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Deephaven author hoping to inspire young people by sharing the stories of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things


Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

By Rachel M. Anderson

What is the one thing most successful people have in common? Doctors, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs and others who are doing well for themselves are all in the business of helping others.

Kevin Wilt, who made a name for himself at General Mills for being a problem solver, lives his life in retirement as he did throughout his career—as a role model, mentor and advisor. Percy Greenberg, who built one of the top architectural manufacturing companies in the country from the ground up, gets enjoyment from helping other people with their companies via investing and mentoring. And Donna Erickson is an independent consultant who has built a successful business by setting out to learn what problems small businesses have and then providing services for the solutions.

Wilt, Greenberg and Erickson are just three of the successful individuals whose stories Harmony native Rob Severson has featured in his latest book, Achievers: Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Things. “I decided to write this book as a way to inspire young people and hopefully change attitudes,” said Severson, who has become frustrated by the attitude of Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995), who make up the majority of today’s workforce.

“People from this generation tend to be more focused on what’s good for them than what’s good for the company or good for the customer. I don’t think that’s the right attitude to have,” said Severson. He rose through the ranks at a finance subsidiary for Norwest Bank in Minnesota, which was eventually bought out by Wells Fargo, by developing innovations that helped improve the company’s bottom line, while at the same time focusing on the needs of the bank’s customers.

Now retired and living in the Twin Cities, Severson is an author, speaker and financing coach who regularly speaks on the importance of keeping what’s important in life a top priority. For him that is helping others.

Like Severson, Lowell Vogen, who has worked in the information technology industry for decades, likes to help people. He has a lot of contacts and has earned a reputation for being the go-to-guy when someone loses a job, gets laid off or is unhappy or unchallenged in a job and seeking a new opportunity. “I have developed into a good networker because I like to help people,” he said. “It’s second nature for me to do what I can to help ot .....
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Live jazz concert in Harmony

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Quality Live Jazz performance in southeastern Minnesota can be hard to find. Make time to travel to Harmony, Minn., Friday night May 2 to experience the Daniel Leahy Jazz Sextet in Concert at Wheelers Bar and Grill, just off Hwy. 52 starting at 7 p.m ..... 
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Touring live theatre group to perform in Harmony

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On Thursday, May 8, The Animal Engine Theatre Company will present two public performances in Harmony, Minn. The play “ Petunia and Chicken” will first be performed at 1 p.m. at Fillmore Central High School’s Stage Gym & later at 7:30 p.m. at ..... 
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Harmony arts board sponsors special event

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

HARMONY, Minn. — The Harmony Arts Board proudly presents a wonderful collaboration between well-known chef, Stephen Larson, and Lanesboro’s Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast owner and author, Nancy Huisenga, during a rare afternoon event that i ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Fountain, Harmony & Preston on September 21

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 21, the towns of Fountain, Harmony and Preston are ..... 
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Live Jam with J.J. Mensink Concert Friday Night

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is pleased to announce that Friday evening July 19 local artist, J.J. Mensink and others will take the stage at the Old Legion Hall in Harmony, Minn. Scheduled at 7:30 to 9:30, “Live Jam with J.J. Mensink” is a concert t ..... 
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Miss Harmony

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

2013 marks the 14th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant. Pageant coordinators, Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the six contestants. This year’s contestants are Sydni ..... 
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Miss Harmony

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

2013 marks the 14th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant. Pageant coordinators, Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the six contestants. This year’s contestants are Sydni ..... 
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A happy hour poetry and prose reading

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On Friday, May 31 from 3:30-5pm at Quarter/Quarter in Harmony, Minn., poets Kris Bigalk and Kathryn Kysar, and prose writers, Beth Mayer and Amy Weldon will share some of their recent work. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available f ..... 
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