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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

Like Border Lakes Drywall on Facebook!


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

Like the Big Stone County 4-H on Facebook!

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

Friend Big Rock Grill & Casino on Facebook!

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

Like the Ortonville Golf Course on Facebook!

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

Like Big 12 Storage on Facebook!


Clinton Women’s Civic Club

PO Box 347
Clinton, MN 56225

Like Clinton Women’s Civic Club on Facebook!

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!
Lake Days Flyer 2

“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.