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Journal Writing Project: Cell Phones for Soldiers


By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project



Do you have some newer or gently used cell phones you don’t use anymore just lying in a drawer at your house? The Mabel-Canton National Honor Society is doing another service project called Cell Phones for Soldiers. With this program, you can bring in all those gently used cell phones to the main office at Mabel-Canton School and Bank of the West in Mabel. Newer or gently used mobile devices from all services are accepted. We are also having another location in the school at Mrs. Hahn-Millers room. Therefore, students can drop the cell phones off when they walk into class.

Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has worked to provide communication services for free to active-duty military members and veterans. Also, it has provided more than 213 million minutes of talk time for free. In July of 2012, they launched Helping Heros Home, to provide emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges along with physical, emotional, and assimilation hardships. With the Helping Heros Home, it has assisted more than 2,700 veterans return home with emergency funding. This program has remained family-run, and is also a nonprofit organization operated by Bob, Gail, Brittany, Robbie, and Courtney Bergquist. They also have a calling card program called Minutes That Matter that provides service men and women with an estimated three million prepaid calling cards, which equals to 213 million minutes of free talk time.

Cell Phones for Soldiers has fueled its mission through many generous contributions and recycling of the donated phones. Newer or gently used mobile devices from all services are accepted. For every five dollars contributed, or a device valued at five dollars, it will provide the troops with 2 1/2 hours of free talk time.

Robbie and Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, Mass. founded Cell Phones for Soldiers at the ages of 12 and 13. The organization has prevented more than 11.6 million cell phones from ending up in landfills.

If you have unused, gently used, cell phones just lying at the bottom of a drawer, bring them in to Mabel-Canton School main office and get your good deed done. It is greatly appreciated.

Gabrielle Sand is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of five area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its sixteenth year.

Canton seeks Green Community Grant

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The City of Canton will be applying for the Rockwell-Collins Green Community Grant, which provides up to $2,500 for a community project that is green and environmentally friendly. An estimate for the proposed project was reviewed at the regular m ..... 
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CANTON TOWNSHIP ROCK BIDS

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Canton Legals

CANTON TOWNSHIP ROCK BIDS The Canton Township Board will accept quotes on crushed rock which meets state specifications. Quotes are to be on a per yard basis, delivered, spread and picked up as needed. Quotes are to be sent or delivered to the Tow ..... 
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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 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 proj ..... 
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Canton sets designations and fees for 2015

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

New council member Charlie Warner and returning council member Ross Duckett were sworn into office at the year’s first meeting of the Canton City Council on January 14. Annual designations were approved with no changes from 2014. The official n ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Empathy and why we have it

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Empathy, the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.(Dictionary.com 2014) Many people know and understand what empathy is. But have you ever wondered why we have empathy? Is it ..... 
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Jon Howard Elliott

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Jon Howard Elliott, age 64 of Canton, Minn., died Friday, Jan 9, 2015 in Rochester, Minn. Memorial Services will be at a later date. Jon was born October 29, 1950 to Gordon and Thelma (McCabe) Elliott in Preston, Minnesota. He attended Harmony H ..... 
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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 p ..... 
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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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