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Beardsley Fire & First Responder’s Pork Supper

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

Traveling to Ortonville for Cornfest

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 …

Clinton’s 135th Celebration

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 Welcome 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!

MNbump Celebrations – Highlighting Odessa

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 …

Lake Days in Ortonville

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 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 …

Music Wednesday – First Run Last Night at Lakeside Park in Ortonville

  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 …

July Events on the MNbump!

July looks to be another busy month, here on the MNbump! Graceville’s Annual Toqua Days – June 30th & July 1st The Graceville Women’s Organization Facebook Page (Link!) is always a great place to watch for the latest information!   July 11th – 15th Big Stone County Fair! – Look who will be playing on the 12th at the Fair!! Link to the Big Stone County Fair Facebook Page! Our “Big Stone County Get Together” – this video taken from last year’s Fair gives a special spotlight on our AWESOME 4-H Youth – they ROCK! July 21st is Beardsley Day –  (Link) to their Facebook Page     Photo of the Course from last year’s Tournament

MNbump Wellness Challenge – Thank You & Wrap-Up!

There were 22 teams (ranging from 9 to 11 people) with a total of 226 number of participants!! Total weight lost:  1,863 pounds (WOW!) Winning teams (I’m hoping they send in a group photo from each of their celebration gatherings!) were: 1st Place:  Main Street Industries – Main Street Muscle – with 7.3% weight loss Amanda Kuefler, Lisa Lindquist, Jeremy Tollakson, Joanne Vangness, Terri-Skog-Anderson, Arlene Athey, Karrie Findley, Lane Lindquist, Robin Olson, Roger Findley 2nd Place:  OAHS – Iron Maidens – 6.57% Weight loss Nicole Lovgren, Dr. Susan Andersen, Sandy Brown, Kristen Brobst, Melissa Davis, Sarah Velzke, Kendra Fryer, Missica Lowe, Corina Hanson, Natasha Haukos 3rd Place:  This just Thin – 6.18% Weight loss Brenda Zahrbock, Anita Longnecker, Rachel Zinski, Josh Zinski, Brent Zahrbock, Lindsey Lee, Alicia Lee, John Thomas, Jeannine Dashiell, Kelsie Thomas, Adam Dashiell With 1,863 pounds… I’d say all teams (and MNbump!) were winners!  However, this Ortonvillian must acknowledge the MNbump winning community was CLINTON!  🙂 If you’d like to watch the Facebook Live video from the weigh-in reveal – USE THIS LINK! …

MNbump – Upcoming Events!

It is getting so busy, so here are reminder links gathered together for activities coming up and a few highlights from recent MNbump events.  #MNbumpLife Updated…. 6/17/2018   6/19:  Barrel Race tonight June 19th is going to be rescheduled due to the weather. I’ll post makeup date as soon as we make that decision (Flat Hills Arena, Inc. on FB)     Thursday, June 21 – “I’ll Be Me” Glenn Campbell’s journey with Alzheimer’s/Dementia 6:30 p.m. in the Orpheum in the Town Center at Fairway View Presented by The Big Stone County Memory Loss Connection  Info Link Saturday, June 23rd is the Jay Stock Golf Tournament in Ortonville check out the video from last year’s event! Check out this week’s dining recommendations for the new Downtown Diner in Clinton – FB Post Link:   MNbump Calendar Link! A HUGE shout out to the Big Stone Arts Council for a very successful Big Stone Lake Art Crawl last Saturday, June 9th!  Their site visitor counts ranged from 40 to 400 people from a large range of travelers …

Big Stone Lake Regional Art Crawl in Ortonville

What a wonderful day!  I heard so many great comments while out on the art crawl today – hoping our artists make this an annual event (well, some thought it would be great every weekend!)  THANK YOU to all those that helped plan this event!! There were 24 artists representing a unique variety of arts and mediums with the artists available to discuss their works.  It will be interesting to see the art created during the children’s art activity.  This activity had to be moved to Main Street due to the off/on again morning rain. Check out a few highlights from the day –