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)

Seeking Applications for a Water/Wastewater Plant Operator

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2021.

For details see our Job Openings page:


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.

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