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There was spirit in Harmony on July 4


Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

The colors of red, white, and blue poured into the town of Harmony, Minn. during this year’s long Independence Day weekend. With July 4 falling on a Friday, many people enjoyed a three day weekend to take in all of the festivities the town had to offer.

The Harmony Conservation Club got the weekend underway early sponsoring the Beer Tent and a DJ on Thursday night and continuing their support on Friday morning with the Pancake Breakfast at the Harmony Fire Hall.

Keith McIntosh, President of the Harmony Conservation Club, along with many enthusiastic volunteers provided a delicious hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage and drinks for a steady crowd streaming in all morning.

One of the younger volunteers flipping pancakes was Teigen Miller, 13, who seemed to have the procedure perfected, even serving royalty. Miss Harmony Sara Schultz, First Attendant Leah Scheevel, and Second Attendant Katie Kotek each ate breakfast to begin their busy day and said the food was very good.

A Best Shot 9 Hole Golf Tournament began at 9 a.m. on Friday morning with friends and family enjoying a day hitting the links at the Harmony Golf Course. Josh Whalen of Chatfield stated he wasn’t golfing but “came down for the fun” saying he was born and raised in Harmony as was his friend Dick Erickson of Farmington, Minn. who did participate in the tourney.

One particular group seemed to be having a lot of fun while waiting to get on the golf course. Sisters Michelle Guttormson and Diane Bigalk along with their friend Nina Kjarland talked and laughed with each other, not only looking forward to golfing but spending the day together also.

Hammell Equipment sponsored a state sanctioned Kiddie Pedal Pull for the fourth consecutive year which brought a large crowd of participants and supporters. River Valley Pedal Tractor Pulls from Osceola, Wis. qualified children in different age groups to enter in the State Pedal Tractor Pull held in the middle of September. The top three finishers in each age group received trophies and every child who pulled received a can of pop.

Briggs Gregor, 4, attended the pedal pull with his brother, Brock, and parents Adam and Patty of Waterville, Minn. The Gregors were in town visiting family members Randy and Tanny Mayer and the entire family was very happy to see Briggs win his first place trophy. Briggs received a liver transplant in April 2014 and his e .....
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New owners at The Gateway in Wykoff

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

After years of dreaming of opening their own restaurant, sisters Kelly Hansen and Cheyanne Baker have become the new owners of The Gateway in Wykoff, Minn. The business had been owned for 22 years by Darla Heusinkveld and the sisters finally came to ..... 
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POET team members share experiences from Kenya

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This summer a group of POET team members traveled to Kenya, Africa to help build a dorm for the Traveller’s Oasis Girls School. Michele Anderson, Quality Manager at POET Biorefining, Preston and a resident of Saint Charles participated in this mis ..... 
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Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration and soldier grave rededication to be held in Houston

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Features

On Saturday, July 12, a Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration and soldier grave rededication will be held at Silver Creek Cemetery in Houston at 10:30 a.m. The service will commemorate the Battle of Tupelo in Mississippi that was fought on July 1 ..... 
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A successful Dairy Night on the Farm 2014

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

A perfect summer evening brought a large crowd to Blue Valley Holsteins for this year’s Dairy Night on the Farm hosted by Bruce and Tracy Wingert along with their son Matt and daughter Loni. Blue Valley Holsteins is a third generation farm locate ..... 
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Father’s Day fun at Lanesboro’s Art in the Park

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Father’s Day in this area of Minnesota is also synonymous with another important date on the calendar which is Lanesboro’s Art in the Park event. For those who may have a difficult time finding dad that gift that you thought he may actually use ..... 
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“Officer Joe”, Harmony native, named South Dakota School Resource Officer of the Year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

“It has been a pleasure to work with Officer Joe in Brookings,” says Mickelson Middle School Principal Melinda Jensen, one of the administrators responsible for a nomination for the School Resource Officer of the Year award. “Officer Joe adds ..... 
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Preston Dairy and Farm Association breaks ground on expansion

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Groundbreaking on the Preston Dairy and Farm expansion outside of Preston took place Wednesday, June 11, 2014 with Preston Area Chamber of Commerce members, Preston Mayor Curt Reicks, Preston Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Wangen and EDA Direct ..... 
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Four Daughters breaks ground on expansion

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

When Vicky Vogt first dreamed of starting a vineyard and opening a winery, she, like all new business owners, hoped it would do well. After opening the doors of Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery on December 15, 2011 the business has so exceeded expe ..... 
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