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 …
They are busy… and adults are so busy making sure that their kids are where they need to be for their next activity that sometimes we forget to stop. Take a breath… and celebrate their accomplishments and all that they are involved in! Take this post as an example! I’ve great intentions to write an article about 4-H – for quite some time and sent out a request for additional information; however, everyone is busy with that next activity. So, we’ll give a glimpse into 4-H with some of the pictures and video that we’ve captured. 4-H. We think “Big Stone County Fair” and many love to head straight to the barns – and watch the horse show, the animal judging – however, we may miss the actual judging of all of projects and accomplishments of the items that are on display in the non-animal 4-H building. There is so much to take in when you start really looking at the vast opportunities that 4-H provides! And, really… the fair is a time of show …
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.
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
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!
(video below) The Inadvertent Cafe in Clinton is known for their amazing breakfasts (unique, local – organic options to start your day!); however, the cafe’s larger purpose is to provide the area with a community commercial kitchen. The owner of the cafe, Brent Olson, is a Big Stone County Commissioner, author – long list of titles actually – but most of all he is a generational resident of the County who is always looking for ways to improve and help out. Charlie Stattelman is one of the local producers that uses the commercial kitchen facilities for his Norel’s Hillside Orchard Apple Cider. In the video, you’ll see Becky Stattelman (another deeply dedicated County resident) talking with me on one of their Cider processing days at the Cafe. I asked Becky if she’d share the process for making the cider – and she shared every detail — spoiler alert… I edited out some of the details so that we were not sharing Charlie’s cider secrets! Becky gives much credit to the wonderful facility, the help and …
We have been posting our school music programs on our Facebook page and now that we have a few more to add, we’ve decided to post all the videos on one page for easy access. They all did a beautiful job. Enjoy!
The “Living Rural and Loving it!” video series is an opportunity to view amazing photos taken in Big Stone County from some of our local photographers. So, thanks to these photographers – enjoy the views from the MNbump! For more information (and videos!) on our local arts, please check out this link: MNbump Arts!
The City of Ortonville has obtained the assistance of the National Park System in preparing a City Park Plan. What an opportunity to evaluate their community’s Park System and tie in with the area’s land uses and assets! The fresh look at our area from students (and professors) is a great reminder to those of us that live here of the beauty that surrounds us daily! Check out the website that has been created for this Park Plan process and watch the videos of the first meeting with the students. Link to blog post & video on their first meeting: https://ortonvilleparks.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/park-plan-first-meeting-meet-the-group/
The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Graceville is an event to mark on your calendar and plan to attend – every year! The weather was perfect yesterday! The video & pictures below are from their parade: (if you have good broadband, click on the little gear icon at the bottom right of the video to change to HD!)