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Canton population increased by two


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Canton Arts & Culture

When Larry Huber drove through Canton, he saw something most people stopped noticing years ago. While others drove blindly past the old building on Main Street of Canton, Larry saw a landmark worth saving and embarked on a mission.

A train enthusiast from Los Angeles, Cali., formerly of Austin, Minn., Larry Huber recognized the depot in Canton as a piece of railroad history. The narrow gauge railroad, which ran from Caledonia to Preston, dates back to 1879, and was unique in Minnesota, as the rest of the state used standard gauge. Narrow gauge tracks are only three feet in width. The locomotives and the loads they carried were much smaller than standard gauge, however the depots were full size. The depot in Canton is one of the last still standing in its original location.

Concerned about the apparent state of disrepair, Huber did some digging online to find the owner. About three years ago, he purchased the depot, repaired the roof and started looking into how the building could be preserved. He contacted the Minnesota Historical Society and was told he needed to find a local non-profit organization.

Huber’s search led him to Kathie Haynes, a Canton resident with knowledge of the area’s history. Their collaboration led to the creation of the Canton Historical Society. Haynes is President of the society, which now has about 75 members.

Recently, Larry Huber transferred ownership of the depot to the Canton Historical Society after the society completed a lengthy process to be designated as a non-profit organization. The next goal for the group is to get the depot added to the National Register of Historical Places, which would allow it to qualify for Minnesota Legacy grants.

To show their gratitude, the Canton Historical Society held an Appreciation Dinner for Larry and his wife, Laurie Huber, on Sunday, September 28 at the Canton Town Hall. The event was attended by the mayor, the city council, historical society members, Canton Day Off committee members and members of the community.

Haynes welcomed and introduced the guests of honor and thanked everyone in attendance for their support. Dorothy Coons, Treasurer of the historical society, gave a financial report, stating there is currently $7,000 in the depot restoration fund and more is needed, but they are making progress.

Mayor Donivee Johnson presented the Canton Historical Society with a check for $ .....
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“Lanesboro Live” upcoming events planned

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – Damon Prestemon’s “Lanesboro Live” show will offer an eclectic mix of entertainment for the upcoming show on Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:30 pm at the St. Mane Theatre. Darren Wendt, aka ‘Sidonia Dudval’, will talk wi ..... 
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KSMQ-TV Wins Emmy Award for “The Typist”

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

AUSTIN, Minn.—KSMQ Public Television, the PBS television station serving southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa, is the winner of an Upper Midwest Emmy®Award for its program chronicling the life of a Minnesota World War II veteran. At the ..... 
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Chatfield Brass Band Invites New Members

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Brass (and woodwind) Band invites new members to join the group as they begin their fall rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Chatfield Elementary School band room. The first rehearsal is on Thurs ..... 
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Preston Tourism secures grant for purchase of bike repair station

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $1,200 grant to Preston Area Tourism. The funds will be applied to the purchase of a bike repair station that will be placed by the Trailhead Inn. This will give visitors and residents a plac ..... 
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Announcing the Lanesboro Arts Campus Festival

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Lanesboro Arts Center is hosting the LANESBORO ARTS CAMPUS FESTIVAL on Saturday, September 13, 2014. The festival is in celebration of new Arts Campus components, and all events are free and open to the public. There are three p ..... 
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ArtHaus First Friday, Sept. 5th : “Monkey Lisa” an exhibition of the work of new ArtHaus Co-Director, Eric Petersen-Brant.

Wed, Sep 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Friday, September 5th is First Friday at ArtHaus in Decorah (508 W. Water St) from 7-9PM with an artist reception for “Monkey Lisa”, an exhibit of artwork from one of ArtHaus’s new Co-Directors, Eric Petersen-Brant. Filling the space of ArtHau ..... 
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New Exhibition by Norwegian Artists at Vesterheim Explores Cultural Identity

Wed, Sep 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — A new exhibition, “A Restored Connection: A Dream of a Cultural Identity,” will go on view at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, on September 12. There will be an opening reception that eveni ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Fountain, Harmony & Preston

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 6, the towns of Fountain, Harmony and Preston are t ..... 
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