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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 letter and copy of the city ordinances regarding obstruction and encumberment of city sidewalks by Mayor Jim Westby and was concerned that she had been singled out.

Councilman Terry Torkelson pointed out that Mayor Westby was acting as a representative of the city, and that the delivery was in no way a personal attack. “The real issue here is that there’s a city ordinance that doesn’t allow things to be put out on the sidewalk.” Torkelson said.

“Why didn’t the rest of us (on the council) know about it and discuss it beforehand?” asked councilwoman Laura St. Mary. Mayor Westby replied that, being the Mayor, he’s usually the first one to receive complaints from Mabel residents. When he receives a complaint, he reviews the ordinance regarding the matter before discussing it and determining a plan of action with City Clerk Karen Larson.

“I don’t have a problem with things being out on the sidewalk during business hours, just not 24/7,” Mayor Westby said in response to Marsden’s concerns. “I want to keep this town neat and clean, and I want it to have a reputation of being neat and clean.”

“There’s nothing in the ordinance that says anything about day or night.” St. Mary pointed out. “If it doesn’t obstruct the sidewalk during the day, it doesn’t obstruct at night either.” Mayor Westby replied that in that case, the ordinance would need to be re-written and clarified. He will send it to the Minnesota League of Small Cities to see what other towns have done regarding their sidewalk ordinances. Mabel business owner LeAnn Jevne said that she had also received a letter with a copy of the ordinances even though her sandwich sign is only out during business hours.

“My stuff is against the wall of my shop and not obstructing the sidewalk,” said Marsden, pointing out that it is possible for two or three people to walk abreast outside of her shop, even when she has some of her merchandise out front. She informed the council that having her things out on the sidewalk for display has helped her sell more. She also carries insurance that would cover her if someone were to trip on something and injure .....
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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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Mabel First Lutheran celebrates 125 years

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Faith & Worship

The Mabel First Lutheran Church will be celebrating their 125th anniversary on June 11 and 12. During the celebration, those who served God in the past will be remembered. The ministries of the congregation today will also be acknowledged, and the ..... 
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“Witnesses” One actor, eight characters, a fresh look at Jesus

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Faith & Worship

A stingy innkeeper with a Bronx accent, an Italian Lazarus who likes pasta, and a joyful Simon Peter on Easter Morning… all these characters and more come to life at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Mabel First Lutheran Church with the dramatic pres ..... 
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SALE OF PLOW TRUCK City of Mabel, MINNESOTA

Mon, May 30th, 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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How to prepare for a good blood donation experience

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

MABEL, MN, May 2016 – Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a go ..... 
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Rose Marie Martino

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Rose Marie “Momma Rose” Martino, age 67, of Mabel, Minnesota, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Rochester. Rose was born March 30, 1949 in Palmdale, California to Eugene and Gertrude (Shader) Ventimaiglia. She was a Registered N ..... 
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Mabel Council approves resolution for TIF District

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on May 11 at 7 p.m. Mike Bubany from David Drown Associates was present for the public hearing portion of the meeting to speak to the council about the proposed tax increment financing, or TIF ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Carter Alton Garcia

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

A son, Carter Alton, was born to Brent and Laura Garcia of Mabel, Minn., on April 14, 2016. Carter weighed 6.5 lb and was 19.25 inches long. He was welcomed home by his siblings, Aria and Tiahna. Grandparents are Mary and Todd Judisch of Winon ..... 
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