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Fifth annual Harmony Hustle sustains “A Brush with Kindness” projects


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Children participate in the 1K Kid’s Challenge, a part of the Harmony Hustle event. Photo submitted

“We’ve raised more than $18,000 in support of Habitat,” said Harmony Hustle co-organizer Ralph Beastrom who helps organize the Harmony Hustle, a 10K run, 5K run/walk, and a 1K Kid’s Challenge all part of Harmony’s Fourth of July celebration weekend.

The “A Brush with Kindness” program helps low income homeowners by offering exterior home improvements including painting, landscaping, and minor exterior repairs. Minimal expense for the projects are deferred to the homeowner and work is done by volunteers.

Harmony has completed two “A Brush with Kindness” projects and a third is in the works. The first two projects included building an entrance ramp and exterior painting. The current project included building a ramp last year and completing landscaping and exterior painting this year. To Beastrom’s knowledge, another application for Harmony has been submitted.

So how does the Harmony Hustle tie in? Five years ago, Beastrom and his daughter Sharyl Bergen of Peterson organized the first Harmony Hustle as a fun event for Harmony. “We felt we needed a cause to help attract participants and since the Habitat for Humanity steering committee was considering building a Habitat home in Harmony, we decided that proceeds would go to Habitat, said Beastrom. “Since then, Megan [Grebe], Sharyl, and I have been organizing the event.”

Five years ago when the event first started, the Hustle saw its largest count of participants, almost 200. Since then numbers have declined, but Beastrom figures it is due to how the 4th of July falls during the week. “Last year was our lowest number with 110 participants, but we felt that was influenced by where the 4th fell during the week. With the 4th on a Friday this year, we expect more families to be around for the weekend.”

The Harmony Hustle coordinators and volunteers are looking for a group of anywhere from 125-150 participants.

“I think the fun run/walk events are certainly enjoyed by a lot of people,” said Beastrom, “In our case, the community gets together for some fun while supporting our neighbors who need a little help. The “A Brush with Kindness” project has been very rewarding for me by helping me get to know my neighbors better and providing a needed service.”

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Red Cross issues 4th of July safety steps

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend. “Ev ..... 
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American Red Cross seeks more blood donations this summer

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross encourages blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by rolling up a sleeve to give. Donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. ..... 
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Harmony receives ACT on Alzheimer’s Grant to advance dementia-friendly work

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

HARMONY, Minn. - Harmony recently received a Grant through ACT on Alzheimer’s to help make Harmony a more dementia-friendly community. Harmony is one of 12 new action communities to commit towards preparing Minnesota for the growing number of p ..... 
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Gundersen Medical Foundation receives grant from Susan G. Komen Minnesota to provide breast cancer screening and education

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Susan G. Komen Minnesota has awarded a $26,251 grant to Gundersen Medical Foundation to provide breast cancer screening and education in rural Fillmore and Houston counties for the second consecutive year. The program will provide 50 women who are u ..... 
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Keeping young athletes healthy

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Some kids just like to move. Alea Lutkenhaus, an 8th grader from Decorah Middle School, is one of those kids. Out for track, softball, basketball, cross county and soccer, an injury can put the brakes on Lutkenhaus’ plans any time of the year ..... 
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Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary gives $31K back to WMC

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Over the past year, the Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary has purchased medical equipment for WMC to a tune of $31,000. The most recent purchase was an adjustable x-ray table to benefit WMC patients in the Radiology department. “The adjust ..... 
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Summer food program for kids

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

With summer here, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Fillmore Central Schools will be providing free meals for children this summer! Free meals for children will be served at the elementary school in Preston o ..... 
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Give blood with the American Red Cross and help maintain the summer blood supply

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make and keep donation appointments to maintain the summer blood supply and help prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with ..... 
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