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! ♥️👏
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:
· 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!

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.  This extra space will allow them to expand their participants… and, hopefully, they’ll now use that expanded space to invite an audience to enjoy their music jam sessions!  (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.  Phone:  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 (  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

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