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South Dakota man survives plane crash in thick woods of Newburg Township


Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Features

The scene of a May 17 plane crash in Newburg Township where pilot Carl Koch walked away with minor injuries. Photo by Jason Sethre

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 .....
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Family fun during 2013 Steam Engine Days

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

By Barb Jeffers The 61st Hesper - Mabel Steam Engine Days took place September 6-8, 2013 in Mabel, Minn. with residents and visitors enjoying all of the activities. The highlight of the celebration is the steam engines and tractors although there ..... 
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Minnesota/Wisconsin/Iowa Angus Field Day & Sale To Feature Orion Samuelson

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

The Minnesota/Wisconsin/Angus Field Day is scheduled for Sunday, August 18, at Larry, Margaret and Chris Miller’s Viewlawn Angus near Mabel, Minn. You will enjoy a day of fun and excitement for the entire family. The featured star will be Orion ..... 
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D&D Smokehouse the new place to be in Mabel

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

Since September, people in Mabel and the surrounding area have had a new place to hang out and eat great food. D&D Smokehouse, owned and operated by Darrell and Dee Peterson, are excited about their new adventure and the changes coming up in the futu ..... 
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Steuart Labs in Mabel turns 30 this year

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Features

Gary Steuart started his business thirty years ago in Preston. He later moved to Harmony, and as the company grew, he moved to Mabel in 2001. Steuart Labs now has three locations in the downtown area. The first product Steuart created was a pain ..... 
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It’s New 2 U brings retail to Mabel

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Mabel Features

Ever since October, people in Mabel and the surrounding area have had a local option when it comes to buying clothing and other items. It’s New 2 U was opened by Stephanie Liddiard, who owns and runs the Split Endz Salon and Spa in Mabel. Liddi ..... 
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