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Harmony “Empty Bowls” event fills hearts


Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Several members of the Empty Bowls Committee. Pictured from left to right: Marietta Dennstedt, Maureen Gervais, Ann Johannessen, Jeff Milne, Diana Sattler. Seated are: Kay Himlie and JoAnne Runkel. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The third annual “Empty Bowls” event took place on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn., from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event raises money to feed the hungry and to help the community become more aware of the fact that there are people going hungry here in Fillmore County and around the world.

The “Empty Bowls” event consists of a meager meal of soup, bread, crackers, and water. A meal such as this would be welcomed by a person who has nothing else to eat, and not only fills the visitors’ stomachs but fills their hearts as well by knowing they are able to help the hungry in our area.

When a guest attends the “Empty Bowls” meal they pay twenty dollars and can then pick out a unique bowl of their choosing. That bowl is then used to eat their choice of soups available. The four types of soups served this year were Tomato Basil, Clam Chowder, Beefsteak Noodle, and Chicken Wild Rice. All proceeds from the “Empty Bowls” event are given to the Fillmore County Food Shelf.

The food shelf is needed year round, but especially this time of year with winter approaching. Also with the expense of the upcoming holidays, families tend to fall short on finances and need the resources that the Fillmore County Food Shelf offers. Last year’s “Empty Bowls” event in Harmony raised $2,620.91 which was an incredible amount for only being in existence for two years.

This year’s 3rd annual “Empty Bowls” event raised $3,000 with the funds being matched by GiveMN, for a total amount of $6,000 going to the Fillmore County food shelf. GiveMN is a collaborative venture to transform philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of it online. GiveMN.org is a website that features every Minnesota nonprofit organization and helps people find, connect, and engage with the causes they care about.

“Empty Bowls” was originally started by John Hartom, an art teacher from Michigan. It was started in Harmony by Judy Peters and Sue Haugland who attended an “Empty Bowls” event in Decorah, Iowa and wanted to help the hungry in this area by doing a similar event. They enlisted volunteers and the first “Empty Bowls” event was held in Harmony in 2010.

The 2012 “Empty Bowls” committee consists of Sue Ommen, Diana Sattler, Kay Himlie, Maureen Gervais, Miriam Harstad, Marietta Dennstedt, Ann Johannessen, Joann .....
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Letter about Stan Gudmundson’s commentary

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

Letter about Stan Gudmundson’s commentary To the Editor, Poor Colonel Stan! (Stan Gudmundson, Colonel, USAF retired) Although he penned his missive before Tuesday’s elections, he did intimate all us groundlings would be making a big mistake if ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Cora Rose Harwood

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Cora Rose Harwood Taylor and Sara Harwood of Chanhassen, MN are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Cora Rose. Cora was born September 30, 2012. She weighed 10 lbs. 5 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. She joins her brother Bejamin Graham at ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses street report

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton Engineer Brett Grabau was Bonestroo was at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 13 to talk about the street engineer report that was recently done. Grabau explained that the report looked at Harmony’s immediate and long ..... 
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A change to Harmony Main Street

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

By Barb Jeffers The First Southeast Bank of Harmony, Minn. has started work on a major project which includes an addition and renovation. According to bank President Chris Skaalen, the addition and eventual renovation has been contemplated for six ..... 
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“Historical Harmony” during Holiday Fest

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On November 17, as part of the Holiday Fest, the Harmony Area Historical Society will present its current display of pictures and other items that capture the history of Harmony. The display will be in the HAHS Interpretive Room at the Harmony Visit ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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A touch of Japan in Harmony

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Peace, tranquility, and relaxation. These are just three of the many words used to describe Asahi Loft by guests. Asahi Loft of Harmony, Minn. was opened in June of 2011 by Innkeepers Cindy and Doug Ofstedal. Once a guest arrives at Asahi Loft they ..... 
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Diane Marie Torgerson

Wed, Nov 7th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Diane Marie (Kiehne) Torgerson, 63, of Harmony, MN, died unexpectedly on November 5, 2012. She suffered an apparent heart-attack Monday morning at her beloved church in Greenleafton, MN. Having Pastor Roger by her side at the time of her death, in th ..... 
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