Author: Vicki Oakes

Our Family Day Trips – Local over Memorial Day Weekend!

Enjoying the outdoors and staying close to home as requested due to COVID-19.  This is what #LoveWhereYouLive looks like… I ended the weekend with quite a checklist of places yet to walk & fish (all just waiting for another weekend!).  We could have covered more ground but we decided we really wanted to go back to the Big Stone State Park for another day. Highlights from our weekend.  First… what a treasure we have in the Big Stone State Park (LINK:  Park website).  I called to make sure that we could pull our little camper down for day trips to use it as our home base from walks & fishing – and it was open for that – we were even welcome to park our camper in any of the spots (we tried out a different one each day) and have a fire in the pit if we wanted!  Other than the boat landing, we were the only ones in the park – amazing to explore in the privacy of our family group of 3!  …

Survey

MNbump has just completed its fourth year online.  We reached out with a survey last year – and we are again asking for your input.  We would appreciate andy and all input – what you like about the website & Facebook page –  if there is something you don’t like –  or suggestions of any kind!  The survey will remain open for a couple of weeks – and then the MNbump team will review and evaluate as we plan for the future. The survey results along with the Team Plan will be submitted/presented at the next Big Stone Area Growth meeting. A couple of Stats from MNbump (as of today, May 21st) We’ve had 4,711 different visitors to our website this year Our COVID-19 Business Resource page has been utilized 1,565 times We’ve reached 12,421 different Facebook Users and had 16,329 post engagements just in the last 28 days & video views during that timeframe were 17,129. So we are reaching and connecting with a large number of folks – this survey will help us …

Video How to Series: Find a Business on Our Website

Especially in this time of COVID-19 and the hard times for our local businesses, it is especially important to check local first when you are in need of something.  Many of our local business can order in – fast – items that they might not have on hand.   We created a short video to show you how to use the MNbump website to find a business or organization.  We strive to have every business and organization on this site.  If one is not listed, they should use the “Contact Us” tab on this website and let us know – you’ll be added.  If you’d like to share a preview photo for your business or feel you’d best fit in another (or more than one!) category – also use the Contact Us form so that we can make those changes!  Our goal is to make it very easy to connect locally! Note:  We look to help our residents connect… and to help our businesses and organizations with their online reach – while marketing Big Stone County …

Return to Work, 4/23 Governor Release

Governor Tim Walz Emergency Executive Order 20-40  LINK:  EO-20-40-Final A framework for safely returning to work Today, Governor Tim Walz reviewed a framework for evaluating when it is safe to reopen a variety of workplace, social, and educational environments in Minnesota. That framework takes into consideration a number of health, economic, and social factors – and applies them to a variety of settings that have varying levels of predictability and size considerations. As part of that framework, he issued Executive Order 20-40, which provides a limited first step in the process of safely returning to work, beginning only with workers at non-Critical Sector industrial, manufacturing and office-based businesses that are non-customer facing. There are 2.6 million Minnesotans working right now. EO 20-40, developed in consultation with thousands of business leaders, labor leaders, and public health experts, will allow around 20,000 businesses and roughly 80,000 – 100,000 workers to go back to work beginning on Monday, April 27. In order to reopen, EO 20-40 requires these business to do three things: Create and share with their …

Zoom PRACTICE Meeting

Let’s get together on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and have a practice “let’s get familiar with Zoom” meeting!  Janine and I will be hosting the “webinar” type Zoom meeting and you will join as an “attendee” – this is the same setup that the Ortonville City Council is using for the regular meetings and Public Hearings during this time of social distancing. We will go over how you can raise your hand if you’d like to speak during the appropriate times during meetings & public hearings – by raising your hand… you’ll be brought into the meeting with your audio and you’ll be able to speak/discuss your points during the meeting and when you are done you will be placed back in the watch/listen “attendee” section of the Webinar style meeting.  When we bring you over, we can also work through any audio issues that you may have – or if you’d rather use the chat option to communicate you statement or questions. Join us for a “just between friends” casual practice session on Zoom …

Concert of Prayer

Tonight! 8:15 p.m. —  We encourage you to stay home, turn on your porch lights and tune into an evening of prayer provided by clergy from across Big Stone County (MNbump!) — it would also be great to see photos of your front lights flooding Facebook! Ways to connect with tonight’s Concert of Prayer: KDIO – 1350 on your AM dial or the audio will be streamed live from this LINK:  https://streamdb3web.securenetsystems.net/v5/KDIO Zoom as an Attendee this is the #1 way to watch tonight’s Concert of Prayer!  The first 100 that sign-in to Zoom will be able to view direct (see instructions & Zoom link below in red) Facebook Live.  We will also be streaming Zoom to Facebook Live; however, in the event that the connection fails either from the beginning or during the Prayer service, please have KDIO ready for backup so that you can hear the audio.  Do not play them at the same time, though – since there is a 20-second delay on the feed through to Facebook Live.  (In testing, Facebook Live …

COVID-19 Child Care Provider Resources

New 5/4 – Update on the Minnesota Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants The next application round will open on May 5 and more information will be made available at that time. Applications will be available through May 12 at 5:00 p.m. Applications are evaluated based on priorities outlined in the legislation, NOT on a first-come-first-serve basis. Whether or not a child care program received a grant in Round One, they still need to complete a new application for Round Two. LINK:  https://www.childcareawaremn.org/providers/emergency-child-care-grants-2/ Please contact EmergencyGrants@childcareawaremn.org with questions. New 3/26 at 3:30 p.m. – Please help spread the word to your local child care providers! Press Release:   https://mn.gov/governor/news/?id=1055-425024 General Program Information:   https://www.greaterminnesota.net/childcare/ SWIF Region Program Information:   https://swifoundation.org/emergency-child-care-grants/ Scott Marquardt Southwest Initiative Foundation Economic Development and Chamber Partners, Here are some Coronavirus resource compilation websites for child care providers: State of Minnesota:    https://mn.gov/childcare/ Child Care Aware of America: https://info.childcareaware.org/coronavirus-updates https://www.childcareaware.org/coronavirus-landing-page/ Minnesota Department of Human Services:    https://mn.gov/dhs/ Minnesota Department of Health:   https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools.html CDC:    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-schools.html WomenVenture:    https://www.womenventure.org//resources/covid-19-update-hub/resources-for-child-care-providers.html National Association for the Education of Young Children:  https://www.naeyc.org/resources/topics/covid-19 These Facebook pages also have a lot of Coronavirus resources for child care providers: Minnesota Association of Child …

COVID-19 Business & Organization Facebook Group

We have created a Facebook Group for our businesses, organizations, churches, etc. to post their latest updates and information they would like to get to our residents.  As you can see below, those using this group to find updates on our businesses will be able to search all the posts – so when you are sharing one of your business posts or just adding a text update, make sure to use keywords that people would likely search for your business.  To note, the search does include your name or businesses name whatever you are using to share your information – it does that automatically.  We will update this page as we have tips on posting and searching. Those checking out this Group Page – MNbumpBusinessOrganizations – will see this (below) which has the “search” box near the bottom. If you have suggestions on how Big Stone Area Growth / MNbump can assist in connecting to resources, please use our contact tab at the top of this website and let us know! This is not intended …

COVID-19 Business Resources

Written by Vicki Oakes, MNbump Blogger Ortonville EDA & Big Stone Area Growth Note:  Whether local, state or federal assistance programs, you can call Big Stone Area Growth & Ortonville EDA for help/questions on forms, where to start, etc.  please call 320-839-6155 You’ll see recently reported info links (with dates) first.  Scroll further down and you’ll find the staple links to all the agencies’ main COVID-19 assistance pages.   5/20 Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – Signup runs from May 26 – August 28 (watch video below) – and following FarmersGov Facebook page (LINK) 5/20 COVID-19 New sections and links to next phase 5/18 Updated:  SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application.  (LINK to info & application) the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  SBA …