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62nd Annual Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days never disappoints the large crowds that show up each year and this year was no exception with the streets of Mabel, Minn. full of area residents and visitors who experienced a weekend packed with fun.

The 62nd annual celebration took place September 5-7, 2014 with a wide array of activities throughout the weekend. Many residents of the area began the festivities a day early on Thursday with the Parade of Tractors from Hesper, Minn. to Mabel connecting the two towns involved in the celebration.

The Steam Engine Grounds were packed full of interesting demonstrations featuring steam engine power including old time threshing, log sawing, corn shredding, horse plowing, and more.

Many events took place both Saturday and Sunday including a softball tournament, Bingo, and a Model Railroad Show. Crafts, jewelry and other unique items filled the museum building for a large Craft Show and the Quilt Show with strikingly beautiful and detailed work took place in the Mabel Community Center and also included an impressive “Quilts of Valor” display.

The Mabel-Canton senior class held the 45th annual Antique Show & Sale which brought many to the High School Gym both Saturday and Sunday.

Food, drinks, and games of many types were available on the Steam Engine Grounds including smoothies, funnel cakes, tacos, and cotton candy to name a few. Stumpy’s Concessions served up pizza, corn dogs, and deep fried pickles among other selections.

There were events designed with kids in mind at the Steam Engine Grounds with bounce houses from Jolly Jumpz Amusement and the Little Blue Choo Train gave free rides for many happy faces. Children could be seen smiling and waving to friends and family as the train meandered through the grounds.

Parades were held both Saturday and Sunday at noon with steam engines leading the way followed by tractors of all kinds, and a variety of parade entries by local residents, groups, and businesses.

Following the parade on Saturday a crowd gathered at the Steam Engine Grounds Stage for Coronation. Master of Ceremonies Greg Wennes asked each candidate questions and entertained the audience during the ceremony. The Royalty include: Queen - Emma Wathier, daughter of Dominic and Kathy Wathier, and sponsored by Steuart Laboratories. 1st Attendant - Alyssa Tangen, daughter of Kristi Vreeman and Jim Tangen, s .....
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Taste of the Trail had much to offer

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

A cool morning on September 6, 2014 gave way to a beautiful sunny day for Taste of theTrail with Fountain, Minn., Preston, Minn. and Harmony, Minn. being the featured towns of the day with activities and samples offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tast ..... 
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Lydia "Bonnie" M. McManimon

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Lydia “Bonnie” M. McManimon, age 86, of Rushford, Minn., died peacefully with family by her side at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home on September 7, 2014. She was born the sixth of Frank and Pauline Bauer’s 12 children on the family farm outside of ..... 
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Ora Marie Halvorson

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Ora Marie Halvorson Ora Marie Halvorson, 83, of Ashton, passed away on September 1, 2014 at Franklin Grove Nursing Center. She was born September 20, 1930 in Rushford, Minn. to Ordin and Alice (Ness) Torkelson. She married Donald M. Halvorson on Ap ..... 
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Clifford D. Kumm

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Clifford D. Kumm, age 88, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Saturday morning, September 6, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center. Clifford was born September 18, 1925, at his family home in Bloomfield Township, Fillmore Co., Minn., the son of Adolph a ..... 
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James "Jim" A. Hanson

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

James “Jim” A. Hanson James “Jim” A. Hanson, age 80, of Ostrander, Minn., died Friday morning, September 5, 2014, at the Ostrander Care and Rehab in Ostrander, Minn. Jim was born March 27, 1934, in Whitehall, Wis., the son of Hilder and H ..... 
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Marie Holmen

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Marie Holmen, age 95, of rural Lanesboro, Minn., died Tuesday evening, September 9, 2014, at Gundersen Harmony Care Center. Marie was born May 18, 1919, in Rushford, Minn., the daughter of Oscar and Anna (Isberg) Berland. She moved with her fam ..... 
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Winterize now, relax later

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Everyone remembers how harsh and long the last winter was, and most predictions are for another cold and snowy winter this year. But although nobody knows for sure just how severe the winter will be, there are many winterizing tasks to be done arou ..... 
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Houston City Council discusses golf cart fees

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

The Houston City Council held a meeting on September 8. At the meeting, the council agreed on changes to the city’s golf cart policy. They agreed to keep the fee for a permit at $50; however the permit will now be good for two years instead of one ..... 
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