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A Name to Remember


Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Marvin Wicks in his Air Force days. Photo shared by Rich Wicks

In Harmony and the surrounding communities, many people know the name of Marvin Wicks. But that wasn’t always the case. In 1928, after Marvin was born, his father Claude drove the wagon to go register the birth at the courthouse. But because Marvin was the fifth child in his family, his parents were busy and hadn’t spent a lot of time deciding what to name him. So when Claude headed into town, he hadn’t yet chosen a name. Upon returning home, his wife asked the baby’s name, and Claude replied, “I don’t remember”. So they had to wait several days until the local newspaper arrived, announcing the birth of “Marvin Wicks”. However, as this article will show, his is a name worth remembering.

Marvin grew up near Burr Oak, Iowa, helping on the family farm. He fondly recalls skating on a nearby pond and sledding on cold winter days. He also tells of a time when the horses got spooked, and he was taken on an unexpected wagon ride across the pasture and deposited into the creek. When the rest of his siblings had moved out, Marvin continued farming with Claude briefly, but he’d also started taking flying lessons from a neighbor, and he became a licensed pilot. After finishing school in 1946, Marvin spent one more year farming, then entered the Air Force.

Along the way, another neighbor caught Marvin’s eye, on the Quandahl farm. The Quandahl’s were good friends and neighbors, and he found himself drawn to Virginia (Ginny). The two were married in 1952, and their worldwide trek began. When asked to describe how he and Ginny first met, Marvin stated, “I just always knew her.” And he apparently knew a good thing when he saw it, as their union lasted until Ginny’s death in 2011.

During his 23-year career in the Air Force, Marvin was stationed in many places throughout the US and abroad. He started as an airplane mechanic, but he says that just after World War II, there was a mass exodus from the armed forces, with most servicemen wanting nothing to do with any further military service. In Marvin’s words, there was “a mad rush to rebuild the military” in the late 40’s, and that was Marvin’s golden opportunity. With a shortage of pilots, the Air Force jumped at the chance to train Marvin, and he was soon flying jets.

When asked the main differences in flying airplanes versus jets, Marvin said the fact that jets have no torque, and the fact that jets use fuel so quickly, stat .....
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Harmony business “A Cut Above the Rest”

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

A stylin’ new shop has opened in Harmony, Minn. and is ready to blow customers away with their service. The Shop A Cut Above the Rest was opened in July of 2014 by Amy Lynde. After graduating from The Rochester School of Cosmetology in Rocheste ..... 
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FCHS to host financial aid/college information night

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a Financial Aid/College Information Night on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. A representative from St. Mary’s University in Winona will be here with a financial aid pr ..... 
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Fillmore Central students prepare for college

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

With the first quarter of the school year already gone, some Fillmore Central High School students are making plans for their futures. At the school board meeting on October 28, Principal Heath Olstad stated juniors would be attending a college f ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Band

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

Congratulations to the following Fillmore Central High School band students on being selected to the 2014 Three Rivers Conference Honor Band: Kaitlyn Aug, bass clarinet, Katie Tammel, horn, Courtney Schroeder, horn, Sara Schultz, clarinet, Anna Chri ..... 
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Community garden coming to Harmony

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony city council meeting on October 14, Becky Hoff, along with Brenda Pohlman from Fillmore County Public Health and Aaron Bishop from Niagara Cave, approached the city council about starting a community garden. According to Hoff, they ..... 
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Two programs, one day at Harmony Library

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

“A Monster Meeting for Kids”, with Draga Stefanovic reading her book, “A Monster Meeting about Healthy Eating”, will take place at 11 a.m. on October 25 at the Harmony Library. Later the same day, join Rochester native, Erin Hart, in discus ..... 
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Area residents meet new business owners in Harmony

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

Things change. People change. Businesses change hands. That is just what has happened in the town of Harmony, Minn., as the former Torgerson’s Paint & Floor Covering, Inc. has recently been renamed: Torgerson - Ostby Floor Coverings & Stone, Inc. ..... 
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Veterinarians purchase second clinic

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

The veterinarians at Harmony Veterinary Clinic have expanded their business and services with the purchase of the Cresco Veterinary Clinic in Cresco, Iowa. Drs. Lynn Aggen, Sarah Otto, and John Rein purchased the Cresco clinic on September 16, 2 ..... 
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