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Habitat for Humanity holds housewarming in Harmony


Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Megan Grebe, with homebuyer Teri Root and family in the background, speaks to the crowd at the housewarming. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

The population of Harmony, Minn. has grown by six. On Monday, June 17, 2013 a housewarming was held for Harmony’s newest residents. Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore County invited volunteers, Habitat for Humanity representatives, and members of the community to gather with the homebuyer, Teri Root, and her children for a housewarming in their new home at 165 Niagara Court in Harmony.

The Root Family Housewarming began at 5:30pm with a Welcome by Megan Grebe who is the Community Outreach Development Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties. Megan thanked the many volunteers who worked on the home “through mud, rain, snow, and sunshine,” she said. A huge recognition and thank you was also given to Todd Himlie who “started it all” by coming to Megan with the idea of building a home in Harmony, Megan stated. Megan added, “Todd Himlie was the reason we are here,” which drew vigorous applause from all in attendance.

An opening prayer was given by Pastor Dennis Timmerman of Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Spring Valley, Minn. followed by the introduction of special guests including board members and committee members.

Homeowner Teri Root spoke with raw emotion saying thank you to everyone involved in helping her and her family realize their dream of purchasing a home of their own. Teri stated to be able to give her kids the opportunity to come back here (to Harmony) is an amazing thing and said tearfully, “Thank you very, very much from the bottom of all our hearts - we really appreciate it,” as her children stood with her in front of the crowd.

A House Blessing was then given by Reverend Betsy Dartt of Greenfield Lutheran Church of Harmony. Gifts were then presented to the Root family including a quilt made for them by a group of women, homemade bread, a cookbook, and other thoughtful items for the new homeowner.

A Symbolic Mortgage was presented, as well as a Tithe presentation. Megan Grebe explains the Tithe in the following way: “Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian Organization. As the church gives a portion of what has been given to you plays through in the Habitat organization as well. Habitat is a worldwide organization and many places where we build in the world the resources are not available locally. So for every two houses that we build in Winona and Fillmore Counties, we tithe enough money to Hab .....
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Harmony City Council approves sale of Heritage Grove

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton The Harmony City Council and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) held a special joint meeting on June 11 to discuss the purchase offer for the Heritage Grove assisted living center. Remax Realtor Roxanne Johnson was present, ..... 
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Phyllis Ann (Brokken) Hogue

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Phyllis Ann (Brokken) Hogue, 90, of Rochester, Minn. and formerly of Harmony, Minn., passed away the morning of June 10, 2013 at Madonna Towers in Rochester. She was born July 29, 1922 in Harmony to T. Sabin and Gladys (Garrett) Brokken. She grad ..... 
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David James Barnes

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

David James Barnes, 52, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2013. He was born on July 13, 1960 in Harmony, Minn. He was a longtime resident of Pleasant Prairie, Wis. David is survived by his wife Michelle, daughter Jennifer (Nathan) Wurm and son J ..... 
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Harmony Area Community Foundation

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

On May 31, 2012, a group of interested individuals first met to discuss the creation of a community fund through Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF). By August of 2012, our SMIF agreement was finalized and the Harmony Area Community Foundatio ..... 
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Miss Harmony

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

2013 marks the 14th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant. Pageant coordinators, Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the six contestants. This year’s contestants are Sydni ..... 
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Engagement - Welke ~ Hebrink

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Welke ~ Hebrink Brandon Welke and Courtney Hebrink of La Crosse, Wis. are proud to announce their upcoming wedding. Parents of the groom are Tim and Tina Welke, of La Crosse, and parents of the bride are Mark and Cindy, of Harmony, Minn. Bran ..... 
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Fillmore Central to bring back Cross Country

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

The last time Fillmore Central had students involved in Cross Country was 2008-2009. At that time, there was only one student participating. Recently, nine students expressed interest in starting the program again, which would be shared with Lane ..... 
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Mary E. “Bette” Barrett

Tue, Jun 4th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Mary E. “Bette” Barrett, age 85, of Harmony, MN died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, June 5, at 11:00 am at the Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony with Fr. James Vo ..... 
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