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Living in Harmony True happiness comes from living life in harmony with all that is


Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

By Karen Lind Brazas

Channel Islands, California

Main Street in Harmony looks like any main street in a sleepy little town. Other than a thriving Amish community and the Niagara Cave, there doesn’t appear to be much for the average person to see or do. But I’m not your “average person.” Because from 1959-1964 Harmony was my world, and those teenage years were some of the best years of my life.

Back in ‘59, a population of about 800 farmers and “townies” called this piece of lush green rolling landscape their home. Main Street was simply referred to as “town.” The Harmony House Restaurant was the go-to place after any school function. Players and fans enjoyed root beer floats and the French fries that made The House famous. Further down Main we often hung out at Hanson’s Drug Store, perched on wiggly red plastic stools at the soda fountain, sipping cherry cokes through red licorice sticks for added flavor. Next door the Harmony Theater occasionally offered up movies. Whether or not a film was showing was anyone’s guess as the theater was closed more often than it was open. Even so, we always found something else to do. “Cruising” was the favorite alternative...down Main Street, to the dump, and back down Main...with, as the song says, “no particular place to go.”

The First National Bank sat across from the theater. My dad, Carl Lind, managed the bank, and he often put in a 10-12 hour day, returning to the bank after dinner to finish his work. During the summer we kids looked forward to those evenings because he’d bring home a big jug of A&W root beer and a huge bag of hot buttered popcorn from the little stand across from the bank.

Most of our lives as kids centered around Harmony High School. I thought our school enormous and beautiful. Two old brick buildings housed grades 1 through 12. In the early warmth of spring, tall red and yellow hollyhocks graced the entire front of the high school building. However, the main attraction of the grade school was the exterior fire escape. Think today’s waterslide tube, enjoyed often, due to the little “troublemakers” who pulled the fire alarm whenever the teachers’ backs were turned!

About 250 students were Harmony High “Cardinals.” My graduating class numbered 53. A wide grassy lawn stretched from the school to Main Street...the lawn where we all gathered on Senior Ditch Day, the annual Ma .....
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SMIF awards four grants to SE MN Together projects

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

OWATONNA, MN, June 1, 2016 - Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awarded $20,000 worth of grants to four different projects that arose out of the SE MN Together regional gatherings. SE MN Together is a collaborative group working to ad ..... 
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A View From the Woods - Living close to your food

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

I wander out to the garden, wondering what’s for dinner tonight. The peas are fattening up nicely, tucked in their pods, so I pick a mess of them. Some lettuce still looks good, so I slice off a deep green clump of romaine, and a handful of chives ..... 
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SMIF provides $25,000 to launch campaign for new Grow a Farmer Fund to aid local foods efforts

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) announced the launch of the Grow a Farmer Fund campaign at the May 3 Slow Money Minnesota meeting in St. Paul. This fund is organized in partnership with Slow Money Minnesota and other collaborators th ..... 
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Preston Dairy & Farm enjoying expanded, efficient new space

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

After 45 years of calling the downtown area of Preston home, Preston Dairy and Farm is feeling right at home in their new location on the north edge of town at the corner of Highway 52 and 16. Growth in business over the last six years, combined wit ..... 
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Brighter days ahead at Preston Service Plus

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston Service Plus is a local business that recently took advantage of utility rebates to upgrade the lighting in their facility. With the help of Steve Almos (right), Preston Public Utilities Energy Services Representative, the owners were able t ..... 
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Preston to negotiate with Mediacom

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner At the July 5 meeting of the Preston City Council, City Administrator Joe Hoffman reported that the Mediacom franchise agreement will expire on April 23, 2019. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Mediacom can initiate a renewal ..... 
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Ostrander water main breaks discussed

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

By Rich Wicks The Ostrander city council met on July 5 for a regular meeting. All members were present (Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, Clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones and DJ Start). The council unanimously approved the consent agenda i ..... 
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Triplet calves born to Scheevel’s

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

On June 8, 2016, the dairy herd of Dave and Kathy Scheevel of Preston had a nice addition. This 5 1/2 year old cow, in her fourth pregnancy, gave birth to triplets. The three were all bulls, with two weighing about 45 pounds each and one weighing 60 ..... 
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