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MELISSA VANDER PLAS/NEWS LEADER
Judy Johnson, a 24-year employee of First Southeast Bank in Harmony, will be retiring from her position as an ag-lending officer and executive vice president at the end of this year. A special event is being held in her honor on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the bank.
MELISSA VANDER PLAS/NEWS LEADER Judy Johnson, a 24-year employee of First Southeast Bank in Harmony, will be retiring from her position as an ag-lending officer and executive vice president at the end of this year. A special event is being held in her honor on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the bank.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 10:29 AM
Over the past 24 years, a lot has changed in the scope of Judy Johnson’s position at First Southeast Bank in Harmony. As an ag-loan officer, Johnson has worked with multiple generations of local farm families. She has seen the size of farms grow, an increase to the amount of capital it takes to finance operations and worked with farmers through prosperous and challenging years. 
  • The Fountain City Council gathered on Thursday, Dec. 1, to discuss the proposed corrective action plan for the wastewater treatment plant along with an update on the plant’s progress.
  • Information about chronic wasting disease and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ management response to its discovery in two deer near Lanesboro will be the focus of a public meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Fillmore Central School auditorium, 702 Chatfield St., in Preston.
  • Retiring bank executive to be  honored at First Southeast Bank
    Over the past 24 years, a lot has changed in the scope of Judy Johnson’s position at First Southeast Bank in Harmony. As an ag-loan officer, Johnson has worked with multiple generations of local farm families. She has seen the size of farms grow, an increase to the amount of capital it takes to finance operations and worked with farmers through prosperous and challenging years. 
  • Lanesboro City Council members gathered for the last meeting of 2016 on Monday, Dec. 5. One of the main topics of discussion settled on the proposed taxi ordinance brought to the council several months ago. LuAnn Wilcox, the party interested in potentially offering a taxi service in Lanesboro, was present and introduced a couple of questions to the board regarding the first draft of the ordinance. 
  • Mabel man hoping for the gift of life in the new year
    Garret Berge is quite philosophical when it comes to his illness and the cards life has dealt him thus far.
  • Bells will be ringing for the Salvation Army in Preston on Friday, Dec. 16, at the F&M Community Bank from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Preston Foods from 4 to 7 p.m. One-hundred-percent of the money collected in Fillmore County will be available to be distributed in Fillmore County.
  • The process of determining need and constructing a Minnesota state veterans home in Preston took another step forward on Monday, Nov. 28. On that date, a preliminary summary of an in-depth, 14-page analysis and report for a proposed home was presented at the monthly meeting of the Preston EDA (Economic Development Authority), held at the Preston City Hall.
  • The blood drive held in Harmony on Tuesday, Nov. 29, succeeded in collecting 40 units of blood. There were 48 donors that presented and one first-time participant. 
  • Stained glass restored in time for Christmas at Scheie Lutheran
    Six months ago, on June 5, Scheie Lutheran Church of rural Mabel sustained significant damage when a fast-moving storm hit the area. About a dozen large pine and cedar trees were pulled out by the roots and twisted off.
  • Christmas on Historic Broadway to be held Saturday
  • Live radio play takes the stage in Spring Grove this weekend
    “Every time a bell rings an angel gets its rings.” A very well-known movie phrase; most everyone knows that this statement comes at the very end of the iconic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 
  • Wreaths For The Fallen laying wreaths at veterans cemetery in Preston
    WreathsForTheFallen.org will be expanding this year with the addition of the new veterans’ cemetery in Preston. This addition will require many additional wreaths to honor this country’s fallen Minnesota veterans and their families. 
  • Former Lanesboro FFA students  earn prestigious American FFA Degree
    “This is quite an accomplishment. There are only about 100 students each year from Minnesota who earn the American FFA Degree. So to have two students from our FFA chapter receiving this degree is really something. I am very proud of both Kyle and Travis,” said Lanesboro FFA advisor Kristi Ruen. 
  • “Our day went well thanks to great planning and efforts by Vicky Tribon, the head of our Give to the Max committee, and her committee members. They had set a goal of $10,000. We had approximately $9,300 in donations for the day. And two businesses, First Southeast Bank of Harmony and Harmony Enterprises both matched $1 for each $3 raised up to $1,000. So with those two $1,000 contributions, our total for the day was approximately $11,300,” said Harmony Area Community Foundation (HACF) President Steve Donney. 
  • Over $18,000 raised for  Preston foundation on Give to the Max Day
    On Thursday, Nov. 17, the Preston Area Community Foundation (PACF) participated for the fifth consecutive year in Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual great day of giving. During a 24-hour period, the greater Preston community rallied together to donate online or at the F&M Community Bank and raised an outstanding total of $18,390.76! 
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