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Deephaven author hoping to inspire young people by sharing the stories of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things


Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

By Rachel M. Anderson

What is the one thing most successful people have in common? Doctors, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs and others who are doing well for themselves are all in the business of helping others.

Kevin Wilt, who made a name for himself at General Mills for being a problem solver, lives his life in retirement as he did throughout his career—as a role model, mentor and advisor. Percy Greenberg, who built one of the top architectural manufacturing companies in the country from the ground up, gets enjoyment from helping other people with their companies via investing and mentoring. And Donna Erickson is an independent consultant who has built a successful business by setting out to learn what problems small businesses have and then providing services for the solutions.

Wilt, Greenberg and Erickson are just three of the successful individuals whose stories Harmony native Rob Severson has featured in his latest book, Achievers: Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Things. “I decided to write this book as a way to inspire young people and hopefully change attitudes,” said Severson, who has become frustrated by the attitude of Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995), who make up the majority of today’s workforce.

“People from this generation tend to be more focused on what’s good for them than what’s good for the company or good for the customer. I don’t think that’s the right attitude to have,” said Severson. He rose through the ranks at a finance subsidiary for Norwest Bank in Minnesota, which was eventually bought out by Wells Fargo, by developing innovations that helped improve the company’s bottom line, while at the same time focusing on the needs of the bank’s customers.

Now retired and living in the Twin Cities, Severson is an author, speaker and financing coach who regularly speaks on the importance of keeping what’s important in life a top priority. For him that is helping others.

Like Severson, Lowell Vogen, who has worked in the information technology industry for decades, likes to help people. He has a lot of contacts and has earned a reputation for being the go-to-guy when someone loses a job, gets laid off or is unhappy or unchallenged in a job and seeking a new opportunity. “I have developed into a good networker because I like to help people,” he said. “It’s second nature for me to do what I can to help ot .....
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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 p ..... 
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“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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