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Canton is the boom town of Fillmore County


Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
Posted in All Progress Edition

Last fall LeAnn Jevne decided to expand her floral business in Mabel and opened a second store in Canton. She opened Old Hen Gifts right after Thanksgiving and stocked it with an impressive selection of seasonal gifts, primitives, candles, cards and, of course, fresh flowers for all occasions. Right now she is gearing up for Valentine's. Photo by Rachel Hanson



The city of Canton has experienced some amazing progress this past year, especially for a town its size. Four, actually five new businesses have either opened, reopened or changed ownership in 2010. The first of these as you come into Canton from the west on Highway 52 is TJ's Café. Although it has retained its original name (Tammy/Jenny), as of October 1, 2010, Jenny Kleppe became the sole proprietor of this Canton business. Even though this is her first venture as a business owner, Jenny has years of experience working as a waitress and knew what she was getting into when she took over the restaurant by herself. "We used to eat here so when it closed, I decided to jump in with both feet and buy it, she commented. She is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (kitchen closes at 2 p.m.) and on Saturday the hours are 7a.m to 2 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Her daily lunch specials include pork chops, baked chicken, meatballs, and ham loaf to mention a few. Saturday breakfast is a favorite for many customers who look forward to her plate-size pancakes! Although this is the "down" season, Jenny says business is going well and she is optimistic. She has a great location and if a customer is driving by and just wants a cup of coffee, Jenny has homemade goodies to go with it.

Continuing down Highway 52 a visitor to Canton will next come upon Old Hen Gifts and Old Crow Antiques, two new stores in the building that once housed the Grapevine. LeAnn Jevne is the owner of Old Hen Gifts and opened for business right after Thanksgiving. She is no stranger to the world of business, however, and has operated floral shops for several years, including Mabel Flowers and Gifts. In addition to fresh flowers, her gift selection includes a large variety of seasonal gifts, primitives, candles, Willow Tree angels, a sympathy section, gourmet teas and other food items, along with a great array of cards to go with the gifts. Right now LeAnn is gearing up for Valentine's Day and says she will have a large selection of fresh flowers that people can either "grab and go" or preorder. On the other wing of the store, antique lovers can browse through an impressive array of antique furniture, dishes, lamps and many other items from yesteryear. Charlie Staub is the owner of Old Crow Antiques and moved his business from Harmony to Canton last fall. He, along with business partner Pam Smith, opened for business at the same time LeAnn did, right after Thanksgiving. Muc .....
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Small changes to make a difference for Ostrander

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Although no major changes happened in 2010 for Ostrander, Mayor Linda Schwenn is looking for some small changes to help make a difference in 2011.

As with most small towns in the United States, Ostrander has taken a small hit by the ..... 
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Fountain's innovative manufacturing business

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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As we find ourselves driving on Highway 52 through Fountain and obeying the speed limit, we have time to notice Valley Design Enterprises on the east side of the highway. Some of us who are not in the know have probably asked ourselves what ..... 
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Chatfield's Pope and Young Club to celebrate 50 years

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Even if you are not into archery a visit to the Pope and Young/St. Charles Museum located just west of Chatfield off Highway 30 is worth a look. Just look for the flags representing the United States, Canada, and Mexico fluttering above the ..... 
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Rushford Village grows rural progress

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Begun in 1997 in the southern Winona County area of Wiscoy Valley, Featherstone Farms is a key component to rural progress. Certified Organic in 1999, the farm began leasing land in the heart of Rushford Village in 2005. As fate would have i ..... 
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Whalan seizes an opportunity

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
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Dubbed the "New Minnesota Resort," Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan is a prime example of the growth that can be found in small towns. This May, the resort will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their official opening. To say that much has chan ..... 
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Whalan seizes an opportunity

Thu, Jan 26th, 2012
Posted in All Progress Edition



Dubbed the "New Minnesota Resort," Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan is a prime example of the growth that can be found in small towns. This May, the resort will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their official opening. To say that much has chan ..... 
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Branding committee seeks to build Rushford's identity

Wed, Jan 26th, 2011
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"To creatively establish a unique community identity, promote a welcoming environment for visitors and prompt new residents and businesses to locate to a 'captivating Rushford'." - Rushford Area Branding Committee mission statement

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Whalan: A small town with nationally recognized charm

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
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Just a hop, skip and a jump from Lanesboro down Highway 16 east is Whalan, a close-knit Norwegian community. Because of its close proximity to Lanesboro, Whalan also enjoys a thriving tourist trade. With a population that hovers around 65, the town' ..... 
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