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Mabel-Canton and Spring Grove rally around one of their own


Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Features

When Paula Snell was diagnosed with breast cancer, several communities rallied around her and her family in support.

Snell was formerly a teacher at Mabel-Canton and currently teaches at Spring Grove. Her daughter, Hannah Snell, attends Mabel-Canton and plays varsity volleyball there. Her teammates wanted to help so they and their parents put their heads together and came up with a plan to raise money for the Snell family.

The volleyball team asked the Mabel-Canton Booster Club to be the fiscal sponsor for a fundraising event. It was decided to host the event on October 4 at a volleyball match between Mabel-Canton and Spring Grove. In addition to Snell’s job at Spring Grove, the head volleyball coach for the Spring Grove team had previously taught and coached at Mabel-Canton so the game between the two schools fit the event perfectly. “Both communities are known for their amazing support of those in need,” said Bobbie Vickerman who coordinated the fundraiser.

Vickerman was right. Both schools rallied behind the cause and were excited to be a part of it. Mabel-Canton superintendent Jennifer Backer and Spring Grove superintendent Rachel Udstuen each donated a pink zebra volleyball to be signed by each team and auctioned off at the event.

As word of the fundraiser got around, people started volunteering and wanted to know how they could help. The many volunteers gathered donations, set up for each of the events that evening, and more.

The fundraiser reached even further than anticipated. As Snell’s two sons, Austin and Riley attend North Winneshiek, the staff at their school also got involved with the event.

T-shirts were designed by some of the members of the Mabel-Canton volleyball team, and Kelly Printing and Signs printed and donated a number of shirts for the event. “Kelly Printing and Signs has always been so supportive of the Mabel-Canton cancer fundraisers,” Vickerman noted. Pre-orders for the shirts were accepted before the event with over 400 shirts ordered.

Ross Himlie, from Himlie Photography, donated two large banners of the Mabel-Canton football team and Mabel-Canton volleyball team which were auctioned off at the fundraiser. He also donated 12 small banners to be sold with the proceeds going to the Snell family.

Local volunteer Sandy Benson collected baskets for the silent auction. There were many other donations fo .....
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Memories of Mabel... What one loves in childhood stays in the heart forever

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Features

By Karen Lind Brazas Channel Islands, California I was only six-years-old when my family moved into a big old Victorian house in Mabel, Minn. They say a true Victorian home “evokes childhood memories of fantasy and make-believe.” Looking bac ..... 
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Tragic day for Fillmore County and Mabel area

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Features

On the afternoon of Sept. 1, at approximately 3 p.m., the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications received a report of a head-on collision between a semi and a car. The accident location given was the 42,000 block of Highway 44, ..... 
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Steam Engine Days on track for a good time

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Mabel Features

The 63rd Annual Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days is geared up to take place September 12 and 13, 2015, with a large variety of events planned to please those of any age. The celebration, which includes the oldest steam engine show in Minn., is alwa ..... 
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Public invited to attend Mabel Area Community Foundation meeting

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Features

A follow-up meeting for the Mabel Area Community Foundation will be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 7 p.m. at the Mabel Community Center. The meeting will be facilitated by Alissa Blaha of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Guest speakers w ..... 
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Brooklyn’s Helping Hands

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Features

Brooklyn Nelson, 4, of Mabel, pictured with her mother, Danielle Stortz, and a few board members from Lasting Imprint of Mankato, Minn. In its second year, “Brooklyn’s Helping Hands” raised $915 to assist local families affected by congenita ..... 
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Mabel girl crowned Miss Minnesota Amazing Preteen

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Features

Although 12 year old Faith Norby of Mabel, Minn., was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three years old, she has not let it define her or her abilities. Faith’s parents are Jason and Sunshine Norby who say that “even though her autism defini ..... 
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Mabel Area Food Shelf seeking volunteers and holding training

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Features

The Mabel Area Food Shelf is seeking volunteers to assist with various tasks. The food shelf is open Thursdays from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, with the exception of the third Thursday of each month. The food shelf is also open the third Saturday of each m ..... 
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South Dakota man survives plane crash in thick woods of Newburg Township

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Features

As farmers were working up the rich soil of Southeast Fillmore County on the afternoon of Saturday, May 17, an orange and white Preceptor Ultra Pup home-built single-passenger plane overhead seemed to be flying lower than usual. And, it was. Experienced military pilot, Carl Koch, age 65, had just refueled at an airport in Caledonia. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, the pilot had just purchased the plane in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and was planning on flying it back to his home in Mitchell, South Dakota. His plane fell short of the 453 mile journey, only making it approximately 145 miles to where he crash landed. Koch’s original plan was to refuel in Caledonia, Albert Lea, and Worthington along the way until he arrived at his destination in Mitchell, South Dakota. But, due to mechanical difficulties still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), pilot Koch had lost power and had to navigate where to crash-land his newly purchased plane. With a dense volume of woods throughout Newburg Township, Koch and his plane crashed just on the fringe of some tillable farmland on a property owned by Weisel Creek, LLP. Following his crash landing with blunt head trauma, Koch found his way across a field and down a gravel road to the entrance of the property at 42489 County Road 18. From the site of the crash to County Road 18 is a little over one mile on foot. Once he arrived at the entrance of the property, he dialed 911, at approximately 2:43 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, to inform the Sheriff’s Department. Then he contacted his wife, who was traveling by vehicle following his flight path. Koch ended up with minor injuries and was transported from the scene to the hospital by a private party. The Mabel Ambulance also responded to the call. In the days that followed the plane crash, an FAA inspector investigated the damaged aircraft, upside down and mangled among the trees. According to Sheriff Jensen, FAA inspectors do not speak to the media. In the weeks to come, more information will be made available relating to the investigation of the crash. Sheriff Jensen said that the FAA inspector shared with him that investigating a crash in which the pilot survives is very helpful. With these types of crashes, the pilot often doesn’t survive to talk about what went wrong. Victor Spaulding, one of the owners of the property where the crash occurred, also arrived on the scene, asking Sheriff Jensen, “Is the pilot OK? How’s he doing?” Victor Spaulding, his son Alan Spaulding, and another partner named Mike Cashill are owners of the property under the entity known as Weisel Creek, LLP. All three owners live in the Twin Cities area. According to correspondence with reporter Mark Roper with television station KSFY in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, an ABC affiliate pilot Carl Koch is in good spirits back at his home in Mitchell, South Dakota. Koch, who is the city attorney for the City of Mitchell, credits his experience for surviving the plane crash. “I don’t believe that I would have a fear of flying again. The truth of the matter is, that when I was flying in the military, I experienced things, and when things did go wrong it scared me more than this and obviously I continued to fly,” Koch said, in an interview with KSFY news anchor Mark Roper. But, he did go on to say, “I’m not going to put my wife, whom I expect to be married to until I die, and family, through concern and worry. I’m not going to put them through that kind of concern and worry again.”

KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports ..... 
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