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Donnie’s Diner Grand Opening

Donnie’s Diner which is located in the Fairway View Communities’ complex had a ribbon cutting and short ceremony yesterday.  Although the sound did not capture very well, we hope you take a listen – Donnie Stolpman has been and continues to be such a strong community supporter.  We are so very fortunate!

Big Stone Health Care Foundation Director, Vanessa Lhotka Meyer, says it well in her Facebook post below!

A special Grand Opening ceremony was held on Thursday December 28th for Donnie’s Diner at Fairway View Senior Communities Guests enjoyed a moving speech from Dr.Bob honoring Donnie Stolpmann, the dedication & gifts he has made to the Foundation. After the ribbon cutting ceromony Donnie enjoyed a piece of Lynelle’s homemade Sour Cream/Raisin Pie-which he said was the perfect! Donnie continued to look around in amazement and several times stated “he can’t believe he is lucky enough to be a part of all this”. Oh Donnie–you have made this happen and so much more!

The commitments Donnie has so generously made and continues to make directly impact the quality healthcare and service offered through Ortonville Area Health Services. Ensuring that this area has top providers and equipment is a reality only made possible through donations such as Donnie’s. We honor Donnie today and feel so grateful for him and all of you who contribute in any way to the Foundation. To find out more about how you can make an impact like Donnie’s stop at the Foundation office today!

A few pictures from the event – including photos of some of the items that residents can purchase from the Town Center (grocery & gifts).  Stop in at Donnie’s Diner for a delicious piece of pie and coffee (there are other items as well, that is just what I’d go for first!) and see what is new at Fairway View Communities!  Lynelle Dwyer noted that they will be posting information on the facility’s Facebook Page soon – the Diner has daily featured items that are available to residents and to the general public.  The hours of the Diner are 9:30 to 1:30 p.m. and Lynelle hopes to be able to expand the hours in the coming months.  

We are thankful for City leaders and Ortonville Area Health Services for their investments in our community – and very thankful for people like Donnie Stolpmann!

Aerial photo of Fairway View Communities which is located on Ortonville’s 18-hole Municipal Golf Course is below:


MNbump Christmas 2017

A wonderful family/community time of year, here on the ‘bump!

A short one minute video with random pics/video taken from all of our Santa Day celebrations in Big Stone County – Beardsley, Clinton, Graceville & Ortonville.  You can’t help but smile when you see the children having such a good time!  A huge “Thank you” to the following groups that hosted the Santa Day Celebrations:

The lighted parade held in Ortonville was a fun evening for the kids (and adults!).  The Santa Day celebration in Ortonville was hosted by the Ortonville Downtown Revitalization Committee – with special kudos to Missy McMahon for organizing the parade portion of the day’s event!

It was fun to see the parade represented many from the area… A “Merry Christmas from Clinton” float, a couple entries from Odessa and a couple from Big Stone City along with the Ortonville floats.  Lots of family visit time while waiting for the parade to begin – and lots of candy for the kids.  Fun memories in the making!

Below are a few highlights from various church Christmas programs.  I video taped the Abiding Faith Lutheran program from beginning (piano music before the program as we were being seated) to the very end.  Although I do not attend this church, one thing about living rural is that we have VIPs in many different church programs and enjoy our time wherever that takes us!  So although we only have a full video of one program, there were so many awesome programs throughout the County.  I will share a few Facebook Feed highlights below the video – check them out!  Enjoy.  Living Rural and Loving it!

Click on the Facebook Icon to go to the post on their page & you’ll be able to view all of the pictures!

On the next two Facebook posts, make sure the volume is up to hear! (once you click on the Play Button, you’ll see the volume control in the bottom right corner on the video – or click on the Facebook icon on the video rather than the Play Button and you’ll be able to view directly on their Facebook Feed – for comments, etc. & other posts)


For a quick look at MNbump (Big Stone County) demographics & a shortlist of community information links:  click here!


A Festive Season, Here on the MNbump – What to do!

Please keep watch (follow!) the MNbump Facebook page for a constant update of events, pictures, specials from our businesses and more!  Link:

Check out some of the events around the area
Including area Christmas Programs (in red!)

December 17th – First English Church in Ortonville
9:00 a.m.
Christmas Program

December 17th – Living Hope Fellowship in Ortonville
10:00 a.m. with Potluck to Follow
Christmas Program

December 17th – Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville
10:00 a.m. with Swedish Tea following
Christmas Program

December 17th – Abiding Faith Free Lutheran Church in Ortonville
7:00 p.m. with Treats & Refreshments Following
Christmas Program

December 21st – Lingonberry’s Winter Yuletide Open House
4 – 6 p.m. in Ortonville

December 24th – Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Graceville AND
Trinity Lutheran Church of Johnson Have a joint Christmas Program
6:30 p.m. at Trinity

Video – quick highlights from last year’s Santa Day in Beardsley, Graceville & Ortonville (along with a peek at an awesome shop near Beardsley!)

Ortonville School Veterans’ Day Program 2017

A beautiful program by the Ortonville School!

Video 1: Posting of Colors by the VFW Post 3964 and VFW Auxiliary; National Anthem by the OHS Band Directed by Mr.s Chris Petersen; Welcome by Master of Ceremonies: CSM Retired Joseph Eustice; Veterans’ Day Poem “Thought for Today” read by Zoie Converse; Elementary Choir Grades 4, 5, 6 Directed by Mrs. Jennifer Neu “In service of Our Country” & “The Caissons Go Marching”

Video 2: Tribute to Veterans of All Wars – Students of the Ortonville School presenting plaques with war totals. Readings read by Jason Helgeson.

Video 3: Veterans’ Day Address by HM3 Lois Banken, Persian Gulf War Veteran

Video 4: Veterans’ Day Poem “What is a Veteran” read by Trent Eastman

Video 5: Flag Folding Ceremony by CSM Joseph Eustice, Ben Eustice and Zack Nelson

Video 6: OHS Band “God Belss the USA”, OHS Concert Choir & Elementary Choir “Let Freedom Ring” & “God Bless America”; Closing Remarks by CSM Retired Joseph Eustice; and Retirement of Colors by the VFW Post 3964 and VFW Auxiliary

An Evening in Beardsley, Minnesota

A beautiful August evening in Beardsley!  The Beardsley Fire & First Responders Pork Supper was held on August 17th in the Beardsley City Park.  At the end of the event, the Beardsley Fire Department and the Browns Valley Ambulance Service performed a Live “Auto Extrication”  (see videos below – a short version & the full Extrication) using their Jaws of Life to show how they use the tools and training that they have received.

The weather was amazing and the park was a perfect picture of people visiting and kids playing!

Two Beardsley Facebook Pages that cover local events
and great pages to like & follow – are:

Beardsley Fire Department 

Beardsley Town & Country Gals

If you’d like to check out what business, organizations & churches are in Beardsley, check out THIS LINK and select the ‘sort by  City’.

Short Highlight video of the Live “Auto Extrication”

Full video – Live “Auto Extrication”




What is Happening this Week!

A quick reminder post to plan your week!

The Big Stone County Fair is now in full swing – through Sunday!
Check out their Website for list of activities (and MNbump Facebook has their Event Flyer pinned to the top of the page for easy reference!)  Website:

Hartman’s SuperValu Foods’ Ribfest & Fill it Fresh day is on Friday!  Check out the details on their Facebook Post (link)!

Beardsley Day is on Saturday – Check out their Event Flyer (Facebook link) for all the activities that are planned for the day!

Odessa Fireman’s Appreciation Day is on Saturday – Check out the list of events (Facebook link) for all the activities that are planned for the day!

The Big Stone County Get Together!

Upcoming Events & Recap of Last Weekend!

Another busy weekend planned for June 24 & 25th!

Click on each of the flyers below for a larger view!

Last weekend (June 16, 17 & 18) Recap!

Tee’d Off at Cancer Golf Tournament in Graceville

It may take a moment for the Facebook embed to pop open on your screen.

Lake Days in Ortonville  (2nd Annual)
(a Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Event)

A fun event held in Ortonville MN/Big Stone City SD on the shores of Big Stone Lake

  • Kid’s Fishing Contest, “School of Fish” by Mike Frisch, Casting Contest
  • Bean Bag Tournament
  • Sand Volleyball Tournament
  • Kayak & Canoe Races
  • Boat/Pontoon Rides (free all day Saturday)
  • Local Talent in the Park contest
  • Scavenger Hunt (all ages!)
  • Aquatic Robotics & Fishing Demonstrations
  • Kid’s Art Activity
  • Lighted Boat Parade
  • Concert
  • Campfire Sing-a-long, s’mores & Star Gazing & Bug Collecting
  • Food Booth & Beer Garden

Video highlights from just a few of the events… followed by the complete talent in the park competition videos (scroll down)

Full Talent in the Park (several videos)

Beautiful Evening for Dr. Bob’s 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Video of the Program is below.

On Friday, June 9th, Dr. Bob (Dr. Robert S. Ross) was honored during the Ortonville Area Health Services’  Customer Appreciation Day at Lakeside Park for his 40 years of service.  Dr. Bob was quick to confirm when he, at the end of the Program, had the microphone – this was not a retirement party!

It was an emotional evening as the Mayor of Ortonville, Doctors, friends and family had a few words to say (and stories to share!)  The crowd that came to celebrate with him and the words that were spoken were a true tribute to an amazing Doctor, Community supporter and local sports enthusiast.

Although many great comments were made and laughs were shared, one portion of the program really speaks to the personal connections and the deep sense of community that are grown, here on the MNbump.  Dr. Stacy Longnecker noted that Dr. Bob delivered her… Dr. Bob also delivered her oldest child, Owen, when she was living in Ortonville during an internship portion of her education while working to return to Ortonville as a Doctor at Ortonville Area Health Services.  She shared a moment from her youth when Dr. Bob made a lasting impression and how he was a foundational piece within her future plans.  We are thankful for these connections that are made… and thankful to have had Dr. Bob and Mary’s community commitment for so many years (and many more years to come!)

Take a moment to enjoy the program –

An Old Fashioned Picnic in the Park

The DREAM for Kids’ old fashioned picnic (in its third year!) was a hit last night! (estimating about 250 people in attendance!)

Taken from the event’s invitation:  It’s time to celebrate how lucky we are to have our families… all kinds, shapes, and sizes!  YOU ARE INVITED

They started serving dinner at 5:30 with the activities starting at 6:00 p.m.

  • go fishing
  • ride-a-horse (always a favorite!)
  • bean bag toss
  • sing-a-long
  • tubs of fun
  • crafts and more…

DREAM for Kids and Someplace Safe thanked all of their partners:

  • 4-H
  • Dusty Hill Family
  • ECI
  • Ortonville Library
  • Lee Kanten
  • OCC
  • 75 One Stop
  • KDIO
  • Moose Lodge #407
  • Hartman’s Super Valu
  • Minnwest Bank
  • Pepsi America

For more information on youth opportunities, daycare, schools, check out our All About Youth page!


2017 Memorial Day

Update:  Unfortunately we were unable to video all of the Memorial Day programs that were held in Big Stone County.  The video below is from the Ortonville Program.

Representative Jeff Backer attended the Memorial Highway Dedication for Staff Sergeant Kevin Witte and shared a few pictures from the event on his Facebook Page: