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Arne O.K. Engen


Wed, Oct 9th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Arne O.K. Engen, age 92, of Mabel, MN died Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Tweeten Healthcare in Spring Grove, MN.

Arne was born December 4, 1920, the son of Peter and Celia (Myhre) Engen on the family farm in the Wilmington Township near Caledonia, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at the Wilmington Lutheran Church. He graduated from Caledonia High School in May 1938.

Following high school, he held a variety of interesting occupations. He was a Fuller Brush man, helped his uncle service windmills, and drove a gasoline delivery truck. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from August 1942 to December 1945, spending most of his time in Guadalcanal. After returning home, he drove a cement truck for the construction of an ammunition plant in Baraboo, WI. He moved to Mabel in 1946 where he met his future wife, Olive Majorie Hagen, at a fireman’s dance at Matter’s Ballroom in Decorah, IA. They were married in a double wedding ceremony with Evelyn Narum and Odell Johnson on August 31, 1948. They spent all of their married life in Mabel, MN.

Arne was an inspired businessman and held a variety of occupations in the Mabel area. He was a partner in Engen-Wold Lumber Company with his brother-in-law Glennis Wold. He owned and operated Engen Grocery Store with his wife, who grew up at the Tawney Store, as well as operating a farm north of Mabel. He worked as an independent carpenter, which lead to a partnership with Grant Melby, later forming the Melby-Engen Construction Company.

In 1961, Arne pursued his passion for building as the owner of Engen Construction Company, specializing in commercial construction. His wife Marge was the secretary. Later, his son Jeff joined the business. Arne and Jeff worked together until the present on both commercial and residential projects.

Arne was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church, V.F.W., American Legion, Mabel Business Association (67 years), and the Masonic Lodge. He loved spending time with his family, working, traveling, and was a devoted Vikings fan. Arne was a fitness enthusiast and his love of exercise continued to the end of his life. He and Marge wintered in Texas for 30 years, where they enjoyed warm weather, golfing, and meeting new friends. One of his most memorable experiences was participating in the Honor Flight to the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.. In his later years, he enjoyed a good meal, feeding the birds, spending time with .....
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Birth Announcement: Charlie David Blagsvedt

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

David and Mandy Blagsvedt of Mabel, Minn., are proud to announce the birth of their son, Charlie David Blagsvedt, on August 3, 2013. Charlie weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Brad and Sheri Osmonson of Harmony, Minn. a ..... 
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Luther senior Pecinovsky to present clarinet recital Oct. 12

Thu, Oct 3rd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Arts & Culture

DECORAH, IA (10/03/2013)(readMedia)-- Sara Pecinovsky, a Luther College senior from Mabel, Minn., will perform a clarinet recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus. Pecinovs ..... 
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500th career victory for Mabel-Canton volleyball coach

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Sports

On September 3 2013, the Mabel-Canton Cougar volleyball team took the court and played SEC foe Houston. The Cougars dispatched with the ‘Canes 3-0 in work-woman-like fashion. But the night was bigger than just competition. With the win, Cougar hea ..... 
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Mabel-Canton junior class brings proposal to city council

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert Representatives of the Mabel-Canton junior class addressed the city council to ask permission to plan a 5K fundraiser event on October 19, 2013. A route has not yet been determined, but they are planning to use Steam Engine Park ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Board of Education discusses technology fees

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

By Hannah Wingert The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on September 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. All members were present. The board wished to welcome the students and staff back to school for the 2013-14 school year. Congratulations were given to volle ..... 
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Rural clinics - where you’re family

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

Nichole Halverson returned from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, only to find herself feeling ill. She called the Mabel Clinic for an appointment. “I thought of Kirsten right away, and got an appointment with her for that very morning! ..... 
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Verdayne Arnold Melbostad

Thu, Sep 19th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Verdayne Arnold Melbostad, age 79 of Spring Grove, MN died Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at Tweeten Healthcare in Spring Grove. Verdayne was born July 4, 1934, the son of Arnold and Amy (Olson) Melbostad at the Spring Grove hospital. He was bapti ..... 
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Family fun during 2013 Steam Engine Days

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

By Barb Jeffers The 61st Hesper - Mabel Steam Engine Days took place September 6-8, 2013 in Mabel, Minn. with residents and visitors enjoying all of the activities. The highlight of the celebration is the steam engines and tractors although there ..... 
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