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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

Officer Joe Fishbaugher, known simply as “Officer Joe” in the halls of the Brookings Public Schools, was this year’s School Resource Officer of the Year. He received the award on May 6 at a special ceremony. Photo submitted

“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 to the calm, orderly sense of decorum at our schools. He maintains a professional distance when necessary--but is engaging and personable so the students feel his honest care for them.”

“Officer Joe”, the individual to which Jensen refers to, is Harmony native Joe Fishbaugher who graduated from Harmony in 1994. Joe is the son of Tom and Barb Fishbaugher.

Officer Joe is the most recent recipient of a very prestigious award, School Resource Officer of the Year. A lot has went into making Joe this year’s award recipient.

Like most college students, it took Joe a few attempts to narrow down his interests. He originally set out for South Dakota State University - Brookings after being recruited for football. At that time he was seeking a degree in Veterinary Medicine, but then made a change to Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice and then transitioned to Business Economics before finally settling on Criminal Justice.

Those academic changes have now led to a rewarding and successful career for Officer Joe. Since graduating from SDSU, he has been a supervisor at the Juvenile Detention Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. He has also been a youth counselor in a rehabilitation facility in Sioux Falls, helping chemically addicted youth. From there, he progressed to holding the position of Juvenile Agent for South Dakota, a job that provided him to have jurisdiction over the entire state of South Dakota, dealing with juveniles that had committed serious crimes in the state.

In his years in law enforcement, Officer Joe has worn many hats. He went from being Chief of Police of a small town south of Sioux Falls, a position that led him to where he is today... working for the Brookings Police Department. He has been in Brookings for the last 13 years and is a school resource officer, D.A.R.E. instructor and is part of the Criminal Investigative Division that specializes in juvenile crimes, abuse, sexual assaults, drug addiction and family offenses.

To prove he is dedicated to his community and its safety, outside of work Joe gets very involved as a member of several boards such as the Child Protection Team, Brookings County Youth Men .....
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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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Correction

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

In the August 19 edition of the Fillmore County Journal in the article titled “Harmony discusses musician carving project,” it was stated that a motion was made to place one of the statues at the town hall. However, it should have been specified ..... 
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Special Oympics Eagles Team enjoy ‘Elvis’ at fundraiser

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

A night filled with food, music, dancing and fun is just what the Eagles Special Olympics team of Fillmore County experienced. On Friday, July 26 the Eagles held their annual fundraiser at the Harmony, Minn. Community Center, and a large crowd of pe ..... 
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Niagara Cave adds a maximum feature

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minn. has added something new and fun to its list of available activities. Owners Mark and Jennifer Bishop, along with their sons, Aaron and Ryan, are proud to announce the opening of a miniature golf course at Niagara Cave ..... 
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