Author: Janine Teske

Did You Know? – #3 of Series

an #MNbump Series – #3 Graceville – Historic Landmark This is a Third 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! This monument located west of Graceville on Highway 28 is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. If you are like me you may have noticed this site, but never really paid much attention to it. We stopped at this little wayside rest and took some photos to share with you. Quite interesting to learn more about our history in this area. Check it out as you Explore the #MNbump! Also you can check out the link for the Registry in the comments on the first photo.

Did You Know? – #2 of Series

an #MNbump Series – #2 – Glacial Rocks in Big Stone County DID YOU KNOW? This is a Second 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 Glacier Rocks between Odessa and Correll on Hwy. 7 are something we have admired for years. I remember my 6th Grade Minnesota History book that included photos of the rocks, and how excited I was to be able to say “I know where those are!” How many of you have taken the time to actually stop and check them out and see how large they are. Also remember heading home and knowing we were almost there when we passed the rocks. What are your memories of the “big rocks?” Let us know! #MNbumpExplore

Did You Know? #1 of Series

an #MNbump Series – #1-Paul Bunyon’s Anchor DID YOU KNOW? This is a first of 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! Paul Bunyan’s Anchor – Up on the hill overlooking Big Stone Lake is the home of Paul Bunyan’s Anchor. This large chunk of granite was cut from the granite quarries in the area. Thousands of years ago Ortonville and the land north all the way to Hudson Bay was covered by a gigantic glacier lake named Lake Agassiz. The legends is that while Paul was out fishing one day, he threw his anchor up on the hill, and voila! The part about the lake is true, however you can believe what you want about the anchor. Anyone traveling through the area should check it out, the view is spectacular …

Meet the MNbump Connectors!

They say it takes a village to raise a child.   In this case our “child” is the MNbump.com Facebook page and Website and the Village, obviously is you, the people from our area that are always here to support the Community of Big Stone County and beyond. With that being said, we thought it might be a great opportunity for us to introduce you to those of us behind the scenes of the MNbump and let you know how to reach out to us to be able to provide you with opportunities to promote our area and your events in the communities that you represent.  Our goal is to be your direct contact for all events and activities happening in the county and to assist you to promote them.  If you have something that you would like shared on the MNbump or an activity you would like to partner with the MNbump (i.e. OAHS’s Wellness Challenge) contact one of us to help you get started. Ortonville:  Vicki Oakes, has been with the MNbump since its …

Big Stone County Cancer Support Group Makes Large Donation to NDSU for Cancer Research

The Big Stone County Cancer Support Group does it again!   For 2019, the Big Stone County group donated $14,365 to the research efforts at the NDSU Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies for Pancreatic Cancer. The picture attached shows Dr. Sanku Mallik, director of the Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies in Pancreatic Cancer at North Dakota State University, accepting a generous donation to cancer research from Linda Krogsrud, treasurer of the Big Stone County Cancer Support Group at a check presentation on Friday, June 7 at NDSU. Here is the Link to the story on the INFORUM Facebook page. Dr. Yongki Choi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at NDSU had originally planned to be in Graceville on April 11th to accept the check but due to the weather, that event was postponed and members of the group traveled to NDSU.  They were able to tour the facility and present the check in person. Those with Facebook, can see more photos and more information on the Big Stone County Cancer Support Group Facebook …

Final Mass at Saint Mary’s in Beardsley on Saturday, June 15th

Saint Mary’s Catholic Parish in Beardsley will have its’ final mass on Saturday, June 15, beginning at 5:00 pm.  This mass will conclude over 135 years of ministry and sacraments. The church building will be sold to the city of Beardsley, and will be used as a community center and city hall.  The public is invited to use the building for wedding receptions, graduation, birthday, and anniversary parties.  The kitchen will stay fully stocked with dishes, and cooking utensils.  The building will be sold as is, with all the current supplies and furnishes.  To reserve the building for an event, please contact the city council. The stain glass windows will stay in the church.  At a later date, if the church is ever torn down, the windows will be removed, sold, and the profit from the windows will be given to Saint Mary’s cemetery Perpetual Care Fund account, for the upkeep of the cemetery. The church bell will be removed and will be set in a steeple like structure in the cemetery later this summer. …

Prairie Five Meals Hosting Upcoming Spring Lunch and Learn Events

Prairie Five Meals on the Go hosts a “Spring Lunch and Learn” at Lakeside Apartments on Tuesday, June 11th at 11:45am. Justin Peters, Kayla Findlay, Mel Martig, and Amy Hodenfield of Big Stone Therapies, will share exercises to help build bones and tips to stay safe at home. Prairie Five Meals will have lunch for a suggested donation rate of $4.50 for those 60 and over and an $8 cost for those under 60. Call 320-839-3304 by Monday, June 10th to reserve your meal and to RSVP for the class. Any questions? Call Linda at the Prairie Five outreach office: 320-839-2111. Prairie Five Meals on the Go hosts a “Spring Lunch and Learn” at the Graceville Senior Center on Thursday, June 13th, at 12pm. Candice Conway, of Senior Linkage Line, will give a half hour presentation. Learn how to protect yourself and to detect and report Medicare and consumer fraud, waste and abuse. Prairie Five Meals will have lunch for a suggested donation rate of $4.50 for those 60 and over and an $8 cost …

Memorial Day in the #MNbump

Our local communities will be honoring the sacrifice and service of our local veterans on Monday, May 27, 2019.   The communities in the #MNbump have had a long history of programs and parades on Memorial Day each year.   Programs that we are aware of are listed below with their starting times.   Ortonville – 9:00 AM – Program at Ortonville High School Gym    Mound Cemetery Program and Wreath at Big Stone Lake Pier Clinton – 9:45 AM – Program at CGB Elementary Gym in Clinton    9:00 AM – Meet at Memorial Building    9:15 AM – Flag Raising Ceremony at Village Square    Cemetery Ceremony following program at school    Community Pot Luck at Memorial Building following Graceville – 11:00 AM – Program at CGB High School Gym    Followed by Community Pot Luck at Community Building Beardsley – 10:30 AM – Beardsley Auditorium    Parade to City Park for Roll Call of Deceased following Eidskog Cemetery – 10:30 AM Program    Coffee and bars at 10:00 AM Bellingham – 10:30 AM at Community Center Big Stone City, SD – 10:00 …

The Work of Mercy Center Opens in Graceville

Story courtesy of The Northern Star Newspaper, Clinton, MN Work of Graceville Mercy Center  To Help Those in Need of Basics The Work of Mercy Center has been established by a group of local volunteers to help individuals and families in need of basic household items. The Mercy Center is a ministry to serve Big Stone, Traverse, Lac qui Parle and Stevens counties, as well as the surrounding area. Father Brian Oestreich, Pastor of the local Catholic churches and church members developed the idea of The Work of Mercy Center. “Our mission is to have basic items available to individuals and families in need at no cost. Some of the items we try to have available include clothing, hygiene items, shoes, dishes, pots, pans, diapers, bedding and many others,” said Katie Jensen, church member. “Everyone is welcome at The Mercy Center”, Oestreich stated. “We offer special hospitality to our guests, to care for their basic human needs and to treat them as respected people of God”. The Work of Mercy Center is located in the old school …