Utility Bills

Road Construction. Utility bill payments can be dropped off at the City Office (there is two-way traffic on Third Street in front of the Police Department now) or you can drop them at Cenbank or Minnwest Bank.

Notice: Water will be turned off on Monday, May 13th

Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you.

Reminder: Water Pipes

A reminder to those that have had issues with water pipes freezing in the past – running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps to prevent pipes from freezing.

The New Fire Truck has Arrived

January – the new fire truck has arrived!

A very nice quote on the City’s Facebook page (Thank you, Diane!):
Diane Sherod Dwyer We have the BEST fire departments in Ortonville & Big Stone City! We can’t even begin to convey enough thanks & appreciation to these great crews. They are awesome people & I hope they know what their dedication means to us. It’s truly overwhelming to watch them work! 鈾ワ笍馃憦
And not to leave out our ambulance, police & sheriffs dept, you all are so appreciated!

UPDATE 2/4/2019, Ice Skating Park CLOSED

The hockey rink and the free-style rink are now CLOSED due to temperatures (which looks to be through out this week)


The current hours are:
Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Weekends 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There are skates available in the warming house that are free to use!

And, speaking of the warming house – THANK YOU to the awesome volunteers that help make this available!

Plowing & Sanding Roads in Ortonville

We are now in the “Before New Year’s Day Blizzard” just after we finished clean-up from the “After Christmas Blizzard” – please, if you have to travel, do so with caution!

News Release from Big Stone County Emergency Management this morning
(if you have a Facebook Page, here is a link to this release)
Dec. 31, 2018 (7:15 a.m.)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has enacted a no travel advisory on state and federal highways in the following counties due to dangerous driving conditions:
路 Clay
路 Big Stone
路 Stevens
路 Traverse
路 Wilkin
High winds and blowing snow are causing whiteout conditions. Snowplows will continue to operate, but motorists are advised not to travel until conditions improve. For tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.orgor get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

Please have patience as the City crew works to keep our roads open during yet another storm. The video below (and post photo above) was taken during clean up from last week’s blizzard.

Winter Alerts, Notifications & Good to Know Announcements

A list of resource links as we make it through this winter season.

Big Stone County Emergency Management
Their Facebook pages keeps us current on in-coming weather related notices and alerts.

1350 AM KDIO Radio
Listen in on KDIO for all weather-related announcements and they also posts updates on their Facebook Page.

Ortonville Police Department
Posts all their emergency related announcements and notifications on their Facebook Page.

Ortonville School
Their Facebook Page posts latest updates
School Website covers urgent announcements & calendar

Artie’s Bait & Tackle
They post ice condition updates (along with fishing updates!)

and although not weather-related, Ortonville Area Health Services posts very helpful & informative information on both their Website- OAHS.US & their Facebook Page!

EDA Office is Moving

The Ortonville EDA office will be moving to the lower level (2nd Street a.k.a. Main Street) of the Community Center in January.

Currently, the EDA sub-rents space from KDIO.  Although the KDIO space has been a great office location, the new location will not only save money in the budget, it will also provide private meeting space and easier access for our downtown businesses.

The Big Stone Arts Council will be moving to the upper level for their events/activities such as the Music on Main that really took hold last summer.聽 This extra space will allow them to expand their participants… and,聽hopefully, they’ll now use that expanded space to invite an audience to enjoy their music jam sessions!聽 (I am hoping!) — The Community Center (upper level) remains available for all the activities as before – contact the City Office if you are looking for a gathering space.聽 Phone:聽 839-3428

I’m excited to be located downtown – in the middle of our business district!  You’ll be able to find me in the office Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m.  (unless, of course, I’m out for meetings)

The official Ortonville EDA information can be found right here on the City’s new website! – page link.  And, also make sure to check out my new blog (ortonvilleonbigstonelake.com)  The blog provides a more personal community connection where I discuss our local businesses, organizations and EDA updates… however, I also blog about local events that I attend.  Attending events is not part of my official “job” – it is what I love to do most – so the EDA Board allows me the flexibility to blog about the local events that I attend – right along with my work blogging.  

So, watch for the EDA office to open downtown starting in January and until then stay connected with us online!

Vicki Oakes
Community Development Coordinator