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A gathering place for Canton residents


Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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Dustin Zafft, Vernon Zafft, and Jenny Kleppe can be found at TJ's Cafe in Canton.

Along the highway outside of Canton there is a place to fuel up your vehicle, as well as eat a good meal. For the last four years, TJ's Café has been not only a convenient place to stop on your way through town, but also a place for local people to meet and socialize. They have recently extended their hours for Friday night fish dinner.

Jenny Kleppe leases the building from Preston Dairy and Farm, who runs the feed store in the back. It was almost four years ago when she worked with her husband, who is a logger. She used to come to Canton for lunch, and when the restaurant closed down, she considered reopening it with her friend Tammy.

For the last two years, it has been just Kleppe running the show, with the help of employees Vernon Zafft, Dustin Zafft, and Melissa Manhart. She admits that sometimes it gets crazy, but she is having a lot of fun.

"If I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't still be here," said Kleppe.

According to Kleppe, they have received a lot of business on Fridays since extending their hours. During the week they see a lot of farmers come in for breakfast and lunch, and a lot of regular visitors who like to drink coffee, play dice games, and visit with friends.

TJ's Café also provides the Canton Senior Dining meals. Kleppe said there are eight people in Canton they deliver meals to, and up to ten people choose to dine at the restaurant.

Kleppe said Preston Dairy and Farm has hay sales on Mondays, which gives them a lot of business on those days. They have also seen an increase in customers since the Canton Pub stopped serving lunches Monday through Thursday.

The café also serves as a convenience store. "We sell a little bit of everything," said Kleppe. There is even Amish woodwork collectibles sold there, made by local Amish residents.

"I enjoy coming here every day," said Kleppe. "I have great help, and the customers are great. They really appreciate that we are here."

Kleppe lives north of Decorah by North Winneshiek School with her husband and three children. TJ's Café is now open from 5-8 p.m. on Friday nights.

Heritage Grove of Harmony celebrating ten years

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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Ten years ago this year, Harmony created a place for people to go who were not ready to go into the nursing home, but still not able to live on their own. Heritage Grove was built as an assisted living center, but it is much more than just that.
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Incremental improvements for Center for the Arts

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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Raising money for the refurbishing of Chatfield's old elementary buildings has been a challenge in this time of tight budgets and slow economic growth. However, progress is being made in part by stretching the funding with the gifts of time and labo ..... 
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Organizational process for NTC

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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On January 16 the National Trout Center's (NTC) board of directors met for the first time for an organizational meeting at the Jailhouse Inn. Some members who sat on the Steering Committee are now on the board and some will form an Advisory Committe ..... 
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Rushford ABC striving to improve community

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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By now, there's a good chance you may have heard people talking about branding. But, how exactly does one go about putting a brand on a community?

According to Doug Botcher, Chairman for the Rushford Area Branding Council, "A brand is an ide ..... 
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Geneva's Hideaway & Ice Cream Shoppe sweetening Peterson

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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You've seen them in just about every small town; buildings for sale. Take for instance an 1980s era 8-plex apartment building. Sure it may have that lovely outdated carpeting and décor, but what if you looked beyond the obvious.

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Fountain transitions, a new era

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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The city of Fountain has had three transitions this past year, a new city clerk, a new employee in public works, and a brand new police car.

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The milestones of Lanesboro

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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The rural community of Lanesboro, located in the heart of bluff country, had an eventful year in 2011. The town is now looking forward to an exciting year in 2012. Again in 2011, strong leadership and cooperation has helped the Lanesboro community h ..... 
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"What's up, Doc?"

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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While the current business climate may leave some thinking small towns can't support local business, there's at least one Whalan business proving them all wrong. Dale 'Doc' Peterson, of Doc's Auto Body and Repair humbly claims to be just a "Little g ..... 
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