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Harmony Area Community Foundation


Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

On May 31, 2012, a group of interested individuals first met to discuss the creation of a community fund through Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF). By August of 2012, our SMIF agreement was finalized and the Harmony Area Community Foundation (HACF) was created with a mission “To serve the Harmony area by supporting projects which improve the quality of life and build a stronger community!” HACF provides a vehicle for donors to make charitable contributions for improving the community’s quality of life. HACF’s focus areas include parks, trails, Fillmore Central Schools, public library, arts and history, health and the environment, community support and growth.

HACF’s initial $26,500 seed money was received from the former Trust For a Better Harmony which had been instrumental in bike trail development and other community projects.

The Selvig Park playground equipment upgrade became HACF’s first special project. HACF’s $5,000 donation was eligible for a $5,000 matching grant from SMIF totaling $10,000 for the project. In addition, total contributions of approximately $6,000 have been deposited into the Selvig Park’s Special Project Fund. Most recently, the Fillmore Central Schools has received a $2,000 grant for their Computer Laptop Initiative which will enhance our students’ learning through the use of the latest technological tools. Presently, the Harmony Area Community Foundation is seeking proposals for future focus area projects or programs.

HACF’s advisory board’s marketing and fundraising efforts have been ongoing—brochure development, website development (harmonycommunityfoundation.com or harmonycommunityfoundation.org) and more recently the Founders Club fundraising appeal. SMIF has provided technical assistance with training, fundraising, and marketing. SMIF has provided HACF with a $500 grant for printing/marketing, along with the $5,000 Selvig Park grant, $2,000 Fillmore Central Schools grant and a $1 for every $2 challenge (maximum $1,250 match for $2,500 or more single contribution) grant for endowment fund contributions up to $5,000. 4.5 percent of the endowment fund balance will be used annually for approved HACF’s projects.

“It is now time for the COMMUNITY to become actively involved in the Harmony Area Community Foundation. The Founders Club is one of the first steps in creating awareness and raising funds for HACF’s endowment fund as well as pr .....
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Thrivent Financial for Lutherans members vote in favor of extending common bond to Christians

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

MINNEAPOLIS – Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced today that its membership approved an extension of its common bond, which will allow the 111-year fraternal benefit society to serve more Christians. Seventy-two percent of Thrivent members ..... 
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Newest Habitat Home to Be Dedicated in Utica

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Habitat for Humanity Winona – Fillmore Counties invites you to attend a community celebration to welcome the Horton/Baumann family to their new home on Thursday, June 20 at 230 Railroad Street in Utica, Minn. A housewarming celeb ..... 
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RCL giving away free rides to commuters

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

A recent U.S. Census report indicated that over 28,000 people commute into Rochester, Minn. each day to make our local economy thrive. On Thursday, June 20, Rochester City Lines is encouraging area commuters to park their cars and participate in the ..... 
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Local photographer attends 2013 session of Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography

Thu, Jun 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Ross Himlie of Rushford, Minn. participated in the 31st session of M.A.I.P.P. The institute utilizes the facilities of the University of Northern Iowa to bring this unique educational experience to photographers. Students study with one of six natio ..... 
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Hud Offices to Close Nationwide

Tue, Jun 11th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

HUD OFFICES TO CLOSE NATIONWIDE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH Furlough days to be paired with holidays & weekends to ease impact WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is notifying the public today that it will close it ..... 
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Old Bank Art Gallery Opens in Whalan, Minn.

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Business Announcements

The Grand Opening for the Old Bank Art Gallery in Whalan, Minn. will be June 22, 2013, from 1:00 – 5:00. The Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30. The public is warmly welcome. The current gallery pieces are ..... 
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Demolition begins in Chatfield....

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Business Announcements

Thursday, May 30 construction crews took the first “scoop” out of Val A Lodge in Chatfield where construction on the new Kwik Trip will begin following the demolition. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Jeffrey O'Donnell Financial Planning office held its Open House on Thursday, May 16th

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

The Jeffrey O’Donnell Financial Planning office held its Open House on Thursday, May 16th in Rushford, MN. The Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce extended their welcome and held a Ribbon Cutting at 5:00pm. Pictured are left to right: RACC board memb ..... 
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