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Steam Engine Days on track for a good time


Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Mabel Features

Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days 2014 was a huge success. Photo by Barb Jeffers

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 always held the first weekend after Labor Day in Mabel, Minn.

According to the website, steamenginedays.com Steam Engine Days began because “a love for the steam engine was very strong in a few men in the Hesper community, and they felt this part of farm history should not be forgotten” so they planned a get-together.

The website notes that “the first of the now annual Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days was nothing more than a public exhibition of old time threshing with steam engines” and has grown to the large festival we all know and love today.

A parade of tractors from Hesper to Mabel will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, and as the tractors roll into town, there will be a dance at the American Legion Hall beginning at 7 p.m., with the Buck Hollow Band providing entertainment until 10 p.m.

The American Legion Hall will again be the host of musical talent on Friday night, with “Ginny & The Right Combination” from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Saturday morning brings a day full of events. All day Steam Engine activities include Old Time Threshing, Corn Shelling and Shredding, Tractor Plowing & Sub Soiling, Shingle Mill, Log Sawing, Dyno Hook-ups for Tractors, and a Blacksmith Shop.

Dee Erickson, president of the Mabel Business Association which sponsors Steam Engine Days, says “I still think the main focus is on the steam engines and threshing and how they used to do it” and adds “I really hope that a lot of people go across the creek to see threshing”, as it is very interesting and not something you see every day.

A Softball Tournament begins at Loren Hawks Field, which will continue into Sunday, bringing many teams and their friends and family members to Mabel to support their favorite teams and players.

From 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. stop by the Simple Living Farmers Market, which is located 1/4 mile west of Mabel on Hwy 44, and find the fresh produce that is in its prime this time of year.

A Pumpkin Contest will be held, with registration from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Mabel-Canton Senior Class will hold its 46th annual Antique Show & Sale in the Ma .....
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Mabel-Canton struggles to get SAC program off the ground

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton school board met on August 18 at 7 p.m. The board extended a warm welcome back to the students, staff, and families of the Mabel-Canton school district, as they will be starting another school year soon. The 2015-16 school brea ..... 
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Darrin David Wedmann

Thu, Aug 20th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Darrin was born August 25, 1972 to Reinhold and Shirley (Tengesdahl) Wedmann in LaCrosse, WI. He graduated from Mabel –Canton High School in 1991. He continued his education at UW-Stout graduating in 1995 with a degree in Construction Management. ..... 
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Michael Tripp

Tue, Aug 18th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Michael Tripp, age 67, of Mabel died Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Gundersen-Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin Mike was born April 20, 1948 in Rochester, Minnesota to Raymond and Elizabeth (Solie) Tripp. He graduated from the Mabel-Canton Hig ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Riley Mark Abshier

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

Ryan and Melissa Abshier of Evansville, Ind. are proud parents of a baby boy, Riley Mark Abshier. He was born May 13, 2015, weighed 3 lb, 5 ounces, and was 14.5 inches long. He was welcomed home July 28, 2015 weighing 6 lb, 15.7 ounces and measuring ..... 
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Mabel ambulance crew deals with scheduling conflicts

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on August 12 at 7 p.m. Council member Liz Folstad was absent. Ambulance Director Neil Folstad reported to the council that Liz Folstad resigned from the Mabel Ambulance Service last week. Scheduling the EMTs and First ..... 
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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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Mabel-Canton prepares to open SAC program

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel Canton School Board congratulated Cody Ward for competing in the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. at their regular meeting on July 21, 2015. The second reading of the MSBA Policy 4427, which affects the workload ..... 
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Gene A. Curtis

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Gene A. Curtis, 61, of Sumner, Iowa died suddenly on Sunday July 5, 2015 while camping with his family near Nashua. Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. ..... 
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