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CPS of Harmony has reasons to celebrate


Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Agriculture

CPS Manager Chad Phillips (left) and Keith Haugen stand in front of the new dry fertilizer building in Harmony, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Crop Production Services of Harmony, Minn., is close to having their new building which will store and mix dry fertilizer complete. This is reason enough for the company and its employees to celebrate, which is why they will be hosting an open house, but the business will also recognize local heroes in September, as well.

The new building on the site of CPS was in the initial planning phase in the winter of 2015, with construction getting underway in the spring of 2016. With only a few minor details remaining the building “should be done by September 15, 2016,” states CPS manager Chad Phillips.

A new building was needed to increase efficiency, as the existing building used for dry fertilizer had “run its course,” says Phillips, adding, “it was time” to upgrade to a larger, more modern building which will also result in improved customer service.

The new building is 220 x 180 feet and holds 10,000 tons of fertilizer. Some of the features of the new building include larger capacity, natural lighting, LED lighting, and in-floor heat. Phillips notes that the in-floor heat “helps keep the building clean,” as the floor will not be wet so clean up of dry fertilizer will be much easier.

In one end of the building is the enclosed dry fertilizer receiving bay. From there, the fertilizer is sent by conveyor to be dropped into large bins for storage and to keep different fertilizers separate. The other end of the building is where the fertilizer is loaded for customers, which is also enclosed.

Phillips explains how the metered control system works, saying, “This system coordinates - each bin is a different fertilizer - with the control system it meters out,” giving an example, stating, “for a particular field if we need 1,000 lb of this product, 800 lb of another, and 2,000 of another, it will meter itself out so by the time it goes in the truck it’s all weighed up and ready to go” so drivers can just pull under the conveyor.

Increased efficiency is the highlight of the new building as, “We went from taking a half hour to 45 minutes to unload an incoming semi to less than 10 minutes to unload,” states Phillips.

“Customers are excited, especially because it will increase our efficiencies,” comments Phillips saying, “it’s a big deal” to our employees and our customers.

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Lorraine Greenslade

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Lorraine Greenslade, 92, of rural Cresco, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Cresco ..... 
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Gordon Johannsen

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Gordon Johannsen Gordon Johannsen, 79 of Harmony, Minn., passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Greenfield Luthera ..... 
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Fillmore Central prepares for upcoming school year

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

The Fillmore Central School Board approved the hirings of Heidi Kingsley and Jesse Labonne as an elementary paraprofessionals, Stacie Wendel as a high school paraprofessional, Heidi Brown as a long-term substitute for Kayla Carroll’s maternity lea ..... 
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Estelle’s Eatery & Bar to be featured on PBS

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Estelle’s Eatery & Bar, Harmony, Minn., will be featured on the next Farm Fresh Road Trip - a collaboration between Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Cooks, and Twin Cities PBS. This Upper Midwest Emmy Award winning TV program was filmed at Es ..... 
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Upcoming Harmony Community Chest campaign will help local organizations

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Education

The 2016 Harmony Community Chest Drive will start its solicitation campaign in September this year. Due to the difficulty in recruiting and retaining door-to-door solicitors, our 2016 campaign will rely on only mail-in contributions. This entails s ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Health Center receives significant donation from Mayo Clinic

Fri, Aug 19th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, MN – Zumbro Valley Health Center has announced Mayo Clinic awarded the organization $89,000 to support its integrated care delivery model. This funding will be used to expand the delivery of mental and chemical health, medical and care ..... 
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Engagement ~ Johnson - Hovey

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Johnson - Hovey Brian and Shelle Johnson of Harmony, along with Wayne and Sue Hovey of Preston, are happy to announce the upcoming wedding of their children, McKinzee Spencer Johnson and Spencer Wayne Hovey. The wedding is Saturday, August 20, 20 ..... 
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Twite is an inspiration on wheels

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

There are times when circumstances can test our resolve. Josh Twite of Harmony, Minn., has passed that test with flying colors - while holding a hockey stick. Now 34 years of age, Twite was unknowingly born with Muscular Dystrophy. “I wasn’t ..... 
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