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How is my community unique?


By Cody Hendrickson

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Journal Student Writing Project

My community is unique in many ways. Harmony is a place of many things to do. It has an elegant public golf course, a top ten cave in the United States, and don’t forget its ever so popular Amish community that thousands of visitors come visit every year. Harmony may only be a town of just over 1,000 residents, but it has its own character in many more ways than one.

First of all, the name “Harmony” came about at a town hall meeting when everyone was arguing and somebody stepped in and said, “Let us be in Harmony,” and that’s how it came about. I personally think that it is unique in its own way. Also, Niagara Cave was discovered when a farmer lost three pigs and went searching for them. He found them at the bottom of a hole, which was then found to be the great Niagara Cave as we know it today. Those two events are unique in themselves.

Harmony is also very popular because of its large Amish community. The Amish community has brought in many tourists to southeastern Minnesota throughout the years. The town of Harmony offers Amish tours that roam the countryside to see their unique lifestyle. The Amish bring in their goods into town on Saturday’s for a market where they sell their very delicious goods. The Amish also provide excellent service within the community. They provide carpentry work, hoof trimming, and almost everything in between. Last but not least, the Amish keep all of their shopping local, because they have to. When you come to Harmony to get groceries or stop into Kingsley’s Mercantile you are almost guaranteed to see at least one Amish buggy trekking through town. If you do stop at the grocery store, you will see a special spot just for them to park their horse and buggy. I don’t know about you but I find that very special about our community.

Another special part of Harmony is its famous movie theater, the Jem Theatre. It is only one of the few small family owned and operated theaters in the state of Minnesota. The prices are low, at $5 a ticket, and the service is simply amazing. This Harmony feature is one of its finest.

Lastly, Hobo Park is a unique structure on the west side of town. It consists of six hobo sculptures that have been carved by Slim’s Woodshed. It itself is very unique.

I find that the community that surrounds me is very special. It has given me opportunities with school and businesses along with the people I meet. My community .....
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Harmony to purchase new ambulance

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

It was approved for the Harmony Ambulance service to go ahead with plans to purchase a new ambluance. Larry Nolan spoke to the council at their meeting on February 12. According to Nolan, the current ambulance is a 2010 with 45,000 miles. Since t ..... 
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Book signing in Harmony

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is sponsoring a Book Signing event on Saturday, February 23 at the Community Center, Meeting Room #1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an “Author Speak” time set for 1:30. Harmony native, Amy Hahn will be in town with two o ..... 
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Margaret Vickery

By Kevin Blanchard

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Margaret Lousie (Davis) Vickery, age 92, passed away February 8, 2013, at Harmony Healthcare. Margaret was born January 16, 1921, in Asheville, North Carolina, the daughter of Clarence and Essie (Taylor) Davis. She lived many years in Michigan and ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Rudy Alan Bergey

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Shawn and Tara Bergey of Harmony are proud to announce the birth of their son, Rudy Alan. Rudy was born January 25, 2013, weighing 7 lb. 8 oz. He joins sister Mylee at home. Grandparents are David and Karen Bergey of Harmony, and Dan and Margo S ..... 
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Relay for Life returns to Harmony after 17 years

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

It has been seventeen years since Relay for Life started up in Fillmore County, and seventeen years since the annual event was held in Harmony. LaVonne Mensink has been a part of the organization since the beginning, but this is the first year she i ..... 
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Letter about Gudmundson commentary

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Oh dear! I just waded through Col. Stan Gudmundson’s commentary, “Over the cliff.” I’m afraid the recent election of Barack Obama has pushed the good colonel over the cliff. Stan my man, you have to get over it! It’s eating ..... 
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R&J Amish Furniture celebrates 20 years in Harmony

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Brothers Reuben and Jake Hershberger started their wood furniture business in Harmony 20 years ago, and since then things have grown and changed. For the first three and a half years of their business, the two men built custom furniture for peopl ..... 
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Harmony native writes about love in anthology

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Amy Hahn of Rochester started writing stories when she was a child growing up in Harmony. Throughout school she always had several notebooks with her and was always reading or writing something. She knew that was what she wanted to do with her life. ..... 
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