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Mabel, MN


Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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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 Mabe .....
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

LeRoy, MN

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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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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Lanesboro, MN

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Nestled in a deep valley of the Root River (South Branch) is the unique city of Lanesboro. This quaint townsite of less than one thousand residents, located in the state hardwood forest reminds one of the many hillside villages in Norway. Norwegian i ..... 
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To the Editor,

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Monday, March 19Open Enrollment! Why does it make a difference where our kids learn as long as they learn. We have four children, two boys and two girls. They have gone to school in Lanesboro since they were old enough to go to school. Until two year ..... 
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To the Editor,

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Monday, March 19, 2001At the risk of sounding like the irate parents of the little boy who didnít get invited to the birthday party, we would like to share with you what we recently learned about the National Honor Society, since our son did not get ..... 
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Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, March 19, 2001

It was satisfying to read Jerrold Tesmer's Extension Notes a couple weeks ago about the advantages food producers are capturing by gaining "middleman" profit share through direct marketing. The i ..... 
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Beverly M. Smith

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Beverly M. Smith, 74, of rural Spring Valley, a homemaker, died March 12, 2001 at Spring Valley Care Center, where she had been a patient a short time.

Beverly Maxine Eich was born Jan. 20, 1927, near Ostrander to Frank and Della (Allen) Eic ..... 
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Paul "PJ" James Nelson

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Paul "PJ" James Nelson, 75, of rural Wykoff, died March 13, 2001 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a long illness.

He was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Austin, the son of Lars Christian Nikolai and Engeborg (Pedersen) Nielsen. He was r ..... 
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Charles Thomas Murphy

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Charles Thomas Murphy, 78, of Whalan, a retired Quarve and Anderson Construction Co. employee, died March 13, 2001 at Winona Community Hospital.

He was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Lake City and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. H ..... 
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