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Relay for Life returns to Harmony after 17 years


Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

It has been seventeen years since Relay for Life started up in Fillmore County, and seventeen years since the annual event was held in Harmony. LaVonne Mensink has been a part of the organization since the beginning, but this is the first year she is serving as co-chair, along with Sue Sikkink.

When Mensink first joined, she didn’t have anyone in her family with cancer. Her participation became much more important to her two years ago when her husband Lynn died of periampulary cancer.

July 12, 2013, Harmony will be filled with people who care about finding a cure and preventing more deaths from cancer.

That Friday night, from 4 p.m. until 4 a.m. the next morning, teams of people will be walking around the track by the Community Center in Harmony. The pathway will be lit by luminaries carrying the names of people who have died of cancer, survived cancer, and the people who have cared for them.

Right now, the event is still in the planning stages, and Mensink said they are still looking for more teams. Anyone interested in joining a team or starting a new one can go to www.relayforlife.org/fillmoremn.

According to Mensink, a team can be made up of anywhere from one to 99 people. Fillmore Couny has averaged 30 teams with 20 members.

“Our goal this year is to exceed the number of teams and members of teams and exceed our goal of $125,000,” she said. “Every dollar counts. If your team raises $20 or $10,000, every dollar counts!”

In 2012, Fillmore County ranked fifth in the nation per capita in terms of money raised. A large amount of the money goes to cancer research.

The event itself, although a sobering reminder of how cancer has affected so many people, is a fun time for the entire family. Mensink said there will be a tea held at 4 p.m. for survivors and caregivers, and a supper at 5 p.m. There will be live music, games for kids, karaoke at midnight, Bingo from 2-4 a.m., awards in the morning for the best decorated campsite, and then breakfast. All night long there will be at least one person from each team walking around the track.

Mensink describes the all-night walk as symbolic of the cancer experience. The afternoon symbolizes a person finding out they have cancer. “Then when the sun comes up in the morning, you find hope,” she said.
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R&J Amish Furniture celebrates 20 years in Harmony

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Brothers Reuben and Jake Hershberger started their wood furniture business in Harmony 20 years ago, and since then things have grown and changed. For the first three and a half years of their business, the two men built custom furniture for peopl ..... 
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Harmony native writes about love in anthology

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Amy Hahn of Rochester started writing stories when she was a child growing up in Harmony. Throughout school she always had several notebooks with her and was always reading or writing something. She knew that was what she wanted to do with her life. ..... 
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Harmony “Empty Bowls” event fills hearts

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

The third annual “Empty Bowls” event took place on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn., from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event raises money to feed the hungry and to help the community become more aware ..... 
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A change to Harmony Main Street

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

By Barb Jeffers The First Southeast Bank of Harmony, Minn. has started work on a major project which includes an addition and renovation. According to bank President Chris Skaalen, the addition and eventual renovation has been contemplated for six ..... 
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A touch of Japan in Harmony

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Peace, tranquility, and relaxation. These are just three of the many words used to describe Asahi Loft by guests. Asahi Loft of Harmony, Minn. was opened in June of 2011 by Innkeepers Cindy and Doug Ofstedal. Once a guest arrives at Asahi Loft they ..... 
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Habitat Wall Raising celebration in Harmony on November 17

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
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Harmony, Minn. – Habitat for Humanity Winona – Fillmore Counties will be having a wall raising celebration at its Harmony house on Saturday, November 17. Habitat broke ground on the house last spring, and they are now celebrating the new family ..... 
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Harmony approves Girl Scout project

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
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By Jade Sexton Aubrey Johnson was at the Harmony City Council meeting on October 9 to get permission from the city for a project being done by her Girl Scout troop on Oct. 13. Girl Scouts all around the area are getting together that day to cle ..... 
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Diane Hernandez brings her photography to Harmony

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
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There are moments in life that only happen once, and capturing those moments to remember them forever is important to many people. Diane Hernandez loves helping people record those moments and milestones with her photography. She has opened her own ..... 
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