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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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Earth Day Event Planned at historic Lenora Church

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Canton Arts & Culture

Tired of winter? Ready for spring? There will be a celebration of New Life in conjunction with Earth Day on April 21st at 3:00p.m. at the historic Lenora United Methodist Church located in the small Fillmore County Village of Lenora. This will ..... 
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