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Harmony receives ACT on Alzheimer’s Grant to advance dementia-friendly work


Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

HARMONY, Minn. - Harmony recently received a Grant through ACT on Alzheimer’s to help make Harmony a more dementia-friendly community.

Harmony is one of 12 new action communities to commit towards preparing Minnesota for the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in the first round of grant funding from Act on Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are 88,000 Minnesotans age 65 and older with the disease and many thousands more with other dementias. One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease.

Tim Samuelson, Gundersen Harmony Care Center Director; Linda Kastantin, Clinic Manager of Gundersen Health System’s Minnesota Clinics; Theresa Knutson, Clara House of Harmony Campus Director and Rev. Betsy Darrt of Harmony’s Greenfield Lutheran Church have taken the lead as a charter action team to obtain this funding for the Harmony community. Additional local citizens will soon be asked to join the committee to guide Harmony through a planning process with the ultimate goal to best provide local caring community support for those with dementia and their caregivers. Lori Slindee has been contracted to be the ACT on Alzheimer’s-Harmony Community Coordinator.

Act on Alzheimer’s is a volunteer-driven, state wide collaboration preparing Minnesota for the growing personal, social and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s. Working with communities striving to become dementia-friendly is one of ACT’s key strategies. “The 12 new communities build on the exciting work being done by the seven ACT on Alzheimer’s pilot action communities” said Olivia Mastry, executive lead for Act on Alzheimer’s. “As the population of Minnesota ages, it’s becoming increasingly important to build support systems for people with dementias and Alzheimer’s,” said Mastry. “Some of the most exciting innovations will emerge from this community work. Creating dementia-friendly communities means that caregivers are supported and people with dementia are able to live in the community and stay out of institutional care longer. That helps everyone - families and taxpayers who pay for institutional care, employers who have workers trying to balance all the demands of caregiving, and individual themselves”. Currently more than 60 organizations are partners in Minnesota’s ACT on Alzheimer’s. More information is available at [Read the Rest]

“Officer Joe”, Harmony native, named South Dakota School Resource Officer of the Year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

“It has been a pleasure to work with Officer Joe in Brookings,” says Mickelson Middle School Principal Melinda Jensen, one of the administrators responsible for a nomination for the School Resource Officer of the Year award. “Officer Joe adds ..... 
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MnSure & Obamacare...

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In a political ad in the June 9 edition of the Journal, Rep. Davids gives his version of the facts on MnSure and Obamacare. Here are some others that he might what to consider. As of June 1, MnSure and the University of Minnesota a ..... 
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ObamaCare...

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, After reading Rep. Greg Davids’ vitriolic attack against ObamaCare, I can only conclude he’s for full repeal. This puts him at odds with mainstream Republicans who have abandoned this approach recently, conceding ObamaCare is t ..... 
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Harmony plans for new well

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

Harmony’s City Engineer Brett Grabau attended the city council meeting on June 10 with an update on a couple of projects. The council approved moving forward with design plans for the new well. Grabau reminded the council the city has received ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at referendum options

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

Patty Heminover from Springsted attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 27 to discuss possibilities for renewing a referendum. She went over statistics showing different schools in Minnesota that have attempted to renew a referen ..... 
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Gundersen Harmony nurse wins award

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

A registered nurse at the Gundersen Harmony Clinic is one of nine nurses at Gundersen Health System to be recognized with an Excellence in Nursing Award. Cheryl Hotvedt, RN, received the Excellence in Nursing Practice – RN Award for her breadth ..... 
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David T. Flatten

Tue, Jun 3rd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

David T. Flatten age 74, of Harmony, Minn. died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. David T. was born July 30, 1939 in Spring Grove, Minn., the son of Ole and Christine (Christianson) Flatten. He served in the ..... 
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Gunderson physician assistant receives preceptor of the year award

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

Congratulations to Diana Nelson, PA-C, Gundersen Harmony Clinic, for being chosen as the Preceptor of the Year of the UW-La Crosse/Gundersen/Mayo Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Students in the PA Program complete their clinical rotations at Gun ..... 
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