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South Dakota man survives plane crash in thick woods of Newburg Township


Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Features

The scene of a May 17 plane crash in Newburg Township where pilot Carl Koch walked away with minor injuries. Photo by Jason Sethre

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 .....
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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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City of Mabel continues search for ambulance crew members

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. One bid from Donald Garness was received for the lot across from the nursing home that the city is selling. The council approved a motion to accept the bid. ..... 
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City of Mabel continues search for ambulance crew members

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. One bid from Donald Garness was received for the lot across from the nursing home that the city is selling. The council approved a motion to accept the bid. ..... 
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Helen Jameson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Helen Jameson died May 2, 2014 at the age of 90 after a 34-year battle with cancer. She was the daughter of Oscar and Alice (Dahl) Jameson, born in Spring Grove Hospital on Christmas Day, 1923. Helen is survived by one sister, Myrtle Horihan of Ma ..... 
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Part 2: Mabel-Canton senior class trip diaries 2014

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

Day 4 By Abby Hanson and Mason Henry Wake up calls came at 6:45 a.m. We loaded the bus at 7:30 and left the hotel at 8 a.m. We first headed to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home. The 43-room mansion was surrounded by botanical gardens and had tw ..... 
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Part 1: Mabel-Canton senior class trip diaries 2014

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

Day 1 By Emily Brumm & Kourtney Coyle While most people were sleeping at 3 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, April 10, the Mabel-Canton seniors were already awake and preparing for the long day ahead. We had spent the past five years preparing for t ..... 
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Thelma Korsness

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Thelma Korsness, age 73, of rural Decorah, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel, Minn. Thelma was born March 17, 1941 in Winneshiek County, Iowa to Guy and Thea (Torresdal) Nelson. She grew up on a farm south of th ..... 
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