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City of Mabel Receives Grant from Minnesota Twins


Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Sports

Damage sustained by the Mabel ball field during the recent flooding will soon be repaired with the help of grant money. Photo by Heather Kleiboer

By Hannah Wingert

When Kati Tweeten, the head softball coach for the Mabel Canton Softball team and the summer recreation director for the City of Mabel, Minn. first heard about the Minnesota Twins “Fields for Kids” grant program, she thought of the Mabel baseball field. The fencing around the field was in bad shape with places where gaps or curling are occurring.

The flooding that Mabel experienced this past June had washed away entire sections of the fence. The home dugout had also been washed away during the flood, and the rest of the field was in very bad condition.

The Minnesota Twins “Fields for Kids” program provides matching grants in the amount of $1,000 to $10,000 for non-profit organizations and local governments to repair or build baseball/softball fields in the upper Midwest and Southwest Florida. Tweeten knew that the grant would allow the city to make the necessary repairs to the field.

Tweeten teamed up with community member, Bobbie Jo Vickerman. As Vickerman grew up in Mabel and has two children who play softball and t-ball on the field, she had a definite interest in the future of the baseball field. The two were given approval from the Mabel City Council to go ahead with applying for the grant, and in April 2013, they began writing the grant application. Pricing quotes and bids for repairs, and pictures of the damage had to be included to show the need for the grant. They submitted the application on the day it was due and began the wait to see if they would get it.

On June 27, Tweeten received an email from the Twins Community Fund Board of Directors informing her that they had been awarded the grant. Tweeten had heard that just about everyone who applied for the grant received at least some grant money, but was surprised when Mabel was awarded the full grant amount of $10,000. Even more surprising was that the check was made out for $20,000. It turned out that Vickerman had checked a box on the grant application to be considered for the Fox Sports North “Sandlot” field scholarship, and Mabel had been awarded the matching amount of $10,000 from them.

Tweeten and Vickerman hope to be able to repair the fencing around the field, fix the home and visitors’ dugouts by putting in cement floors and coverings, and make any other repairs that the field needs to be in good condition. The Mabel City Council will make the final decision on the re .....
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Engagement - Manning ~ Leidahl

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

Luke Leidahl and Raechelle Manning are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage on August 24, 2013. Raechelle is the daughter of Kevin and Joan Manning of Mabel, Minn. Luke is the son of Danny and Carla Leidahl of Decorah, Iow ..... 
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Highway 44 between Mabel and Highway 52 opens to traffic

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 44 in Fillmore County from Mabel to Highway 52 is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 44 had been closed while crews conducted culvert repairs. Motorists should exp ..... 
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Gary S. Van de Mark

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Gary S. Van de Mark, age 64, of rural Mabel, died Thursday, August 8, 2013 at his home. Gary was born November 26, 1948 in Spencer, Iowa to C.C. “Pete” and Geraldine (Henneman) Van de Mark. He attended 13 schools in 12 years and graduated fr ..... 
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Minnesota/Wisconsin/Iowa Angus Field Day & Sale To Feature Orion Samuelson

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

The Minnesota/Wisconsin/Angus Field Day is scheduled for Sunday, August 18, at Larry, Margaret and Chris Miller’s Viewlawn Angus near Mabel, Minn. You will enjoy a day of fun and excitement for the entire family. The featured star will be Orion ..... 
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Manford “Manny” Nelson

Thu, Aug 8th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Manford “Manny” Nelson, age 65, of Mabel, Minnesota died peacefully on August 6, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home with family surrounding him following a brief illness. He was born Oct. 2, 1947 to James & Norma (Blagsvedt) Nelson. He ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ally Lynn Austin

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

Riley and Carrie Austin of Mabel, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ally Lynn. Ally was born June 26, 2013, weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jim Ehler and Betty Ehler and Wayne and Terry Aust ..... 
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Mabel-Canton’s Justin Ward Saddles 26th Place in National Competition

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge If you didn’t get enough of the rodeo or bull riding at the Fillmore County Fair a few weeks ago, you could probably talk to Mabel-Canton High School senior Justin Ward, the son of Doug and Traci Ward. Ward has been particip ..... 
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Delores A. Billmeyer

Tue, Jul 23rd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Delores A. Billmeyer, age 84, of Mabel, Minnesota died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Delores was born April 29, 1929 in Caledonia, Minnesota to Emil and Hattie (Tessmer) Klankowski. She attended the Duffy ..... 
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