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Canton Fire Department upgrades


Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council discussed potential upgrades for the Fire Department at their regular meeting on May 11.

Sheriff Tom Kaase was present at the meeting to propose new radios for the fire department. He explained that local law enforcement and ambulances have been able to use grant funds to move from the older VHF radios to 800Hz radios over the past few years. It is a competitive grant process and he has tried four times in the last couple of years to get grant funds for the county’s fire departments to upgrade, as well. This year, finally, Fillmore County was again chosen to receive grant funds so Kaase let the local fire departments know that the matching funds are available this year and each can opt in or out.

The main difference in the radios is that the newer 800Hz radios allow law enforcement, ambulances and fire departments to communicate directly with each other through a single line of communication. VHF radios are still being used for their paging system, however they can only contact the sheriff’s office and are unable to communicate directly with any responding police or ambulance.

Fire Chief Randy Gossman was present, as well as a few other members of the Fire Department. They helped explain the benefits of the 800Hz radios and expressed the concern that if they don’t upgrade now when matching grant funds are available they may have to pay full cost down the road when VHF is phased out.

After grant funds, the cost to the fire department would be $7,894 for three mobile and four portable radios with installation. There is still some time before the deadline, but Sheriff Kaase was looking for a commitment one way or the other. A motion for the Fire Department to get the seven new radios was passed.

Fire Chief Gossman also raised the issue of a new pumper truck again. Jim Davis, city employee and member of the Fire Department, provided details about a truck currently for sale that may be a good option. They would turn it into a rescue rig, which would allow them to respond to calls they not equipped for now. It was a Freightliner with only 33,000 miles, initially valued at $50,000-$55,000, but willing to sell for $35,000. Davis acknowledged that it is a lot of money, but pointed out that upgrades are necessary if they want to keep up with technology.

Davis also informed the council about an opportunity to buy better extrication equipment. The equipm .....
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Rene A. Prestby

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Rene A. Prestby, age 59, of Canton, Minnesota passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel following a courageous fight with cancer. Rene was born March 24, 1957 in Dayton, Ohio. She had attended Ohio State University. ..... 
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Charlene Anastasia McCabe Gideon

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Charlene Anastasia McCabe Gideon, age 90, of Canton Died Thursday, April 28, 2016 at her home. Charlene was born November 27, 1925, at home near the Burr Oak Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa to Anthony A. and Loretta Agnes (Mullaney) McCabe. She ..... 
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Mabel-Canton D.C. Journals

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Canton Education

April 7, 2016 By Megan Melbostad and Hannah Underbakke Waking up at three in the morning isn’t the usual for us, but on April 7, it was acceptable because we were all so excited. Since we were leaving for Washington D.C. at 4:30, we had to be ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Baseball

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

By Tannor Fairchild Baseball season is in full swing here at Mabel-Canton. While the seniors were gone on their senior trip, the JV team played some games. They played well and came out with some great plays and some wins. The two seniors got ba ..... 
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Mabel-Canton accepts donations with thanks

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton School Board met on April 19 at 7 pm for their regular meeting. Board member Mark Weidemann was absent. The board congratulated Neil Folstad on his retirement from the Mabel Ambulance Crew and thanked him for his years of ser ..... 
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Water tower projects in Canton

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

Projects involving the water tower were up for discussion at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on April 13. Jon Nordsving, lead city maintenance employee, reported that there is still a water leak. He was able to locate the leak, how ..... 
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Karen Jean Peterson

Thu, Apr 14th, 2016
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Karen Jean Peterson, 55, of Canton passed away after a hard fought battle with cancer on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Karen was born July 19, 1960 in LaCrosse to Clement and Judy (Bentzen) Steffe ..... 
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NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Canton Legals

NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Pursuant to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes 580.07, the foregoing foreclosure sale is postponed until May 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Fillmore County Courthouse, Main Lobby, Preston, MN, in ..... 
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