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Mabel, MN


Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Mabel, Minnesota is snuggled in the southeast corner of Fillmore County; 60 miles SE of Rochester, 120 miles south of the Twin Cities; 40 miles SW of LaCrosse, Wisconsin or just 20 miles north of Decorah, Iowa.

Frank Adams was the chief construction engineer of the Narrow Gauge Railroad that built the first railroad through Mabel. Frank Adams platted the Village of Mabel in the fall of 1879, naming it Mabel in honor of his little daughter.

The Steam Engine Park is located on the south edge of Mabel. The park is open to the public and provides picnic shelters for family get-togethers, new playground equipment, horseshoe pits and one of the best ball diamonds in the area.

The second annual 50's & 60's Days was held in August this year. Classic cars lined main street for all to view on Saturday afternoon. Businesses had items marked for the sidewalk sales and there were city-wide rummage sales. Be sure to meet your friends in Mabel for a walk down memory lane.

You'll enjoy one of the biggest events in the area when you come to Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Day's. The annual celebration is held in the park the first weekend after Labor Day. It features threshing machines powered by steam engines; two gigantic parades that start with the old steam engines sounding their whistles down main street; arts and crafts; an antique show; a quilt show and many other exciting activities. Every year a carnival sets up on the park grounds for the 'big' kids. Stage shows are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoons and also for Sunday evening. The weekend winds down with drawings held by various community organizations. The grand prize is a new pick-up and all gather to hear if they are the lucky winner. Be sure to plan on joining the city of Mabel for this fun-packed weekend.

Visit the Steam Engine Museum in the Steam Engine Park open Memorial Day through Labor Day by appointment. All the machines that are demonstrated during the Steam Engine Days Celebration are displayed in the museum. These fascinating steam engines and other old machines amaze people of all ages.

Mabel boasts a thriving business community which includes a bank, feed elevator, farm store, furniture store, grocery store, hardware store, drug store, medical clinic, floral shop, quilt shop, antique store, massage therapist, restaurants and other various businesses. Several business places sell Mabel T-shirts, sweatshirts and totes. Each year a new, limited .....
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LeRoy, MN

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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LeRoy, gateway to Lake Louise State Park, is a bustling little town on the edge of the priaire. Located south of Spring Valley on Hwy 56, LeRoy is part of the Shooting Star Scenic Byway.

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Margaret Mead and Gilligan

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Monday, March 4, 2001

The bamboo and leaf house sat on a slight knoll overlooking the shoreline. Below, the full fury of the Pacific Ocean pounded the beach with wave after wave of crashing surf. The howling wind caused the coconut trees along ..... 
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Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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To the Editor,

Congratulations to Lanes-boro's chief of police. It is great to hear that he puts enforcing the law ahead of being "nice" to folks who have had too much to drink.

A recent national survey conducted by the National Cent ..... 
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Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Editors note: The following letter was sent to the Lanesboro City Council in response to an article that appeared in the February 25 issue of the Journal and is printed at the request of the author.

Dear City Council Members,

I was di ..... 
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Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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To the Editor,

Taxpayer Protection Act - an end to state subsidies of big abortion. The Taxpayer Protection Act was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives. This bill should become law, because it protects taxpayers from having t ..... 
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Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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To the Editor,

I wasn't surprised to read in the Fillmore County Journal that our county government is again being taken to task for not honoring a commitment. (Congratulations to Harry Root and the parents who raised him for his motion to do ..... 
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Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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March 4, 2002

Letter to the Editor,

Thursday, February 21, 2002, the Joint Powers Board of Fillmore County met. After years of attending their meetings and observing their disregard for local landowners and taxpayers in the cou ..... 
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten

Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Lucille Evelyn Trouten, 81, of Mahtomedi, Minn., formerly of Harmony, died February 10, 2002 at New Prospective in Mahtomedi.

Lucille Evelyn Johnson was born March 12, 1920, to Helmer R. & Ella Arneson Johnson in Fremont Township, Winneshiek ..... 
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