Author: Vicki Oakes

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 

Ortonville Trojan Wrestling

Ortonville Trojan Wrestling

This past Thursday (February 10th) was parents & senior night for the Ortonville Trojan Wrestling team.  It was an emotional evening for Coach Eustice as he acknowledged the work that these students have put into this sport throughout the year after they were announced along 

What Businesses were Checked on Website last week?

What Businesses were Checked on Website last week?

MNbump Connection!  MNbump is a Big Stone Area Growth Initiative to connect our residents to resources from our website and we use Facebook for an interactive connection to our residents and those living away to see what is happening, what is new, and check out 

VOTE!  Connecting Big Stone County – Projects

VOTE! Connecting Big Stone County – Projects

VOTING HAS ENDED Thank you to all that took part in the Big Stone County Blandin Broadband Community visioning process by taking the registration survey, attending the Vision Meeting, and/or attending the Project Brainstorm Meeting. The community’s collective input will be helpful as the Steering