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FAIRWAY VIEW NEIGHBORHOODS is nearly complete. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2017. Once completed, residents and staff of Northridge Residence will move to the 51-bed facility.

New nursing home to be named Fairway View Neighborhoods

Earlier this month Ortonville Area Health Services Board of Directors approved Fairway View Neighborhoods as the official name of the skilled nursing facility that will be on the Fairway View Senior Communities campus.

Fairway View Neighborhoods is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2017. Once completed and licensed by Minnesota Department of Health, residents and staff of Northridge Residence will move to the 51-bed Fairway View Neighborhoods.

Fairway View Senior Communities campus will provide catered living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care services to Ortonville and the communities they serve.

Harvest Madness 2016 to be held Friday in Ortonville

The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to Harvest Madness 2016 this Friday, Oct. 28, from 4-6 p.m. with many events taking place.

Trick or Treating will take place on Ortonville’s Main Street.  Participating stores will have harvest madness pumpkins in their windows. Make sure to pick up Harvest Madness treat bags at OAHS starting at 3 p.m.

There will be Halloween Bingo for prizes. Get your bingo card at the Neu lot on Main Street (224 2nd St. NW). Check in and get stamps from listed businesses. Return the card to the Neu lot before 6 p.m. as the drawing will take place at 6 p.m. in the Neu lot.

Hay Rides will take place beginning at the Ortonville Community Center. A ticket is a cash donation or food item for the Big Stone Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf.

A spook-tacular supper will be held at the Neu lot, serving hot dogs and popcorn. This is a free will donation, with profits going to future Downtown Revitilization Committee events and projects.

A “Haunted House” will be held at the former Ortonville Independent building on Main Street.

Halloween skating will be held at Sioux Historic Pavilion from 6-10 p.m.

The 7-75 Haunted Corn Maze will be held from 7-10 p.m.

Halloween Rock ‘n’ Bowl will be held at Ally Cat Bowling on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6-10 p.m.

Bring the whole family, enjoy trick or treating and have a great time during Harvest Madness 2016 this Friday in Ortonville.

Council approves new squad car for Ortonville PD

The Ortonville City Council approved the purchase of a new Ortonville Police Department squad car at their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 17.

Mayor Pro Tem Mike Dorry led the brief meeting in the absence of Mayor Steve Berkner. Ortonville Police Chief Jason Mork stated that they would be replacing their 2013 Chevrolet Impala with a 2017 model vehicle. Currently, the Impala has 107,000 miles on it and they average around 3,300 miles each month with it.

Council members reviewed the bids of five vehicles from Nelson Auto Center of Fergus Falls. The low bid was a 2017 Dodge Charger rear wheel drive vehicle in the amount of $23,156.27. The next lowest bid was a 2017 Dodge Charger all wheel drive in the amount of $25,335.85. The council then approved the all wheel drive Charger.

Vold reappointed County Assesor for four year term

The Big Stone County Board approved the reappointment of Sandy Vold as County Assesor for a four year term at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The four year term will begin in January of 2017.

The board approved the hire of Kelly Sayler as Financial Worker. She will being her employment immediately.

Board members discussed membership with the Minnesota Rural Counties Caucus (MRCC). Information on the organization was presented at the Oct. 11 board meeting by Dan Larson.

Larson is a lobbyist with the group and was looking for Big Stone County to be a member of the organization, which currently represents 28 counties in Greater Minnesota. Commissioner Brent Olson stated that he would get in touch with Larson to gather more information before the board makes any decisions.

Coming into the winter season, board members approved to hire an additional Highway Maintenance worker for the county. They currently have an employee on extended leave and the County is in need of someone to fill those duties.

Dawn Gregoire, Human Resources Director, informed the board that they are still conducting interviews for the part-time Emergency Management Deputy Director position. Dawn stated that no one had applied internally for the position.

The next meeting of the Big Stone County Board will be on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 8:30 a.m. in the board room of the courthouse.

Lindsay Plathe
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