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Ruth Westby


Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Ruth A. Westby, age 84, of Mabel, Minn., died Tuesday, November 25 at the Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel.

Ruth was born January 7, 1930 in Elgin, Iowa to Lloyd and Clara (Gander) Ruroden. She attended Pleasant Township School through 8th grade when she was needed for help on the farm and with her siblings. On May 5, 1948 she married Kenneth Westby at the Glenwood Lutheran Parsonage. They lived and farmed near the Glenwood Lutheran Church and then south of Spring Grove near the Waterloo Ridge Church. In 1966 they moved to Mabel. Kenneth later died on October 21, 1968. Ruth was a cook for several area restaurants and supper clubs. She was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church, WELCA, and Rachel Circle, and the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries. She enjoyed spending time with her family, dancing, old-time music, baking and cooking. Ruth was known for her homemade vegetable beef soup with dumplings and her donuts.

Ruth is survived by six children: James (Brenda) of Mabel, Judy (Ronald) Vickerman of Mabel, John of Mabel, Janet (Danny) Sanden of Mabel, Jean of Decorah, Iowa, and Joyce (Joel) Graves of Mabel; eleven grandchildren: Shannon, Clare, Carl, Dawn, Jason, Dacia, Cole, Amber, Aaron, Danielle, and Courtney; nineteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Shirley (Warren) Wise of Hiawatha, Iowa, and Betty (Joe) Angelone of Pahrump, Nev.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth; two grandchildren: Kari Ann Vickerman and Lucas John Westby; and two sisters: Lorene Solem and Doris Munson.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Elliott Malm officiating. Burial took place at the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, November 28 at the Mabel First Lutheran Church and one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel.

Remembering those lost

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Everything changed for the families of 26 people on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Early in the morning while Sandy Hook Elementary School was in session, a 20 year old man named Adam Lanza, shot his way into the school. The police be ..... 
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Mabel-Canton school board discusses deficit, enrollment

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on November 18, 2014 at 7 pm. Board members Jane Hall and Troy Soiney were not present. The official results of the November 4th election for school board members were read by Mary Pat Kuhn. Cristal Adki ..... 
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Tin can cranberries

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Commentary

Thanksgiving was always a big holiday for my family. As a group of seven surviving against the odds as Bear fans raised in the heart of Packer country, family was of the utmost importance. We never really stayed in one place to become established thr ..... 
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Bill Sires

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Bill Sires, age 89, Mabel, Minn., formerly of Spring Grove, died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. William John “Bill” Sires was born October 8, 1925 in Dorchester, Iowa to Daniel and Anna (Hahn) Sires. He attend ..... 
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Mabel city council discusses voter turnout, demolition project

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel city council met on November 12, 2014 at 7 pm. City council member Sue Amunrud was absent. Sean Welty from Davy Engineering presented an update to the council. The demolition contractor is expected to come in the next week or two to t ..... 
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Mabel City Council discusses renovating ball field

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on October 8, 2014 at 7 pm. City Council member Kirsten Wyffels was absent. Sean Welty from Davy Engineering was present at the meeting to update the council. Jech Excavating has encountered several problems with the ..... 
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Mabel addresses unsatisfactory subgrade dirt issue with contractor

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on September 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. Mayor Brian Street was not present at the meeting. Council member Terry Torkelson was acting mayor. Four representatives from the Mabel-Canton junior class were present to ask permissio ..... 
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Principal of Mabel-Canton High School resigns

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on August 19th, 2014 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the July 15, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to welcome back the staff and students of Mabe ..... 
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