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How did all of the Pieces Come Together?

There are quite a few “In the beginning…” moments that came together to form the MNbump Initiative that we have today – and we are always moving and changing with more to come!  I will try to briefly identify each of them. First, we have amazing people here in Big Stone County!  Author Peter Kageyama’s book “Love Where You Live” emphasizes the importance of co-creators “those citizens who, often unofficially, are making their communities better, more interesting, more lovable places.  These exceptional people make the content that we all consume, and places are much better for having these people active and engaged.” Kagemama explains that these co-creators in our communities are already out there doing things – it is the job the of the leaders (mayors, city council and city managers) to find ways to connect with them and work with them.  (…and thank you to Scott Rixe of the Graceville City Council for sharing this book at one of our County Connect meetings!) Now, the organizations that have provided the assistance that have really made all of this …

About MNbump

How our name came to be… We tried (very hard!) to come up with a short phrase that would sum up Big Stone County; however, we have such a variety that it was hard for us to agree on a short phrase! One thing we did agree on was … our location!! Ask anyone around here where we live, and you’ll hear something like… “the western border of Minnesota on the bump”. This site became to be as a result of … The University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and the University of Minnesota Tourism Center were seeking five communities to participate in special tourism assessment project over the 18 months. The focus of this project was to help small communities (Under 1,500 pop) across Minnesota discover opportunities to develop community assets for sustainable tourism. Through community input during this process, marketing our tourism opportunities via web was identified as a top priority. With further discussion, it was determined that the web marketing could also provide an opportunity for residents to communicate. For the …

Video Highlights from the MNbump!

Events & Fun… Living Rural and Loving it! We’ve included a few highlight videos that we have posted throughout this past year from a few of our events to provide a glimpse of life here on the MNbump.  Hope you enjoy! The Celebrate Families Picnic on June 2nd in Ortonville at Lakeside Park on Big Stone Lake A fun Big Stone Arts gathering in May at the GuestHouse 6th Grade Art Open in Ortonville   The first video is a few clips taken from various videos in Ortonville in 2015: The clip below was a compilation of video and pictures provided from a few that attend the Arctic Open in Clinton: Clinton’s Women’s Group as an annual Taster’s Tea Fun in Ortonville – Snowflake Lighting to kick off the Christmas Season: Check out just one of the MNbump’s lake rental properties. Big Stone Camp for Christ – Church Youth Groups from the area come together for an evening of fun: The release of Lake Sturgeon on Big Stone Lake A little fun at the 2016 Sports & Leisure Show …