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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 idea behind the lantern tours is to bring people back in time.” The cave was discovered as a farmer lost three pigs that had fallen into a sinkhole. While searching for the pigs the cave was discovered, explored, and eventually was opened for tours.

The lantern tours are offered every Saturday night through Labor Day weekend with tours taking place at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Minimum age for the lantern tour is 7 years of age.

The cost for lantern tours is $16 per person, with each person getting their own lantern to carry. Reservations are not required but are recommended for lantern tours. Mini golf also stays open late on Saturday nights until 8 p.m. for visitor’s to enjoy the nice summer evenings.

There has been a great turnout for the lantern tours, stated Bishop, so much so that they are considering continuing the tours next year. The employees of Niagara Cave also enjoy the lantern tours as it is something new for them. It is a different experience going into the cave with a lantern versus having lights on throughout the tour as Bishop explains it is difficult to see ahead of you and behind you with only a lantern.

Mark and his wife Jenny purchased the cave in April 1995 from Ron Vikre of Harmony. Since buying Niagara Cave the Bishops have made many enhancements and updates. A new lighting system was installed throughout the cave, new staircases and decks were installed, and the building was totally remodeled inside and out.

A gemstone mining sluice was added, a concession stand was built, and an 18 hole mini golf course was designed and built which has been very popular among visitors looking to extend their time at Niagara Cave with family and friends.

The parking lots have been paved and a picnic shelter built near a playground in a quiet shaded area making it a perfect spot for a picnic before or after touring the cave. Recently Denny Rogne of Cresco, Iowa was enjoying the picnic area with his granddaughter Amari, 14 months, who was visiting from Dallas, Texas.

The gift shop at Niagara Cave has so much to offer it is difficult to list only a few things as examples. Souvenirs of all t .....
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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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“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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