The Boil Water Advisory has been Lifted

Posted 10/23/2021 at 9:20 a.m.

The testing facility in Detroit Lakes has notified the City that the water samples have been cleared and the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted.

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Boil Water Advisory

Ortonville Boil Water Advisory (10-21-2021) – Link to Original PDF Notice  

October 23, 2021 – this Advisory has been lifted.


October 21, 2021


The City of Ortonville’s water may be contaminated

due to loss of pressure.

Boil your water before drinking or food preparation to avoid Getting sick.

What should I do?

Do not drink, brush teeth, or cook with tap water without boiling it first. Or use a safe alternative such as bottled water.

  • Bring all water to a rolling boil for one (1) minute.
  • Let water cool before drinking.
  • Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.
  • Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in water.

What happened?

On [10/21/2021] we experienced a loss of pressure in our water system due to multiple water breaks. A loss of water pressure means that contamination could have entered our drinking water distribution system. There is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain bacteria that could make you sick.

What are we doing?

We are taking the following steps to correct the problem: we have isolated one of the breaks as there is no services on that part of the line.  The other break is getting fixed now. Tomorrow we will flush the system at the point of the corrected break. We will let you know when tests show the water is safe to drink and you no longer need to boil your water. We expect to resolve the problem by tonight and will get bacteria samples taken as soon as possible.

What may be the health effects?

Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

If you are concerned about your health or the health of a family member, contact your health care provider.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

For more information

Please contact Sam Berger at 320-305-0487.

For more information: Community Drinking Water Advisory Guidance (

This notice is being sent to you by City of Ortonville Public Water System ID 1060008


Tree Branch & Leaf Pickup

The Ortonville High school in cooperation with the Ortonville clean-up committee is offering a one-day tree branch and leaf service to citizens of Ortonville.

The School has setup an online form to complete at this link:

Public Input Wanted!

The Big Stone County Office of Emergency Management is working with U-Spatial at the University of Minnesota Duluth to update the county’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP). The plan assesses the natural hazards that pose risk to the county, such as tornadoes, straight line winds, ice storms, blizzards, wildfire, flooding, and extreme temperatures and identifies ways to minimize the damage of future events. As the county works to update the plan, it wants to hear from the public.

The Big Stone County MHMP is a multi-jurisdictional plan that covers Big Stone County, including the cities of Barry, Beardsley, Clinton, Correll, Graceville, Johnson, Odessa, and Ortonville. The Big Stone County MHMP also incorporates the concerns and needs of townships, school districts, and other stakeholders participating in the plan. The plan will be updated by a planning team made up of representatives from county departments, local municipalities, school districts and other key stakeholders.

“Hazard mitigation planning is a central part of our emergency management program,” said Dona Greiner, Big Stone County Emergency Management Director.  “Understanding the natural hazards that can cause serious impact to our communities and taking action to reduce or eliminate the impact of future disasters makes us more resilient.  Hazard mitigation helps us to break the cycle of damage and repair caused by things like flooding, ice storms, and severe wind events that can damage property, stress economies, and threaten life safety in our county.”

Examples of hazard mitigation actions include improvement of roads and culverts that experience repetitive flooding; construction of safe rooms at campgrounds, public parks, mobile home parks or schools to protect lives in the event of tornados or severe wind events; burying powerlines that may fail due to heavy snow, ice or wind storms; ensuring timely emergency communication to the public through warning sirens and mass notification systems, and conducting public awareness and education campaigns to help people to be prepared to take safe action before, during, or following a hazard event.  Some mitigation activities may be eligible for future FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant funding.

Public input is an essential part of the plan update. As part of the planning process, Big Stone County is seeking feedback from residents and businesses from across the county to incorporate into the plan:

  • What are the natural hazards you feel pose the greatest risk to your community?
  • Have you experienced a previous disaster event?
  • What concerns do you have, and what sorts of mitigation actions or projects do you feel would help to reduce the damages of potential future events for your personal property, your community, or the county as a whole?

Comments, concerns, or questions regarding natural disasters and potential mitigation actions to be included into the plan update process should be submitted to Big Stone County Emergency Management by phone or email. Public comments may also be submitted on the Big Stone County Emergency Management Facebook page where this news release will be posted.

There will be additional opportunities for public feedback throughout the planning process. A draft of the plan will be posted on the county website for public review prior to submission of the plan to the State of Minnesota. Future news releases will be shared with the media to notify the public of these opportunities.

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires counties to update their plan every 5 years to maintain eligibility for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.


Dona Greiner

Big Stone County Emergency Management Director

Phone:  320-208-6507


Attention Lake Road Residents, Please Limit Water Usage

The City Crew has completed their work – you can resume normal water usage.  Thank you!

Swimming Pool – August 2021 Schedule

As the swimming pool season comes to an end on August 19th, the following are the August Pool hours.  Please note that there will be no weekend hours.  Thank you!

Announcement: Water Restrictions

Effective immediately, the City of Ortonville is implementing even-odd water sprinkling restrictions until further notice. The city is now included in a drought warning as defined by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Drought Action Plan.
Sprinkling restrictions:
Sprinkling lawns is NOT allowed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on any day.
On calendar days that are even numbers (examples: July 26 or Aug. 18), the even side of the
street CAN sprinkle lawns outside of the 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. time window. Examples: 38 Oak St. or
74 Cedar Ave.
On calendar days that are odd numbers (examples July 27 or Aug. 19), the odd side of the street
CAN sprinkle lawns. Examples: 47 Maple St. or 61 Cedar Ave.
Water conservation tips:
  • Water during the coolest part of the day to avoid evaporation.
  • Water grass only when it needs it. Most lawns only need an inch of water a week.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn the faucet off while you shave or brush your teeth.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it’s fully loaded.
  • Fill the sink to wash dishes by hand instead of letting the water run.
  • Only wash full loads of laundry.

Thank you!

And thank you to Tonya Barnhardt for sharing some photos of the work!


Parks: Do you have an Idea and/or Recommendation?

Northside Ball Field & Park

We’ve listed the Parks below along with the areas that are maintained.  When giving your idea or recommendation (or both on multiple parks!), please include which park you’d like to see the activity within.  We appreciate you taking the time to let us know your thoughts!

The Park System has one Fulltime Employee, meet Dave Davis!
Dave manages all the mowing, restroom cleaning, and projects for the parks listed below.  He also mows all properties throughout town that are abandoned or do not mow according to the City Ordinance.  Dave also maintains various open spaces –  the water plant, city shop, substation area by Monarch Heights, water tower area, open space along First Street across from the flag park area, the open lot to the north of the hardware store across from the Fire Hall, the Welcome Sign area, the upper and lower parking lots (I’ve likely missed some of the open spaces!)

Lakeside Park

Foot of Lake Landing Area

Open Space behind Hartman’s

Old Water Plant Space

Pier Park

Pool Park

Peninsula Park

Peninsula Landing Area

Nielson Park

Central Park

Northside Ball Field Park

Riverside Camping

Dog Park (new 2021)

Flag Park Area

Skate Park (Rink)

Wells Park

City-Wide Cleanup Day

Attention residents of the City of Ortonville!  On May 14 and May 15, the City will conduct the Annual Cleanup Ortonville Day!  The City will provide several large dumpsters in which you may bring many of those things you have been wanting to get rid of but just didn’t know where to take them.

The dumpsters will be located at the city shop on Highway75 located between Casey’s Diesel Pumps and Ortonville Independent building.

Proof of residency will be required at the time of drop-off.  A copy of a utility bill with an Ortonville address is an example of such proof.

Items that will be accepted will include mattresses, old furniture, other wood items, metal toys, bicycles, and other metal items as well as appliances such as stoves, water heaters, dryers, washing machines.  A maximum of 4 auto tires per household will also be accepted.

Items that will NOT be accepted will be refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, construction material, electronics, paint, solvents, garbage, and tree limbs, branches, and other vegetative waste.  Please note, tree branches and yard wastes can be disposed of at the city tree dump on scheduled days.  The City tree dump is open every Saturday during the Month of May.  Please call the City office for times (320-839-3428)

If you have items for the Ortonville Cleanup, you must provide the information on the PDF form (link below) to the City Offices at 315 Madison Avenue by Wednesday, May 12th, 2021.  ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Drop-off may be done Friday, May 14 between 9 AM and 3 PM and Saturday, May 15th between 10 AM and 1 PM.

Anyone willing to volunteer your time to help load/unload items at the dropoff site, please call 320-839-3862 no later than May 8th.  We want our city to be a place we can all be proud of and show our many visitors that come here for fishing, hunting, festivals, class reunions, etc. that our citizens take pride in the beautiful part of the world that we call home.  We hope to make this an annual event so please consider volunteering!!

2021 Cleanup FORM PDF (download, complete & turn in to the City office)