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Harmony City Council approves new playground equipment


Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

Brand new playground equipment will be installed at Selvig Park in Harmony by next spring. At the regular city council meeting on September 11, 2012, the council approved the purchase of the equipment, moving along a project that has been in the works for about six years.

The playground equipment at Selvig Park has been outdated and no longer meets safety codes. The Park Board has been saving and raising money and looking into different companies that sell equipment. They are going with Midwest Playscapes, for a cost of $53,000. That does not include installation or the ground fill and framing that will need to be done.

Council member Dan Tieffenbacher said the Park Board would like the city to lend them the $23,500 they are short for the purchase price, and they will pay the city back. The council approved.

The Park Board is hoping to get people or groups to donate time and labor to install the equipment. The area will be cleared out this fall and the new equipment can be installed in the spring.

City Administrator Jerome Illg said the price of equipment comes with a supervisor from the company coming down to help with putting equipment together. They have not decided on filler yet, but pea rock is the most economical choice.

Budget and Levy

After much discussion, the preliminary budget and levy was set for 2013. The preliminary levy was set at $570,000, which is a 10.5 percent increase from 2012. Mayor Donney made it clear that even if they keep the levy at this amount, it will not increase property taxes unless the value of a house has gone up. There is a TIF district that is expiring, which will broaden the tax base a little, and a bond from 2002 that is paid off as well.

Illg had originally set the levy at $586,900, which was a 14.65 percent increase. Mayor Donney first suggested they drop it to $560,000 to prevent from spending any more than that. They eventually compromised with $570,000. Council member Jim Bakken opposed the vote, as he didn’t feel they needed to make any cuts at this time. The final levy will not be set until December. Donney didn’t feel the need to set it that high.

Parking Lots

Harmony Foods is looking to do some improvements to their parking lots, which include making changes to the Amish horse parking area. The council approved their plans.

Illg informed the council that First .....
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Teresa Ann Bremseth

Mon, Sep 10th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Teresa Ann Bremseth age 77, of Harmony, MN, died Thursday, September 6, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 pm at Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony with Fr. Sean Haremza offic ..... 
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Engagement - France ~ Bestor

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Taylor Bestor and Kathryn France are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Taylor is the son of Ty and Dacia Bestor of Harmony. He is a 5th year pipefitting apprentice for Union 6 and is currently working for Himec Mechanical ..... 
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Birth Announcements - Samuel Cormac Boice

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Brian and Renee Boice of Wheatland, Cal. are proud to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Cormac. Samuel was born on August 28, 2012. He weighed 8 lb. 5 oz. and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Kathy and the late Bob Boice of Harmony, and ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves staffing changes

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Harmony Education

The new school year is off to a great start for Fillmore Central students, who started school early this year due to a project being done at the high school next summer. Principal Heath Olstad said everything is running smoothly. At their regular ..... 
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James Russell Johnson

Mon, Aug 27th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

James Russell Johnson, 78, of Harmony, MN passed away quietly Saturday morning on August 25, 2012 at the Green Lea Manor Care Center in Mabel, MN. Funeral services will be held on Thursday August 30 at 2:00 PM at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony ..... 
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Tracing Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield, IL, footsteps - Part 5

By Gerri Nielsen

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

This story is the fifth and final in a five-part series about Gerri Nielsen’s trip to Springfield, Illinois. FRIDAY: Friday morning brought Mark Johnson, Historian at the IHPA back. He introduced us to 1800s newspapers. The Sangamo Journal be ..... 
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Mary Kurdelmeier

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Mary Kurdelmeier, 95, of Harmony, Minn. passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at the Harmony Health Care Center in Harmony, Minn. Mary Viola Kurdelmeier was born Feb. 26, 1917, in Harmony, Minn. to Lucy McCabe Roche and Edmund Roche. She gradu ..... 
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Letter about nuclear disarmament

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, As of July 2012 Mayors For Peace (MFP) had 5,296 member cities in 153 countries, including over half the world’s capital cities and 190 US members. At the annual meeting in June the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) unanimously adop ..... 
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