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Canton City Hall reconstruction leaves reminders of the past


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Canton Progress Edition

Canton City Hall was remodeled this past year.. Photo by Morgan McManimon-Myers



Canton City Hall has a new look, thanks to the efforts of Canton’s City Council, city employees Lolly Melander (City Clerk/Treasurer) and Jon Nordsving (Public Works Director), and various local businesses over the course of last year. The project resulted in the installation of new walls, doors, and windows. It also involved a relocation of the entrance to the side of the building, plus the addition of a new office, storage space, furnace room, and a handicap-accessible public restroom.

The entire cost of the project was $69,000, a sum which included both materials and labor. “No public funds were ever used,” states Melander. “We had the liquor store CD and funds were taken from there. We only used one third of it (the CD), and the rest goes into general funds that the council can use at their discretion.”

The building has a long history. Following a fire in the 1800s, at which time it was rebuilt, the hall has since served a variety of purposes, including a liquor store, restaurant, and post office. During the remodeling process, it was of paramount importance to the city to preserve the historical aspects of the original structure. For this reason, pains were taken to clean and preserve the antique ceiling crown moulding visible in the original portion of the hall, which is now utilized as an open area meeting-space. Preservation of the decorative metal was undertaken by Russ’s Sandblast out of Caledonia. Future city councils of Canton can now gather below a reminder of their past. Another nod to the history of the town may be seen hanging above the city office counter. One can view a clock from the old Canton elementary building, adding a definite “old school” style to the interior décor of the hall.

Plans for reconstruction began in January of 2014, with the city council taking on tasks including passing approval of the project, choosing contractors and service providers, and discussing and selecting designs and materials. Construction began in June of 2014 and was completed in October of the same year. Melander reports the construction work was done by Chad Danielson and Dwayne Gilbertson of DJC Construction, who completed the labor mostly on the rainy days of the season.

Melander was impressed with the abilities of the contractors to turn the envisioned improvement and design ideas into three-dimensional structures, stating, “We had no blueprints or anything .....
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School is in for adults looking to build their River Roots Skills

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Progress Edition

The Board of Directors of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, a private non-profit center seven miles north of Lanesboro, began planning for a series of adult education classes a few years ago, modeling the structure after those of the Nort ..... 
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Lodging options expand in Whalan

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Progress Edition

Those traveling through Whalan may have noticed two additions to the community landscape – Willow Cottage along Main Street, and Cycling Up Inn on Bench street, overlooking the golf course. Both buildings are available as rental lodgings and ar ..... 
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Short Stop remains open with sale

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Progress Edition

Wykoff residents can breathe a sigh of relief as the Wykoff Short Stop will remain open with a new owner. Spencer Wiesner purchased the business from Diane and Larry Anderson on January 2, 2015. Wiesner, who was born and raised in Rochester, ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand Take Root; grows

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Progress Edition

When brand expert Roger Brooks came to Rushford in 2009, the community wasn’t sure what they were in for. Eager to find a way to build on tradition and modern opportunities for residents and businesses, as well as tourism, a grassroots group of ..... 
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International Owl Center poised for flight

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All Progress Edition

The International Owl Center, located along Minn. highway 76 in Houston, is poised for takeoff this March. The large brick building, complete with “owl-eye” windows, was leased on August 1st, and will be open for visitors prior to the Owl Fest ..... 
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RenewableRays project a shining success

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Progress Edition

As the bandwagon for renewable energy rolls on, energy cooperatives are joining in the efforts, despite not being afforded the same tax breaks as private energy firms. By and large, solar arrays, dubbed “gardens,” are popping up not just in la ..... 
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New owner, hosts at Peterson’s Wenneson Inn

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Progress Edition

Changes are happening in the hamlet of Peterson. In the last few years, the town’s historic bandstand was restored; then, in 2012, the Penger Vault, the former bank, was creatively renovated for distinctive lodging. In 2013, the go-to spot, Burd ..... 
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Another option for Internet service comes to Preston

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

Most residential and commercial customers in Preston have been used to having two options for Internet service: Medicom and Centurylink. Well, now there’s another option. Historically, the Harmony Telephone Company has had great success with ..... 
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