Southwest Power Pool Calls Emergency Alert Level 3

Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) was notified that the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) declared an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Level 3 starting this morning at 6:15 a.m. The emergency alert means that electric generation in the region is not sufficient to meet the extreme and widespread demand for electricity. SPP began temporarily shutting down power, otherwise known as rolling blackouts, which will reduce demand on the system. MRES had hoped to provide advance notice to its members but SPP was unable to notify us in time.

… SPP remains in an Emergency Alert Level 3 because they are still operating below required minimum reserves. Therefore, MRES asks that its member municipal utilities do whatever they can to reduce power usage in their communities, such as requesting that customers voluntarily reduce electric usage by delaying running the dishwasher and clothes washer, turning down the heat, and shutting off lights.

LINK to full Alert on the Power shortage

Ice Rink is Open

The ice rink opened today and the lights will be on tonight for evening skating.

2021 Garbage & Recycling Information

Check out the Info pics below for the 2021 schedule and list of recyclable items and those not included.


NEW! Business & Non-Profit Relief Grants

Big Stone County has approved Big Stone Area Growth (BSAG) to administer the $250,000 available for businesses & non-profits within the County.

Application Deadline is February 8, 2021
Funds will be awarded by March 15, 2021
for Application & Guidelines go to the website


Fall Weather in December!

Taking advantage of the extended fall weather and getting some work done! The City Crew finalizing the dog park fencing locations (we’ll check back as the fence goes up!) – a 4-plex under construction near Fairway View Senior Communities and a new home going up on the Peninsula on Big Stone Lake and Big Stone Lake. It’s a beautiful day!  And the last picture is a group of very dedicated pickle ball players that have been enjoying the new courts non-stop and will likely continue until it snows! (click on photos for a larger view)

Berkner Pizza

Short description for your restaurant
Different daily specials with to go baskets.
We also serve many types of our homemade pizza, delicious broasted chicken and all the sides and fixings. Wraps, wings, value packs, dessert!
Delivery and we always have gift cards available to purchase!
205 NW 2nd Street

Lingonberry’s Pastry and Coffee Shop

Take out only at this time.  Serving coffee, lattes, smoothies and frappes; breakfast pastries, desserts and a light lunch. Also shop our gift area. (Outside patio in summer.)
Wednesday-Sunday 7am-2pm. Closed Monday & TuesdayClosed for winter break January and February
124 2nd Street NW Main Street Ortonville

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Headwaters Grill & Bar

Short description for your restaurant
Take out only as of now
T-F lunch 11 till 1, Wed evening 5 till 7 only doing the evening special and Fri 5 till 7
17 ne 2nd st, Ortonville

Lakewood Supper Club

Pasta, Steak Cubes, Burgers, Sandwiches. Gift Certificates available

Short description for your restaurant
Pasta, Steak Cubes, Burgers, Sandwiches. Gift Certificates available
7 days a week, taking orders starting at 4:30 pm daily, until 8 pm.
1073 Lakeshore Dr. Ortonville
Website / URL

Direct link to the Menu page on their website

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Takeout orders or curbside pickup available.

Flushing Hydrants Thursday & Friday

Tomorrow and Friday – flushing hydrants.