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MNbump Alumni

The focus of the project that started the MNbump.com 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. As the new MNbump Coordinator, I have been trying to come up with ideas to reach out and to see if there are things about life in the MNbump that people that grew up here or still live here would like to share with us and others. So I thought, why not start by reaching out the Alumni of our schools. Are you an alumni from the Clinton Rockets, Graceville Shamrocks, Beardsley Mustangs, Odessa Monarchs, Ortonville Trojans, the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Wolverines? Where are you now, we want to hear from you. I don’t know what the school mascot was for Barry, Johnson, or Correll were were back in the day, but …

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! …

Music on Main (Ortonville)

The Big Stone Arts Council “Music On Main” continues its twice-monthly jam sessions! Next session will be Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30, in the lower level of the Community Center (on the corner of Third & Monroe in beautiful downtown Ortonville!)  They are also meeting on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30. Lee Kanten notes that “Musicians of all stripes and experiences gather and swap songs and stories for three hours and go home with silly smiles.”  Lee encourages everyone to bring an instrument, a voice, or an ear and join the fun!  

Ortonville Study Club

by Vicki Oakes What a delightful lunch today!  I was invited to speak at the Ortonville Study Club – all about MNbump.  I was very excited to see that all but one of the members had heard about MNbump –  one even noted that they currently have a call out for a new Pastor and that they had referred those inquiring on this position to the MNbump.com website for information about the area. The presentation centered on MNbump’s history (originated as a Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley project through a grant by the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development partnerships & the University of Minnesota Tourism Center’s grant to Big Stone Area Growth – the Countywide economic development group) and then summarized how this initiative is also assisting with our regional recruitment work based on Ben Winchester’s “Brain Gain” report (University of Minnesota) with details noted on the first page of the handout (Handout, PDF) and community connections/development.  I can talk at length and with great enthusiasm on this topic – so their questions helped to keep me focused! We …

Big Stone County Township Officers Annual Meeting

Great attendance at the Big Stone County Township Officers’ Annual Meeting!  For those of you that were unable to attend, we have posted the complete meeting (separated into segments) on the MNbump YouTube Channel or you can view below (listed in the order of the meeting presentation): The initial business meeting: County Engineer, Nick Anderson District Township Representative, Lyle Stai UMVRDC Representative, Erin Smith Veteran’s Service Officer, Dan Meyer Big Stone Area Growth (BSAG), Vince Robinson SWCD, Blayne Johnson BSC Commissioner, Brent Olson

Local Blogger

If you’d like to see some beautiful pictures from around Big Stone County and a feel for the country life, you should check out www.beckyredbarn.com   The Red Barn is also a host to a number of local artists during the annual Meander event which was just held this past weekend. The drive to the Red Barn is beautiful – especially this time of year – here is a short video on the drive… with a quick peek at Becky in action with her chickens (which are often featured in her photos and on her RedBarn note cards.