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Book Signing event Saturday in Harmony


Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony All

The Harmony Arts Board is hosting a book signing event this Saturday, April 21 from 4 - 6 pm at On the Crunchy Side restaurant in Harmony. The event is in honor of the recently released book, Brothers in the Water- The Rushford Volunteer Firemen and the Flood of 2007 written by Bonnie Flaig Prinsen with the Rushford Firemen.

An “Author Speak” presentation will be held at 4:30 pm. Bonnie Flaig Prinsen will speak about the process of writing this book. When asked to comment about this upcoming event, Bonnie responded, “Since the publication of Brothers in The Water I have had so many rewarding conversations with people, and I realize the importance of writing down and publishing this kind of local history. I continue to be amazed when I think of what the Rushford volunteer firemen were doing in the early morning hours of the flood back in 2007. I truly believe that they, and all volunteer fire fighters, represent the best of what we humans are capable of.

“In addition, they are just a great group of guys and we’ve shared some laughs. I will always be thankful that they allowed me to be part of telling their story.”

The book, which details the historic Rushford flood, is based on interviews Prinsen conducted with the volunteer fire fighters who were instrumental in evacuating the town of 1,700 residents on August 17, 2007.

More than seventeen inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period the third weekend in August, 2007—but Rushford residents were not especially worried when they went to bed that Saturday night. Though the area had been prone to flooding in the past, a dike system from the late 1960’s was rated to withstand even the dreaded “100 Year Flood.” But at around 3:00 a.m. Sunday, water from Rush Creek surged over the dikes in what would be labeled a “500 Year Flood,” changing the town and its residents forever.

Many stories, both tragic and triumphant, have come from the flood of 2007. Brothers in the Water tells the stories of one group at the forefront of evacuating stranded citizens as their neighborhoods filled with water in the early morning darkness: the Rushford Volunteer Fire Department.

Books will be available for purchase or bring your own copy for the signing. Sales of this heroic, historical book benefit the Rushford Firemen Department Relief Association. The books are currently available in a number of outlets including Rushford F .....
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Bigalk Rollerskating Reunion party to be held Sunday, April 22 in Harmony

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony All

By Theresa Bigalk It has been 25 years since Arlene and Earl Bigalk passed away. Their deaths were a shocking and devasting loss to their family and the community. Arlene died on April 20, 1987, at the age of 45, after an eight-month battle with le ..... 
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Senator Jeremy Miller visits Harmony during legislative break

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

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 discu ..... 
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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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