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Pharmacy makes changes to suit customers

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Running any business in a small town is a challenge. Many small towns in Fillmore County have lost businesses, sometimes vital ones, because there is simply not enough business to support them.

Sterling Pharmacy in Harmony, Minn., owned by Astrup Drug out of Austin, Minn., was struggling recently, and owners were looking at options that would help them stay open. Sam Ewing, Vice President of Operations, and Tim Gallagher, the chief operating officer, were facing some hard decisions.

“There are a lot of small communities losing their pharmacies these days,” said Gallagher. He added there are a lot of people on Medicare, and with government cutting reimbursements, pharmacies are making less money.

“It’s a challenge,” he said. “It’s difficult to support a town of less than 2,000 people.”

They were looking at cutting expenses, and the most obvious option was to cut back on payroll by being open fewer hours. They decided to close the pharmacy on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Many people were concerned that the reduction in hours would lead to an eventual closing.

“We all felt it was very important to keep a drug store in town,” said Jean Ingvalson, President of the Harmony Chamber of Commerce. “Any time a business closes or has the potential to close, it hurts small towns.”

The Harmony EDA (Economic Development Authority) also became involved, as well as the City of Harmony. A meeting was held in Austin with Ewing and Gallagher to discuss other options.

Chris Giesen of the Harmony EDA explained the survey they came up with. This survey was sent to residents of Harmony with questions regarding Sterling Pharmacy. People were asked their reasons for not shopping there or using the pharmacy, and asked about things like parking, customer service, prices, and hours. They received 175 responses.

“From a statistical standpoint, that’s a pretty good representation of what people want,” said Giesen.

An overwhelming majority of people had concerns with the hours, and most people said they would like the pharmacy to be open later in the evening and on Saturdays.

“Many people work out of town, and it’s hard to get back by 5,” said Giesen.

Ewing and Gallagher were open to any and all suggestions, and were happy to accommodate the community.

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Merle Dewayne Bergey

Wed, Oct 9th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Merle was born in Harmony, MN on October 9, 1927 the oldest son of Glen and Gladys (Evenson) Bergey. His first years were spent near Lanesboro, MN where he attended Dirken and O’Hara Schools. In the seventh grade he attended Canton Schools and gr ..... 
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Birth Announcement: Victoria Ann Baker

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Big sister Natalie Osmonson welcomes her baby sister, Victoria Ann Baker. Parents are Matt Baker and Amber Osmonson of Harmony, Minn. She was born on June 27, 2013. Victoria weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Brad an ..... 
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 36 units

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on September 24, 2013, succeeded in collecting 36 units of blood. This number was achieved by several donors giving two units, as there were only 35 donors who presented, and several deferrals. Congratulations to thes ..... 
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Harmony Area Community Foundation challenges Rushford Area Community Foundation to an online fundraising event - Give to the Max

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2013 covering the entire 24 hours WHY: To create more awareness of our foundations and their goals to support projects which improve the quality of life in our communities. WHERE: GIVE TO THE MAX DAY website. Give to ..... 
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Fillmore Central to purchase sprinkler system

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

By Jade Sexton The Fillmore Central football team raised $8,500 this fall by selling coupon books during their annual fundraiser. This money will be spent on a new sprinkler system for the fields. At the regular board meeting on September 24, At ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Nolan Parker Patzke

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

David and Carrie Patzke and big brother Logan of Ham Lake, Minn., welcomed their son and brother Nolan Parker on July 24, 2013. Nolan was 7 lbs., 2.4 oz. and 19 inches long. Grandparents are Rodney and Lynda Koliha of Harmony, Minn. and Donald ..... 
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Harmony arts board sponsors special event

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

HARMONY, Minn. — The Harmony Arts Board proudly presents a wonderful collaboration between well-known chef, Stephen Larson, and Lanesboro’s Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast owner and author, Nancy Huisenga, during a rare afternoon event that i ..... 
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Character Assasination of David Williams...

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, With balanced coverage of news and opinion and the promotion of mutual respect, community unity and harmony, a newspaper has a positive influence on a community. With weighty issues like the sand mining ordinance, with which the ..... 
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