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New owners give fresh start to Historic Mabel Hotel

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Progress Edition

The Mabel House Hotel is under new ownership. Photo submitted

The oldest running hotel in the state of Minnesota, the Historic Mabel House Hotel, carries over one hundred and thirty years of stories. Walking across the hardwood floors and glancing up at the lofty tin ceilings and woodwork of the historic dining hall feels like a step back in time. When you check in, you just might be handed an old skeleton key to enter your room. After all these years, the hotel is starting fresh under new ownership and beginning a new chapter in its tale.

The Mabel House Hotel originated in Riceford, Minn. in the 1870s when Riceford boasted a busy stagecoach line, followed by the Narrow Gauge Railroad Line. The business district of Riceford declined, so in 1879, the hotel was moved on horse-drawn wagons to 117 South Main Street in Mabel, where it remains to this day. A south wing was added in 1880.

Ownership of the hotel has changed several times, with the most recent purchase being made by LaVerne Vickerman in February 2014, after the previous owner let it go to foreclosure. He purchased the hotel for $36,000. His granddaughter, Crystal Atkin, said she found herself suddenly the “caretaker” of the hotel after Vickerman’s purchase, saying how her 85 year old grandpa “always likes to have a project to work on”.

This project proved itself a great one indeed. Atkin states it was “so filthy and neglected for quite some time”. She and Vickerman set to work on improvements that included gutting walls, updating bathrooms, replacing beds and furniture, and re-flooring the upstairs. Atkin recalls the updates being “mostly cosmetic – painting and cleaning and cleaning and cleaning and bleaching and more cleaning”, Atkin recalls. “The cleaning and the vacating (of old furniture and unusable items) took forever.” During the refurbishing process, she stresses how important it was to remain true to the old style of the hotel without sacrificing modern conveniences for their guests. Atkin estimates they have likely put $100,000 into the hotel by this point.

She mentions the team of people who helped make the restoration process possible, especially Leann Jevne, booking agent for the hotel and owner of the flower shop next door, who Atkin describes as “such an entrepreneur”. Since Atkin has a full-time job for Fillmore County in Preston, she is grateful for Jevne’s interest and investment in the hotel. LeAnn’s son John Jevne took on electrical a .....
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Mabel’s Winneshiek Medical Center expands hours

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Progress Edition

The Mabel Clinic has recently undergone some positive changes. Thanks to the clinic partnering with Winneshiek Medical Center, they have been able to expand their hours of operation to better meet the needs of Mabel residents and surrounding towns. ..... 
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