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Mabel-Canton band trip is a success


Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on June 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. All members were present as well as Todd Lechtenberg, Mabel-Canton school district’s business manager.

The minutes from the May 20, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved.

The school board wished to thanks the students and staff of Mabel-Canton schools for another great school year.

Band teacher, Katie Larson, was present at the meeting to update the board on the recent band trip. She said that the trip went very well, and she was impressed at how well-behaved and respectful the kids were. The band members enjoyed visiting Graceland, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and more. They performed for Dr. Sagen of Vanderbilt College who was able to give the group some positive critiques and feedback. Larson is hoping that, with fundraising efforts, the 7-12th grade bands will be able to take another band trip in about three years.

The board reviewed the second reading of the Pupil Transportation To/From Childcare Locations resolution. Board member Jane Hall asked if the bus company had presented the school with written proof that they were unable to pick up/drop off children in Hesper, Iowa as it’s across the state border. After discussion, it was decided to table the resolution until the July board meeting to give Superintendent Jennifer Backer time to obtain more information and details from the bus company concerning crossing the state line.

Todd Lechtenberg, Mabel-Canton’s business manager, reviewed the 2013-14 and 2014-15 budgets with the board. At this point, his only concern with the 2014-15 budget is the special ed revenue. So far, he has been unable to obtain numbers from HVED, but is continuing to work towards that goal.

Last year, the school district showed a deficit of $285,000. This year, the deficit will go down to $140,000 which is a good improvement. The school staff were all asked for ideas on where to make cuts in the budget and came up with cuts and freezes equaling about $100,000 which the new budget does not include yet. The 2014-15 budget was approved by the board.

The payment of the district bills and electronic fund transfers were approved.

The student representatives, Jon Selness and Sara Vettleson-Trutza, have the summer off and so were not present at the meeting to give a report to the board.

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Engagement - Anderson ~ Vitse

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

David and Bonnie Anderson, of Mabel, Minn., are happy to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Lindsay Anderson to Jacob Vitse, son of Ryan and Beth Vitse of Peterson, Minn. Lindsay graduated from Mabel-Canton the class of 2009 and the ..... 
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Charles O. Starks

Thu, Jun 5th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Charles O. Starks was born February 25, 1939 near Mabel, Minn. to Clarence and Gladys (Vickerman) Starks. He grew up in the “Big Woods” area and attended school in Newburg and the Mabel High School. He served in the United States Army. He l ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Hudson Larry Halverson

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

Gene and Caryn Halverson of Mabel, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their son, Hudson Larry, born on April 30, 2014, weighing 9 lbs. 4 oz. and measuring 21 inches long. Grandparents are Myrna Wilson and late Larry Wilson of Decorah, Iowa ..... 
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Jerome “Jerry” Nelson

Wed, May 28th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Jerome “Jerry” Nelson, age 69, of Mabel, Minn., longtime owner of Nelson Electric, died Monday, May 26, 2014 at the Gundersen Medical Center in LaCrosse, Wis. Jerry was born August 4, 1944 in Preston, Minn. to Odell and Mildred (Sorenson) Nel ..... 
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Eleanore V. Flattum

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Eleanore V. Flattum, age 94, of Mabel, Minn., died Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Gundersen-Lutheran Health Care Center in La Crosse, Wis. Eleanore was born June 14, 1919 in Newburg Township in Fillmore County, Minn. to James and Ida (Peterson) Blagsvedt. ..... 
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South Dakota man survives plane crash in thick woods of Newburg Township

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Features

As farmers were working up the rich soil of Southeast Fillmore County on the afternoon of Saturday, May 17, an orange and white Preceptor Ultra Pup home-built single-passenger plane overhead seemed to be flying lower than usual. And, it was. Experienced military pilot, Carl Koch, age 65, had just refueled at an airport in Caledonia. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, the pilot had just purchased the plane in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and was planning on flying it back to his home in Mitchell, South Dakota. His plane fell short of the 453 mile journey, only making it approximately 145 miles to where he crash landed. Koch’s original plan was to refuel in Caledonia, Albert Lea, and Worthington along the way until he arrived at his destination in Mitchell, South Dakota. But, due to mechanical difficulties still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), pilot Koch had lost power and had to navigate where to crash-land his newly purchased plane. With a dense volume of woods throughout Newburg Township, Koch and his plane crashed just on the fringe of some tillable farmland on a property owned by Weisel Creek, LLP. Following his crash landing with blunt head trauma, Koch found his way across a field and down a gravel road to the entrance of the property at 42489 County Road 18. From the site of the crash to County Road 18 is a little over one mile on foot. Once he arrived at the entrance of the property, he dialed 911, at approximately 2:43 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, to inform the Sheriff’s Department. Then he contacted his wife, who was traveling by vehicle following his flight path. Koch ended up with minor injuries and was transported from the scene to the hospital by a private party. The Mabel Ambulance also responded to the call. In the days that followed the plane crash, an FAA inspector investigated the damaged aircraft, upside down and mangled among the trees. According to Sheriff Jensen, FAA inspectors do not speak to the media. In the weeks to come, more information will be made available relating to the investigation of the crash. Sheriff Jensen said that the FAA inspector shared with him that investigating a crash in which the pilot survives is very helpful. With these types of crashes, the pilot often doesn’t survive to talk about what went wrong. Victor Spaulding, one of the owners of the property where the crash occurred, also arrived on the scene, asking Sheriff Jensen, “Is the pilot OK? How’s he doing?” Victor Spaulding, his son Alan Spaulding, and another partner named Mike Cashill are owners of the property under the entity known as Weisel Creek, LLP. All three owners live in the Twin Cities area. According to correspondence with reporter Mark Roper with television station KSFY in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, an ABC affiliate pilot Carl Koch is in good spirits back at his home in Mitchell, South Dakota. Koch, who is the city attorney for the City of Mitchell, credits his experience for surviving the plane crash. “I don’t believe that I would have a fear of flying again. The truth of the matter is, that when I was flying in the military, I experienced things, and when things did go wrong it scared me more than this and obviously I continued to fly,” Koch said, in an interview with KSFY news anchor Mark Roper. But, he did go on to say, “I’m not going to put my wife, whom I expect to be married to until I die, and family, through concern and worry. I’m not going to put them through that kind of concern and worry again.”

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Birth Announcement - Lainey Marie Halverson

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

Lainey Marie, was born on May 3, 2014 to Andrew and Nichole Halverson of Mabel, Minn. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Arlen and Genette Halverson of Mabel, and Bill and Sharon Lunsford of Arcadia, Wis. Great ..... 
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Eleanore V. Flattum

Thu, May 22nd, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Eleanore V. Flattum, age 94, of Mabel, Minn. died Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Gundersen-Lutheran Health Care Center in La Crosse, Wisc. Eleanore was born June 14, 1919 in Newburg Township in Fillmore County, Minnesota to James and Ida (Peterson) Blag ..... 
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