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Twite is an inspiration on wheels


Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

There are times when circumstances can test our resolve. Josh Twite of Harmony, Minn., has passed that test with flying colors - while holding a hockey stick.

Now 34 years of age, Twite was unknowingly born with Muscular Dystrophy. “I wasn’t coming along in stages where a baby and a toddler should - I didn’t walk until 22 months” states Twite.

“My folks could see there was something wrong,” so his parents, Dale and Linda, pushed for answers. At four-years-old, Twite was diagnosed with Central Core Disease - one of the rarer forms of Muscular Dystrophy.

The family was living in California at the time and moved to Minnesota when Twite was nine.

“Minnesota has been my home,” says Twite, as he grew up here, went to school here, and built his life here.

While growing up, Twite attended an MDA camp near Maple Lake in Minnesota where he started playing hockey “just for fun,” he says. He liked it so much that in 2001 he began playing with the local league there.

In 2004, he began playing with his current team, the Saints, in the Minnesota Power Hockey League. “Most of the people on my team have Muscular Dystrophy - just different types,” states Twite.

Twite comments, “Over the years I can see how it has progressed,” and how it has affected different players, which is difficult as he has gained many close friends through hockey.

Each team consists of five people, including three forwards, a goalie, and a defensive person. Twite’s position is normally forward but occasionally he plays center. The Saints are “kind of an all-star team made up of players from different teams,” notes Twite.

The players use modified floor ball sticks and waffle balls. Twite notes that “having a fast chair is key” along with being as mobile as you can be. Twite does not have a secondary chair so he uses his primary chair for hockey. At a full-speed rate of seven-and-a-half miles an hour, his chair is not the fastest, as some teammates chairs go eight-and-a-half or nine miles an hour.

Twite, who is right-handed, started playing left-handed because he chose to control his chair first. Now after so many years playing left-handed he states “I don’t think you could get me to play with my right hand now” as he is become so accustomed to using his left hand to hold his stick.

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Fillmore Central graduate bikes 40 states in 40 days

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

Harmony native Michael Himlie first met David Jones from Wickenburg, Ariz., while the two were working in Palestine for two weeks in December, 2014 with CPT, or Christian Peacemaker Teams. After they went their separate ways, the two remained frien ..... 
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Living in Harmony True happiness comes from living life in harmony with all that is

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

By Karen Lind Brazas Channel Islands, California Main Street in Harmony looks like any main street in a sleepy little town. Other than a thriving Amish community and the Niagara Cave, there doesn’t appear to be much for the average person to se ..... 
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Local martial arts master finds fulfillment in refereeing

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
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By Hannah Wingert “I was just looking for something else to do after wrestling ended,” remembers Dan Rogers. He had just finished his wrestling career in college and wanted to replace it with something else while he completed his undergrad in ..... 
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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Harmony to hold final service

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

By Hannah Wingert St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, also known as the Big Springs Church, has been a landmark on County Road 22 outside of Harmony for over a century now. The congregation was first organized in January 1870 and in 1873, the church memb ..... 
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ACT on Alzheimer’s Harmony program offered on Tuesday, February 16

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

The ACT on Alzheimer’s-Harmony Committee will host a Program on being DEMENTIA FRIENDS on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Greenfield Lutheran Church. The Dementia Friends initiative by ACT on Alzheimer’s shar ..... 
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Drugs stolen from Sterling drug Harmony location during burglary

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two burglaries that happened in the city of Harmony. On the morning of December 30, 2015 at approximately 5:13 a.m., the Sterling Drug Store and Boutique on Main were burglarized. The suspect t ..... 
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Harmony Bloodmobile collects 44 units

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 1, 2015, succeeded in collecting 44 units of blood. There were 43 donors that presented and four first-time participants. Congratulations to these three donors who reached the following milestones: • ..... 
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Results of the Harmony Community Chest 2015 Charity Drive

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

The 2015 Harmony Community Chest Drive has been completed. A total of $7,189 was collected from solicitation mailings and door-to-door solicitations. Proceeds from the Drive are given to local and regional organizations and charities. The disburseme ..... 
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