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GROUNDBREAKING WAS HELD for the new 40’ x 50’ museum addition on Tuesday, July 8 on the grounds of the Big Stone County Historical Museum in Ortonville. Pictured above are museum board members. From left to right are Lavalle Berkner, Norm Shelsta, Bruce Swigerd, Larry Helgeson and Gale May. Other museum board members are Wendell Hanson, Florence Holker, Don Lundell and Burt Nypen. Construction is expected to be completed this fall



Ground breaking held for new addition at BSC Museum

Construction is underway for a new 40’ x 50’ building addition to the Big Stone County Museum. Nitz Construction of Ortonville was awarded the bid at a recent County Board meeting in the amount of $83,663.

A ground breaking was held on Tuesday, July 8 with Big Stone County Museum board members Larry Helgeson, Lavalle Berkner, Gale May, Norm Shelsta and Bruce Swigerd present. Other board members include Wendell Hanson, Florence Holker, Don Lundell and Burt Nypen.

According to Museum Board member Larry Helgeson, the addition will hold the 1931 REO Speedwagon Fire Truck, wooden wheel wagons and other various items.

The Big Stone County Museum Board has been setting aside money for the project, that should be completed sometime this fall.

Donations are always welcome and  can be brought to the museum or sent to:

The Big Stone County Museum

985 US Highway 12

Ortonville, MN 56278

Your donation will not only help with funding a portion of the new building, but also with remodeling the inside of the existing building.

Located at the junctions of State Highway 12 and 75. The museum is the home of many historical treasures of the past. A granite anchor, a symbol of glacial River Warren, which is now Big Stone Lake, and the headwaters of the Minnesota River. The Muskegon – Golden Bantam boat, which once traveled the waters of Big Stone Lake, is also on display at the museum.

The Charles Hanson North American Wildlife Collection is displayed inside the former Artichoke Lake General Store which was relocated to the museum grounds. Developed by local farmer/ explorer Charles Hanson, this collection contains over 500 waterfowl from across the Americas and the world. You’ll see native waterfowl as well as upland birds and other exotic specimens from places as far away as the Arctic Sea.


Federated, City agree to provide Fiber Optic to OAHS

Kevin Beyer of Federated Telephone of Chokio was present at the regular city council meeting on Monday, July 7 to discuss his companies service to the area.

Beyer stated that at the present, they are just providing fiber optic service to the area. He stated that several years ago, they were contacted by a third party to serve fiber optic to the school and  most recently to the library. He stated that they are were not contacted by the school or library, but by a third party that does not provide fiber optic.

They are now being asked to provide fiber optic to Ortonville Area Health Services. Beyer stated that they need some type of a franchise agreement from the City.

The council approved on a 7-0 vote to enter into a duplicate licensing agreement with the Ortonville Library to OAHS. 

Ortonville Police Officer Clint Sova had requested at a previous meeting the use of police equipment for when he works at the Sturgis, SD Bike rally. Current City policy states that the use of City equipment outside the City is not allowed.

A letter was received from Sturgis Police Department Assistant Chief of Police Goedy VanDewater stating that in the event that any equipment gets damaged, it would be repaired or replaced while working for the Sturgis Police Department. He also stated that Sova will be covered under their liability and workers compensation insurance. Sova informed the council that he would personally pay for the repairs and replacement that the Sturgis Police Department does not cover.

After much discussion, the council approved Sova’s request on a 4-3 with  council members Mike Dorry, Ron Thomas and Steve Berkner voting no.

The council then accpeted the resignation of part-time police officer Jennifer Cronen, effective immediately.

The council approved the request of Emanuel Lapp to vacate an alley located at 520 Lakeshore Drive in Ortonville. Lapp has inquired about the possibility of building a garage once the vacation of the alley is complete.

In other business, the council accepted the appointments of the 2014 Primary and General Election Judges.  They include Kim Sykora, Frances Fridgen, Marilyn Jurgens, Doris Scheff, Susan Lundell, Linda Krogsrud, Kathy Oakes, Mel Reinke, Margaret Scholberg, Tom Dorry, Ronald Louks, Deb Ellingson and Char Grossman.

Council members approved a gambling permit for the Big Stone Health Care Foundation for the Oak Tree Golf Classic to be held on Sept. 6 at the Ortonville Golf Course.

Ortonville City Council member Ron Thomas suggested spraying mosquitos twice a week. After a brief discussion the council approved the request.