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Canton, MN


Fri, Aug 31st, 2001
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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.
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Caledonia, MN

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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

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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, ..... 
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Not being reasonable, is not necessarily unreasonable

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Monday, September 3, 2001

An essay by Neil Haugerud

Reason, one can argue, is perhaps one of the most overrated attributes of human intelligence, and the archenemy of innovation and spontaneity. While the analytical lifestyles of today ..... 
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Sam goes to the show

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Monday, August 27, 2001

Last Thursday, I found myself sitting in on a Town Meeting. The only reason that I had for attending was my curiosity. I had never attended one and I wanted to see what it was all about. The meeting started off with the ..... 
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Commute 004

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Monday, August 13, 2001

I am often asked why I live in a small town and commute forty-five minutes each way to work. I say that I prefer the lifestyle. If the person asking has ever lived in a small town, they probably know what I mean. If not ..... 
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"In Those Days You Walked."

Fri, Aug 31st, 2001
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Monday, August 20, 2001

The Art of Farming is a project of the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability to gather stories about farm life in southeastern Minnesota before World War II. Stories have been gathered from individuals near Harmony ..... 
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Butterflies through Binoculars

Fri, Aug 31st, 2001
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Monday, August 6, 2001

What creature flies; makes no sounds; does not bite, sting or carry disease; is bright orange with dark bands on its upperparts and silver spots below; and is common in meadows, fields and along roadsides in Fillmore Cou ..... 
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Why Study Turtles Anyway?

Fri, Aug 31st, 2001
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Weaver Dunes Field Report Late Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, August 20, 2001

With nesting finally completed, those of us working on the Weaver Dunes Blandings Turtle Research Project can at last step back to enjoy a m ..... 
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