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New owners give fresh start to Historic Mabel Hotel


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Progress Edition

The Mabel House Hotel is under new ownership. Photo submitted



The oldest running hotel in the state of Minnesota, the Historic Mabel House Hotel, carries over one hundred and thirty years of stories. Walking across the hardwood floors and glancing up at the lofty tin ceilings and woodwork of the historic dining hall feels like a step back in time. When you check in, you just might be handed an old skeleton key to enter your room. After all these years, the hotel is starting fresh under new ownership and beginning a new chapter in its tale.

The Mabel House Hotel originated in Riceford, Minn. in the 1870s when Riceford boasted a busy stagecoach line, followed by the Narrow Gauge Railroad Line. The business district of Riceford declined, so in 1879, the hotel was moved on horse-drawn wagons to 117 South Main Street in Mabel, where it remains to this day. A south wing was added in 1880.

Ownership of the hotel has changed several times, with the most recent purchase being made by LaVerne Vickerman in February 2014, after the previous owner let it go to foreclosure. He purchased the hotel for $36,000. His granddaughter, Crystal Atkin, said she found herself suddenly the “caretaker” of the hotel after Vickerman’s purchase, saying how her 85 year old grandpa “always likes to have a project to work on”.

This project proved itself a great one indeed. Atkin states it was “so filthy and neglected for quite some time”. She and Vickerman set to work on improvements that included gutting walls, updating bathrooms, replacing beds and furniture, and re-flooring the upstairs. Atkin recalls the updates being “mostly cosmetic – painting and cleaning and cleaning and cleaning and bleaching and more cleaning”, Atkin recalls. “The cleaning and the vacating (of old furniture and unusable items) took forever.” During the refurbishing process, she stresses how important it was to remain true to the old style of the hotel without sacrificing modern conveniences for their guests. Atkin estimates they have likely put $100,000 into the hotel by this point.

She mentions the team of people who helped make the restoration process possible, especially Leann Jevne, booking agent for the hotel and owner of the flower shop next door, who Atkin describes as “such an entrepreneur”. Since Atkin has a full-time job for Fillmore County in Preston, she is grateful for Jevne’s interest and investment in the hotel. LeAnn’s son John Jevne took on electrical a .....
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Marge Engen

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Olive Marjorie Engen, age 86, of Mabel, Minn., died Friday, January 16, 2015 at Tweeten Healthcare in Spring Grove, Minn. Marge was born on December 12, 1928, the daughter of Ernest and Dorthea (Rise) Hagen in a home in Mabel, Minn. She was bapt ..... 
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Darleen A. Kingsbury

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Darleen A. Kingsbury, age 84, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Harmony Health Care in Harmony, Minn.. Friends called at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony, Minn. on Thursday, January 22, 2015 during the hours of 2 – 4 p.m. Burial w ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Empathy and why we have it

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Empathy, the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.(Dictionary.com 2014) Many people know and understand what empathy is. But have you ever wondered why we have empathy? Is it ..... 
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Westby sworn in as Mayor at Mabel City Council meeting

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on January 14, 2015 at 7 pm. All council members were present. Jim Westby was sworn in as the new Mayor of Mabel and Melissa Folstad was sworn in as City Council member. Sean Welty from Davy Engineering presented an u ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Vacations

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Ever since I was a little kid, I would go on family vacations. They weren’t the big huge ones like going to another state for a week vacations, but the ones where you learned something. They would always be short vacations like a day or two, maybe ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: New Year’s resolution

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

While most people are making their New Year’s resolutions about losing weight or getting active, you could be making yours to save a pet in need. According to ASPCA (2014) there are approximately 7.6 million animals that are sent to animal shelter ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Schools thankful for donations

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on December 16, 2014 for a Truth in Taxation meeting at 6:30 p.m. immediately followed by a regular meeting. All board members were present. Several community members attended the Truth in Taxation meet ..... 
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Arlis R. Vickerman

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Arlis R. Vickerman, age 90, of Mabel died Sunday, December 14, at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. Arlis was born December 27, 1923 in the “Big Woods” of Fillmore County to Henry and Ida Vickerman. He was baptized and confirmed at the Newbu ..... 
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