Big Stone County Outreach-Ortonville

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I (Sal) decided to do this sited this evening (Saturday, September 28th of 2008) after going on a scenic-road-trip through the beautiful Big Stone Lake State Park after helping a friend move some stuff in the area.

Big Stone Lake-MN & SD "Way Side View"

"Here is a beautiful view from the "Way Side" stop along Highway 7 (Minnesota side) along Big Stone Lake (headwaters of Minnesota River along the SD and MN border). Isn't it beauuuuutiful? The background music (praise & worship) is "O' Praise Him" by the David Crowder Band on Praise 101.5/103.9 FM radio (my favorite local radio station that I leave on at my house 24/7"

Recommended Resources


  • City of Ortonville

  • Wikipedia
    " The population was 2,158 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Big Stone County.[3] Big Stone Lake State Park is nearby."

    GoodnewsMinnesotaInfo's Ortonville Minnesota album on Photobucket


    No Tomatoes

    "c/o Neil - Ortonville, MN
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  • Chamber of Commerce-Big Stone Lake
  • Government

  • Big Stone County

  • "Big Stone was established as a county by an act of the Legislature in 1862. No attempt to organize a county government was made until 1873, when Gov. Horace Austin appointed three commissioners for that purpose. These appointed commissioners did nothing, and in March 1874, Gov. C. K. Davis appointed three others who met and named a chairman and an auditor. At their second meeting on July 20, 1874, other county officers were appointed, the boundaries of three commissioner districts were laid out, and the county seat was located at Ortonville. Soon afterward four election precincts were established. A full set of county officers, with the exception of a clerk of the district court, was elected in the fall of 1874. The county continued to function until the men elected in the fall of 1876 took office at the beginning of 1877. As a test of the validity of the county organization, suits were brought to oust these officers. The Supreme Court held that the power or �organizing� a county rested solely with the Legislature and that Big Stone County was merely �established� by that body. The county therefore had not been organized and no offices existed. The county remained unorganized until 1881, when an act of the Legislature declared it organized. The county was divided into five commissioner districts in February 1881."-History


  • Big Stone Lake Area Forums

  • " A place where Big Stone Lake (and surrounding) area citizens can discuss area news, events and matters of concern."
    *referred by bslafstaff- "Lady Hawk" on Dec 12, 2008
  • Wikipedia

  • "is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population is 5,820. Its county seat is Ortonville[1]."


    The Big Stone Lake Area

    "Pictures of the Big Stone Lake Area. "

  • Big Stone Lake State Park

  • ".. is 26 miles long and is located on the South Dakota-Minnesota border. The lake is the source of the Minnesota River and attracts anglers who catch walleye, northerns and bluegills. The northern section of the park, called the Bonanza Area, provides a picnic area, boat launch and a primitive group camp for guests. The area also includes the Bonanza Education Center which provides a place to discover the past and ways to preserve it. The southern section of the park, called the Meadowbrook Area, contains a campground, swimming beach and hiking trails."
    Scenic Walk along Big Stone State Park's Bonanza-Lake Traverse Shoreline

    "Taking a long scenic walk along the shoreline of Lake Traverse (headwaters of Minnesota River) at Big Stone State Park's "Bonanza Grove" on September 27th of 2008. Earlier I was listening to the Twins vs. White Sox (regular season) game, which we lost (losing the chance to "clinch" the central division title)!"
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