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.

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:
· Clay
· Big Stone
· Stevens
· Traverse
· 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 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!

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.

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.

Catered Living Apartments, Assisted Living, and Fairway View Neighborhoods (skilled Nursing Facility)

Below is a little video clip from Margarita night with Ortonville Mayor Gene Hausauer mixing & serving!

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!