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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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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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There was spirit in Harmony on July 4

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

The colors of red, white, and blue poured into the town of Harmony, Minn. during this year’s long Independence Day weekend. With July 4 falling on a Friday, many people enjoyed a three day weekend to take in all of the festivities the town had to ..... 
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“Officer Joe”, Harmony native, named South Dakota School Resource Officer of the Year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

“It has been a pleasure to work with Officer Joe in Brookings,” says Mickelson Middle School Principal Melinda Jensen, one of the administrators responsible for a nomination for the School Resource Officer of the Year award. “Officer Joe adds ..... 
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Mock crash brings real emotion

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

A routine fire drill sent hundreds of Fillmore-Central students to the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn. on Friday, May 16, 2014 and what the students found there was anything but routine. As the student body and staff made their way to t ..... 
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Oak Meadow Meats of Harmony

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Growing up on a farm near Harmony, Minn. with two older brothers and one older sister, Michael Aggen was active in showing cattle and swine at livestock shows along with his siblings. The family was involved in state and county fairs, junior livesto ..... 
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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 ..... 
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Additional carved musicians to be unveiled in Harmony

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

The city of Harmony, Minn. is about to enjoy the company of musicians. Three additional wood carved musicians will be joining the Czechoslovakian Concertina Player which was dedicated in 2009 and was placed on the corner of Main and Center Street in ..... 
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Pharmacy makes changes to suit customers

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Running any business in a small town is a challenge. Many small towns in Fillmore County have lost businesses, sometimes vital ones, because there is simply not enough business to support them. Sterling Pharmacy in Harmony, Minn., owned by Astrup ..... 
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