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Ada Austin


Tue, Nov 6th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Ada Austin of Harmony, was born in Cresco, IA on December 7, 1938 and passed 4 November, 2012. Survived by the love of her life, her husband James, sons Scott Austin, (Donna), Mike Austin, (Denise), daughters, Tori Kenney (Brian) and Konya Bloomquist, (Joseph); her beloved grandchildren, Michelle Austin-Willard, (Jason), Connie Austin (fiancé Nick Clark), Jarod Austin, Janai Austin (fiancé Justin Buchanan), Brianna Kenney, Jordan Bloomquist, Finnegan Kenney and Aidan Bloomquist. Danette Kimball, Dustin (Lisa) Kimball, “DJ” Smith; and five great grandchildren, Genevieve, Abbie, Khloe, Jacob and Avery.

Ada was the eldest daughter of Connie and Ruth (Hahn) Turnmire. Ada also leaves behind a successful business and a honey-do list that could make the entire Armed Forces weep.

Ada was predeceased by her parents, sister Alvera; step-brothers Royal, Ronald and Curt Heim; Mother-in-law Allene (Terbeest) and Father-in-law Axel Bendickson; nephews BillyJoe Erickson and Charlie Foster; grandson Mathew Kenney, also parted before her were myriad family pets, some favorite pasture lovelies (goats) and an Arabian horse named Tarquin. What these critters lacked in intellect they made up with genuine adoration and devotion.

Near the end of her life, Ada had brain surgery for a glioblastoma tumor, a very aggressive cancer. When Ada twisted her doctor’s arm for a guess of approximately how much time she’d get if she took treatments he replied, “a few months.” She touched his hand and blustered “What the hell!” and looked to the family to support her decision not to take any treatments. As if she thought we would do anything else.

In August, Ada and Jim celebrated 50 years together as husband and wife; a true team. Ada would say that this was their greatest accomplishment.

Bedside vigil was fueled by lively conversation, and very little television. An occasional Viking football game, much to her chagrin, and her faithful k-9 companion “Chester T.Yorkshire”.

To say the least, Ada was a challenging and exciting woman. Throughout her life she tried to make “no woman has held that job before” an antiquated phrase. She enjoyed breaking gender barriers in her jobs and didn’t mind doing traditional work as well; (not in any particular order) Deputy Sherriff and Dispatch, a novice accordion player, waitress, bartender, ambulance (EMT) crew, semi-truck driver, pub & grill owne .....
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Habitat Wall Raising celebration in Harmony on November 17

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Harmony, Minn. – Habitat for Humanity Winona – Fillmore Counties will be having a wall raising celebration at its Harmony house on Saturday, November 17. Habitat broke ground on the house last spring, and they are now celebrating the new family ..... 
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Harmony Arts Board to sponsor Joni Finnegan art show

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is hosting an Art Show featuring the paintings of award-winning local artist JONI FINNEGAN on Saturday, November 3 1-4 pm at the Quarter/QUARTER Restaurant in Harmony. The Art Show promises to be a delightful event. Chef Steph ..... 
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E. Douglas Richards

Thu, Oct 25th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

E. Douglas Richards, 83, of Harmony, MN died peacefully on Monday October 22, 2012 at the Heritage Grove in Harmony, MN. He was receiving care from Mayo Hospice. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. the Harmony Metho ..... 
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Taitem Michael Millard

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Gabrielle and Trinity Millard of Brookings, South Dakota are proud to announce the birth of their son, Taitem Michael. Taitem was born July 6, 2012. He weighed 7 lb. 10 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long. Grandparents are Michael Mueller of Harmon ..... 
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Letter about Voter ID

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Each election we hope that everyone eligible to vote does so. Current Minnesota law encourages this by allowing voting by mail or absentee ballot. In recent elections more than 250,000 voters – nursing home residents, the disabled, ..... 
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Letter about the Voter ID Amendment

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, After the Civil War Democrats in southern states enacted poll taxes to restrict the voting rights of those (the newly freed slaves) who would be most likely to vote against them. Now in Minnesota it appears the same tactic (restricti ..... 
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Paola R. Kipp

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Paola R. Kipp Paola R. Kipp, age 48, of rural Harmony, Minnesota died Sunday, October 7, 2012, at her home. Memorial services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel. Visitation will be Saturday 9 – 10:3 ..... 
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Harmony approves Girl Scout project

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

By Jade Sexton Aubrey Johnson was at the Harmony City Council meeting on October 9 to get permission from the city for a project being done by her Girl Scout troop on Oct. 13. Girl Scouts all around the area are getting together that day to cle ..... 
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