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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 …

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: Beardsley Town & Country Gals Clinton Commercial Club & Clinton Women’s Civic Club Graceville Women’s Organization(GWO) Ortonville Downtown Revitalization Committee 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 …

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:  www.bscfair.org 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 …

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:    

We say goodbye

We enjoy (in so many ways) a strong arts community, here on the MNbump.   They are weaved into our daily lives, with their music during our festivals, arts activities during our events such as Lake Days (in June), Cornfest (in August), they host events such as  “Somewhere to Begin:  The Soulful and Poetic Music of Sara Thomsen” which will be held at The Abbey of the Hills Inn & Retreat Center on May 20th… and the list goes on. We will be losing one of our artists – Naomi Ballard – her pull to “home” and work will be taking her away; however, she will be leaving so much with our youth, here in Ortonville!  She has touched so many lives in the relatively short time that she has been in the area that we just cannot let her go without a heartfelt and grateful goodbye from the MNbump! I asked my nephew awhile back what he really enjoyed the most at school (he plays basketball (with a passion), cross country, baseball, and football)   …