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A Name to Remember


Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Marvin Wicks in his Air Force days. Photo shared by Rich Wicks

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 Marvin was the fifth child in his family, his parents were busy and hadn’t spent a lot of time deciding what to name him. So when Claude headed into town, he hadn’t yet chosen a name. Upon returning home, his wife asked the baby’s name, and Claude replied, “I don’t remember”. So they had to wait several days until the local newspaper arrived, announcing the birth of “Marvin Wicks”. However, as this article will show, his is a name worth remembering.

Marvin grew up near Burr Oak, Iowa, helping on the family farm. He fondly recalls skating on a nearby pond and sledding on cold winter days. He also tells of a time when the horses got spooked, and he was taken on an unexpected wagon ride across the pasture and deposited into the creek. When the rest of his siblings had moved out, Marvin continued farming with Claude briefly, but he’d also started taking flying lessons from a neighbor, and he became a licensed pilot. After finishing school in 1946, Marvin spent one more year farming, then entered the Air Force.

Along the way, another neighbor caught Marvin’s eye, on the Quandahl farm. The Quandahl’s were good friends and neighbors, and he found himself drawn to Virginia (Ginny). The two were married in 1952, and their worldwide trek began. When asked to describe how he and Ginny first met, Marvin stated, “I just always knew her.” And he apparently knew a good thing when he saw it, as their union lasted until Ginny’s death in 2011.

During his 23-year career in the Air Force, Marvin was stationed in many places throughout the US and abroad. He started as an airplane mechanic, but he says that just after World War II, there was a mass exodus from the armed forces, with most servicemen wanting nothing to do with any further military service. In Marvin’s words, there was “a mad rush to rebuild the military” in the late 40’s, and that was Marvin’s golden opportunity. With a shortage of pilots, the Air Force jumped at the chance to train Marvin, and he was soon flying jets.

When asked the main differences in flying airplanes versus jets, Marvin said the fact that jets have no torque, and the fact that jets use fuel so quickly, stat .....
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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
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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
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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
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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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