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Family fun during 2013 Steam Engine Days


Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

Kael Simpson, age 4, shows the candy he received during the Steam Engine Days parade to his Grandparents Mike and Bev Simpson of Chatfield, Minn. Kael is the son of Jim and Jennifer Simpson of Chatfield. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 were many other events for people to participate in or to simply sit back and watch all of the excitement.

According to the event’s website, www.steamenginedays.com, Steam Engine Days began on a small scale in 1953 when a group of men from the Hesper area realized that “threshing” grain with steam engines was becoming obsolete with the introduction of the gasoline engine. These men did not want the steam engines to be forgotten so they began with an exhibition of steam engines and the celebration has grown tremendously in size since its inception.

Thursday, September 6, got Steam Engine Days rolling with a parade of tractors from Hesper, Minn. to Mabel followed by the “Buck Hollow Band” who performed at the American Legion Hall in Mabel. Music entertained the crowd on Friday night as well with the “Country Cousins” band.

Tournaments and contests got participants up and moving early on Saturday, September 8, with the softball tournament beginning at Loren Hawks Field and gardeners brought in their biggest and best pumpkins for the Pumpkin Contest. The third place pumpkin, weighing 366 pounds, belonged to Payton Schultz. The second place pumpkin came in at 440 pounds and was brought by Lonnie Pierce. The first place pumpkin weighed a whopping 530 pounds and the proud owner is Chris Schultz.

Choices of things to do on Saturday were not in shortage between the Simple Living Farmer’s Market where visitors could choose fresh products, the Mabel-Canton Senior Class 44th Annual Antique Show & Sale at the high school gym to find a treasure or two.

Other options for fun events were the Craft Show in the Steam Engine Museum Building which was filled to the brim with crafts, jewelry, clothing, and much more to admire and perhaps purchase and the Quilt Show in the Mabel Community Center showcased the talents and pieces of art which had been created by many. An interesting Model Railroad Show drew many people into the Jag Amdahl Building to view the running scale models.

Tractors and steam engines of every size, color, and age were on display in the Pa .....
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Engagement - Welscher ~ Boyum

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

Harley and Deanna Welscher of Mabel, Minn. are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Lynn Welscher to Joseph Mark Boyum, son of Randy and Karolyn Boyum of Utica, Minn. The bride-to-be is a 2008 graduate of Mabel-Canton High ..... 
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Bierman family to lead worship service for Steam Engine Days celebration

Thu, Aug 29th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Faith & Worship

The Bierman family of rural Lanesboro, Minn. will lead the Ecumenical Worship Service during the Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days celebration. The Biermans consisting of Dad, Mom and four children, ages 12 to 18, have enjoyed playing and singing gosp ..... 
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Zelda M. Sagdalen

Mon, Aug 26th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

ZELDA M. SAGDALEN, age 83, of Mabel, died Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel . Zelda was born July 9, 1930 in Spring Grove, Minnesota to Merton and Fannie (Watkins) Sherburne. She attended the Mabel High ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Board of Education approves district credit cards

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

By Hannah Wingert The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on August 20, 2013 at 7p.m. All members were present except Mark Weideman, Todd Metzke, and Chris Hansen. The Summer School Program at the school was a success with almost 30 participants. ..... 
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Florence L. Narum

Mon, Aug 19th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Florence L. Narum, age 88, of Mabel, Minnesota died Sunday, August 18, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Florence was born April 30, 1925 in Spring Grove, Minnesota to Edwin and Gina (Larson) Hage. She attended the Tawney School ..... 
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City of Mabel Receives Grant from Minnesota Twins

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Sports

By Hannah Wingert When Kati Tweeten, the head softball coach for the Mabel Canton Softball team and the summer recreation director for the City of Mabel, Minn. first heard about the Minnesota Twins “Fields for Kids” grant program, she thought o ..... 
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Engagement - Manning ~ Leidahl

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

Luke Leidahl and Raechelle Manning are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage on August 24, 2013. Raechelle is the daughter of Kevin and Joan Manning of Mabel, Minn. Luke is the son of Danny and Carla Leidahl of Decorah, Iow ..... 
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Highway 44 between Mabel and Highway 52 opens to traffic

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 44 in Fillmore County from Mabel to Highway 52 is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 44 had been closed while crews conducted culvert repairs. Motorists should exp ..... 
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