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Oak Meadow Meats of Harmony


Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Michael and Vanessa Aggen, owners and operators of Oak Meadow Meats, have been in business since 2010 in Harmony. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 livestock shows, and also competed in some national competitions. Michael’s wife, Vanessa, was also involved with livestock shows and FFA during her childhood.

After graduating from high school, Michael attended the University of Minnesota where he began working in the meat lab as a student employee and after school he continued working there full time. Michael then worked for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector where Michael says he saw a lot of different plants and ways to do everything. That knowledge would help him and his wife in their future endeavor.

While wanting to return home to help with the family cattle operation, Oak Meadow Farms, Michael said he knew there would be a demand for a butcher in this area. And so began the plans for Oak Meadow Meats, which opened in November 2010 with meat processing. In April of 2011 the Aggen’s added a retail counter with a wide array of meats, cheese, and fish.

According to Vanessa and Michael the support from the community and the entire area since they opened has been tremendous. Michael stated, “Everyone has “been very nice to us since opening the business.” Vanessa says it’s fun to get to know people who are regular customers and they begin to feel more like family than patrons.

Michael stills helps with farming when he can, working alongside his brother Matthew and his father, Lynn, who is a veterinarian at the Harmony Vet Clinic in addition to farming. The Aggen family is continuing a tradition which includes taking pride in your family, your livestock and also your business.

Michael’s father states that having his children in 4-H and showing livestock taught them “discipline and hard work”, adding that showing livestock successfully takes hard work and dedication over a long period of time.

Dr. Aggen stated that the family cattle operation “evolved from participation in 4-H”, explaining that like many activities it turned into a family activity because at times when the kids couldn’t be there for one reason or another then someone else in the family pitches in to get the work done. This family participation “turned into our seed stock op .....
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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Live jazz concert in Harmony

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Quality Live Jazz performance in southeastern Minnesota can be hard to find. Make time to travel to Harmony, Minn., Friday night May 2 to experience the Daniel Leahy Jazz Sextet in Concert at Wheelers Bar and Grill, just off Hwy. 52 starting at 7 p.m ..... 
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Touring live theatre group to perform in Harmony

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On Thursday, May 8, The Animal Engine Theatre Company will present two public performances in Harmony, Minn. The play “ Petunia and Chicken” will first be performed at 1 p.m. at Fillmore Central High School’s Stage Gym & later at 7:30 p.m. at ..... 
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Up to $12,000 cash rebate to build a home in Harmony

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

HARMONY, Minn. - In order to spur new construction and community growth, the Harmony Economic Development Authority (EDA) was authorized by the city council to provide a cash rebate incenting new homes in Harmony. The EDA will provide those building ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile exceeds goal by nine

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on April 1, 2014, succeeded in collecting 47 units of blood, exceeding its goal by nine. There were 48 presenting donors and one first-time participant. Congratulations to these donors who reached the following milest ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: This year

By Anna Christoph

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Journal Student Writing Project

School has gotten really busy this year at Fillmore Central. On top of the computers that were distributed in September, some new teachers were hired, and at least two of our teachers won’t be here for the last few weeks of the school year. We ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board changes snow day policy

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

Due to the harsh winter and many snow days that came with it, the Fillmore Central School Board discussed the current policy in regards to make-up days. The current policy states the first snow day is forgiven, and after that the district must ma ..... 
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Harmony dealing with freezing pipes

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony City Council meeting on March 11, Kyle Morem, Jamie Breezer, and Bill Hanlon approached the council about getting credit for running water to prevent pipes from freezing. The long stretch of below-zero temperatures has wreaked havo ..... 
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