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Fillmore Central football players help prepare Harmony for Fall Fest
Members of the Fillmore Central football team gathered on Saturday to help decorate Harmony’s Main Street in preparation of this weekend’s Fall Fest. From left are Logan Corson, Riley Tostenson, Nate Haugerud, Colten Kraling, Brady Ristau, Matt Lutes, Kasey Koch, Connor Dols, Louis Sandstroem, Sam Bahl, Devin Schmidt, Justin Ristau (behind pole), Sam Peters, Korby Koch, Sam Rustad, Matson Kiehne, Drew Tienter, Vincent Jones, Coach Chris Mensink, Nathan Birch and Conner Morem. Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce member Ralph Beastrom, not shown, coordinated the project. MELISSA VANDER PLAS/NEWS-RECORD
The Canton depot was built in 1879 by the Caledonia, Mississippi and Western Railroad and is one of the few still located on its original site. Because it was also part of the only narrow gauge railroad in Minnesota, the building continues to have historical significance throughout the state. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEROY HAYNES
The Canton depot was built in 1879 by the Caledonia, Mississippi and Western Railroad and is one of the few still located on its original site. Because it was also part of the only narrow gauge railroad in Minnesota, the building continues to have historical significance throughout the state. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEROY HAYNES
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Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:38 PM

When looking at the current state of the Canton depot, most people may see a rundown building in desperate need of repair. Some may look upon the site as an eyesore that should be removed from the community. Others may consider it to be a part of the town’s history and appreciate it as a reminder of the past.

  • The Harmony Economic Development Authority (EDA) discussed marketing strategies during its September meeting.

     
  • Annual drill prepares emergency management, nursing employees

    A steam table shorted out at The Meadows of Mabel while the dining room at the facility was full of people on Monday evening, Sept. 22. One staff person was electrocuted and another suffered severe burns and was rendered unconscious. As the room filled with smoke, the residents found themselves alone, having to fend for themselves.

     
  • Process to transform Canton depot gains momentum

    When looking at the current state of the Canton depot, most people may see a rundown building in desperate need of repair. Some may look upon the site as an eyesore that should be removed from the community. Others may consider it to be a part of the town’s history and appreciate it as a reminder of the past.

     
  • “I’m going to be speaking on ‘South Forestville: The Lost Village’,” related area historian and former Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) Historic Forestville site supervisor and living history interpreter John Grabko. He will speak during Fillmore County History Center’s (FCHC) annual meeting, on Saturday, Oct. 18, about the boom and bust years that built the village of Forestville and reduced it to the six buildings that MHS now incorporates to show the daily lives of pioneers at the turn of the 20th century.

     
  • Lanesboro, Mabel-Canton choir teacher  seeks to share love of music with students

    Mary Breon has a passion for vocal music that began in her high school years. Now, she wants to share that same love for music with the children and youth she teaches in the Lanesboro and Mabel-Canton school districts.

     
  • The Fillmore Central School Board met for its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23. One focus of discussion rested on the sale of certain equipment no longer in use at the school.

     
  • Winneshiek Medical Center has seasonal influenza vaccines available to the public in its Mabel clinic. Influenza vaccines are offered by appointment, clinic walk-in registration or at the flu clinic scheduled in Mabel on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m.

     
  • The Mabel-Canton School Board heard comments regarding the district’s FFA program and heard an update on the district budget at its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, Sept. 16.

     
  • The Harmony City Council approved a $25,000 city match to go towards residential rehab projects should the community receive a small cities grant. The decision was made during the council meeting held earlier this month and was based on a recommendation from the Harmony Economic Development Authority (EDA).

     
  • Greater Than Minnesota program to strengthen  childcare options in Fillmore, Houston counties

    Tuesday, Sept. 16, saw a number of childcare providers, educational staff and others concerned about the subject of childcare gathering at the F&M Community Bank in Preston for a town hall meeting for Greater Than Minnesota. Participants came from both Fillmore and Houston counties to hear from First Children's Finance regional director Heidi Hagel Braid.

     
  • The Greenleafton wastewater treatment system is now ready to be built, thanks to a royal flush of motions passed by the Fillmore County board of commissioners during the Sept. 23 meeting.    

     
  • New Relay for Life chairmen excited to kick off event planning

    “My first Relay I participated in was the 2009 Relay (For Life) in Decorah with my husband’s family because my mother-in-law was just diagnosed with esophageal cancer,” explained Kirchner. “We didn’t walk any years after, and last winter, Deb and I were talking at the gym and she mentioned that she had been asked if she would like to help organize the walk here in Chatfield. She asked if we would help, and of course we — my husband and I — said yes.”

     
  • Canton is celebrating again! This time the community and the Canton Historical Society will be honoring Larry and Laurie Huber for donating the Canton Depot to the Canton Historical Society and back to the community itself.

     
  • At a brief meeting of the Mabel EDA (Economic Development Authority) last Wednesday, the group discussed Steam Engine Days, work on downtown EDA-owned buildings and heard a brief update on the proposed grocery store coop.

     
  • The doctors and staff at the Harmony Veterinary Clinic announced the acquisition of the Cresco Veterinary Clinic in Cresco. 

     
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