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New year brings new owners for Generations of Harmony


Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Progress Edition



On January 1, 2015 Harlan and Joan Thilges purchased Generations of Harmony Antique Mall from Jean and Terry Ingvalson, who built the building in 2008 and opened the business in November of 2008.

The Thilge’s had lived in Welcome, Minn. and started two businesses from scratch which are located in Fairmont, Minn. One business was a decorating business, which they owned for approximately 30 years, and the other was a storage business they owned for about 24 years.

Looking forward to retirement, the couple bought some land north of Mabel, Minn., and “that’s where it all started”, states Harlan. Both Joan and Harlan like antiques so one day Joan stopped in to Generations of Harmony and was told it was for sale. She didn’t know if Harlan would be interested or not but thought she would talk to him about it.

Harlan states that after checking into it they felt it would be similar to renting storage space as they had before, only it would be a different kind of space. They thought it would work quite well for them and decided to purchase the business. From start to finish the process only took about two months and the Thilge’s were the new owners of a popular Fillmore County business.

The transition has been a smooth one since Jean Ingvalson helped with the initial transition and Trista O’Connor, who is the Ingvalson’s daughter and has been involved with the business since the beginning, will stay on until May of this year.

Jean says the Thilge’s “fit into the mall family well” and she wishes them luck, but knows they will do a good job. Harlan says that his business experience is helpful in this new venture and everyone familiar with the business has been “very helpful” with any questions.

There have been minimal changes according to Harlan and Jean as Trista did a very nice job with the business. He says “it was a very good business to step into” and the fact that the owners apartment is on the premises makes it very convenient. Living closer to their land by Mabel is an added bonus.

Harlan and Jean have been meeting customers and vendors and say everyone is very friendly. They currently have approximately 90 vendors within the 10,000 square feet of vendor space that the building offers which is actual vendor space as the living quarters are not included in that number.

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Fountain business owner on pins and needles

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Progress Edition

In October of 2014 the Fillmore County Journal published an article about Terri Allen of Fountain, Minn. who had started her business, Terri’s Tender Lovin’ Stitches, in March of that year. Within months, the business is now expanding with its ..... 
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New owners give fresh start to Historic Mabel Hotel

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Progress Edition

The oldest running hotel in the state of Minnesota, the Historic Mabel House Hotel, carries over one hundred and thirty years of stories. Walking across the hardwood floors and glancing up at the lofty tin ceilings and woodwork of the historic di ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports - 1.26.15

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Wei Kang Chang, 24, Dubuque, Iowa; 12/22/2014, Speeding – Exceed Limit of 30 mph - Urban District – 56/30. Fine $100, Total Fees $290. Stacy Lynn Plenge, 32, Chatfield, Minn.; 6/11/2014, Disorderly Conduct – Off ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - 1.26.15

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Police Reports

Question: Are people allowed to push their leftover snow out onto the highway for the snowplow to move it? Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 160.2715, “It shall be unlawful to obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon.” ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - 1.26.15

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Court

On January 15, 2015, Kristin Annette Roth, 27, of Rochester, Minn., appeared before Fillmore County District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat. Roth is charged with one count of Theft – Take/Drive Motor Vehicle – No Owner Consent, a felony with a max ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses proposed rate hike

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

While the Tuesday, January 20 Rushford Village Council meeting was brief, the Council managed to get in plenty of discussion over a City of Rushford sewer rate hike, which will lead to increases for some Village residents. Mayor Gordon Johnson, Co ..... 
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Preston refinances 2007B bond

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, in his capacity as Preston’s financial adviser, recommended refinancing the General Obligation Improvement Bond issued in 2007 (Valley Street & Corn Cob Acres area project) at the council’s January 20 m ..... 
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Dorian Honor Band students selected from Fillmore Central

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Education

The following ten Fillmore Central Band Students on being selected to participate in the 2015 Luther College Dorian Honor Band on Sunday, February 22 and Monday, February 23, in Decorah, Iowa: Participating in the Massed Bands: Cami Jones, flute ..... 
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