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Canton, MN


Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Canton, Minnesota, located along U.S. Highway 52 is the first city in Minnesota along this major north-south route.

Canton was originally founded in 1879 as a stopping point for the railroad. At first its legal name was "Boomer," depicting how fast it was built, but because another town in Minnesota had the same name, "Boomer" was changed to Canton.

Canton's population has remained constant through its history at a little less than 400. For many years its economy was based on agriculture as was so many rural Minnesota cities. This has changed, however. Increasingly more of its citizens are young families, who like the small town flavor of Canton, the affordable housing, closeness to various large cities that offer employment and easy access to a major highway.

Amish Community

The farmland around Canton, with its rich soils, was the first area of choice by the local Amish community, who began to settle just north of the city limits in 1974. That community has grown steadily and now encompasses many acres. Buggies are a common sight in town and in the countryside. U.S. Highway 52 between Prosper and Preston is a designated Amish Buggy Byway.

Historic Church

A major stop in the area is the historic Lenora Methodist Church, built in 1856, just four miles north of Canton in the Village of Lenora. Constructed from stone quarried locally, it has carved (hand) pews, a pot belly stove, an old pump organ and kerosene lamps! Regular worship services are at 2 p.m. on Sundays, May through December. It is the oldest church (original) in Fillmore County.

Hunting and Fishing

Hunting and fishing in the Canton area are major attractions. There is an abundant pheasant, deer, raccoon, and turkey population as well as great trout streams throughout the area.

Snowmobiling

When there is enough snow, finely groomed snowmobile trails run through the area and city.

We in Canton want to welcome all of you to our city and if any of our business places can help to make your stay in our area more enjoyable, please feel free to stop by any one of them to ask questions. We hope you enjoy our part of Historic Bluff Country.

Caledonia, MN

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Caledonia was named for the ancient name of Scotland. Caledonians celebrate their founding with an annual Founder's Day celebration in June. The hardwood forests and terrain are unique to this area. Torrents of meltwater carved out deep valleys and l ..... 
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Preston, MN

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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The city of Preston became situated on the south branch of the Root River in 1853. The location of the town was most desirable as the river afforded opportunities for a dam, land for houses and access to abundant supplies of timber, water power, ston ..... 
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11/27/00

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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'Round the Towns

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Preston Ramon Cruz, 27, of Jalapa, Nicaragua, is spending 13 months at the Dave and Rita Wilson home at Ridgeview Farms in rural Preston, as part of the University of Minnesotaís MAST (Minnesota Agricultural Stu ..... 
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North to Alaska

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Local man takes two-month dream tripBy Carol ThouinMonday, November 27, 2000

As he cast his line out over the sparkling, pristine river he couldn't help notice the majestic purple, snow-capped peaks of Mt. McKinley framed by lus ..... 
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Stalemate costs county

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

The case of Jane Doe

Jane Doe, obviously a fictional name, worked at the Fillmore County Health Department from 1982 until she retired in January 2000. An LPN, Jane worked as a receptionist, ..... 
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Planning Commission

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Good Earth Village to expandBy Al MathisonMonday, November 27, 2000

There were several items on the Fillmore County Planning Commissionís agenda last Tuesday evening. The first was a conditional use permit (CUP) request by Alliant Energy to ad ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditorís department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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