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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.

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Canton looks into updating water meters

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council discussed the town’s need for new water meters at their regular meeting on September 10. Town engineer Jon Nordsving stated there have been problems with the current water meters and several readers are malfunctioning or b ..... 
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Canton Appreciation Dinner Sunday,September 28th

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton All

Canton is celebrating again! This time we are honoring Larry and Laurie Huber for donating the Canton Depot to the Canton Historical Society and back to the Community itself. Larry Huber is a railroad buff who knew it was time to save and restore ..... 
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Canton Appreciation Dinner Sunday,September 28th

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Canton Faith & Worship

Canton is celebrating again! This time we are honoring Larry and Laurie Huber for donating the Canton Depot to the Canton Historical Society and back to the Community itself. Larry Huber is a railroad buff who knew it was time to save and restore ..... 
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Principal of Mabel-Canton High School resigns

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Canton All

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on August 19th, 2014 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the July 15, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to welcome back the staff and students of Mabe ..... 
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Canton was right on with Day Off

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Canton Features

The city of Canton, Minn. celebrated its 135th Day Off celebration with hundreds of residents and visitors enjoying three days of summertime fun August 15 - 17, 2014. A softball tournament got the weekend started Friday and continued through Sunda ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Schools face budget cuts

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on July 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. Principal Jeff Nolte was not present nor were board members Cristal Adkins, Jane Hall, or Troy Soiney. The minutes from the June 17, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. ..... 
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Canton denies request to vacate alley

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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 pub ..... 
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Lenora Church hosts Pioneer Day

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Canton Faith & Worship

Historic Lenora Church invites people to Pioneer Day July 13, 2014 at 3 p.m. Historic 1856 Lenora United Methodist Church - Lenora, Minn. near Canton in Fillmore County - old fashioned hymn sing led by Home Spun of Harmony. Ice cream social, spin ..... 
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