Author: Vicki Oakes

Ortonville Cornfest 2022!

Ortonville Cornfest 2022!

Hats off to the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber!  (www.bigstonelake.com)  – What an awesome 3-day event headed by the Chamber’s part-time Directory, Gloria Larson, 9 Board members, and 100+ Volunteers.  — 2,100 concert tickets sold for the concert Saturday, great crowds down at Lakeside Park 

Housing in Ortonville

Housing in Ortonville

Today we are highlighting housing options in the community of Ortonville.  Ortonville sits along the shores of Big Stone Lake, our largest populated town, and our County Seat (Big Stone County).  Check out Ortonville’s  http://www.relaxurhere.com landing page which provides a quick overview of the community. We’ll 

Addressing Child Care in Big Stone County

Addressing Child Care in Big Stone County

It has been exciting to see the work in progress, here in Big Stone County (the MNbump!), to expand and strengthen child care! The Big Stone County Commissioners recently finalized their new Child Care Provider Grant program which is processed through BSC Family Services.  These 

Rural Youth Stress – Big Stone County 4-H

Rural Youth Stress – Big Stone County 4-H

Suzanne Souza, Big Stone County 4-H Director, is working with the University of Minnesota Extention to address rural youth stress.  They have a great presentation and discussion format to help identify and work to assist our youth.  Check out MNbump’s interview with Suzanne and complete 

We have Bike Trail News!

We have Bike Trail News!

We received word today that Big Stone County’s grant application to Minnesota’s Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) has been approved! What does that mean?  It means that the one-mile section of the bike trail (The Minnesota River Headwaters Trail) will be hard-surfaced – as a 

Minnesota Property Tax Refunds

Minnesota Property Tax Refunds

A great “did you know?” from the Big Stone County Assessor’s Office! Each year millions of dollars in property tax refunds go unclaimed by taxpayers. Homeowners who have declared a house to be their homestead, or primary residence, can receive an annual property tax credit 

Ortonville High School Theater

Ortonville High School Theater

What a fun evening!  Walking into the Ortonville School Auditorium doors to find the old ticket booth was back in commission!  Volunteers (school board members and spouses to mention a few) have been painting, wallpapering, and generally updating the entrance area – and what a 

Fishing Big Stone Lake Videos

Fishing Big Stone Lake Videos

We’ve gathered some fun fishing videos that have been taken recently on Big Stone Lake.  We’ll keep adding videos at the top of this page as new filming is posted – like this first one – 2022 TV Episode by Fishing the Midwest!  Enjoy the 

This is Ortonville via Video!

This is Ortonville via Video!

As the Ortonville MNbump Connector, I’m sharing activities from this community – and taking videos is my favorite hobby so I grab my camera anytime I am headed to school activities or community events.  All the videos are posted immediately on our Facebook page and