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Mock crash brings real emotion


Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Melody Roller weeps over her daughter Bethany Zrucky during the Fillmore-Central S.A.D.D. mock crash on Friday, May 16, 2014. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 the community center at approximately 10:44 a.m. they came upon the scene of a mock crash involving fellow students Kaitlynn Aug, Lee Dyreson, Danielle Zinsmaster, and Bethany Zrucky who are all leaders of Fillmore-Central’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) organization.

Horrific screams from Danielle Zinsmaster could be heard before the students reached the parking lot where the mock crash was taking place. Zinsmaster pleaded, “Get me out of here I can’t feel my legs!” as she was trapped in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

Lee Dyreson, the driver, was out of the vehicle wandering around dazed and confused while Bethany Zrucky lay unresponsive hanging out of the broken side window and Kaitlynn Aug, who was thrown from the vehicle, lay unresponsive several feet from the van.

While waiting for the responders to arrive Brenda Pohlman with Fillmore County Public Health announced the scenario to the crowd that had gathered. Four teens from Fillmore-Central School were at a spring party. They had been smoking marijuana and were headed to another site to smoke additional marijuana. The male teen (Lee Dyreson) drove his mom’s van and was elected to drive as he seemed okay.

During the drive, they decided to take a Snapchat to share with friends. This is when the van ran off the road, struck a telephone pole, and rolled several times landing upright. In the scenario the crash occurred at 10:44 p.m. The driver was wearing a seat belt and had minor injuries. Another teen (Danielle Zinsmaster) is seriously injured. One teen (Kaitlynn Aug) was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. She died on impact. A second teen (Bethany Zrucky) is partially ejected from the vehicle and is also deceased.

Sirens could be heard coming to the scene at 10:48 a.m. with many area responders arriving to aid in the mock crash. These responders included members of the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Minnesota State Patrol some of whom included Deputy Betts, Deputy Miner, and Trooper Christianson. Also responding were the Harmony Ambulance, the Harmony Fire Department, and Gary and Gladys Peterson .....
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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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Harmony celebrated Fourth of July with a Bang

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

By Barb Jeffers Residents of Harmony, Minn., area visitors, and folks coming “back home” were thoroughly entertained from Wednesday, July 3 until Sunday, July 7, 2013 with Harmony’s Fourth of July Celebration. The town of Harmony hosts a spec ..... 
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