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Odessa Lodge

Welcome visitors, Hunters & Fishermen!

Location:  Odessa, MN
Middle of good public hunting and fishing land
within walking distance of the Odessa Bar
have boat parking & plugin available

Phone:  605-237-3976

Chamber Easter!

The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber joined up with Fairway View Senior Communities to host two Easter events at Fairway View – first, the residents of Fairway View got together to make their Easter Bonnets – then there was the Easter Bonnet Parade (check out video #1).  Then the Easter Bunny arrived on the Saturday before Easter – residents handed out candy and there were pictures with the Bunny (check out video #2) – Smiles and fun everywhere!

Hootie Hoo Chamber fun Downtown Ortonville

Chasing winter away… Hootie Hoo!  Having some fun downtown Ortonville with KDIO’s Julie French and Chamber Director Gloria Larson.  Fun times!


What does our Chamber Director Do on Her Time Off?

A few highlights of our Chamber Director, Gloria Larson, enjoying a Saturday with family.

Snowmobile Trails

Checking in with the Big Stone Lake Sno Riders (Facebook link where you will find all the latest news on trails!) – It has been a great snow year and the trails are definitely being enjoyed!  We talked with Lee Sigler Continue reading

CANCELED: 2023 Sports & Leisure Show

Due to the weather, the Sports & Leisure Show has been Canceled 

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Econo Lodge Hotel & Suites

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Featuring 32 rooms including two jacquizzi suites!   Hot breakfast served daily.  Conveniently located on Hwy 75 in Ortonville, Mn near Big Stone Lake.

New owners February 2022.  Now locally owned by Artie & Krista Arndt (Artie’s Bait & Tackle).

All new beds in April 2022…Expanded boat parking with plug ins May 2022…Full renovations complete by August 2022!

Discounts for three or more nights.

650 US-75, Ortonville
MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 839-2414

Book online at

Lingonberry Lodge

128 Second Street

Big Stone Broadcasting

706 2nd Street SE
Ortonville, MN  56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 839-2581

Like KDIO Radio on Facebook!

Sister Stations:  KJKQ, KMSD, KPHR

Lac Qui Parle Broadcasting

623 W 3rd St.
PO Box 70
Madison, MN  56256
TELEPHONE: (320) 598-7301
Like KLQP / Lac qui Parle Broadcasting on Facebook!

Realty Abstract & Title Co.

25 NW 2nd Street, Suite 101
Ortonville, MN  56278
TELEPHONE: (320) 839-2470

Gloria Arndt, Agent

Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) on Big Stone Lake!

The MWC is presented by The Walleye Federation.

With the drop in water temps and weather changes, it was a tough bite on day one (and those that pre-fished took a weather-rich beating last week!)

Congratulations to this year’s winners Artie & Scott Arndt!

A few photos from Day 2 (photo credits to our friends at


As we wait for the anglers to come in off the lake today, here are a few photos taken from day 1 (photo credits to our friends at

Headwater’s Grill & Bar

17 Second Street NW
Ortonville, MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 839-2270

Like Headwater’s Grill & Bar on Facebook!
Website with reviews & recommendations
Also checkout Headwater’s Jailhouse Winery on Facebook!

Downtown Festival

The Downtown Revitalization Committee is a group of hosting businesses. Retail  stores on Second Street in Ortonville have sales, refreshments, and even consultants available. They hold a raffle, Classic Car Show, display local artwork, have live music, and lunches. Check out this video of their first festival!

2017 Dates – July 20 & 21

Berkner Pizza

205 Second Street NW
Ortonville, MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 839-3660

Like Berkner Pizza on Facebook!

Lake Days June 2016

The weather was not looking good before the Lake Days activities started last night… but all cleared and we had an awesome evening!  Make sure to check the Lake Days Flyer for all of today’s activities!

Flyer PDF

Flyer JPG

LakeDaysCampfireSing from Vicki Oakes on Vimeo.



CLUB 7-75

66844 State Hwy 7
Odessa, MN 56276

TELEPHONE: (320) 273-2339
WEBSITE: (coming soon)

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Ally Cat Bowling, Inc

 620 US Hwy 75
Ortonville, MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 839-7044

Like Ally Cat Bowling on Facebook!

Upcoming Events

A list of our upcoming events in the Big Stone Lake area!

October 28: Harvest Madness in Ortonville (watch for details)

December 3: Santa Day in Ortonville (watch for details)

Make sure to check out our calendar for a full list activities!


2015 Cornfest Event Results

First, please take a moment and acknowledge this year’s Cornfest Sponsors.  Without them, this event would not happen!

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The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber would like to acknowledge the volunteers that make Cornfest happen (in no particular order)  Many times we do not name the volunteers through fear of missing a name or organization – so please if you see that we’ve left out anyone, send us an e-mail or give a call to the Chamber office so that we can add them!  We so appreciate everyone’s help!!

Ortonville Fire Department, The VFW, Kiwanis Club, Ortonville Police Department, Ortonville Ambulance Service, Craig & Kippy Randleman, Galen Swihart, Paula Reisdorph, Steve Roggenbuck, Chris Fellows and the Ortonville High School Football Team, Paul Strong, Rusty Dimberg, Mark Berg, Mel & Betty Reinke, Jim Kaye,  Lou Brown, Marty Brown, Bob & Sue Kulbeik, Dan Kafka, Jim Farrell, Big Stone County 4-H, Mary Ann Ulrich, Lisa Merritt, Jimmy & Carol Layne, Jim Hasslen, Tony Rausch, Scott & Lorraine Conroy,  Ashton Conroy, Chris Batchelor and Big Stone Therapies, Art Vollmer, Jon, Deb and Kristen and OAHS, Henry Gimmestad, Wade Swezey, Bill and John Hartman, Greg Peterson, Mary Amberg,  City of Ortonville Employees, City of Ortonville Staff, Ortonville City Council, Members of the Moose Lodge, Patrick Buttke and the Youth Groups/Clean-up Crew, Scott Dahle, Dustin Roggenbuck, Jeff Howen, Wendell Hanson, Vicki Oakes, Jerry & Brenda Adelman, Julie French, Gloria Larson, Bailey Merritt, Linda Krogsrud, Amanda Krogsrud, Sally Rakow, Joline Wimmer, Jacob Rushford, Gary Voegeli, Barb Dockter, Kandi Hamann, Missy McMahon, Kandi Hamann, Terry Rademacher, Kim Sykora, Brian Carlson, Kim Kuechenmeister, Lois Banken, Missy Gronholz

Special Thank you to Bailey Merritt!

She volunteered to sell Cornfest buttons on Friday night and Saturday morning and she sold a total of 113 buttons!  (she is pictured below with Tom Dorry of the VFW at the Saturday morning Waffle Breakfast – Special Thanks also to all of the VFW members for their work at this breakfast!!)

Baily and Tom Waffle Feed

List of Event Winners – links below

Link to PDF file:  2015 Cornfest Winners List

Link to PDF file:
2015 Big Stone Cruisers Cornfest Car Show Winners

Preview Video of the Sings Competition on Saturday (the video of the complete event can be found on the Cornfest Picture & Video page on our website (along with more pictures and video from Cornfest!)

All About Fishing!

Fishing Big Stone Lake

by:  Mike Frisch

Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota/South Dakota border is a very popular spring walleye fishing destination.  Why?  First, because the water is a border water, it opens to the legal taking of game fish like walleyes earlier than the traditional Minnesota inland game season.  The season opens this year on April 23.

Second, the lake is full of walleyes of all sizes, so not only can early spring anglers scratch their early season fishing itch, but the odds of finding some cooperative walleyes is pretty good!

Opening day walleyes are often in the spawning mode so fishing shoreline rocks is a popular method as these fish pull up right tight to the shorelines at this time.  When saying tight to shore, I mean landing your jig right at the spot where water meets rocks!

Artie Arndt from Artie’s Bait & Tackle grew up fishing Big Stone and is one of the “sticks to beat” in any Big Stone walleye fishing competition as he has an impressive resume’ when it comes to Big Stone tournament and walleye league events.  “Landing that jig tight to shore is key during early season,” Arndt offered, when asked how to catch spring Big Stone walleyes.  “If you land the jig a couple feet out from shore, you’re often too far from the fish,” he continued.

Small jigs tipped with small minnows is the key at this time of the year.  The always popular 1/16-ounce Fire-Ball Jig tipped with a fathead get lots of play when pitching to shallow Big Stone walleyes.  “Give me a few 1/16-ounce parakeet-colored Fire-Balls and a scoop of fatheads and I’m in business,” Arndt offered when asked about his bait preferences on opening day.

Most Big Stone experts like Arndt favor fishing mid-lake and north and tight to shore for early season Big Stone success.  As the water warms, however, the bite gets better to the south along and around the lake’s islands and the fish head deeper as well.  “By mid-May, and maybe earlier this year, I like to be fishing further south around the islands,” Arndt continued.  “During low light or when the wind blows, I still get tight to the rocks, but during mid-day fishing deeper and even into the basin pulling spinners or crankbaits starts to produce big catches too,” he went on.

When Arndt refers to “the basin” he is talking about the 12- to 16-foot depths – some of Big Stone’s deepest waters – out from the shore.  Big Stone had an unusually early ice out this year – March 15 – so Arndt feels that may be a wild card.  “Typically that basin bite really goes mid-May, but who knows maybe we will see it in late April and early May this year,” he concluded.

Big Stone’s booming walleye fishery has been noticed by the competitive angling crowd too, as the always popular Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit makes another stop in Ortonville (the lake’s headwaters) on April 29-30.  In addition to several local tournaments, the AIM Weekend Walleye Series is also holding a Big Stone event, May 22, this year.

Walleyes are the main Big Stone draw during spring and summer, but the lake also has a good population of big bluegills and crappies as well as an emerging largemouth bass population.  During winter, Big Stone’s perch attract anglers from all across the Midwest.

To learn more about all things Big Stone, visit the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at

Click here for a list of lodging options in the Big Stone Lake area.

The latest fishing report can be found on Artie’s Bait & Tackle on Facebook!

Link to DNR Fishing

Check out our latest “Fishing” Blog Posts below:

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Lingonberry’s Pastry and Coffee Shop

124 2nd St. NW
Ortonville, MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 305-6232

Like Lingonberry’s Pastry and Coffee Shop on Facebook!

Heritage Printing

108 2nd St. NW
Ortonville, MN  56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 839-3349

Like Heritage Printing on Facebook!

Cabela’s MWC Masters Walleye Circuit – a Few Photos!

A few photos from Saturday (for more pictures check out MWC Facebook Page)

Ortonville Independent

789 US Hwy 75
Ortonville, MN  56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 839-6163

Like The Ortonville Independent on Facebook!

First Bank & Trust

215 W 4th Ave
Milbank, SD  57252
TELEPHONE: (605) 432-5111
Like First Bank & Trust on Facebook!

The Winners are…

Congratulations to these Sports & Leisure Show Raffle winners:

Ken Adelman of Bellingham for winning the groceries for a year from Hartman’s Supervalu Foods;

Eric Banken of Ortonville for winning the gas grill from Ortonville Hardware;

Carol Gerber of Odessa for winning the gas for a year from S&D OneStop / Cenex;

and Brody Vangsness of Ortonville for winning the pizza for six month from S & D OneStop / Cenex!


Just for Kix at the Sports & Leisure Show

Pro Image Partners

229 NW Second Street
Ortonville, MN  56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 839-2542

Like Pro Image Partners on Facebook!

Rustling Elms Resort

74637 Rustling Elms Road West
Ortonville, MN 56278
Like Rustling Elms Resort on Facebook!

Lakewood Supper Club


Click on Photo for the menu!

1073 Lakeshore Drive
Ortonville, MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 839-9972

Like Lakewood Supper Club on Facebook!

Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

44843 County Hwy 19
Odessa, MN  56276

TELEPHONE: (320) 273-2191

Like the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge on Facebook!

Barr’s Conroy Electric Inc.

105 SE 2nd St
Ortonville, MN 56278

TELEPHONE: (320) 839-3111

Like Barr’s Conroy Electric on Facebook!

Pro Auto Collision & Frame

547 US Highway 12
Ortonville, MN 56278
TELEPHONE: (320) 839-2296

2015 Sports & Leisure Show – March 21-22

Our annual Sports & Leisure Show will be March 21 & 22nd at the Ortonville School.

Event Poster:  Sports & Leisure Show poster

Scavenger Hunt Poster:  Scavenger Hunt poster

Here are some pictures from last year’s show:

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