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Mabel City Council discusses mandatory house numbers


Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert

Several members of the community were present at the Mabel City Council’s public hearing to discuss the proposed house numbers. Others weren’t able to make it that evening, but spoke with City Administrator Karen Larson prior to the meeting. The opinions were predominantly positive, and people were supportive of making clearly posted house numbers mandatory. However, not everyone was in favor of being required to put up a city purchased and provided plaque. One resident asked that homeowners who already have a house number posted appropriately be grandfathered in so they won’t have to replace them or add another plaque. Several sample plaques were displayed at the meeting, with differing opinions on the favorites. Council member Laura St. Mary said that while she liked the idea of the plaques being available to the public, she didn’t feel that the city needed to buy one for every home, when many already have house numbers. The public hearing was closed after all the opinions were heard. Larson will continue to work on getting actual cost numbers for the plaques before the council decides anything.

Neil Schraeder and Amanda Webb from Hacker, Nelson & Co., P.C. reviewed the 2015 audit with the council so any questions they had could be answered. It was noted that the City of Mabel is ahead of the curve with water and sewer projects as they just finished theirs. Many cities in Minnesota will need to do repairs soon as well due to the age of the cities so it’s possible that the demand for contractors will increase. As Mabel has already completed their project, they will not have to compete.

Mabel resident Eugene Thomas presented the council with a letter he had written to them regarding the ordinance enforcement failures he and his wife have observed in Mabel over the last 10 years. He included pictures of a property with its yard in disarray that his home overlooks. “I’m not here to create an adversarial conversation,” he clarified. At some point down the road, he knows that he’ll sell his home, and he would like to be able to present Mabel in a positive light to potential buyers. “This has been going on for 10 years now,” Thomas said, adding that he has spoken to the city about this numerous times. The council members will take the next month to review his letter and suggestions before the August council meeting, at which time it will be discussed. Following the August meeting .....
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Renovations at Mabel Clinic improves handicap accessibility and overall atmosphere

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Business Announcements

By Hannah Wingert Winneshiek Medical Center Mabel Clinic in Mabel, Minn., recently underwent some major renovations. The exam rooms received new furniture and updated floors, the lobby experienced a complete overhaul, and the bathroom was expanded ..... 
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Memories of Mabel... What one loves in childhood stays in the heart forever

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Features

By Karen Lind Brazas Channel Islands, California I was only six-years-old when my family moved into a big old Victorian house in Mabel, Minn. They say a true Victorian home “evokes childhood memories of fantasy and make-believe.” Looking bac ..... 
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Engagement ~ Halverson–Gudgeon

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

Halverson–Gudgeon Laura Halverson and Joe Gudgeon are pleased to announce their engagement. Laura and Joe live in Sioux Falls, S. Dak. Laura, daughter of Neil and Lois Halverson of Mabel, Minn., is employed at Sanford Health as a cancer regist ..... 
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LaVora J. Knudsen

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

LaVora J. Knudsen LaVora J. Knudsen, age 92, of rural Canton, Minn., died Wednesday, June 15, 2016, less than two days before her 93rd birthday, at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. LaVora was born June 17, 1923 in Amherst Township near Henrytown ..... 
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Charlene Anastasia McCabe Gideon

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

A memorial service for Charlene Anastasia McCabe Gideon will be held 3:30 p.m. July 1, 2016 at St. Agnes Plymouth Rock Catholic Church, with Father Joe Hennen officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the St. Agnes Cemetery Fund. M ..... 
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Shawn Elaine Gossman

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Shawn Elaine Gossman, age 47, of rural Decorah, Iowa died Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Gundersen Healthcare in LaCrosse, Wis. Shawn was born April 2, 1969 in Decorah, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd and Colleen ( Folkedahl) Gossman. She attended Decor ..... 
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Mabel business owner questions sidewalk ordinance

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert “I’m going to try to get along with you even though I feel attacked,” said Debbie Marsden at the June 8 Mabel City Council meeting. Marsden, a Mabel resident and owner of Debbie’s Corner, was recently hand delivered a let ..... 
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SALE OF PLOW TRUCK City of Mabel, MINNESOTA

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Legals

SALE OF PLOW TRUCK City of Mabel, MINNESOTA Make: Ford Model: F-450 4X4 Regular Chassis Cab Year: 2000 Mileage: 31,000 Engine: 6.8L EFI V-10 Accessories: 9’x7’ Dump Box with fold down sides, 8611 LP Blizzard Plow The truck will be avail ..... 
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