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Santa Day in Harmony brought smiles and wishes


Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

On Saturday, December 7, 2013 the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn. was filled with kids who were there to see the man dressed in red. As they stood in line and watched other children climb on Santa’s lap, they were going over their lists in their heads not wanting to forget anything on their wish list for the upcoming holiday. Children were able to take home a picture of themselves with Santa which was a prized possession upon leaving the Community Center as was the book the children each received after their photos were taken.

The day began earlier for many as the volunteers prepared for the free cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings that began at 7:30 a.m. and were offered by Fillmore County Public Health.

The Harmony Lions Club was also busy in the wee morning hours preparing to serve a pancake breakfast which included pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee. Many hungry people sat down to a hearty warm breakfast by the Lions. There were many volunteers of all ages helping at the breakfast including Kayden Shaw, age 7, who is part of the Little Miss Harmony Royalty, and was working hard with a smile on her face.

The Harmony Lions Club also collected eye glasses, cell phones, and hearing aids at the event which will be forwarded to people in need. The Salvation Army Red Kettle was also at the Community Center with volunteers ringing bells.

A Cookie and Candy Sale was held by the Greenfield Lutheran Youth giving attendees a chance to pick out their favorite goodies to take home with them. The assortment of cookies and candy made the decision a difficult one. Volunteers working at this fundraising sale included Nathan Birch, 15, and Matson Kiehne, 15, who worked as cashiers for the Cookie and Candy Sale.

Children were able to decorate cookies which was sponsored by Gunderson Lutheran Clinic. Some cookies were decorated so heavily they could hardly be picked up in one piece while others had little or no decoration, but each one tasted fantastic. Sisters Autumn and Amber O’Laughlin concentrated very hard on frosting their cookies to perfection. Autumn and Amber are the daughters of Marge and Jacob O’Laughlin of Rushford, Minn.

Kids were able to do their Christmas shopping for their Mom’s and Dad’s with gifts to choose from that were all under $3. The shopping was sponsored by the Fillmore Central ECFE and volunteers were on hand to wrap .....
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Local artist spreads joy with Playtime Jubilee

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Local artist Karl Unnasch has completed a sculpture that is spreading joy to the City of Silver Spring, Md., the Washington D.C. area, the Fillmore County area, and perhaps the world. The sculpture, which is titled Playtime Jubilee, began as only ..... 
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Traditions of Preston under new ownership

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Roger Carlsen, of Mantorville, Minn., has taken ownership of Traditions of Preston located in Preston, Minn. Roger states that he has been looking to purchase an assisted care facility for quite some time and found Traditions of Preston to be just ..... 
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Christmas comes to Peterson

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Features

Peterson is all about tradition, but the creative town also thrives on new opportunities and a chance to blend the two during the holidays was just the thing they were looking for. Looking to draw visitors out of their winter shells, the city is gea ..... 
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Local communities rally around girl

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Alysta King is, by essence, a joy to be around. The Rushford 10-year old and 4th-grader at Houston Elementary is known for her big smile and bubbly attitude, so it’s no wonder that she’s often surrounded by family and friends. “She has been an ..... 
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DMC impact expected to spill into Root River Trail towns

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Features

A crowd gathered at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. Monday evening to learn more about Destination Medical Center (DMC) and how it could have a positive effect on local economies. The nine towns that hosted the event belong to the Root Ri ..... 
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Slant Avenue Mercantile offers many unique items

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There is a place in Fillmore County that can put a different slant in your attitude. A place where you can get lost in all of the diverse and unique offerings available to patrons of the store. The name of that business is Slant Avenue Mercantile ..... 
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Lanesboro business makes scents

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There are many wonderful small businesses in Fillmore County which add their own special touches to the area. One such business, located in Lanesboro, Minn., is ESSENCE of Lanesboro. The products that owner Peter Bilkey creates cannot be found any ..... 
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Veterans turn out for groundbreaking ceremony

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Features

On a gray, chilly, early November morning a couple hundred people including veterans from across the region, friends and family members, and government officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. ..... 
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