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Relay for Life wraps up in Harmony, moving to Chatfield


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Fillmore County’s Relay for Life, a staple event of the summer for the county, ended up crushing its fundraising goal of $128,000 at this year’s event in Harmony on July 11. Even though all of the money wasn’t fundraised in one evening, the efforts of the participating teams really came together to make a successful campaign in the ongoing fight against cancer and search for a cure.

This year’s event, themed “Up, Up and Away” with cancer, was supported by 29 teams – an impressive amount for a county the size of Fillmore. To make it an even more staggering figure, the 29 teams made for 483 participating members this year.

Months of detailed-oriented planning and striving to perfect the particulars helped the event really take off, not to mention the countless hours dedicated by this year’s planning committee spearheaded by the co-chairs, Lavonne Mensink and Sue Sikkink. Mensink and Sikkink guided the event during its tenure in Harmony for the past two years.

“It was truly a rewarding position to be in,” said Sikkink on the experience.

The goal for this year’s Relay for Life of Fillmore County was $128,000, an amount that was met in the hours of Relay night. Currently, more funds have been turned in. At the last update, more than $138,000 had been turned in for the 2014 Relay for Life of Fillmore County.

The number is still expected to fluctuate as donations and fundraising totals are still submitted. “Donations can still be turned in and the bank in Harmony to either Sue, or Vicki Christianson,” said Mensink. “The total changes everyday up until August 31.”

As Harmony has hosted the event for the past two years, just as Preston had before that, the Fillmore County Relay for Life will once again be shifted to a different location. In fact, for the next two years it will be hosted in Chatfield for the first time. New co-chairs for 2015 and 2016 include Deb Jorgenson and Wendy Kirchner.

The next Relay will take place July 10, 2015 in the City Park of Chatfield. An informational meeting is scheduled in September as planning gets underway by the new planning committee.
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Fillmore Central Schools – Mini grant program

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

A “mini grant” program has been continued for the 18th straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District. Grants of up to $500 each have ..... 
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Fillmore Central projects underway

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

There are multiple construction and capital improvement projects going on at Fillmore Central Schools this summer. Principal Heath Olstad and Dean Chris Mensink updated the school board on the progress at their brief mid-summer meeting on July 22. ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 35 units

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 15, 2014, succeeded in collecting 35 units of blood. This number was achieved by two donors giving two units, as there were only 34 donors who presented, and two first-time participants. Congratulations to the ..... 
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Marilyn Trouten

Mon, Jul 21st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Marilyn Trouten, age 78 of Harmony, Minn. died Friday, July 18, 2014 at her home in Harmony. Marilyn was born May 22, 1936 in Harmony to Merlin and Margaret (Roelofs) Scrabeck. She graduated from Harmony High School in 1954 and worked at Lutheran ..... 
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The Affordable Care Act...

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I’m puzzled by Rep. Greg David’s scorching condemnation of The Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” He keeps referring to some chimerical, long suffering 16,000. His opposition flies in the face of the success of the ACA, in ..... 
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Marcie Wolsted

Thu, Jul 17th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Marcie Wolsted, age 96 of Harmony, Minn. and formerly of Rochester, Minn. died Sunday, July 13, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Marcie was born January 1, 1918 in Kenosha, Wis. to Clarence and Clare (DeRocher) VanEssen. She graduated ..... 
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Martha Ellen Vogen

Tue, Jul 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Martha Ellen Vogen, age 93, died Saturday morning, July 12, 2014, at the Stewartville Care Center. Martha was born June 26, 1921, in Austin, Minn., the 8th daughter of Casper and Cora (Wead) Bremseth. She was married in 1940 and later divorced. ..... 
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101 and going strong

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

In May of 2013 we visited with Amos Anderson for his birthday as he turned 100 years old. We thought for this year’s Senior Living Section it would be nice to check back with Anderson and see how he is doing after turning 101 on February 16, 2014 ..... 
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