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KXLG Radio

835 Jenson Ave S
PO Box 850
Watertown, SD 57201
TELEPHONE: (605) 753-9910
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Santa Day

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Rural IS Our Opportunity!

Big Stone Area Growth’s Annual Meeting is Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Memorial Building. It’s a presentation about the potential declining population in Big Stone County from 2010 to 2025; BSC is one of only nine counties in Minnesota projected to lose population in that time frame.

Since we have so many groups in Big Stone County organizing great community-oriented events, coming together to make our area an attractive place to visit and to ultimately live is the purpose of this meeting.

This meeting is not only beneficial to know what other communities are doing but to help each other out in making our area a great place to live!

If you would like more information, please check out MNBump’s website: And if you would like to attend, please RSVP to Vicki Oakes at or 320-839-6155!

Lagoona Beach Cabin

5 miles north of Ortonville on Highway 7

For Reservations Call:
(320) 760-6109    or    (320) 349-0387

Lagoona Beach Cabin is a year-round cabin with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a fully-furnished kitchen. It sleeps six to eight people and features a dock, deck and double car garage. Enjoy a lakeside stay with an awesome view!

Lake Sturgeon: A Big Comeback to Big Stone Lake!

The lake sturgeon fingerlings stocked in Big Stone Lake in 2014 have really grown!

According to an online article written by Tom Cherveny, 14- and 15-inch lake sturgeon were netted earlier in February.

In September 2014, four- to six-inch fingerlings were stocked in Big Stone Lake by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources office in Ortonville. According to the article, the sturgeon are growing at a proper rate, and its reintroduction is going as planned.

To read the full article, click here.

To see the video of the sturgeon being stocked in 2014, click here.



31st Annual Pheasants Forever Banquet

It’s time for the 31st Annual Pheasants Forever Banquet in Ortonville!

The banquet is Saturday, March 19 at Sioux Historic Pavilion. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a free door prize raffle for Pheasants Forever members!

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Greg Peterson at 320-760-5080.

Border Lakes Drywall LLC

25526 700th Ave
Graceville, MN 56240

TELEPHONE: (320) 657-1009

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Bike & Walking Path

Take a tour of the Big Stone Lake area’s wide open spaces on the biking and walking path!

It starts behind Hartman’s SuperValu (149 1st St NW, Ortonville) and winds all the way to the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge’s Auto Tour Route.

The total distance from start to finish is 4.5 miles, with 3.5 miles of it paved.

Big Stone County Extension/4-H

11 SE 2nd St.
Ortonville, MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 839-6380

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Sports & Leisure Show

Our 23rd Annual Sports & Leisure Show will be March 19 and 20 at the Ortonville School!

Sports & Leisure Show poster: click here!

Spring-related Scavenger Hunt details: click here!

Raffle tickets are now available for purchase at the Chamber office! Great prizes this year include:
•GE camo freezer from Larry’s Refrigeration & Heating and a 55-lb meat bundle from Pioneer Meat;
•Groceries for 6 months from Hartman’s Supervalu Foods;
•Gas for a year from S&D OneStop / Cenex; and
•A print signed by Minnesota Twins great Tony Oliva!

Follow the activity on Facebook, too! Click here to go to the event!

To request a vendor application, contact the Chamber by emailing or by calling 320-839-3284.

Master Gardener Teri Knight of Garden Bite with Teri Knight will be at the Sports & Leisure Show at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19!

Teri Knight is the current news director and morning show talent at radio station KYMN in Northfield. She was the morning traffic reporter on television station WCCO from 1996 to 2006, as well as multiple radio stations throughout the Twin Cities from 1994 to 2006 and morning show personality on WLTE from 2006 to 2008.

She became a Master Gardener in 2003 and developed her “Garden Bite” radio show in 2007. The two-minute feature airs Monday through Friday on radio stations throughout Minnesota including KDIO Radio! Her show is about the “weekend weed warrior” or backyard gardener!

We look forward to having Teri in Ortonville for the Sports & Leisure Show!

Creative Horizons 101

68393 430th St.
Odessa, MN 56276

TELEPHONE: (320) 760-8235


IBEW Local 949

Rick Oakes
12908 Nicollet Ave S
Burnsville, MN 55337

TELEPHONE: (952) 746-7974


Winter Photo Theme Weeks!

Through Explore Minnesota’s popular Instagram account, using #OnlyinMN_Winter, travelers can engage in winter theme weeks each Monday through Friday for a chance to win prizes or be featured in “Top Pics of the Week”!

Share your photos on your Instagram account to join the fun by following Explore Minnesota on Instagram.

  • Jan. 25-29: Sparkling Scenery (snow, ice, water, sunsets)
  • Feb. 1-5: Minnesota Food and Drink (your favorite #OnlyinMN dishes & drinks)
  • Feb. 8-12: Cozy Indoors (restaurants, cafes, shops, breweries, museums, theaters)
  • Feb. 22–26: Winter Sports/Adventure (skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice fishing)
  • Feb 29–March 4: Cabin Fever (ways to embrace the season, throwback spring photos)

Big Rock Grill & Casino

551 Main St
Big Stone City, SD 57216

TELEPHONE: (605) 541-0541

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Winterfest in Ortonville!

Winter is no time to stay inside, especially when excitement abounds outdoors for Winterfest in Ortonville February 6 through 12!

Click here for the Winterfest poster!

Find out more about the Medallion Hunt, which starts Monday, February 8! (Clues will be posted below each day, too!)

Get the details on a Bear Hunt in downtown Ortonville Thursday, February 11: Winterfest Bear Hunt

And treat yourself or you and your significant other to a pre-Valentine’s Day event! Winterfest ends with a Valentine Rendezvous!

(And remember: the Arctic Open in Clinton is February 13!)

Winterfest Medallion Hunt

Congratulations to Erica Stattelman and Billie Anderson for finding the Winterfest Medallion! It was hidden by the Big Stone County War Memorial on the courthouse lawn. The Chamber Bucks prize given out for the medallion was $125!

Medallion Hunt winner

Pictured: Erica Stattelman after she and Billie Anderson found the Winterfest Medallion


MN Twins Visit Ortonville!

A Minnesota Twins great, a couple current stars and, of course, everyone’s favorite mascot, hit the road for the 2016 Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan and made a stop in Ortonville Thursday, January 21!

On the Caravan were current Twins pitchers Trevor May and Tyler Duffey, broadcaster Cory Provus, Twin great Tony Oliva and TC!

Check out a video from their stop by clicking this link:

Ortonville Golf Course

145 Golf Club Rd
Ortonville, MN 56278

Telephone: (320) 839-3606

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Fishing the Midwest Features Big Stone Lake!

Fishing the Midwest made a stop to Big Stone Lake in the cold 2015 winter for some hot-bite fishing! Check out the episode here: Fishing the Midwest Episode 4

Fishing the Midwest’s Mike Frisch was also radio program guest on KFAN Outdoors, one of the Midwest’s leading radio outdoors programs. Click here for a link to that broadcast: Mike’s interview begins around the 32-minute mark.

Fleet Tech Truck and Equipment

Fleet Tech Truck and Equipment is your premier truck and repair and parts location in the Big Stone Lake area!

120 597th Ave
Correll, MN 56227
TELEPHONE: (320) 596-2260

Nominate a BSLA Community!

Main streets are filled with small businesses that have the passion and the drive to sustain its town.

The Small Business Revolution on Main Street awards one community a $500,000 makeover that includes “marketing services for small businesses in the community and revitalized public spaces, store fronts and more, designed to protect and reinvigorate the sense of community,” according to the Small Business Revolution website.

Nominate a Big Stone Lake area town by clicking here; the contest entry period ends January 28!

Small towns fewer than 50,000 residents will be considered. Nominees will be judged on challenges faced by local businesses and the town itself, impact of the Small Business Revolution on Main Street award and the need for support.

Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and will then be put to a public vote during National Small Business Week (May 1—7).

Big 12 Storage

29 River St
Ortonville, MN 56278
TELEPHONE: (320) 349-0424

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Clinton Women’s Civic Club

PO Box 347
Clinton, MN 56225

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Valley View Antiques

1192 US 12
Ortonville, MN 56278
TELEPHONE: (320) 839-3138   or   (605) 880-4483

3/4 miles south of Ortonville airport, off Highway 12

An old farmhouse full of pottery, china, crocks, glassware, kitchenware, pictures, furniture and a lot of miscellaneous items! There is also another building for furniture. A unique shop with an awesome view!

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily when home by by appointment



The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber Board of Directors is excited to announce an event featuring one of our area’s greatest attractions: BIG STONE LAKE!
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“This year’s cover photo of Big Stone Lake was taken by Ortonville native, Mary Fridgen Stuart.  After years of working in the corporate world, Mary her husband and
two cats moved to Belize.  While there, she started her photography business, Life Travels Photography, which focuses on images from her travels around the world.
Mary’s photos are available for purchase at”

Outreach Support & Counseling Services, PLLC

Providing in-home and office support and counseling services for those dealing with adjustment issues, grief, aging, loss, phase of life transitions and associated mental health and wellness.  Working with ages 6 through elderly.

Licensed in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Medicare and Third Party Insurance approved.  No referral needed.

127  Second Street NW
Ortonville, MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 305-1232

Rusty Dimberg

Ortonville, Minn.

Bruce Hoernemann

Ortonville, Minn.

The Pumpkin Patch

48587 148th St
Big Stone City, SD 57216

TELEPHONE: (605) 237-2041

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316 Park St
Ortonville, MN 56278


Consultant:  Lisa Merritt

A Look Back at 2015!

As we’re on the verge of a new year, we thought now would be a good time to take a look back at 2015! Thanks to Vicki Oakes of the Ortonville EDA and MNBump, we can do that! Below are some videos of this year’s events! Enjoy!

Graceville St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March)

Sports & Leisure Show: Just for Kix (March)

MWC Fishing Tournament (May)

Fairway View Senior Community Groundbreaking Ceremony (June)

Downtown Festival (July)

Cornfest: BSLA Sings Competition (August)

Cornfest: 5K/10K Run (August)

Holiday Kickoff (November)

Clinton Tasters Tea (November)

Santa Day (December)

We enjoyed 2015 and look forward to a great 2016!

Bituminous Paving Inc.

43153 Co Rd 21
Odessa, MN 56276

PO Box 6
Ortonville, MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 273-2113

Flat Rate Inc.

14515 485th Ave
Big Stone City, SD 57216

TELEPHONE: (605) 862-6085

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Holiday Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the following winners of the Big Stone Lake Area holiday contests!

Business Decorating Contest Grand Prize: Hasslen Construction
“2nd Place”: Barr’s Conroy Electric
“3rd Place”: Grandma’s Thrifty Hideaway

Resident Decorating Contest 1st Place: Bill Hynnek on Minnesota St
2nd Place: Lane & Teresa Nelson on Minnesota St
3rd Place: Luke Backstrand on Highland Highway

Avenue of Trees Grand Prize: St. John’s Faith Formation Classes (prize donated to Watertown Right to Life)

See the gallery below for all the contest entries!

Thanks to all who participated!

BSLA Business’ Holiday Hours

Christmas is a time to spend time with those near and dear to us, so these businesses will have the following hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

Hartman’s SuperValu in Ortonville: open until 3 p.m. Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day

Avera – Big Stone City Clinic: open until noon Christmas Eve

Ortonville Flower Shop & Gifts: open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve

Linda’s Fashions in Milbank: open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day

Pro Image Partners in Ortonville: closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day

Design Electronics / Radio Shack in Ortonville: open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve

Rolling Acres Boutique in Beardsley: closed Christmas Eve; open December 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Main Street Industries in Clinton: closed Christmas Eve; open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 23

Jo Lee’s Jewelry in Ortonville: open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve

Larry’s Refrigeration & Heating in Ortonville: open until 4 p.m. Christmas Eve

The Granary in Ortonville: open until 4 p.m. Christmas Eve

The Furniture Shoppe in Ortonville: open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day, open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. New Years Eve and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Years Day

Carlson Drug: open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve

Ortonville Hardware: open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day

Cenbank in Ortonville: open until noon Christmas Eve

Berkner Pizza in Ortonville: open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day, open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. New Years Eve and closed New Years Day

Moose Lodge #407: closed Christmas Eve

VFW: open noon to 5 p.m.; closed Christmas Day; open New Years Eve; closed New Years Day

Off the Green: closed for Christmas; taking reservations for New Years Eve

Ortonville Chiropractic Clinic: open from 8 a.m. to noon Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day

Dawn’s Hair Design in Ortonville: open from 8 a.m. to noon Christmas Eve

Ortonville Family Eyecare: closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day; closed at 3 p.m. New Years Day

St. John’s Catholic Church office in Ortonville: closed Christmas Eve and New Years Eve

Sturdevant Auto Parts in Ortonville: open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Eve

Progressive Collision & Glass in Ortonville: open from 8 a.m. to noon Christmas Eve

Ash Law Office in Ortonville: open until noon Christmas Eve

Johnson & Roggenbuck in Ortonville: open until noon Christmas Eve

State Farm in Ortonville: open until 2 p.m. Christmas Eve

Anderson Tax in Ortonville: open from 8 a.m. to noon Christmas Eve

Mundwiler & Larson Funeral Home in Ortonville: please call ahead

Tom Oakes Insurance:  open until 4 p.m. Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day

Ally Cat Bowling in Ortonville: closed Christmas Eve; open at 5 p.m. Christmas Day; open New Years Eve and New Years Day: draw doubles dart tournament New Years Day

Ortonville Public Library: closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day; close at 5 p.m. New Years Eve

Ronglien Excavating in Big Stone City: open from 8 a.m. to noon Christmas Eve

West Con Elevator in Ortonville: closed Christmas Eve

Headwaters Grill & Bar in Ortonville: open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve

Big Stone Lake Area Chamber: open until noon Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day; open until 1 p.m. December 28 – 31; closed New Years Day

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us in the Big Stone Lake area!

Portraits by Jeff

616 Park Ave
Ortonville MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (218) 443-6431

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