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Water main breaks in Harmony


Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

On Monday, February 10, employees of the city of Harmony were busy working in the below-zero temperatures as a water main broke on Center Street.

City Maintenance Employee Chris Johnson described the situation at the city council meeting the next night. He explained the fracture that occurred in the pipe, which is an old, four-inch cast iron pipe. He said the ground moved and the pipe snapped.

According to Johnson, they knew there was a problem somewhere during the weekend because the water usage went up considerably. It wasn’t until Monday that it was clear where the problem was located. Water was running down 1st Avenue SW for a few hours.

Johnson said they had to go through 4.5 feet of frost to get to the pipe, and it took them all morning to get the break isolated. He said it was fortunate they had Al Torgerson’s large equipment to excavate the area.

Johnson asked for permission to look for a mini-steamer to use in situations like this. A steamer would melt right through the frost and make it much easier and faster to get to the problem. The council agreed.

Wellhead Protection Plan

There was a public hearing regarding the Wellhead Protection Plan. Pat Bailey from the Minnesota Department of Health explained the plan, which included identifying potential contaminate sources and the plan of action to manage those sources.

States are required to have a protection program in place. Bailey represents the drinking water protection area of the Department of Health.

Bailey said they have reason to believe there was once a well near the Scandinavian Blomma that was abandoned and not sealed. She said they looked through old records, going back to the early 20th century, and found there was once a well there. When Mayor Steve Donney asked if it could just be the existing well, she said the dimensions are different.

If there is an old well there, it probably wasn’t sealed in the way a well would be sealed today, and it needs to be taken care of. Bailey said it was the largest issue due to the close proximity with well #1.

Bailey said there are grants available to the city if they decide to act on this. The council approved the plan.

1st Ave. project

Brett Grabau from Bonestroo asked for the council’s blessings to advertise for bids on the 1st Ave. street project. He showed the counci .....
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The third annual March Meltdown Winter Carnival for Habitat for Humanity is just around the corner!

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

Make plans to come to Wheeler’s Bar and Grill in Harmony on Saturday, March 1 for the March Meltdown festivities. New this year everything begins at 4 p.m. and FREE carnival games for the kids and those who are young at heart. ECFE will be helpi ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses land owned by school

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board recently hashed out the confusing details of a one-acre parcel of land apparently legally owned by the school. The land is wooded, and located two miles south of Preston. A country school was once located there, and ..... 
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Fillmore Central Community Education school readiness program earns a 4-Star Parent Aware Rating

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

Congratulations to Fillmore Central Community Education School Readiness program for earning a 4-Star Parent Aware Rating! This is the highest possible rating. Parent Aware Star Ratings help parents find programs that go above and beyond to prepar ..... 
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Rosemary “Rosie” Reicks

Tue, Jan 28th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Rosemary “Rosie” Reicks, age 75 of Harmony, Minn. died Sunday, January 26, 2014 at her home in Harmony. Rosie was born May 31, 1938 in Scheffield, North Dakota the daughter of Joseph and Eugenia (Selinger) Olheiser. She attended St. Pius Cath ..... 
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Caryl Ann Bestor-Hanson

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Caryl Ann Bestor-Hanson, age 67, of Harmony, Minn., died surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at her home in Harmony. Caryl Ann was born February 21, 1946 in Granger, Minn., the daughter of Verl and Gertrude (Hovey) Bestor. She ..... 
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First Southeast Bank of Harmony completes remodel

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Progress Edition

The First Southeast Bank of Harmony, Minn. began a large remodeling project in October of 2012 with the purpose of providing additional space as well as added privacy. The project was completed in October of 2013 and is very impressive. The renovat ..... 
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Susan Flatten

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Susan Flatten, 55, of Harmony, Minn. passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Susan was born on August 27, 1958 to Marion (Sears) and Roy Caldwell. She graduated from Harmony High School in 1976. Marri ..... 
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Leanord D. Skaalen

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Leonard D. Skaalen, of Harmony, Minn. passed away peacefully at Harmony Community Healthcare on January 17, 2014 at the age of 93. Leonard was born on July 1, 1920 to Knute and Christine (Korstad) Skaalen in Boyd, Minn., the youngest of eight chi ..... 
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