Ice Rink Opens Friday, January 7th

UPDATE:  The Ice Rink will not open today due to weather.  The temperature must be 10 degrees or above in order to be open.  By the looks of the forecast, the rink should be open tomorrow!

Make sure to check the information page for all related announcements, times, etc. for the rink

LINK:  Ice Rink Information Page


UPDATED SURVEY! 11/29/2021 – Skating Rink, Survey for Park Board

The Ortonville Park Board is looking for feedback from those that use the rinks.

Please complete this short survey:

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 snowfall with an accumulation of two
inches or more of snow. Vehicles parked on the street in these circumstances 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 within 48 hours of a
three inches or more snowfall. If snow has not been removed from sidewalks after a snowfall of
three inches or more, the City will remove the snow and bill the property owner.
Downtown business owners are responsible for removing snow from their sidewalks within 12
hours of a snowfall. If not removed, the City will remove and bill the property owner.

The video below is taken from the 2018/19 Winter Season – it is quite a process to remove snow with our hills.

Flushing Hydrants Thursday & Friday

The City will be flushing hydrants on Thursday and Friday.

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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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.