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Concert of Prayer

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! Ways to connect with tonight’s Concert of Prayer: KDIO – 1350 on your AM dial or the audio will be streamed live from this LINK:  https://streamdb3web.securenetsystems.net/v5/KDIO Zoom as 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 …

COVID-19 Business & Organization Facebook Group

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. Those checking out this Group Page – MNbumpBusinessOrganizations – will see this (below) which has the “search” box near the bottom. 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 …

Business Assistance due to Coronavirus

Written by Vicki Oakes, MNbump Blogger Ortonville EDA & Big Stone Area Growth KDIO Interviews (Thank you to KDIO for sharing the audio with us!) 4/3/2020 – Ask Dr. Bob! 3/30/2020 – Sheriff Brown & Dona Greiner’s Interview 3/26/2020 – Sheriff Brown & Gloria Tobias (Countryside Public Health) What does the Stay at Home Declaration mean… The BEST resources for all of the local announcements, stories… KDIO 1350 AM – all the latest local news on-air & online! LINK:  https://www.facebook.com/KDIORadio/ 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 …

Capital Investments in Ortonville over the Last 10 years

A great article from the ortonvilleonbigstonelake.com website! Original Post Link:   2020 Listing the Ortonville Investments 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 …

Shopping Local Series – Christmas Shopping at Home in the #MNbump

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 …

Shopping Local Series – Hair Salons

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 …

Fun Fall Activities in the #MNbump

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. Thursday, October 24th Chili and Soup Feed Fundraiser First English Church – 11 am – 1 pm Free Will Donation Friday, October 25th Treat Street – Downtown Ortonville Saturday, October 26th Trunk or Treat Hosted by GWO Main Street – Graceville Free Mini-Photography Session by Gina Lee Photography Saturday, October 26th Boo! and Bingo Party – Big Stone City Library 10 am – 1 pm Saturday, October 26th – 4-H Annual Halloween Carnival at the Fairgrounds 5:30 – 9:30 pm Saturday, October 26th Firemen’s Halloween Dance Sioux Historic – Ortonville  – 9 PM Sunday, October 27th Big Stone City’s Ghouls & Goblins Street 3 PM – 5 PM Wednesday, …

US Senator Tina Smith Visits Ortonville Area Health Services

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!”  …

Meander Art Crawl Features Several #MNbump Artists – Oct. 4-6

  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. We are happy to be able to highlight the #MNbump artists who will be participating in this years Crawl.   Click on the photos below to check out their locations for the Meander and also the links below the photos to follow their pages.  For full details on the 2019 Meander – the Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl click here for the link to their page. The full brochure of all the events can be found on this link.