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“Joining Julie” during her presentation in Harmony


Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

It is no mystery why a group of more than forty people attended a book-signing event and presentation by author Julie Kramer at the Harmony Public Library in Harmony, Minn. on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Kramer started her presentation by stating she was excited to be in Harmony… “the scene of the crime,” which drew a large chuckle from the crowd. Julie Kramer’s latest book, titled Shunning Sarah, has ties to the area which makes it especially interesting for local readers.

In Shunning Sarah a homicide is being investigated by TV reporter Riley Spartz and it is discovered that the murdered woman was a member of the local Amish community. The police have a hard time investigating the woman’s death as the Amish community prefer to handle their problems within their community and prefer to keep things private.

Julie grew up on the Minnesota-Iowa state line where she had some experience with the Amish and their way of life. She did research for her book by visiting many Amish farms in the area and talked with the Amish while purchasing their wares including baskets, potholders, cashew crunch, and also an Amish doll which she uses as a prop while speaking to audiences. Julie stayed at the Amish Bed and Breakfast to get a sense of living the way the Amish live.

Julie mentions the Fillmore County area in Shunning Sarah specifically naming the Village Square and Quarter/quarter of Harmony. In the acknowledgements of the book she also mentions Richard Scrabeck of the Amish Tours of Harmony and the Amish Bed and Breakfast near Canton, Minn. Julie states that she enjoys the research she does for her writing saying “when you are writing books you always want to have a new adventure” which can give the writer a new perspective to draw from when writing. She says she “gets inspiration from all sorts of places” and stated she is “highly influenced by happenings around me” which can be used in her writing as well. Julie had a “new adventure” while staying at the Asahi Loft of Harmony during her visit and thanked owner Cindy Ofstedal for the hospitality.

Julie Kramer said she moved “from journalist to author” having once worked as a freelance news producer to NBC and CBS and also ran the WCCO-TV I-Team in Minneapolis, Minn. where she received many national investigative awards. Since stepping into the role of author Julie has continued to receive accolades for her work inc .....
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Guest Commentary: Hook, line and sinker

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Commentary

By Jerry Grehl, Harmony Guest editorialist Jeff Erding’s passionate opposition of all things that might restrict in any way gun ownership is based on a false premise: a premise that has been sold to him hook, line, and sinker by the billion dolla ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 40 units

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on April 2, 2013, succeeded in collecting 40 units of blood. This number was achieved by several donors giving two units, as there were only 35 donors who presented, and one first-time participant. Congratulations to ..... 
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City of Harmony donates to nursing home project

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

By Jade Sexton Tim Samuelson, Administrator at Harmony Healthcare, approached the City Council at their regular meeting on April 8. He explained that he has had a dream for many years to be able to purchase a new power generator, as the current one ..... 
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Harry Arthur Manning

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Harry Arthur Manning Harry Arthur Manning passed away on March 28, 2013; this thoughtful and loving man is sorely missed by his family and friends. Age 72, Harry died at the Zablocki V.A. Medical Center in Milwaukee due to complications related t ..... 
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Margaret “Peg” Hansen

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Margaret “Peg” Hansen Margaret Hansen, age 88 of Harmony, Minnesota died Sunday, March 31, 2013 at the Lighthouse of Columbia Heights Assisted Living in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. Margaret was born April 20, 1924 at Preston, Minnesota to C ..... 
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Electric outage to affect residents of Harmony

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

A new transformer will be installed on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 1 AM. Therefore, almost the entire community (except the north industrial park area) will be without electricity starting on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 1 AM. The outage could last up ..... 
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BRISTOL TOWNSHIP ROCK QUOTES

Mon, Apr 1st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Legals

Bristol Township will receive quotes for crushed rock that meet the state specifications to be delivered and spread on township roads by order of the supervisors. Certificate of insurance must accompany all bids. Quotes must be in the hands of the c ..... 
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Marguerite J. Lange

Wed, Mar 27th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Marguerite J. Lange, age 90, of Harmony, MN died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Harmony Health Care in Harmony. Marguerite was born September 16, 1922 at Ridgeway, Iowa to John and Ethel (Makepeace) Hovey. She graduated from Ridgeway High School wi ..... 
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