Canton Area News

Canton Heroes Receive VFW Life Saving Award

    Two local heroes reluctantly accepted recognition for their roles in rescuing a nine year old from his burning home last April. Canton Volunteer Fireman Larry Braaten and Canton Police Officer Rick Miller both received Veterans Of Foreign Wars Life Saving Awards for their rescue. Both men also received state recognition as Fireman of the Year and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
    The fire that took the lives of James Brandsgaard’s siblings be gan to unfold in the early morning hours last April. Braaten, who lived a few blocks away from the Brandsgaard home, arrived and began getting things ready for the rescue equipment.
    Arriving at the scene shortly after the call came in at 5:24 Am., Miller saw Mari Brandsgaard running from the house. He was informed that the mother had four children, two upstairs and two downstairs, still in the house. Miller ran to the west side of the house and broke out a window in an attempt to locate any occupants.
    Meanwhile, Fireman Braaten and Asst Chief Brian Severson continued to look for way to gain entry to the home. Braaten thought he hear a moan at the back of the house. Braaten asked Miller to break out the northwest window, which Miller did. With black smoke rolling out the window, Braaten hoisted his upper body through the window. After the third attempt the rescuer found the unresponsive body of James. James was pulled through the window to safety. He was then transported to Sioux Falls for treatment for burns and smoke inhalation.
    James celebrated his tenth birthday on January 25 thanks to the heroic efforts of two of South Dakota’s finest.

Welcome Madeline!

    The first baby born in 2005 arrived at Canton-Inwood Memorial Hospital on Monday, January 17. Madeline Kay Johnson marked the first baby of the year for the hospital but also was the first child of parents Aaron and Michelle Johnson.

Canton Fire Department Has Annual Meeting

    At the Canton Volunteer Fire Department’s Monday night meeting, officers for the 2005 calendar year were elected, as well as the presentation of the Annual Report for 2004. Three firefighters retirement was also announced.
    The election saw four of the five officers reelected to serve the one year term of office. Re-elected were Fire Chief Trevoe Ekle, 1st Assistant Brian Severson, 2nd Assistant Scott Thompson, and Secretary Ron Ingebrightson. The new treasurer will be Dan Anderson.
    Fire Chief Trevor Ekle reported that the Canton Fire Department responded to 86 alarms during 2004, with approximately 1281 man-hours spent in fire suppression and investigation. Of those 86 calls 51 came from the city of Canton, and 35 were located in the country.
    Three firefighters announced their retirement. Roger Crawford, Jim Harrison, and Layne Burgess have served a combine total of 53 years for the Canton Fire Department Crawford has served the fire department for 21 years. Serving 15 years is Harrison. Burgess has served 17 years. The firefighters will be honored at the February meeting.

Redeemer Free To Host Singspiration

    On Sunday, February 20 Redeemer Free Lutheran Church will once again host their annual “Singspiration”. Anyone wishing to share their music talent can contact Vicki Dykstra at 764-6399 or Vera Gilbertson at 764-2232 no later than February 14.
    The Singspiration will begin at 7:00pm. with the participants from the area sharing their love Jesus through music.
    A free will offering to be given to the Canton Ministerial Association will be received.

Storytime Begins

    The Canton Public Library staff is preparing for the Winter Storytime Program. Kids can participate in one of the three sessions, which take place on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from January 31st to February 23rd.
    Activities included in this program consist of action activities, story telling and crafts. Participation in this educational and entertaining program enables the kids to develop social skills, learn how to better follow directions and encourages self-esteem.
    To register your children, come in or contact the library at 987-5831.

Driver License Station

     Drivers exams and license renewal will be at city hall on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 Officers will available from 8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. Those wishing to take a driving test will need to  be at City Hall before 4:30 p.m.

City Reminder- Snow

    The city is reminding property owners not to shovel or blow snow or ice into the street. This ordinance includes ice as well. Homeowners could be subject to a fine if found in violation. For further information about snow policies click here. Snow Removal.

Citizens Of The Year Named At Banquet

    The Annual Canton Chamber Association Banquet, held last Friday night at Hiawatha Golf Club, Named Sterling and Mary Heath the 2005 Citizens Of The Year.
    The award was presented by Chamber President Leon Eich and Board member Ron Ingebrigtson after the reading of the couples contributions to the community.
    Both Sterling and Mary are Canton High School alumni. Sterling was credited with being the driving force behind the Harrison/Joslyn Memorial Scholarship. They work together keeping stats for CHS football games. The couple also owns and operates Sterling Carpets in Canton. Their involvement in the Lions Club, Canton Volunteer Fire Department and Sioux River Folk Festival were also mentioned during the ceremony.

New Pool For Canton

    The city commissioners received at their Monday meeting a preliminary plan and a drawing for the proposed new pool complex. Members of the Pool Task Force were present at the meeting to present the plan to the commission. The pool task force has approved the overall floor plan of the pool area.
    The entire pool area includes a zero depth entry pool, intermediate pool, slide pool, diving pool, and a six lap, 25 meter pool that is 12 feet deep. The pool will also include a three-meter and one meter diving boards and a 150 foot slide with three turns. The building at one end of the pool will include changing stations, concession area and a pump house.
    The commission will have to make the final decision on the site for the new complex. There are actually three sites available. Two of the sites will keep the existing pool open for at least part of the summer with the third closing the pool for the 2005 summer.
    The two of the sites under examination are in Kennedy Park. One of the sites is on the west end of the existing pool or to the north of the baseball fields. The second site is where the pool is now located of it is demolished. The third site is on land donated to the city by the Keystone Foundation. The engineers asked that a site selection be made by January 30 so that everything will stay on schedule. Bids will have to advertised and opened by the first of April in order to stay on schedule with a July 2006 completion date.


Gordon Celebrates 80th

On Saturday, January 29, Gordon Grane will celebrate his 80th birthday.
Greetings may be sent to 324 West Third Street, Canton, SD 57013

Welcome Isaac Matthew

Isaac Matthew Wills arrived on November 24, 2004, the son of Matthew and Brenda Wills of Sioux Falls. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20.05 inches long. Isaac has two sisters to welcome him, Maya and Maddie.
His grandparents are Jim and Kate Wills of Rochester, Minnesota and Marv and Nelva Boogerd of Canton.

Kaden Jacob Arrives

Janelle and Joe Podzimek and sister Sarah Jean would like to announce the birth and adoption of their new addition to the family – Kaden Jacob Podzimek. Kaden was born December 23, 2004. He weighed 7 lbs. 7 ozs. And was 19 inches long.
Kaden’s grandparents are Dave and Betty Jacobs, Canton and Glenda Podzimek of Wagner and Joe Podzimek of Dante, SD.


Kelly and Jill Peltier of Canton, proudly announce the arrival of their daughter Katherine D. Kelly Peltier. She was born Friday, December 10, 2004 at 3:39 am, weighing 6 pounds 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her older brother is Maxwell.
Katherine’s grandparents are Bill and Diane Peltier of Canton and Curt and Diane Nelson of Madison, South Dakota and great-grandpa George Hanson, Canton.

New Arrival

Kate Dannielle arrived on Thursday, December 23, 2004, the daughter of Scott and Kim Tollinger of Sioux Falls. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Pete Tollinger and Cheryl and Garry Johnson, all of Canton. Also Basil and Rita Englert of Vienna SD. Great-grandparents are Orval and Cathren Sievers of Canton ad Lorna Burke of Willow Lake, SD.

Avis Lunder Turns 90

Avis Lunder of Sioux Falls, formerly of Canton, celebrated her 90th birthday on Tuesday, January 11.
Greetings may be sent to Avis at Waterford At All Saints, 111 West 17th Street, Sioux Falls, SD, 57104.

Frances Celebrates 80 Years

Mrs. Harvey Twedt (Frances) of rural Hudson will celebrate her 80th birthday on Thursday, January 20. Greetings may be sent to her at 484023 293rd Street, Hudson, SD, 57034.



Murray and Helen Rowe, Canton, are proud to announce the engagement of their son, Kevin to Tonja Schomaker, daughter of Linda Schomaker, daughter of Linda Schomaker, Spencer, IA.
The couple plan to be married April 23, 2005 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencer, Iowa.

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Rubbish Site  

    The Canton Rubble Site hours are following the winter schedule; Tuesday and Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm.   All load except trees must be tarped. Trees must be tied down.

The rubble site guidelines can be found by clicking this link

Information courtesy of the Sioux Valley News and the Citizens of Canton

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Memorial Services For Evelyn Larson

A memorial service for Evelyn Larson, 91, was held on Thursday, January 27, 2005. Burial of her cremains will be at a later date.
Evelyn was born to Anna (Christensen) and Chris Christopherson on August 21, 1913 in Canton. She grew up there and attended Canton schools graduating in 1931.
On October 31, 1933, she married Minor L. Larson of rural Hudson, South Dakota. They farmed before Mr. Larson became employed by the Milwaukee Railroad. They moved to Roscoe, South Dakota. Mr. Larson passed way in 1977. In 1978 Evelyn returned to Canton where she resided until her death.
Evelyn died Saturday, January 22, at Canton Good Samaritan Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Minor, nephew, Chris Turnbull, and sister, Corrine Turnbull.
She leaves many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ray Husby Funeral Services

Funeral services for Raymond B. Husby, 89, were held Monday, January 24, 2005 at Canton Lutheran Church. Burial was at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.
Ray was born June 10, 1915 near Moe Parish in Lincoln County, to Ingvold and Caroline (Ekle) Husby. He attended school in Tulare and graduated in 1935. Ray worked as a civil servant for the War Department and served in the Army from 1943 to 1945. He then farmed and worked at Hunntting Elevator for 12 years.
Ray died Thursday, January 20 at Canton Good Samaritan Center. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Daryl and Kenneth.
He is survived by many cousins, including – George and Corrine Irvin, Hornick, IA. And Frances Larson, Minneapolis, MN; many other family members, including Norris and Richard Ekle, Canton, Caroline Boyer, Canton, Enola Kroger, Inwood, IA, Gloria Widboom, Worthington, MN and Nordell Ekle, Sioux Falls, SD and special friends, Rita and David Myers, Canton, and their children, Ryan, Aaron and LaDaw

Funeral Service For George Decker

Funeral services for George Decker, 79, of Canton were held Saturday, January 8, 2005 in Canton.
George Decker was born on December 6, 1925 at Barrickman Colony, Canada. At the age of 16 he moved with his parents, Reverend David and Suzie Decker, to Tschetter Colony.
He married Margaret Wipf on June 28, 1946. While in Tschetter, he worked as turkey manager for 21 years, until he moved to Pembrock Colony on October 31, 1971. Again, they moved back to Tschetter Colony on August 22, 1974, where he was an electrician for 15 years. On April 11, 1989, George and Margaret left the colony and moved to Canton, South Dakota.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Margaret: six sons and eight daughters – Margaret (Paul) Hofer, Lennox, SD, Lawrence (Helen) Decker, Tschetter Colony, Rebecca (Mike) Decker, Rustic Acers, Eva (Clarence) Wipf, Mobridge, SD, Bertha (David) Waldner, Harrisburg, SD, Betsy (Joe) Kleinsasser, Blumengard Colony, Judith (Daniel) Waldner, White Lake, SD, Suzanna (Conrad) Hofer, Sheldon, IA, Rhoda (Garo) Oswald, Hudson, SD, George (Rebecca) Decker, Alcester, SD, David(Diane) Decker, Kendrick, ID, Herman(Margie) Decker, Tschetter Colony, Leonard (Suzanna) Decker, Canton, SD, Cornelius (Gloria) Decker, Kendrick, Id; 59 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.
George was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and Thomas; one infant daughter and two-great-grandchildren.

Services For Solveig Eikanger

Funeral services for Solveig Elizabeth Eikanger, 102, were held Monday, January 10, 2005 at Canton Lutheran Church.
Solveig was born June 27, 1902 in Oslo, Norway, the daughter of Hans and Olea (Olsen) Pederson. After receiving her education in Norway, she came to America in 1920 at the age of 17. She lived with her sister and worked at the All Saints School in Sioux Falls.
Solveig was united in marriage to John Eikanger March 6, 1926 in Sioux Falls. They made their home on a farm northwest of Beresford until 1938 when they moved to a farm near Canton. They retired from farming in 1953 and moved to Canton. Her husband, John, died December 20, 1960.
On Thursday, January 6, Solveig died at the Canton Good Samaritan Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five sisters and two brothers.
Those grateful for sharing her life with her are her daughter, Mary (Harley Eliason) Canton, her two sons – Rev. LeeRoy (Marilyn), Sioux Falls, and Paul (Judy), Cedar Rapids, IA; ten grandchildren - John (Gail) Eikanger, Ruth (David) Erickson, Jeff (Rebecca) Eikanger, Steven (Liz) Eikanger, Steve (Penny) Eliason, Michael (Mary) Eliason, Mark (Margaret) Eikanger, Karen (Terry) Kaskie, and Kim (Jeff) White: one brother, Thorlief Pedersen, Oslo Norway; and several nieces and nephews.

Emmett Leffler Services

Emmett Leffler, 91, of Canton, South Dakota passed away on January 4, 2005 in Canton. Funeral services were held Friday, January 7, 2005, with burial at Hills of Rest Memorial Park Sioux Falls.
Emmett A. Leffler was born January 25, 1913 at Ada, Minnesota to LeRoy and Rose (Christensen) Leffler.
Emmett farmed with his parents in Minnesota and South Dakota and then settled on a farm near Ellis in the 1940’s. His mother and father preceded him in death in the 1960’s. Emmett continued farming until his retirement in 1991, Following his retirement he moved to Canton where he lived with his niece, Karen.
Grateful for having shared his life are his nephews _ LeRoy Leffler, Sioux Falls, Tyrus (Ruth) Leffler, Wethersfeld, CT, Van (Geri) Bonaire, GA, Daryl (Kathy)Leffler, Altoona, IA: nieces – Jane Leffler, Culberson, NC, Karen Leffler, Canton, Myra Leffler, Rahway, NJ; niece-in-law, Sandy Leffler, Saginaw, MI; grand nieces and nephews – Paul, Bruce, Margaret, Amy, Tia, Travis, Rachelle, Kayla, Trisha, Ashley, Adam, David, Kevin, Katie, Cori, Lizzy; and great-grandnephews, Clint, Paul and Luke.
In addition to his parents, two brothers, Wallace and Francis, and a nephew, Paul, preceded him in death.

Services For Margie Enstad

Margie L. Enstad, 92, died on Sunday, January 9, 2005 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center.
Margie Larson was born March 7, 1912. She married Obel Enstad on March 27, 1934 in Armour, SD. Margie was in the restaurant business in Canton for over 50 years, owning and operating the Coffee Shop. Her husband, Obel, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her twin sister, Martha Fodness of Canton, and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 1:30 pm on Thursday, January 13, 2005, at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2:00pm on Wednesday at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 7:00 to 8:00pm.