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 –
It was a beautiful evening at Lakeside Park along Big Stone Lake for this year’s annual DREAM for Kids & Someplace Safe’s old-fashioned family picnic! This is their third year – and has been a hit with the kids from the first. Hills family brings their horses every year which is definitely a highlight for the kids! The Odessa Fire Department brought a water truck to show to the next generation of firefighters (thank you to Luke and Mike!) – the kids had fun testing their skills at holding and aiming that hose. Vicki from the Ortonville Public Library was giving away new books during the music game (music provided by Lee Kanten and Wanda Berry – awesome!), 4-H was providing activities during the event. A huge shout out to those that provided food & door prizes: GCC, S&D One Stop, the Moose, Lingonberries, Wade Sweezy, Gloria and Dwayne Larson, Hartman’s SuperValu, Pepsi Company — and to all the volunteers that helped with games, face painting & serving the food (I saw there was quite a …
It was an awesome weekend at the Sports & Leisure Show! We’ve put together a few highlights from the show – starting with a quick video to see a few of the vendors as they were completing their set-up before the start of the Show. Followed by videos of all of the Just for Kix dance groups (for family & friends that were unable to make this performance!), a Pickleball demonstration (very active league in Ortonville!), highlights from the Tractor Pull and at the end you’ll find a number of songs from the Swing Time Band which is always a favorite! (I separated the Swing Time band selections by song since there are some that people may want to share individually). Enjoy (I know I did!) .. and the Chicken Dance!
Ortonville Trojans vs the Milbank Bulldogs has always been “the” rivals to watch! Ortonville Area Health Services provided some halftime fun at the game last night. Anyone could sign up for a drawing (free bag of popcorn just for signing up). Two names would be drawn and they would play against Dr. Stacy Longnecker and Dr. Grant Botker in a friendly game of DOC (a version of PIG). Those drawn also received a few prizes for playing. It was all in fun… but a bit competitive. Did Dr. Longnecker practice shooting some hoops before the event? Watch the video and you be the judge! The end of the video does include a few highlights from both the girls and boys varsity basketball games. GO TROJANS! Fun times, here on the MNbump.
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 …
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
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”
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!
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 …
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!