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Despite rainy weather last year, the Canton Day Off beanbag tournament drew a large number of participants. The ever-popular beanbag tournament will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19.
NEWS LEADER FILE PHOTO Despite rainy weather last year, the Canton Day Off beanbag tournament drew a large number of participants. The ever-popular beanbag tournament will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Monday, August 14, 2017 6:48 PM

“Let the good times roll,” will be the theme for the 138th annual Canton Day Off celebration, which will be held Aug. 18, 19 and 20.

While it’s just once every five years that Canton holds its full-blown community celebration, this year’s Canton Day Off still has a number of events geared for the young and old alike.

  • Savanna Spring Nature Center site of  ‘prairie walk’

    “How can you tell a dogwood?” asked Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) member Tim Gossman, leading a gathering of approximately 25 people through Savanna Spring Nature Center in Chatfield. 

    He answered his own question by saying, “By its bark.”

  • Fillmore County’s commissioners held a brief meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8. 

    Highway engineer Ron Gregg and Highway and Airport office manager Pam Schroeder came before the board with a resolution to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for pavement improvements at the Fillmore County Airport and for producing an airport master plan for the county airport. 

  • At the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, the Fountain City Council received a resignation letter from Police Chief Tom Mosher, specifying his last day in late September. While thanking him for his many years of service, the council approved his resignation.

    As it has been researching over the past several months, the council discussed again about police services after Mosher’s resignation.

    Mayor Richard Kujath spoke with Sheriff Tom Kaase, who expressed the desire to talk once more with the council regarding a contract. At the same time, the council is interested in discussing the services with Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz. It would also like to see final numbers and contracts for the services.

  • Though they had a full agenda for their Aug. 7 meeting, the Preston City Council members seemed to focus on changes involving their police force.

    “Over the last year or two, the mayor and I, along with the chief, have met with representatives from Lanesboro to discuss the police contract and to talk about budget issues and the language in the contract,” said City Administrator Joe Hoffman.



  • On Monday, Aug. 7, the Lanesboro City Council tabled awarding the contracts for the projects involving Park Road and Pleasant and Sheridan Alley.

    Bolton & Menk received bids for both projects last Tuesday, but both sets of bids came in at a higher price than the estimate from the engineer. The Park Road project saw an estimate of around $280,000, but bids ranged at $350,000 or higher. The companies that submitted bids were competitive with each other, but certain facets of the scope of the project were higher than anticipated, including mobilization, insurance, asphalt, curb and gutter and more. The time frame of the bids and project did not affect the quotes given to the city council.

  • Jane Peck and her fellow thespians are preparing for another pop-up play to hit the streets of Lanesboro this fall.

    Following the timeline started last year, with scenes focused on the 1930s Lanesboro residents and the events that were happening at that time, “Lanesboro – the 1930s: The Sequel” will feature new characters, a few familiar faces and a “filling station event,” Peck said.

    The filling station event will highlight activity that may have once taken place at the Jeffris Garage and Filling Station in Lanesboro, once located near the creamery and which was used by the Citizens Conservation Corps (CCC). To bring the garage to life, Peck and members of the non-profit organization History Alive! Lanesboro are looking to borrow classic cars and trucks from the 1920s and 1930s for the days of the production.

  • Youth talent contest set to be held August 19 in Canton

    Attention area youth! If you like to sing, play an instrument, dance, like to tell jokes, do magic tricks or want to put on a short skit, you could be $100 richer.

    In conjunction with the Canton Day Off celebration, the third annual youth talent contest will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19.

    The contest is sponsored by the Canton Area Historical Society and will be held on the shaded lawn of the Mitson House Museum, located at 307 North Main. 
  • Canton ready to let 'good times roll' during Canton Day Off

    “Let the good times roll,” will be the theme for the 138th annual Canton Day Off celebration, which will be held Aug. 18, 19 and 20.

    While it’s just once every five years that Canton holds its full-blown community celebration, this year’s Canton Day Off still has a number of events geared for the young and old alike.

  • Fillmore County’s commissioners held a brief meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Highway engineer Ron Gregg and Highway and Airport office manager Pam Schroeder came before the board with a resolution to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for pavement improvements at the Fillmore County Airport and for producing an airport master plan for the county airport. 

  • Forestry Field Day shows importance of controlled burns

    The Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District had some hot stuff on the prairie.

    “Fire has been part of the landscape here…fire has been as important to nature here as rain and sun,” stated Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park’s manager, Mark White. He was addressing a gathering of landowners at the park’s picnic shelter during the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) Forestry Field Day, held last Wednesday, July 26.

  • The Fillmore County commissioners welcomed Ronda Allis, planning director of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), to the Tuesday, Aug. 1, County Board meeting. Allis updated the board on the Minnesota District 6 ten-year work plan drafted for 2018 through 2027. MnDOT District 6 encompasses southeastern Minnesota.
  • The Mabel-Canton School Board held a special meeting on Tuesday, July 25, at 5:30 p.m. to potentially consider the hire of Brett Clarke for a 0.8 superintendent position with the Mabel-Canton district.
  • Members of the Mabel-Canton School Board held a series of three meetings on Tuesday, July 18.
  • The Fillmore Central School Board continued preparing for the 2017-2018 school year on Tuesday, July 25.
  • Mabel gearing up for 50s & 60s Day

    Grab that jar of butch wax and slick back your hair, find your favorite poodle skirt and saddle shoes and hop in your favorite classic “ride” and head on down to Mabel. 

    It’s time for Mabel’s ‘50s & ‘60s Day. The 18th annual event, which draws hundreds of people and more than a 100 classic, antique and vintage vehicles, will be held Saturday, Aug. 12.

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