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Remembering those lost


By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project



Everything changed for the families of 26 people on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Early in the morning while Sandy Hook Elementary School was in session, a 20 year old man named Adam Lanza, shot his way into the school. The police believe that he shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, before showing up at the school.

He carried an assault rifle and two pistols. The first shots were heard around 9:30 a.m. All the teachers started moving children into classrooms, closets, or any place where they believed they would be hidden from the shooter after hearing the announcement that there was a shooter in the building.

Adam Lanza moved towards the kindergarten and first grade rooms. In one classroom, Lanza shot all fourteen students as well as the substitute teacher, Lauren Rousseau. While in Victoria Soto’s room with all of her first graders, he shot her as well as six of the students. Around the time of the first shooting somebody that was in the school called the police to report it.

Once the police put out a broadcast about the gunman inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, an officer arrived two minutes and forty-one seconds later. Throughout the whole time that the police were in the building, there was not one shot that was fired by any police officer. Law enforcement found Lanza in a classroom. As they began to approach, Lanza took out one of his handguns and shot himself. After everything was done it was discovered that 20 children between the ages of six and seven were shot, as well as six adults.

Word got out about the shooting, which worried many parents about whether it was their child that was one of the students shot. The police ended up sending all the surviving students to the firehouse to get checked out and wait for their parents. Although, people stayed at the firehouse to be with the families of the fallen.

In remembrance of the people who were killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School on that December day, Awareness Depot is selling ribbons, magnets, and other figurines. All the proceeds collected are being donated to the PTA of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

A former student of Sandy Hook named Ashley Petersen is starting a remembrance for those lost the day of the shooting. This is called 26 Days of Kindness. People are asked to perform at least one charitable act in remembrance for one of the people lost. This started November 18. Each day t .....
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Mabel-Canton school board discusses deficit, enrollment

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on November 18, 2014 at 7 pm. Board members Jane Hall and Troy Soiney were not present. The official results of the November 4th election for school board members were read by Mary Pat Kuhn. Cristal Adki ..... 
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Tin can cranberries

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Commentary

Thanksgiving was always a big holiday for my family. As a group of seven surviving against the odds as Bear fans raised in the heart of Packer country, family was of the utmost importance. We never really stayed in one place to become established thr ..... 
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Bill Sires

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Bill Sires, age 89, Mabel, Minn., formerly of Spring Grove, died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. William John “Bill” Sires was born October 8, 1925 in Dorchester, Iowa to Daniel and Anna (Hahn) Sires. He attend ..... 
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Mabel city council discusses voter turnout, demolition project

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel city council met on November 12, 2014 at 7 pm. City council member Sue Amunrud was absent. Sean Welty from Davy Engineering presented an update to the council. The demolition contractor is expected to come in the next week or two to t ..... 
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Mabel City Council discusses renovating ball field

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on October 8, 2014 at 7 pm. City Council member Kirsten Wyffels was absent. Sean Welty from Davy Engineering was present at the meeting to update the council. Jech Excavating has encountered several problems with the ..... 
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Mabel addresses unsatisfactory subgrade dirt issue with contractor

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on September 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. Mayor Brian Street was not present at the meeting. Council member Terry Torkelson was acting mayor. Four representatives from the Mabel-Canton junior class were present to ask permissio ..... 
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Principal of Mabel-Canton High School resigns

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on August 19th, 2014 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the July 15, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to welcome back the staff and students of Mabe ..... 
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Delaine Margaret Johnson

Mon, Aug 18th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Delaine Margaret Johnson, age 79, of Mabel and formerly of Rushford died Friday, August 15, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. Delaine was born with her twin sister, Darlene, on January 5, 1935 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to Richard and Delora (Da ..... 
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