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Help save the depot in Canton


Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Features

Some locals still remember the time when trains ran through Canton. Unfortunately not much remains of the railroad these days except for the memories and history preserved by those who have taken an interest and the old depot building.

The depot is currently owned by Larry Huber, a train enthusiast from Los Angeles. He learned about the depot through a railroad magazine and has some ties to the area. Canton was notable as one of the last narrow gauge rails. Huber bought the depot and after making some roof repairs started looking for people in Canton to start a historical society.

The Canton Historical Society is in its third year and currently has about 40 members. They staff the Mitson Museum and have videotaped senior citizens sharing memories of Canton, but their main project has been restoring the depot.

Huber has agreed in writing to transfer the depot to the Historical Society once they have the necessary tax shelter. After a lengthy process, the Historical Society recently acquired the necessary non-profit organization tax exempt status.

As the depot is expected to be turned over in the near future, the Historical Society is ready to create a plan for the future of the building. The Canton Historical Society met with members of the Canton City Council and members of the community on April 14 to discuss plans for restoring the depot.

The meeting was a brainstorming session during which everyone present was asked to contribute ideas for the potential uses and needs of the depot. Some recurring ideas included restoring the building to original, having a museum of Canton and narrow gauge rail history, and ways to include contributions and donations from the community. There was also discussion about structural work that will need to be done before any other renovation can begin. One of the first steps will be lifting and moving the building aside while the foundation is redone. A plan will need to be developed before many decisions about the building can be made and before fundraising can start in earnest.

There is a long track ahead for the depot and the Historical Society would like to get as many people involved as possible. If you are interested in Canton or trains or history, or if you just like sharing your opinion, this is a great opportunity to get involved. Contact Kathie Haynes, President of the Canton Historical Society at (507) 743-8338 or the City Clerk’s o .....
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Spring Valley Area Community Foundation banquet discussion centers around DMC

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

“There is no doubt that the epicenter of DMC is Rochester,” said interim President of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Jerry Williams. However, there is also no doubt that the neighboring towns in Fillmore County like Spring Valley will fee ..... 
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Spring Valley Area Community Foundation banquet discussion centers around DMC

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

“There is no doubt that the epicenter of DMC is Rochester,” said interim President of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Jerry Williams. However, there is also no doubt that the neighboring towns in Fillmore County like Spring Valley will fee ..... 
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The rising cost of beef

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Features

If you have taken a trip to the grocery store or have gone out to eat in the last several months, chances are you have noticed a price hike, especially in beef. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average consumer price of ground beef per poun ..... 
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Oak Meadow Meats of Harmony

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Growing up on a farm near Harmony, Minn. with two older brothers and one older sister, Michael Aggen was active in showing cattle and swine at livestock shows along with his siblings. The family was involved in state and county fairs, junior livesto ..... 
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Eyes on the road

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Imagine a job in which you show up everyday and never know what to expect. Anything could happen, and your job is to remedy problems as they arise. In some cases, you are dealing with fatalities or life-changing events for someone you’ve never me ..... 
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Mustang celebrates 50 years with Serfling

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Not old enough to drive yet, he was just 11-years-old, but Dan Serfling had his eye on his dream car. Dan’s uncle Millard Runge, who passed away on May 31, 2012, at the age of 88, bought a 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang -- the very first year the world famo ..... 
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Road construction season not far off for Fillmore County and southeastern Minnesota

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

The joke is that there are two seasons in Minnesota: winter and road construction. Seeing as we’ve left one behind, it’s time for the other to begin. As usual, there are some projects that may impact your routes and travel times in the coming mon ..... 
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Often while hitting the road the road hits back

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Spring is in the air and potholes are in the road once again this year. The irritating but unavoidable potholes are caused when water enters the ground under the pavement and then expands when it becomes frozen. When the water thaws the pavement co ..... 
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