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!
Zoomas 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 worked the “majority” of times… )
Zoom Attendee Directions: On a cell phone, you should have already downloaded the “Zoom” app from your app store to your phone. You do not have to open the app first, just click the link below and you will be on as an attendee.
On a computer, click on the link below… if you have never downloaded Zoom to your computer, you’ll be asked to do that which only takes a few seconds. You will then be on as an attendee
Thank you to Mary Ross for an awesome idea!
Thank you to all the Clergy that made this happen,
Thank you to Franky, Jon & Julie for the music, and
Thank you to Julie French & KDIO for carrying the Concert of Prayer this evening!
AND, thank YOU to everyone that joined in out there!
We have a local business looking to expand items/services during this time of Coronavirus “Stay at Home” requirement. Please complete this short form and list the items/services that you having difficulty finding and you’d like better access.
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.
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 to replace advertising with our local media. Especially at a time when so many are shut-in, they will be looking to KDIO 1350 AM (you can listen on-air and also on-line through their app), Ortonville Independent and the Northern Star for their local updates, news and just general mode of connecting with what is happening locally – so this is really prime time to advertise with them!
As a reminder, if you are looking for any business in Big Stone County, please use the link above (SEARCH for Businesses, Organizations, Hobby Groups & more) which will take you to the list pictured below… on any category that has a + behind it, click on the + to view the subcategories. The example below shows how it would appear if you hit the “+” behind Restaurants & Coffee. You can then select the subcategory to view – or of course, you could just select the main “Restaurants & Coffee” and see them all listed. Further down the page (not shown below), there are additional options and a form to complete if you want changes in the categories on your listing or if your business is not listed. There is no cost to be listed on this website.
and a subscription to our local newspapers Ortonville Independent & the Northern Star!
LOCAL ASSISTANCE: $5,000 Emergency Loan Funds 24 months at 0% interest + first payment deferred 6 months
Loans are available from Big Stone Area Growth and the Ortonville EDA on a first-come for serve basis. (Funds are available through one or the other organization – and cannot be funded through both to combine/double the $5,000)
Links to the Program Description & Applications below:
IMPORTANT… please read the Directions to fill & submit the forms: If you don’t save to computer before completing, you’ll lose the info… Click on the link and download the form to your computer BEFORE you fill in the application information. Once saved on your computer, open that document & complete the application. Again, SAVE the form and email the form to Vicki@ortonvilleeda.com – please call 320-839-6155 if you have any questions or issues.
IMPORTANT… please read the Directions ABOVE before clicking on the link…
New 3/27 LINK: Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act final
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress is intended to assist the business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
As a reminder from our Business Briefing, if you have any questions on the funding resources or any general questions – we are here as a local contact to help through a process, get you pointed to the resource (and help you through that process if you’d like) – please call BSAG/Ortonville EDA at 320-839-6155.
Looking at the past 10 years… listing the businesses that have made major capital investments (investing in the permanent structures & securing our brick and motor tax base in the City of Ortonville for years yet to come). Investing in our town. I personally have found this list to be impressive! Let’s take a few minutes to reflect and celebrate these awesome investments in our community! – and if you see that I missed someone, give me a shout by using the contact form on this website. (you’ll see a photo and then a very brief description – click on each of their links to see more about each business)
Bluestem Dental photo taken during construction. Parking lot is now paved & building complete.
Bluestem Dental – or newest business and building in town which just recently opened. The lots were cleared and construction began… what a conversation piece as we anxiously awaited the completion! Located on First Street and houses 10 jobs.
Lingonberry Lodge on Main Street (2nd Street)
Lingonberry’s Pastry & Coffee Shop
Lingonberry Lodge a beautiful lodging option overlooking Main Street and right next door to Lingonberry’s Pastry and Coffee Shop which opened earlier but within this current 2020 10-year capital improvement review. Khadija (pictured above right) is a “Clinton” girl that has come home to Big Stone County – how’s that for a possessive attachment on my part to the owner of these two businesses? 🙂
Ortonville Mercantile & Gallery
Ortonville Mystery Games (escape room fun – always changing!)
Then there is Greg & Sue Lockwood that made three investments seemingly one right after the other! They invested in a home, restored it and now is one of our short-term rental options – then they restored the “old bank building” – and I mean restored!! — to house the Ortonville Mercantile & Gallery. This is a great stop even if you’re not shopping & just want to walk through and see the details of their amazing restoration… original doors from other historic buildings, the bricks, and beams which are all truly fascinating to stop in and see. Of course, I’ve yet to stop in this business without finding something to purchase before I leave! (maybe I need to learn a little self-control?!)
Northridge Apartments are located just north of the ball fields and south of the new building lots – and close to the golf course, senior housing, and municipal swimming pool.
Northridge Apartment Complex
It is pretty exciting to have this facility get a complete makeover into market-rate apartments! The City of Ortonville/Ortonville EDA Housing Committee worked with the Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) (Housing Institute Program) for an 18-month course looking at Ortonville housing needs. MHP also assisted with our housing study. The first request to review our housing study is now the current owners of this building and major remodeling is underway. We are very excited to see this project completed!
This building was originally completely (and beautifully!) updated by Julie Anderson & Dale Anderson and is now with new owners (Brenda and Sarah Keller, mother/daughter). An excellent stop – check out the link to their Facebook page and scroll through the delicious dishes they serve!
Jacob Bollman, OD and Todd Trudel, OD purchased this building and with major investment converted this space to a beautiful eye clinic and also made it possible for Woodland Centers to come to Ortonville also!
Wow. You do not need to be in the market to buy a bike in order to enjoy (really enjoy!) stopping at the Old American Bike Barn when you’re in town! There is always something new (old…) – the inventory is always changing. I remember when I stopped in shortly after they opened and Kevin told me they had to take the website down until they could figure out how to handle the inquiries! Tough problems to have when you open! ha Stop in and talk with Tina or Kevin!
One of Ortonville’s historic buildings – saved! What an amazing restoration while keeping retaining so much of the history. Not sure I’m comfortable talking history about a building that spent many a night roller skating on these beautiful floors! Roller skating is still drawing our youth to gather and enjoy – and the facility continues to provide wonderful accommodations for weddings and other large venues. Only now with a much-updated facility/amenities. Thank you, Mark & Sheila Thompson!
Kandi Hamann has an amazing flower shop – and then she also purchased the building next door, opened up/connected the buildings and has provided additional space for the flower shop and also space brought two new businesses into town – Arachne Yarns and Richard Krogstad’s studio! For special occasions (especially during the holiday seasons, there are additional vendors that “pop-up” for an extended weekend shopping event also. What an addition to downtown!
The Smallest Art Gallery – connecting two buildings. Both restorations/investments made in the last few years.
Kathy Marihardt. Where do I begin!? We have a community of amazing artists in Big Stone County and the surrounding area, with Kathy being one. So many art activities utilizing various spaces in the school and buildings throughout Ortonville… then Kathy quietly purchases a building displaying her art along with hosting artists from the area and quite some distances away to show their art – with a “meet the artist” evening for each. What an experience! When the building next door became available, she purchased it and went to work rehabilitating that building to expanded her space. There is always something new!
With a major rehab to convert this very large industrial space to house retail and office space, along with showroom and storage – Dustin created an amazing space along Highway 75 by utilizing a building that had sat empty for some time and was in need of the upgrades. The perfect space and location for this business!
This building was originally built by Brad Snortum for his landscaping business. He later built (another capital investment in Ortonville!) on First Street. Amy and Darren Lang purchased this building and converted the building to house Helping Hands Therapeutic Massage & Body Works which is their daughter, Kelly. They also provided space for KDIO 1350 AM Radio – which thankfully the timing was perfect since a storm had totaled the building that they had been located in for many years – and we were now fortunate to keep them in Ortonville with the use of this space! (The Lang’s would make a very good “blog story” someday… they’ve moved to the area, transformed this building & opened Kelly’s business, their son Troy has an excavating service and although Darren has full-time business that he works out of town – he also has started a quality duck guide service for Big Stone County hunting along with trips for duck hunting in Maine. They also have a short-term rental lodge and RV spaces to accommodate their hunters. And don’t let that leave you wondering what Amy does… she helps it all run smoothly!
Conroy’s updated this building which had been a clinic building years ago, housed the City Office for a short period of time and then was empty. Thankfully, Chris and Traci found potential in this building and invested to update and convert this space to meet their needs.
In the past 10 years, Larry’s has remodeled the front inside and out and then converted the back to useable office space. Tuckpointing, new roof and new interior walls & floor and new HVAC!
It takes some investment to tuckpoint an older building of this size! The Swihart’s also restored the upper floor to living space – what a view of Main Street (and the Lake) they must have from up there!
Investors Advisory Management Group – Ortonville Office
What an area success story! They were established in 1990 by two physical therapists – Paul Treinen and Wade VanDover – in the basement of the Ortonville Hospital. They now consist of over 30 clinics in several states! (Link to the location map) The old Ortonville Hospital had set empty for a number of years before Big Stone Therapies purchased and started the renovations which were no small undertaking. We are fortunate to still have this building still standing strong in Ortonville — and to have Big Stone Therapies continue headquartering out of this area.
Dan & Brenda Kafka made a move to Main Street in Blair Johnson’s building for a major expansion – and then purchased the building next door to combine the two building into yet another expansion! This Main Street business has quite a reach bringing in customers from all over the state and beyond.
And… who kicked off the amazing updates to downtown Ortonville? Blair Johnson! We lost the original structure on this lot to a fire and we were fortunate that Blair decided to expand his business and build a brand new building in its place to keep his expansion on Main Street. They say this type of investment can have a domino effect – and in this case that appears to have happened!
It is great to see two new structures built at one of our main entrances into Ortonville – Dollar General on the Southeast corner and Casey’s General Store (below) on the Northwestern Corner. With the Museum & Chamber located on the Southwestern corner and the Municipal Airport located on the Northeastern corner – all provide a very nice entrance to our community!
And, speaking of Ortonville Area Health Services and community investment… we need to give a shout out to an amazing Doctor who has been a pillar for both – our Dr. Bob Ross!
Dr. Bob was the recipient of the 2019 Rural Health Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Bob joined the Ortonville medical staff in 1977 and hasn’t sat still since. In 1989, Dr. Bob and his partners formed the Big Stone Health Care Foundation. The Foundation, along with Dr. Bob and the entire Board’s vision, has provided health care opportunities to our community that otherwise would not have been possible. We thank Dr. Bob, his wife Mary, and their entire family for the sacrifices that have been made in order for him to be one of the leaders for his partners, the staff, and most importantly his patients. Congratulations, Dr. Bob!
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 all your gift needs. Shopping for men, shopping for women there are options for everyone.
A trip to Rolling Acres Boutique, located right outside of Beardsley can find you gift baskets, holiday decor and more. Look for the signs on Highway 7.
Maybe the items there are too frilly for your gift recipient? Head to the edge of town to CS Diesel for some items that are always much needed! Bows and wrapping paper still fit on truck parts, oil and filters.
Maybe in between is where you find your gifting needs, stop by downtown Beardsley and you can load up on gift certificates or even a meal to go from one of the our three eating establishments.
These Beardsley establishments are more than excited to help out in making someone’s holiday happy!
Shopping in Clinton by Janine Teske
If you are looking for that special gift for someone special this holiday season, Clinton in the #MNbump has quite a few options for you to choose from. Clinton Bucks can be purchased as a nice gift from Frandsen Bank. You can use these at any of the local businesses.
Bonnie’s Hometown Grocery has many unique items in her store as well as gift certificates to the store or to Bonnie’s Bloomers, her greenhouse that is open in the spring. Also available at Bonnie’s would be some items from Clinton Area home businesses including Becky’s Red Barn Candles and Etched Memories embroidery items.
Jamers One Stop also has gift certificates available as well as a few items for that last minute shopper. You can purchase your Minnesota Lottery tickets there as well.
The Downtown Diner has gift certificates available as well for that special someone to take a night out on the town. Home of the famous steak cubes that are so popular in the Mnbump!
You can also order your food and the Downtown Diner will deliver it to the NorthStar Saloon and you can eat there as well, or get a gift certificate for a night on the town at a later date or a special off sale bottle or 12 pack from the Saloon.
If you are looking for a new computer or repair, check out CTS Repair online or stop in and see Rich for your customized system just for you.
In our rural area, be sure to check out John G. White or Jean Menden who are local artists that will be displaying their work at Listening Stones Gallery on Saturday, December 14th.
Clinton on the #MNbump is a great place to shop!
Shopping in Graceville By Gina Gilsdorf
Christmas is just around the corner and we all have a few people on our list that may be a bit tricky to buy for. Shopping local in the City of Graceville is always appreciated and with so many options you can’t go wrong.
The Flower Box is a great place to shop for a beautiful gift of flowers or a holiday plant.
Down the road, a local home business, The Studio is a great place to get some custom hand made jewelry. Some of their pieces are made from old heirlooms or silverware that might have been grandma’s. Check out their Ann and Pam’s creations.
Any resident of the MNbump could always use a gift certificate from a number of our local businesses, such as the famous pizza from Headquarters Bar.
Gina Lee Photography also offers gift certificates for a perfect gift for your family photo sessions.
Whatever you’re looking for, we can help you find it here in Graceville in the MNbump.
Shopping in Odessa By Mary Hillman
Club 7-75 just outside of Odessa on, you guessed it, the intersection of Highways 7 & 75 – Known for their amazing Prime Rib and delicious Salad Bar – would make a great gift certificate for any occasion!
Shopping in Ortonville By Vicki Oakes
Let’em Buck Apparel & Supply is located along Highway 75 and has both men’s and women’s jeans, clothing and boots & shoes… and an abundance of accessories! FUN stop!!
Pro Image Partners, Inc. is a great stop downtown Ortonville! You’ll find a nice selection of tops, jackets, t-shirts and more in their store, a great online store (especially for your sports support items!) and custom designs to order. Now that is not Dan & Brenda Kafka (owners) in the photo – but they are a couple of the awesome staff at Pro Image Partners that agreed to be in the picture for me when I stopped in this morning!
OMG, Ortonville Mercantile & Gallery You can spend hours in this delightful store with so much variety – and some have even lost track of time just looking at the work that owners Greg & Sue Lockwood have done to restore this building. A must-see store in downtown Ortonville!
Design Electronics, Ortonville – It is awesome to have such a great selection of electronics in Ortonville! And you just cannot beat the help you get at this store whether it is with your new phone, TV or other electronic gadgets.
Did you know you can purchase non-prescription sunglasses such as Coach and Oakley here also? Stop on in and pick up a gift certificate!
OMG, Ortonville Mystery Games – located downtown Ortonville Do you know someone on your gift list that loves a good mystery… pick up a gift certificate for one of the Escape Rooms! This seasonal room, in particular, I hear is quite the challenge!
Conroy Eyecare, PA – located up on Third Street
Another great gift certificate opportunity for sunglasses & eyewear – check out some great gift ideas.
Lingonberry’s Pastry and Coffee Shop located downtown Ortonville has a wonderful display of treats and a delicious breakfast & lunch menu! Oh, and of course coffee!! Pick up a gift certificate – or better yet, how about just take that special someone out with you to Lingonberry’s!?
You’ll find Artie’s Bait & Tackle at the intersection of Highway 7 & 12 at the south end of downtown Ortonville. There is quite a range of sporting gifts packed in this store and a gift certificate always works too!
Norwex – Rachelle Brown — A great idea for gift-giving any time of year! (or when you need to pick up some great cleaning products for yourself)
2nd Street Cafe and Coffeehouse – downtown Ortonville. Wonderful specialty coffees, delicious treats – and if you’re hungry for some great “home-cooked” type meals (breakfast or lunch) this is your stop! The perfect choice for everyone: a Gift Certificate!
A huge shout out to the business above for connecting with MNbump for this post!
As you are checking off your Christmas shopping list (or any time of year), please make sure to check out all of our Big Stone County businesses… you can find a complete list at this link (sorted by category):Big Stone County Businesses
Shop local first – shop local when you can – Thank you!!
The first in our “Living Rural & Shopping Local” series! As we swing into the holiday seasons in the fall, winter, and then ringing in the new year, hair salons are likely on the top of most preparation lists. (we’ve provided links to those that have an online presence)
Also, a little reminder… our salons carry a wide range of products that make great gifts this Christmas season (or check on a gift certificate!) #ShopLocalFirst
We first hear from Gina Gilsdorf, our MNbump Connector from Graceville. The City if Graceville has three hair salons open to the public and one salon located at Grace Home for our nursing home and assisted living residents. The other three are located downtown. Kreative Hair and Nails by Kendra and Shear Grace Salon are located on Main Street. J&R Headhunters is just off main on 3rd street. The salons in our area are all a great asset to our community offering a variety of services including cuts, colors, perms, toning and much more.
Next, we have Ortonville Salons submitted by MNbump Connector Vicki Oakes
Photo: Ortonville Main Street with clouds rolling in – snow expected soon (11-25-2019)
In Ortonville, we have two salons downtown – Dawn’s Hair Design and Hair Classics along with two salons up off/on Highlighand Highway – Beauty and Grace Salonand Studio 210. Ortonville’s Salon’s carry a full range of products and services – they have us covered! There are also two beauty salon stations located within our senior housing complex, Fairway View Communities, (shown below) that we are fortunate to have covered through appointments by some of our local salon stylists!
Next, we have our MNbump Connector, Janine Teske, reporting on Clinton.
Amanda’s Shear Impressions located on Main Street in Clinton has a lot to offer her clients. In addition to hair cuts, color and styling for the entire family, she provides manicures, Gel nails, pedicures (which are awesome!) and Facial Waxing. A variety of other products are also available at her salon, as well as a great conversation! In addition to offering her services at the salon, Amanda also has a chair at the Clinton Care Center where she provides services to the tenants that live there. Amanda’s shop is a great asset to the Clinton Community!
For the full list of businesses, organizations, etc. use our top-line menu – our goal is to have every business posted on this site so if we are missing one, please let us know!
Fall is a special time in the #MNbump and in the upcoming days there is no exception to the activities that are available for kids and adults. There are several Fundraising Meals, Fall Suppers, Halloween Events and other fun activities to keep us all busy! Check out the info below and click on the events to take you to the links to the events, if available.
US Senator Tina Smith visited Ortonville Area Health Services this afternoon to listen and to learn how she can support communities to keep and sustain their health care in the face of a lot of really big challenges. Her main questions today were: how do you make it work in your communities, what are your challenges, what are the opportunities and what can she do to help bolster the areas, especially around workforce. Other health care representatives present joining the discussion were representatives from Appleton Area Health Systems, Johnson Memorial Health Services (Dawson) and Lakewood Health Systems (Staples). Carrie Bendix from the SW MN Private Industry Council (who also works with the workforce development board for the 14-county area) was also present to talk workforce.
There was great discussion shared amongst all in attendance which ended with Carson Ouellette, the Northwest Minnesota Outreach Representative for Sen. Smith, bringing the discussion to a close with “So I hate to cut it short but I do want to get a chance to see the award-winning OB department!” With that, they wrapped up the discussion and took the tour. (Ironically, Dr. Stacy Longnecker had left the meeting midway through to deliver a baby!)
US Senator Tina Smith talking with Maria Botker (OB & ER Nursing Coordinator) during the tour.
In reference to the “award-winning OB department”, Carson was referring to the 2019 Rural Health Team Award – in recognition of contributions improving the health of rural Minnesota at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference which was held in Duluth earlier this year. (see video below)
An interesting side note (one that I had forgotten) was that both Dr. Botker and Dr. Longnecker started their health careers way back “in the beginning” working as CNAs.
OAHS currently has six MDs with three more coming on board by November 2020.
Ortonville Area Health Services is dedicated to offering excellent care in all facilities of their health care system. They serve the area through Ortonville Hospital, Northside Medical Clinic, and Clinton Clinic, Fairway View Senior Communities, and OAHS Home Health Agency.
Fairway View Senior Communities on our 18-hole golf course.
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.