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Mabel-Canton School preps for upcoming school year


Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

At their August 16 meeting, the Mabel-Canton School Board approved the hiring of elementary teacher Laura Vatland, paraprofessional Kim Underbakke, music teacher Kimberly Svanoe, and paraprofessional and SAC coordinator Amanda Jensen, all for the 2016-17 school year. They also accepted the resignation of music teacher Katie Larson effective immediately and thanked her for her time at the Mabel-Canton School District.

Donations in the amount of $350 from First Lutheran Church for student-based needs, $5,000 from Mabel Telephone Coop for technology use in the classrooms, $80 from Rockwell Collins on behalf of and in memory of Anna Cook, and $50 from Allan Sather in memory of Gudron Storhoff to be used for the 5th grade class were accepted with gratitude from the board.

The 2016-17 current budget was reviewed and approved by the board as well as the payment of the district bills and electronic fund transfers.

Hiawatha Valley Education District’s new executive director Deb Marcotte distributed a handout to the board members detailing HVED’s strategic plan for the 2015-16 school year and how it was implemented, along with changes that will be made to the plan for the upcoming school year. Several of the focuses of HVED are organization and communication which will include monthly meetings and newsletters. A MTSS or Multi-Tiered System of Supports program was recently implemented and will have two meetings a year, one in October and the other in April, to review and discuss what works for each school district partnered with HVED. The goal is to have HVED and the districts it serves learn from each other.

HVED piloted an online digital curriculum called Odysseyware last year and will be making it available to all districts this year. The curriculum is for K-12 students and can be used by teachers for their classrooms. The program is adaptive and updated regularly. “We’re really doing good things,” Marcotte concluded, adding that she hopes to see HVED continue to serve school districts well.

Dean of students Michelle Weidemann was able to attend a 504 training earlier in the day along with several teachers. She explained that a 504 is different from an IEP in that it focuses more on making accommodations for children with physical, mental, or medical challenges. “There was a lot of really good information at the meeting,” she noted.

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Mabel Council approves rezoning request

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The August Mabel City Council meeting opened with a public hearing to discuss a re-zoning request received from Merle and Barb Halvorson. In 2004, Barb was looking for a building in which to open her hair salon and was unable to find any available ..... 
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Mabel City Council discusses mandatory house numbers

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert Several members of the community were present at the Mabel City Council’s public hearing to discuss the proposed house numbers. Others weren’t able to make it that evening, but spoke with City Administrator Karen Larson prior ..... 
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Mabel business owner questions sidewalk ordinance

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert “I’m going to try to get along with you even though I feel attacked,” said Debbie Marsden at the June 8 Mabel City Council meeting. Marsden, a Mabel resident and owner of Debbie’s Corner, was recently hand delivered a let ..... 
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Mabel Council approves resolution for TIF District

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on May 11 at 7 p.m. Mike Bubany from David Drown Associates was present for the public hearing portion of the meeting to speak to the council about the proposed tax increment financing, or TIF ..... 
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Mabel water and sewer project set to wrap up in May

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on April 13 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Thomas Trehus was present at the meeting to introduce himself to the council. Trehus is running for Minnesota House of Representatives ..... 
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Kids Corner of Caledonia plans to expand to Mabel

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on March 9 at 7 p.m. One council member was absent. Mayor Jim Westby opened several bids for the building of the wastewater treatment plant shed. The council read bids which covered labor an ..... 
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Mabel encourages residents to apply for parking permits

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on December 9 at 7 p.m. Council member Terry Torkelson was absent. A public hearing was opened to discuss the sale of a property from Loren McCabe to Wayne Buxengard. The property had a house on it that had to be torn ..... 
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Mabel City Council discusses changes to parking ordinances

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on October 21 at 7 p.m. Mayor Jim Westby was absent. Pat Bailey from the Minnesota Department of Health was present at the meeting to discuss the development of a wellhead protection plan for the City of Mabel’s drink ..... 
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