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Mock crash brings real emotion


Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Melody Roller weeps over her daughter Bethany Zrucky during the Fillmore-Central S.A.D.D. mock crash on Friday, May 16, 2014. Photo by Barb Jeffers

A routine fire drill sent hundreds of Fillmore-Central students to the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn. on Friday, May 16, 2014 and what the students found there was anything but routine.

As the student body and staff made their way to the community center at approximately 10:44 a.m. they came upon the scene of a mock crash involving fellow students Kaitlynn Aug, Lee Dyreson, Danielle Zinsmaster, and Bethany Zrucky who are all leaders of Fillmore-Central’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) organization.

Horrific screams from Danielle Zinsmaster could be heard before the students reached the parking lot where the mock crash was taking place. Zinsmaster pleaded, “Get me out of here I can’t feel my legs!” as she was trapped in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

Lee Dyreson, the driver, was out of the vehicle wandering around dazed and confused while Bethany Zrucky lay unresponsive hanging out of the broken side window and Kaitlynn Aug, who was thrown from the vehicle, lay unresponsive several feet from the van.

While waiting for the responders to arrive Brenda Pohlman with Fillmore County Public Health announced the scenario to the crowd that had gathered. Four teens from Fillmore-Central School were at a spring party. They had been smoking marijuana and were headed to another site to smoke additional marijuana. The male teen (Lee Dyreson) drove his mom’s van and was elected to drive as he seemed okay.

During the drive, they decided to take a Snapchat to share with friends. This is when the van ran off the road, struck a telephone pole, and rolled several times landing upright. In the scenario the crash occurred at 10:44 p.m. The driver was wearing a seat belt and had minor injuries. Another teen (Danielle Zinsmaster) is seriously injured. One teen (Kaitlynn Aug) was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. She died on impact. A second teen (Bethany Zrucky) is partially ejected from the vehicle and is also deceased.

Sirens could be heard coming to the scene at 10:48 a.m. with many area responders arriving to aid in the mock crash. These responders included members of the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Minnesota State Patrol some of whom included Deputy Betts, Deputy Miner, and Trooper Christianson. Also responding were the Harmony Ambulance, the Harmony Fire Department, and Gary and Gladys Peterson .....
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Welcome Kelly Solum to Harmony Insurance Group

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

The Harmony Insurance Group Welcomes Kelly Solum. Kelly graduated from Spring Grove High School in 2003 and earned her associates degree from MN State SE Technical College. Kelly started her insurance career traveling the Tri-state area offering supp ..... 
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Harmony appoints new council member

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

After Jim Bakken announced he would be leaving the Harmony City Council at the end of May, the search for a new council member began. Four people applied to finish the seven-month term: Clifford Johannessen, Kyle Morem, Jill Fishbaugher, and Steve Sa ..... 
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Harmony appoints new council member

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

After Jim Bakken announced he would be leaving the Harmony City Council at the end of May, the search for a new council member began. Four people applied to finish the seven-month term: Clifford Johannessen, Kyle Morem, Jill Fishbaugher, and Steve S ..... 
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Harmony Public Library will be temporarily closed

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

The Harmony Public Library will be CLOSED from Monday, May 19th through Saturday, May 31st 2014 as we replace our old carpet with new carpet. We will reopen on Monday, June 2, 2014 with normal hours. Please come in before this and check out enough ..... 
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Charles Ralph Wead

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Charles Ralph Wead, age 79, of Harmony, Minn., died Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Harmony Healthcare Center in Harmony. Charles was born August, 11, 1934 in Preston, Minn. to Ralph and Verna (Turner) Wead. He graduated from Canton High School in 19 ..... 
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Wedding: Wangen ~ Haugerud

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Eleyna Wyant is pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of her parents, Erika Wangen and Jeremy Haugerud. Erika is the daughter of Gene & Barb Wangen of Lanesboro, Minn. and Kerry Creger of Stoddard, Wis. Jeremy is the son of James & Kay Haugerud ..... 
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Oak Meadow Meats of Harmony

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Growing up on a farm near Harmony, Minn. with two older brothers and one older sister, Michael Aggen was active in showing cattle and swine at livestock shows along with his siblings. The family was involved in state and county fairs, junior livesto ..... 
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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