MSI’s funding to construct a patio in the front of their building. They also constructed – in-house, raised garden beds for their use.  Unfortunately, the MSI Greenhouse that had been constructed at the rear of their building was totally damaged from the past winter’s heavy …

Did You Know – #4 of a Series The Clinton Prairie

an #MNbump Series – #4 Clinton Prairie This is a fourth in a series about things in the #MNbump that we are calling #MNbumpExplore. You may or may not know about these places but we encourage you to go check them out, take a selfie or group photo with them and share the photos on your page, tagging MNbump.com or #MNbump on Facebook! The Clinton Prairie is located at the intersection of County Road 6 and County Road 7 West of Clinton.  This area of land is known as virgin prairie as it has been said that the land has never been plowed, only bailed for the grass.  From our information the land was donated to the Natural Conservatory from the Connelly family quite a few years ago and was more recently transferred to the Department of Natural Resources.  The Clinton Prairie Natural and Scenic area is a beautiful grassland that has wildflowers and birds and natural habitat.   If you have information about this prairie land or know more of it’s hsitory, please feel free …