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Canton denies request to vacate alley


Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government



The request to vacate the alley between 301 & 303 East Fillmore Avenue in Canton was denied at the Canton City Council meeting on July 9.

The request was made by Canton residents Holly and Jamie Knutson at the City Council meeting in May and a public hearing for discussion was held on June 11. The alley is located between the Knutson and Newman properties and is not in use.

Mayor Donivee Johnson read the findings of the City Council before putting Resolution No. 72014, granting vacation of the alley, to a roll call vote. The findings of the Council were as follows:

1. In reviewing the areas within the City Limits that have the potential to become desirable building lots for housing, the property now occupied by the school building and property extending to the east are viable lands for new construction.

2. The Council has determined that vacating any portion of platted alleys or platted streets in this section of the city limits would not be in the interest of the public. It is the duty of the City Council to make these determinations with a vision towards the future and to protect those areas granted to the City in the original plat for the purpose of providing future services and utilities to specific areas within the city limits.

3. Due to the fact that once an alley or street has been vacated it is nearly impossible to get it back, Minnesota statutes establish that the City Council may vacate a street or alley only upon a finding that the vacation is “in the interest of the public”. The public includes persons other than those in the immediate vicinity of the vacation. Mere long-term, non-use of a street or alley ground does not necessarily equate with a finding that the vacation is in the interest of the public.

There were no findings by the Council that vacation of the stated alley will benefit the public. Councilmembers Hank Seldon, Ross Duckett, Cindy Shanks and Mayor Johnson voted against the resolution, thereby declining to vacate the alley. Councilor Carl Ernst was not present.

Other business

Mayor Johnson provided an update on the progress of the new government building. The sheetrock has been hung and the roof will be insulated soon. Paint and flooring samples will be obtained for the Council to review and a new back door step will be built. It is still hard to say when it will be complete, but it already looks grea .....
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Journal Writing Project: Vacations

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Ever since I was a little kid, I would go on family vacations. They weren’t the big huge ones like going to another state for a week vacations, but the ones where you learned something. They would always be short vacations like a day or two, may ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: New Year’s resolution

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

While most people are making their New Year’s resolutions about losing weight or getting active, you could be making yours to save a pet in need. According to ASPCA (2014) there are approximately 7.6 million animals that are sent to animal shelt ..... 
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Patrick P. Caldwell

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Patrick P. Caldwell, age 89, of Canton, Minn., died unexpectedly Sunday, December 28, 2014 at his home. Pat was born October 30, 1925, in Hudson, Wisc., to Philip C. and Bertha (Petersen) Caldwell. He graduated from the Roberts High School in 1 ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Schools thankful for donations

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on December 16, 2014 for a Truth in Taxation meeting at 6:30 p.m. immediately followed by a regular meeting. All board members were present. Several community members attended the Truth in Taxation meeting ..... 
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Canton rolls out garbage totes

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

A new plan for waste removal in Canton was discussed and approved at the December 10 meeting of the Canton city council. Mayor Donivee Johnson reported that Richards Sanitation is willing to pick up recycling for $3.00 per month and to allow the ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Fascinations

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Why do we as people become thoroughly enthralled in sports? This obsession has become a huge money making industry. According to Forbes(2014) the average NFL team is worth 1.43 billion. Most people don’t think twice about this. They love to watc ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: It is the giving season

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

By Gabrielle Sand Have you done your good deed for the day? If not, you can stop by the Mabel-Canton High School Gym and pick out an ornament off the Christmas in Fillmore County tree! The ornaments have pictures on them of gifts that are needed. O ..... 
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Remembering those lost

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Everything changed for the families of 26 people on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Early in the morning while Sandy Hook Elementary School was in session, a 20 year old man named Adam Lanza, shot his way into the school. The police be ..... 
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