The City of Ortonville has been designated as an Opportunity Zone

Of the 509 eligible low-income census tracts in Minnesota, Governor Dayton could designate 128 census tracts as Opportunity Zones.  The Ortonville EDA completed the application and sought support from the City and the County to submit Ortonville’s census tract for consideration as an appointment – with success!

Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income and urban communities nationwide.

Opportunity Funds are a new class of private sector investment vehicles authorized to aggregate and deploy private investment into Opportunity Zones.  Opportunity Funds allow U.S. investors holding unrealized gains in stocks and mutual funds to pool their resources in projects located in Opportunity Zones, which will be invested in rebuilding low-income communities.

U.S. investors are eligible to receive:

  • A temporary tax deferral for capital gains invested in an Opportunity Fund.
  • A step-up in basis for capital gains reinvested in an Opportunity Fund.
  • A permanent exclusion from taxable income of capital gains from the sale or exchange of an investment in a qualified opportunity zone fund if the investment is held for at least 10 years.

As the final details of this program have been rolled out, we are excited that the timing is coinciding nicely as we finalize our work with the Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) to address the needs that were identified in the 2018 Housing Study by Maxfield Research & Consulting.

Staff  from both the Ortonville EDA and the Big Stone County Housing & Redevelopment Authority along with a committee have been working with MHP on project planning:

What do we have?  
Community:  Families, youth, vets, seniors, etc.
Resources:  Available land, infrastructure, etc.
What do we want?
Workforce housing rental single family, rehab
What do we need to get what we want? 

The Committee is currently drafting a Request for Proposal (RFP) which will go out to developers.  This Draft RFP will first be taken to the City Council for review and then the Committee plans to host a public meeting for the review of the plans for input/changes before being released.  The housing projects under consideration in the RFP will be Opportunity Zone — project friendly!

Housing Committee Members are:

  • Dalen Roe, Cenbank
  • David Rogers, Ortonville Area Health Services
  • Kristi Ehrenberg, Big Stone Therapies
  • Mary Hillman, Big Stone Lake Area Chamber
  • Garry Swenson, Ortonville EDA
  • Kim Sykora, Ortonville EDA/City Council
  • Nancy Lee, Big Stone County HRA Staff
  • Vicki Oakes, Ortonville EDA Staff

If you’d like more information on the Opportunity Zone and/or preliminary information on the housing projects, please contact Vicki Oakes at 320-839-6155 or email



Water Quality Award!

We received notice from the Minnesota Department of Health (Oral Health Program and Drinking Water Protection) this month that the City of Ortonville received the 2017 Water Fluoridation Quality Award!

This award, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recognizes those public water systems (PWSs) that adjust the fluoride concentration in drinking water and achieve a monthly average fluoride level that is in the optimal range for 12 consecutive months in a calendar year, as documented in the CDC Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS).

CDC initiated the Water Fluoridation Quality Awards program to recognize outstanding performance in fluoridation management by public water systems.  In Minnesota, 233 of 605 possible fluoridating community PWSs are receiving an award for 2017.

We give an extra shout out to Sam Berger on this outstanding effort and thank you for your work providing safe, dependable drinking water for Ortonville!

Cold Weather Rule – and your Utilities

There is a cold weather rule in Minnesota that tries to help people avoid being disconnected.  However, if a person doesn’t follow the guidelines, they could still have their electricity turned off for nonpayment.

Please read the Cold Weather Rule – Link:

Further questions regarding your utilities, please call the City Office at 320-839-3428

Thank you.

Reminder! Parking Restrictions and Snow Removal

It is coming up on that time of year again!  Snow.


In accordance with City Ordinances, no person, except physicians on emergency calls or other such emergency personnel, shall park any vehicle on any street or avenue in the City of Ortonville between November 1st and April 1st after a 2″ snowfall.  If not off the streets, vehicles will be towed.

Parking may be resumed on individual streets and avenues as soon as the snow has been removed from these streets and avenues.

Property owners are responsible for removing snow from their sidewalks with 48 hours of a 3″ snowfall.  If not removed, the City will remove and bill the property owner.


Our New Website is Under Construction

Our new website is under construction – but LIVE!  We welcome any suggestions for improvement as we go.

The Site should be complete by October 15th.

Senior Housing

Fairway View Communities

The City of Ortonville and Ortonville Area Health Services (Municipal Hospital and Clinic) completed the expansion of Fairway View in 2017 which is located along our 18-hole municipal golf course and just a couple of blocks from our hospital (new in 2011) and clinic (new in 2003) with a helicopter pad. Ortonville has an airport that accommodates the fixed-wing emergency needs.

The original complex (12 independent, 16 assisted living and 6 memory care units) was built by the Ortonville EDA and opened in 2004. The expansion which opened in 2017 consists of 34 catered living units with an additional 51-bed skilled (nursing home) complex consisting of 3 pods or home-style sections. Donnie’s Diner and a general store within this facility just held their grand opening and ribbon
cutting the week between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The facility was filled to capacity even before the grand opening ceremony and open house. Ortonville Area Health Services is now managing the complete facility with a long-term lease with the Ortonville EDA on the original complex.

18-Hole Golf Course

Ortonville has a beautiful 18-hole golf course (one we are truly proud of!) with a historic Clubhouse which overlooks Big Stone Lake.  Views of the lake can also be seen from the #16, #17 & #18 greens also.

Golf Course Website Link (& see beautiful drone footage of the course!)
Golf Course Facebook Page
Off the Green Restaurant & Bar


Off the Green Restaurant and Bar serves great lunches & dinners (Owner Adam Ellard)





Health Care

Ortonville Area Health Services
“11 providers For you, For your family, For life”


2003 New Clinic Opened
2011 New Hospital Opened – $20 million dollar project with $2.2 Million raised locally through the Big Stone Health Care Foundation.

  • 25-bed Critical Access Hospital
  • 49,218 sq ft Hospital
  • 30,643 sq ft Clinic (with a helicopter pad on site with an airport that accommodates the fixed-wing emergency needs)
  • Satellite Clinic  – Clinton Clinic


Ortonville Public School
Facebook PageOrtonville School District #2903
Event Calendar (when is the game, practice, concert, etc.)

Video… created by some of our very own talented students.  Enjoy! 


Ortonville Live-Work-Play

For a more relaxed, unofficial-ish view of Ortonville, check out our new community blog which is written by me (Vicki Oakes)!  I take care of the City website and the Ortonville Golf Course website along with staffing the Ortonville Economic Development Authority.   This blog will provide news and projects from the Ortonville EDA and also updates from community functions that I attend throughout the year.  Attending community, school, art – you name it – activities in Ortonville is the time I enjoy most.  And, I’ve now been given the freedom to blog about the activities and events (with fun videos & photos) from a more personal view.  How is that for #LoveWhereYouLive #LoveYourJob hashtag string!  – Hope you enjoy this blog!