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Journal Writing Project: Growing Up in a Small Town


By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

By Gabrielle Sand

Dear residents of 55954,

Being a senior in high school and graduating next month, I have had a lot of time reflect on my years at Mabel-Canton. There has always the ups and the downs, and I realize now that the ups outweigh the downs. I was in cheerleading my ninth and tenth grade year, and I started softball my tenth grade year. With those two sports alone, I have learned so much, and I continue to learn. My senior year I managed volleyball, boys and girls basketball, and I play softball. Over the years, I have learned that it takes more than just the players on a field or a court to create a team.  It is no different than a community; we all work together for the betterment of the “team”.  Each person has his or her role:  the stars of the team shine, the coaches offer their heart and soul to the team, the average players get their time on the field/court, the less athletic dress in uniform and cheer on their teammates. Going to a small school, people get more opportunity of playing time than being in a larger school.

Being in a small community, we really get to know everyone, literally. I am a senior, and I know a majority of the kindergarteners, along with their parents and grandparents. When I walk down the hallways on the elementary side, the kids run up to me with open arms looking for a hug, or they have an excited hello! Also, walking down the hallways on the high school side, we will always get a “hello” or a friendly smile. I don’t believe I could get that in a larger school. Also, I know the owners of the small businesses in Mabel.  I am acknowledged by name when I enter into their stores. They know who I am, they know my mom, my dad, my siblings, my grandparents. I have heard stories of how they know where to return me if I am lost, simply by my looks!

Being in a smaller community I have been taught a lot. I learned that it is always beneficial for me to be kind and courteous to others. I have learned that walking down the streets of Mabel and hearing the words “Hi, how are you?” make me feel good. Knowing I have been acknowledged make me happy. When I was in Washington D.C. with my fellow classmates, no one held doors for us as we walked in, no one said hello or offered a friendly smile when we walked past one another. By growing up in a small town, I learned the importance of doing random acts of kindness such as smiling at one another, shoveling a s .....
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James Kelly

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Canton Obituaries

James J. Kelly, Sr., age 76, a lifelong Canton, Minn. area resident, died Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisc. James was born August 7, 1938 in Decorah, Iowa to Francis and Mary (Knox) Kelly. He attended t ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Dual enrollment

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Dual enrollment is when a high school student is taking a class for both college and high school credit. This is a good opportunity for high school students who are looking to further their education while they are still needing to complete their hi ..... 
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Letter about Gudmundson...

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Canton Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Gudmundson has done it again. He has the most disrespectful and sarcastic column I have ever read. He proceeded to “put down” the President of the United States by stating Obama has a degree “from a trade school”. Does G ..... 
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Fire Department looking for more space in Canton

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Fire Chief Randy Gossman was present at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on April 8 to ask about the possibility of expanding the Fire Department. Gossman stated that the Canton Fire Department is very tight on space and they going t ..... 
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Veronica Snyder

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Veronica Snyder, daughter-in-law of Clem and Lucille Snyder of Canton, died in her home on February 7, 2015. She was the beloved mother of Ramona, Kathleen, and Christopher. Grandmother to Casey, Anya, Aedin, Ava, and Logan. She will be greatl ..... 
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Stop in to Wild Red’s Canton Pub

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Canton Features

An integral part of main street in Canton, Minn. is once again up and running with new management. Karen Scheevel opened the doors of Wild Red’s Canton Pub on January 29, 2015 after the business had been closed for quite some time. Before ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Herbs

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Bt Sara Vettleson-Trutza Think about this: a woman has a chronic illness. She takes a conventional medication and has been doing so for a long time. The medication works sometimes and does an okay job, but the ailment never seems to be working. Her ..... 
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