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Upcoming Harmony Community Chest campaign will help local organizations


Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Education

The 2016 Harmony Community Chest Drive will start its solicitation campaign in September this year. Due to the difficulty in recruiting and retaining door-to-door solicitors, our 2016 campaign will rely on only mail-in contributions. This entails solicitation letters and envelopes, which are sent out with Harmony’s utility bills. Hopefully, people will respond with donations by mail or by dropping them off at the community center with their utility bills.

Currently in its 65th year of existence, the Harmony Community Chest is a small town version of United Way. Our purpose is to collect and distribute donations to various deserving groups, with an emphasis on local organizations. As we are now doing only mail-in donations, our distribution of funds will give top priority to local organizations, which means that some of the regional charities listed below may be eliminated.

In previous years, contributions have gone to the following local groups: Camp Winnebago, Harmony Public Library, Harmony Ambulance, Harmony Girl Scouts, Harmony/Preston Boy Scouts, the Fillmore County DAC, Maple Leaf Supervised Living Services of Fillmore County, Fillmore County Salvation Army, ARC of SE MN—which provides places and jobs for disadvantaged people-- and our local Alzheimer’s Association. Other regional donations have been sent to the SE MN American Red Cross, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the North Central Arthritis Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, MN Chapter; the Midwest American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association, Midwest. Ninety-nine per cent of the money donated goes to these organizations, with 1% being used to finance the costs of our drive.

If you do not receive a Harmony utility bill and wish to make a donation, you may do so by sending your contribution to: Harmony Community Chest, 225 3rd St. SW, Harmony, Minn. 55939. Indicate with your donation if you would like a receipt.

Officers of the Community Chest Board are Carroll Armstrong, Chairperson; Carol Rhodes, Secretary; and Kay Himlie, Treasurer. Other board members are Phil Burkholder, Bonnie Bakken, Muriel Gunderson, Gerri Ehler, Pam Hoppe, Renee Reicks, and Renee Olson.

The financial support of Harmony residents and the surrounding community is vital to the continued existence of the Community Chest and its support of local organization, as well as regional ones. Hopefully, a wide and generous response .....
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Fillmore Central Schools mini grant program in 19th year

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Education

A “mini grant” program has been continued for the 19th straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District. Grants of up to $500 each have ..... 
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Local schools awarded free books through SMIF’s BookStart program

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Education

OWATONNA, MN, June 23, 2016 - Representatives from early childhood organizations gathered at the office of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) in Owatonna today to celebrate 14 years of the BookStart program and 26 new BookStart awar ..... 
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Once Upon a Reader brings bath time fun to Spring Valley Public Library

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Education

SPRING VALLEY, MN – Parents and caregivers of small children won’t want to miss this opportunity for fun and learning with their little ones. Wednesday, June 29 at 2 p.m., author/illustrator Derek Anderson will perform his “Ten Pigs Trunk Show ..... 
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Lanesboro Library reading garden dedicated

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in All Education

Outdoor space meant to invite people in to read, relax or use Wi-Fi LANESBORO, MN – A ribbon cutting ceremony was recently held to celebrate the new reading garden at Lanesboro Public Library. The garden, inspired because people were often seen ..... 
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ACT on Alzheimer’s Harmony event June 30

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Education

A community discussion on aging Please join Harmony area community members in an engaging dialogue on aging and planning for the life changes that are inevitable for all within our community. This event will take place Thursday, June 30, 2016, f ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board thanks Superintendent Jeff Boggs for years of service

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Hannah Wingert “As the parent of a former student, I want to thank you for your years of service,” Board Member Dave Lawstuen expressed his gratitude to outgoing Superintendent Jeff Boggs during theA Lanesboro School Board’s June 16 meetin ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson implements new technology option

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner At the Monday, June 20 R-P School Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve a new 1:1 Initiative Program. Working to put technology in the hands of R-P students, grades 9-12, the program is a partnership with Best Bu ..... 
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Chatfield Elementary raises nearly $7,000 through Walk-A-Thon

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Third grade teachers What a beautiful day for a walk! Chatfield Elementary kicked off their First Annual Gopher Pride Walk-A-Thon. Students were eager to collect money for a healthy lifestyle and raise money for a great cause: their school. Ea ..... 
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