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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Written by Vicki Oakes, MNbump Connector Ortonville EDA & Big Stone Area Growth This page has been in continual update mode since March 2020.  We have now taken down our local updates and notices and provided resource links that cover the current information and connections.  

Living Rural During a Pandemic

Living Rural During a Pandemic

  by Vicki Oakes (One of the MNbump Connectors) 2020 was a different year for everyone!  Although I just may be a little partial – I wholeheartedly believe Big Stone County was a very good place to be during this time.  When I look on 

Interview with a New Business in Ortonville

Interview with a New Business in Ortonville

Great to connect with Jeremy Radtke to talk about his new venture, the GNAMP group in Ortonville – Communication/Marketing.

DOR: Why didn’t Our Business Receive Funding?

DOR: Why didn’t Our Business Receive Funding?

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Revenue sent out the initial round of COVID-19 Business Relief Payments to nearly 4,000 eligible businesses across the state. This program, part of a bi-partisan COVID-19 relief legislation signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz last month, offers direct 

Petal it Forward, Here on the MNbump!

Petal it Forward, Here on the MNbump!

Thank you to both of our Flower Shops in the County for participating in “Petal it Forward 2020”  – a definite day brighter for many today! Ortonville   Graceville  

New Historic Photos have been Donated!

New Historic Photos have been Donated!

Thank you to Gaylene Eisenach for donating pictures and a memorial cup that was in her great-grandfather had among his possessions (really cool!)  I’ve scanned a few of the photos to share – and then I will be contacting Larry at the Big Stone County 

Social Media Lunch – How to Create Video & Post by Using Phone Apps only

Social Media Lunch – How to Create Video & Post by Using Phone Apps only

We are back to our monthly Social Media Lunch – discussing online tools to promote your business.  A few of our regulars were unable to attend – so I recorded the Zoom discussion.  Normally these are held in the Ortonville EDA office; however, due to 

County CARES Funding – Business Assistance

County CARES Funding – Business Assistance

A portion of the funds (see below) can be used to structure grant programs for businesses that are experiencing hardship because of COVID-19 closures.  To help us present the need and request a portion of this funding for business grants, please complete this short survey. 

Listening Hearts.  A Forum on Racial Reconciliation and Being Black in Big Stone County Minnesota

Listening Hearts. A Forum on Racial Reconciliation and Being Black in Big Stone County Minnesota

Thank you to New Life Church in Ortonville for inviting MNbump to be a part of Listening Hearts.  This was an hour of listening.   Please hear their hearts, their most personal thoughts.

Business Resource Webinar – You’re Invited!

Business Resource Webinar – You’re Invited!

MNbump will be interviewing Vince Robinson of Big Stone Area Growth – Wednesday, June 10th at 5:30 via Zoom Webinar Your invite is below.  In a webinar format, the link below will provide you access to hear/view the interview live; however, you will not have 

Our Family Day Trips – Local over Memorial Day Weekend!

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