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Royal smiles
Members of the Miss Harmony 2016 court were crowned on Saturday evening, June 25, at the Harmony Community Center. From left are Miss Harmony Kiera Olson, daughter of Erik and Renee Olson and sponsored by Harmony Foods; First Attendant Paige Bennett, daughter of Jeff and Angie Bennett and sponsored by DianeH Photography; Second Attendant Cassidy Hanson, daughter of Craig and Tara Hanson and sponsored by Dacia’s on Main; and Miss Congeniality Kenzie Broadwater, daughter of Brett and Kari Broadwater and sponsored by Harmony Veterinary Clinic. In front is Little Miss Harmony, Caroline Himli-Seelbinder, daughter of Elisha Himli and Rick Seelbinder and sponsored by The Shop A Cut Above the Rest. MELISSA VANDER PLAS/NEWS LEADER
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 10:18 AM

Changes scheduled to take place in the organization of several area Catholic parishes will not take place in July, as originally expected in the Vision 2016 Pastoral Plan of the Diocese of Winona (DOW).

  • Disabled dog is recipient of outpouring of support
    “I can’t thank people enough. People have been so wonderful. I guess everyone fell in love with Ginger. And this is going to make her life so much better.”

  • Fire Chief Orel Tollefson attended the Mabel City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 8, to present information regarding the opportunity to purchase a small, mini-pumper truck from the St. Louis Park Fire Department.

  • Golf ‘boot camp’ paid off for Fillmore Central girls
    A number of years ago, when his golfers were competing in the Section 1A girls golf championships, Fillmore Central coach Lane Powell noticed his players seemed to be running out of gas during the last three or four holes of the 18-hole match. It wasn’t that his players weren’t in good shape, however, after carrying golf bags on their backs up and down hills for more than five hours in the hot, late-spring sun, they just didn’t have the energy they had at the beginning of the match.

  • Area corn crop surpasses ‘knee high by Fourth of July’ standard
    The old adage, “knee high by the Fourth of July,” when referring to the growth of the field corn crop in the Midwest, has certainly become passé. 

  • Local art student travels to Washington  for Congressional Art Competition ceremony
    U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar met with the 2016 Congressional Art Competition winner, Fillmore Central’s Kassandra Back, last week. Back, a rising junior at Fillmore Central High School, will have her winning piece, Goodnight Moon, displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year. She was nominated by Rep. Tim Walz.

  • Construction of new Henrytown church underway
    Fourteen months after a devastating fire totally destroyed the Henrytown Lutheran Church of rural Canton, a new structure of worship is taking shape. The beautiful white wood frame church, which had stood as a landmark in the picturesque valley four miles north of Canton since 1878, was reduced to rubble following an early morning fire on April 16, 2015. 

  • The Harmony City Council accepted a donation of a Verdin street clock during its meeting on Tuesday evening, June 14. Pam Brink told the council that she and her siblings would like to donate the clock to the city in memory of their parents, Esther and Thomas Hanlon.

  • Canton woman saves animals with the help of local humane society
    If it weren't for concerned, caring individuals like Deb Helgeson, Bandit might not have made it through the winter. Helgeson, a United States Postal Service mail carrier originally from the Decorah-Burr Oak area, lives in Canton.

  • Changes scheduled to take place in the organization of several area Catholic parishes will not take place in July, as originally expected in the Vision 2016 Pastoral Plan of the Diocese of Winona (DOW).

  • An ongoing effort to improve water quality in the Root River received a shot in the arm late last month. That's when the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced a $1.5 million Clean Water Fund grant award to help several local water conservation districts provide cost-share incentives for landowners in three sub-watersheds of the important drainage.

  • Leiding twins continue sharing dairy message

    “You can’t spell Kayla without the (Princess) Kay” . . .  and a crown follows.

    Cute t-shirts sporting this message will be seen on family and friends of Kayla Leiding of Fountain this summer – especially at the Minnesota State Fair. Twin sister Haely and many more will be showing their support for her.

  • Harmony family carries tradition of hard work at dairy farm into the fifth generation
    West of Harmony, the Schriever family farm is working through their fourth generation and the fifth generation is rising.
  • Duschee Hills Dairy near Lanesboro will host  Dairy Night on the Farm
    When folks attend Fillmore County’s Dairy Night on the Farm at Duschee Hills Dairy of rural Lanesboro, they will be touring a dairy farm that has been in the same family for nearly 80 years. Pat and Christine Troendle and Ben and Darla Taylor will be hosting the annual event on Saturday, June 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Area schools participating in fast-growing sport
    With more than 10,000 students participating in 293 teams throughout the state, high school trap shooting has the second largest number of participants (behind football) of any sport sanctioned by the Minnesota State High School League.

  • Council prepares city hall for exterior makeover
    Kay Spangler of the Preston Arts Council briefed the Preston City Council on the progress of the city hall mural during its meeting on Tuesday morning, June 21.

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