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Senator Jeremy Miller visits Harmony during legislative break


Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

Senator Jeremy Miller, left, visited with Harmony residents at On the Crunchy Side, owned by Miles Petree, right. Photo by Jade Sexton.

Minnesota State Senator Jeremy Miller took the chance to visit several places in southeast Minnesota during the legislation’s spring break. It was an opportunity for him to meet with residents and business owners, answer questions, and share discussions.

Monday, April 9 he visited On the Crunchy Side in Harmony for an informal discussion with interested residents.

Miller represents District 31 as a Republican, but is quick to point out that he is an independent thinker, and he feels that is very important.

“I’m here to listen and represent people, not a political party,” shared Miller. He added that he looks at each topic individually, and that he reads and responds to all of his emails.

Miller is up for re-election in November. He explained that the State Senate is usually a four-year term, but every ten years when the census is done, the district lines are redone, and the term is for two years.

Cindy Ofstedal, who owns the Asahi Loft and Asahi Antiques in Harmony, asked him what has most disillusioned him in his position.

“The biggest frustration I have is the political divide,” answered Miller. “It’s the worst it’s ever been in Minnesota, and it’s even worse in Washington.”

Miller went over some of the positive things that he has been a part of in helping Minnesota while he has been in the senate. Legislature passed for the Veteran’s Cemetery that will be located outside of Preston. “We have done everything we can at the state level,” said Miller. The topic will be going to the federal government for grant money, and Miller said they hope to have it completed next year.

Another new thing passed this last year was making “bath salts” or “plant food” illegal. Miller said these synthetic drugs have become a big problem in many areas, as they are marketed as something innocent. “Bath salts are just as bad, if not worse, than cocaine or meth,” said Miller.

Miller also mentioned the Greater Minnesota Internship Program, which gives incentives to give opportunities for internships. “A lot of internships lead to full-time jobs,” explained Miller. “The intent is to create more jobs in greater Minnesota.”

Miles Petrie, owner of On the Crunchy Side, noted that Miller voted against the State voter ID bill. This would have required all voters to present a photo ID card in o .....
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Habitat for Humanity will break ground on its 1st home in Harmony April 12

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony All

HARMONY, Minn. – Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore County is pleased to announce the start of its 47th home. The 1,400-square-foot, four-bedroom home in Harmony will be purchased by Bryna Kohn and her three children, Dyllon, Devan, and Dolten. ..... 
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Harmony Blood Drive collects 61 units

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony All

The blood drive held in Harmony on April 3, 2012, succeeded in collecting 61 units of blood. There were 62 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these eight donors who reached the following milestones: •Jason ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on April 3

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Harmony All

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typica ..... 
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Harmony Arts Board’s Art Show by Megan Jackson

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Harmony All

The Harmony Arts Board is hosting a Showing of the Artwork of Megan Jackson on Saturday, March 31. The event will be from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the Quarter/quarter Restaurant, 25 East Center Street in Harmony. The artist is the wife of Pastor Kyle ..... 
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Walter Wiltgen

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Walter Wiltgen, 88, of Harmony, Minn. passed away on March 14, 2012, at the Harmony Healthcare Center. He was born on November 6, 1923, in rural Ossian, IA. He was the son of William and Mary (Uhlenhake) Wiltgen. He attended Lee Country Sch ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses EDA funds

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in Harmony All

The Harmony City Council had a short meeting on March 13, 2012. During the meeting they discussed a bill that was recently submitted to them by a resident. This resident had two of her appliances burn out after her electric meter was replaced by the ..... 
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Marvin Nelson

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Marvin Eugene Nelson, age 80, of Harmony, Minnesota, passed away February 24, 2012, at Green Lea Manor, Mabel, Minnesota, where he resided since May of 2011. Marvin was born July 4, 1931, in Barnum, Minnesota, to Carl and Orpha (Webber) Nel ..... 
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Fundraiser for Jem Theatre a huge success

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Saturday, February 11, hundreds of people gathered at Wheelers in Harmony to help raise money to keep Fillmore County’s only theatre in business. The support from the community was huge, and the event raised $15,773.50. Lynn Mensink, one of the ..... 
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