This is always a fun summer event in Beardsley! Kids playing in the Park, delicious pork supper, great conversation and… this year’s safety demonstration was provided by the Traverse Electric Co-op, Inc. out of Wheaton. I’ve embedded the demonstration from the Facebook Live post below – and I would highly recommend watching it – very useful information! I could write about the warm greetings you receive when you enter the park and the awesome feel you get from this community picnic – but I think the pictures tell the story best!
Facebook Live Video – video quality a little off in the very beginning but it gets better as the video progresses.
You can check out last year’s safety demonstration & dinner post at this link:
2017 Beardsley Fire & First Responders’ Pork Supper
As Mary Hillman, the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber Director, spends late nights at the office and her days running around coordinating Ortonville’s largest annual event — with the City Crew busy “dusting up” the town — and countless volunteers have organized groups to assist with the celebration, it is absolutely heartwarming to see this post (pictured below) on a private Group “You know you were raised in Ortonville MN if you remember…” After first letting it sink in how excited Ty Adams is to be returning to Ortonville with his family for a 30th School reunion and Cornfest – then seeing that he received 10 recommendations from 24 people with an exchange of conversations within 66 comments — and of course noticing that we have some really highly recommended dining options, I thought… this is really what life is all about!
Living Rural and Loving it, here on the MNbump!
Enjoy the weekend, everyone!
What were the recommendations? …here they are in no particular order.
Downtown Diner, in Clinton
Lakewood Supper Club
Big Rock in Big Stone City SD
Off the Green (Ortonville Clubhouse)
Club 7-75, near Odessa
Headwater’s Grill & Bar
One More in Beardsley
The 135th Celebration in Clinton has begun! Event Flyer Link
There was an “Over 80’s Gathering at 10:00 this morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Check out the photos by Janine on the ClintonMN Facebook Page
A very fun parade!
The Opening Flag Ceremony has been broken into three videos:
Flag Ceremony Video
Stattelman – Water Fountain & Ending of the Ceremony
The All School Reunion Brunch (AWESOME turnout!)
More videos and photos will be added throughout the weekend – so check back!
The Smallest Art Gallery in Ortonville held an Artist Reception for Corina Kells on Thursday, July 5th from 5:00 to 6:30. Corina Kells specializes in expressive conceptual photography to capture complex emotions such as fear, sadness, confusion, and isolation. Her goal is to bring awareness to mental health issues and cultivate conversation.
Due to another event in Ortonville, I did not make it to this reception until a few minutes after 6 and missed Corina’s presentation (I was very disappointed!) — not that I would have had much room to stand since the gallery was packed when I arrived. I did, however, get a chance to talk one on one with the artist about her work and the life experiences that are detailed within her photography (she was kind enough to visit with me until 7:00!) Her insights into the opioid and mental health epidemic and the way she is reaching out through art is amazing. It is not only a personal therapy for her it is also an impactful way to reach out to bring awareness, understanding, and help to others who are experiencing similar walks; while also helping those who are desperately looking to reach out to someone they know with an addiction. She stresses the importance of going deeper into the mental health issues that are at the core of the addictions – to increase the odds of avoiding a relapse. I would encourage everyone to stop down and take in Corina Kells photography – and if you are fortunate enough to stop when the artist is there, please introduce yourself and talk with her… you will find that her work is not only interesting, you’ll leave with an insight and a knowledge that could very well help someone you know with an addiction. Check out this link to an article from the Ortonville Independent on Corina Kells’ work.
On another note – but definitely connected…
After talking with Corina last night, I received a notification that The Center for Rural Policy and Development had posted on their Facebook Page – which tied in perfectly with the importance and need for the type of awareness that Corina’s art provides.
RuralMN Radio: The drug crisis is more than opioids, Part 1
RuralMN Radio: The drug crisis is more than opiods, Part 2
As noted in the above audio links (both only about 3 minutes long): The topic of drugs and addiction “It’s an addiction crisis”. Drug and alcohol addiction is completely intertwined with mental health (which also includes shopping addiction, gambling…) The full article will be released next week.
The battle is real. An epidemic. Corina Kells’ photography is her therapy that can also bring real help. Check it out – and talk with her if you get the chance!
Ortonville enjoyed a stop by a few participating in the 2018 route of the SRI CHINMOY ONENESS-HOME PEACE RUN last night. (welcomed by Mary Hillman and Kevin Benson of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce) The Peace Run is a global torch relay that symbolizes humanity’s universal aspiration for a more peaceful world. Now in its third decade, the Peace Run is humanity’s largest and longest grassroots effort for peace. Since its inception, the torch has visited more than 140 nations! Check out their website & the 2018 North American route at this link!
In this first video, they sing the Peace Run Song for us:
In the next video, they shared some background and information about the run:
And in this last video, they shared a song that they sing when they are with a group of children:
Kevin Benson of the BSLA Chamber & Ortonville Area Health Services carrying the Torch
Yesterday was the annual 4th of July Parade in Odessa, here on the MNbump! They start at noon with a (mostly) lawnmower parade followed by a community potluck meal at City Hall.
City of Odessa history Link!
Thanks to Rob Rakow for sharing a few of his photos from the event! (for those of you that do know Rob, I think you’d really enjoy checking out his Rob Rakow Photography Facebook page for some amazing wildlife photos, landscapes & skyscapes from around the area!) …and Rob is an active member of the Big Stone Arts Council
The next event in Big Stone County is the 135th Celebration in Clinton!
July 6, 7 & 8th – Food, live music, bean bag tournament, volleyball tournament, baseball game, kids inflatables – and more! for details check our Facebook link here!
Immediately followed by the Big Stone County Fair July 11th through the 15th!
check out the flyer for details
July 21st is Beardsley Day – check out their Facebook Page for details!
Below are a few videos from recent events, here on the #MNbump!
Our first Art Crawl
The DREAM for Kids & Someplace Safe annual “Old Fashioned Family Picnic”
The Third Annual Lake Days Celebration
Life is good, here on the MNbump! Enjoy!
Meet Main Street Industries! Although most of us are aware of the annual Main Street Industry’s auction and dinner, I’m not sure that many know of the extent of services that they offer – both to businesses and residential homes. In this time of low unemployment rate, I hope you check out the services that can be provided by Main Street Industries (MSI) in Clinton. They provide a variety of services to 20+ customers currently and have 32 clients available to assist! And, MSI provides training and job coaching – so give them a call if you have a job you need to fill at (320) 325-5251.
Check out the following interviews to learn about Main Street Industries & Training Center!
History & Goals
Customers & Jobs
Training & Coaching Services
Program Aspects of MSI
What the average day looks like at MSI
Having some fun
Getting Paid! The heart for people shined through in every employee interview; however, it really struck me as I listened during this interview how special this group of people really is (and no surprise that they entered the MNbump Wellness Challenge as a group and won first place!) I’d like to think the person that handles my payroll was excited to calculate my check as Joanne is when she calculates for MSI!
This marked the third year for this new event on Big Stone Lake in Ortonville. Those who worked so hard to start Lake Days wanted the focus to be the lake and getting people together to enjoy the park and each other. As with most, there is great food, beverages, and music – this event focuses on gathering people to enjoy a volleyball tournament, bean bag tournament, pickleball – and the youth had an opportunity to learn how to fish – they had
Fresh sand brought in for volleyball!
workbooks, class, treats & then some hands-on opportunities with their new fishing rod, tackle box, and some tackle! 4-H helped to sponsor the youth fishing event – and more activities for the kids. Although the weather threatened a bit, all the activities went forward and the weather passed. It was a great (full!) day at Lakeside Park on Big Stone Lake!
One minute video – highlights from the event:
Thank you to the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber, Big Stone County 4-H, the Downtown Revitalization Committee and the City of Ortonville for sponsoring this event!
As always, events do not happen without the dedication of lots of volunteers! Thank you to all!
Working hard always!
Quote from the MPR Article:
Bonnie Carlson was skeptical. Making money as a small-town grocer was tough enough. How would selling a local guy’s garlic for a premium possibly help her? But she didn’t say no when Big Stone County farmer Russ Swenson and Kathy Draeger, a local University of Minnesota expert and customer of Bonnie’s Hometown Grocery, pitched a plan to put Swenson’s garlic on the shelves at Bonnie’s and small-town stores across Minnesota.
The best part of MNbump – our people! Looking for new ways to grow, helping coming up with the ideas – and not saying “no” to a try! #MNbumpROCKS –
Check out the complete story, photos & audio!
The Thursday Night Music on Main group brought their “get together” time down to Lakeside Park for the first (I hope there will be more) Music Wednesday in the Park last night! It was a perfect evening by Big Stone Lake – and the music was so much fun! There was a Facebook Live recording (link here) that ran through quite a few songs – at 18:45 – You’ll find Julie French of KDIO doing Harper Valley PTA (fun, fun to watch!) There were people sitting in the shelters and on the grass enjoying the evening (some, I noticed brought a Subway dinner while others had coolers with their dinner) — It was, to me, a picture perfect evening here on the MNbump – people just enjoying people.
A few clips from the evening (that were not on the Facebook Live). A few brave souls ventured up to the stage to join the group for a few songs. It was an open mic and everyone was encouraged to share their talents.
Thanks to the Big Stone Arts Council & the musicians for a fun evening!