"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

A touch of Japan in Harmony


Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Cindy and Doug Ofstedal, owners of Asahi Loft in Harmony, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 are greeted by a place unlike any other in the area.

Cindy and Doug were both school teachers in Harmony from 1976 to 1986 with Cindy teaching Home Economics and Doug teaching sixth grade as well as being an assistant football coach. The couple then moved their family to Tokyo, Japan to teach in a far different culture.

The Ofstedal’s taught in Tokyo for 25 years, and through their travels in Japan collected a wide array of Japanese items. While in Japan the Ofstedals never forgot Harmony and the surrounding area. Cindy even wrote a column from Japan for the Harmony newspaper at the time, The Harmony News, called “Jottings from Japan.”

After returning to Harmony and building a home which was completed in 1999, Cindy stated that the area in the nearby building was just “empty space.” The couple thought about using the space as a rental property or a Bed and Breakfast but decided upon something different than what was already in the area.

With the atmosphere evoking a sense of the Japanese lifestyle from the shoji doors and screens to the hand carved ranma (transoms) the space of the Asahi Loft can surely give a guest a sense of Japanese living. While enjoying the ambiance of the Asahi Loft a guest will also have the conveniences of an air bath hot tub and a kitchen including coffee and a variety of teas to enjoy with the beautiful Japanese dishes on hand. Cindy makes the stay for the guests even more special by delivering fresh eggs and homemade bread as well as other details that visitors rave about.

A recent guest, Barb Gecas, who owns Heston’s Lodge on the Gunflint Trail (www.hestons.com), came to the Asahi Loft to work on a large project for her business. Barb stated, “The quiet and solitude I have found here has been inspiring. “I’ve been able to work hard, relax easily, and to enjoy some unique offerings in Harmony,” she said. Barb added that she will “definitely be back.” Cindy Ofstedal notes that people from near and far spend time at Asahi Loft including parents of Luther College students, couples on a Honeymoon or an Anniversary celebration, to a single person just looking to get away.

The .....
[Read the Rest]



45

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Diane Hernandez brings her photography to Harmony

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Harmony native to showcase her artwork

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Tracing Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield, IL, footsteps- Part 4

By Gerri Nielsen

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

State Line Rural Methodist Church finds a new home

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Each year, buildings that once defined our communities are either demolished or left to fall into utter disrepair. The sagging economy doesn’t often have a place for these old buildings and those left to care for them often have no choice. Luckily ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Tracing Abe Lincoln’s Springfield, IL, footsteps, Part 3

By Gerri Nielsen

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

WEDNESDAY: Today included a field trip to the New Salem open-air history museum and state park with our own personal guide, Charles Starling, a retired Illinois Historical Preservation Agency Site interpreter. Charlie gave us all the facts we could ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5