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Harmony “Empty Bowls” event fills hearts


Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Several members of the Empty Bowls Committee. Pictured from left to right: Marietta Dennstedt, Maureen Gervais, Ann Johannessen, Jeff Milne, Diana Sattler. Seated are: Kay Himlie and JoAnne Runkel. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 of the fact that there are people going hungry here in Fillmore County and around the world.

The “Empty Bowls” event consists of a meager meal of soup, bread, crackers, and water. A meal such as this would be welcomed by a person who has nothing else to eat, and not only fills the visitors’ stomachs but fills their hearts as well by knowing they are able to help the hungry in our area.

When a guest attends the “Empty Bowls” meal they pay twenty dollars and can then pick out a unique bowl of their choosing. That bowl is then used to eat their choice of soups available. The four types of soups served this year were Tomato Basil, Clam Chowder, Beefsteak Noodle, and Chicken Wild Rice. All proceeds from the “Empty Bowls” event are given to the Fillmore County Food Shelf.

The food shelf is needed year round, but especially this time of year with winter approaching. Also with the expense of the upcoming holidays, families tend to fall short on finances and need the resources that the Fillmore County Food Shelf offers. Last year’s “Empty Bowls” event in Harmony raised $2,620.91 which was an incredible amount for only being in existence for two years.

This year’s 3rd annual “Empty Bowls” event raised $3,000 with the funds being matched by GiveMN, for a total amount of $6,000 going to the Fillmore County food shelf. GiveMN is a collaborative venture to transform philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of it online. GiveMN.org is a website that features every Minnesota nonprofit organization and helps people find, connect, and engage with the causes they care about.

“Empty Bowls” was originally started by John Hartom, an art teacher from Michigan. It was started in Harmony by Judy Peters and Sue Haugland who attended an “Empty Bowls” event in Decorah, Iowa and wanted to help the hungry in this area by doing a similar event. They enlisted volunteers and the first “Empty Bowls” event was held in Harmony in 2010.

The 2012 “Empty Bowls” committee consists of Sue Ommen, Diana Sattler, Kay Himlie, Maureen Gervais, Miriam Harstad, Marietta Dennstedt, Ann Johannessen, Joann .....
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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
Posted in Harmony Features

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
Posted in Harmony Features

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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Harmony native to showcase her artwork

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
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When Danielle Flicek was growing up in Harmony, Minnesota, she was always into doing crafty things. When she was in high school at Fillmore Central, she really enjoyed her art classes and learning more about the different things she could do with he ..... 
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Tracing Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield, IL, footsteps - Part 5

By Gerri Nielsen

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

This story is the fifth and final in a five-part series about Gerri Nielsen’s trip to Springfield, Illinois. FRIDAY: Friday morning brought Mark Johnson, Historian at the IHPA back. He introduced us to 1800s newspapers. The Sangamo Journal be ..... 
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Tracing Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield, IL, footsteps- Part 4

By Gerri Nielsen

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
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This story is the fourth in a five-part series about Gerri Nielsen’s trip to Springfield, Illinois. THURSDAY: Dr. Cornelius amazed us again this morning with his presentation “Mary Lincoln--Well, Not Really.” He showed us a portrait painted ..... 
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