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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 is serving as co-chair, along with Sue Sikkink.

When Mensink first joined, she didn’t have anyone in her family with cancer. Her participation became much more important to her two years ago when her husband Lynn died of periampulary cancer.

July 12, 2013, Harmony will be filled with people who care about finding a cure and preventing more deaths from cancer.

That Friday night, from 4 p.m. until 4 a.m. the next morning, teams of people will be walking around the track by the Community Center in Harmony. The pathway will be lit by luminaries carrying the names of people who have died of cancer, survived cancer, and the people who have cared for them.

Right now, the event is still in the planning stages, and Mensink said they are still looking for more teams. Anyone interested in joining a team or starting a new one can go to www.relayforlife.org/fillmoremn.

According to Mensink, a team can be made up of anywhere from one to 99 people. Fillmore Couny has averaged 30 teams with 20 members.

“Our goal this year is to exceed the number of teams and members of teams and exceed our goal of $125,000,” she said. “Every dollar counts. If your team raises $20 or $10,000, every dollar counts!”

In 2012, Fillmore County ranked fifth in the nation per capita in terms of money raised. A large amount of the money goes to cancer research.

The event itself, although a sobering reminder of how cancer has affected so many people, is a fun time for the entire family. Mensink said there will be a tea held at 4 p.m. for survivors and caregivers, and a supper at 5 p.m. There will be live music, games for kids, karaoke at midnight, Bingo from 2-4 a.m., awards in the morning for the best decorated campsite, and then breakfast. All night long there will be at least one person from each team walking around the track.

Mensink describes the all-night walk as symbolic of the cancer experience. The afternoon symbolizes a person finding out they have cancer. “Then when the sun comes up in the morning, you find hope,” she said.
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Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

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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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Donovan S. Friedhoff

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

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Jayden Ray Ferrie

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Sarah Jones and Dustin Ferrie of Harmony are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jayden Ray. Jayden was born on December 18, 2012. He weighed 7 lb. 11.2 oz. and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Lisa Jones, Gerry and Jody Shileny, and Kev ..... 
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Tax abatement hearing at the Harmony City Council meeting

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates was at the Harmony City Council meeting on January 8 for the tax abatement hearing. The city is planning to refinance a USDA bond they currently have in order to get a lower interest rate an ..... 
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Howard Applen

Tue, Jan 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Howard passed away peacefully on January 8, 2013 at the Harmony Healthcare Center. Howard Carl Applen, son of Carl and Clara (Sanden) Applen, was born January 13, 1918 in Bradley, SD. As a small child, he moved with his family to Harmony, MN area, wh ..... 
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Marilyn Reuter

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Marilyn Reuter Marilyn Reuter, age 81 of Harmony, Minn., died Friday, December 28, 2012, at the Gunderson-Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI. Marilyn was born on February 27, 1931 in La Crosse, WI the daughter of Otis and Pearl (Ranger) Holman ..... 
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