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Joint meeting explores ways to improve Harmony


Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

By Jade Sexton

How do we make Harmony a better place to live? How do we bring new people into the community and the schools? The Harmony City Council, Fillmore Central School Board, and Harmony EDA (Economic Development Authority) met in a joint meeting on February 18 to find answers to these questions, as well as discuss common goals.

Fillmore Central Superintendent Richard Keith shared some of what the school has been working on this past year, including facility and technology updates in both Harmony and Preston.

Last year, the main gym floor at the high school was replaced. There has been a complete replacement of the HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system, sprinklers, new doors, and a new electronic sign in front of the school. Last summer new infrastructure was installed for computer access in the entire district. The stage gym has had a lot of work done to it recently, including painted walls and ceiling, enlarging the opening for the sound booth, and getting the curtains cleaned.

According to Keith, this summer they will be remodeling the restrooms at the high school and replacing windows. They will also be replacing the HVAC at the elementary school and renovating some of the classrooms to accommodate growing numbers.

Mayor Steve Donney spoke of some of the things the city has been working on. He mentioned the new well that is currently being drilled, and the recent 1st Avenue project. He mentioned the Harmony Community Foundation, which has done several projects for the school and community, and given grants for the arts department.

Chris Skaalen, EDA President, said he had heard Harmony was one of the first cities in rural Minnesota to fully utilize their TIF districts. The TIF districts have allowed the EDA to do a lot of projects they wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise, such as Heritage Grove.

The Industrial Park has expanded a lot in the last few years. The EDA has established a revolving loan fund for local businesses, as well as commercial rehab loans. There is a new housing incentive program in which residents can qualify for up to $12,000 to construct a new home.

Skaalen said they did a demographic study on Harmony and found it has the lowest per capita income and the oldest population.

“It’s obvious we need to attract more young families to town,” said Skaalen. He added they .....
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A Name to Remember

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

In Harmony and the surrounding communities, many people know the name of Marvin Wicks. But that wasn’t always the case. In 1928, after Marvin was born, his father Claude drove the wagon to go register the birth at the courthouse. But because Ma ..... 
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Harmony business “A Cut Above the Rest”

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

A stylin’ new shop has opened in Harmony, Minn. and is ready to blow customers away with their service. The Shop A Cut Above the Rest was opened in July of 2014 by Amy Lynde. After graduating from The Rochester School of Cosmetology in Rocheste ..... 
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Veterinarians purchase second clinic

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

The veterinarians at Harmony Veterinary Clinic have expanded their business and services with the purchase of the Cresco Veterinary Clinic in Cresco, Iowa. Drs. Lynn Aggen, Sarah Otto, and John Rein purchased the Cresco clinic on September 16, 2 ..... 
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Write the Story of Your Life workshop at Harmony Public Library

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Have you ever wondered what your grandparents did when they were younger? Do you want to write your own story so your grandchildren won’t wonder the same thing? Jan Whalen, along with her sister Ruth and brother John, will be speaking about th ..... 
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Lantern tours available at Niagara Cave

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minn. has begun offering lantern tours of the cave each Saturday evening through Labor Day to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the cave opening to the public for tours. Mark Bishop, owner of Niagara Cave, stated, “The ..... 
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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 ef ..... 
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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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