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Mabel City Council discusses city employee health insurance


Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on October 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. Terry Torkelson was acting mayor in Mayor Brian Street’s absence.

The minutes from the September 18, 2013 meeting were reviewed and approved.

The street signs for the new Steam Engine Drive have arrived and will be put up shortly.

The council discussed the city employees’ health insurance. The insurance rates will be increasing by 2 percent. City Clerk Karen Larson presented three different options for the council to review. They could keep the insurance the way it is is with the city paying 80 percent and including an HSA, change it to the city paying 90 percent with no HSA, or join the Local 49 Union health plan. The council reviewed each option and concluded that the union will provide the most savings to the City of Mabel while improving coverage to city employees. A motion was passed to apply to the union.

The council reviewed the city employees’ paid holidays. Columbus Day and the day after Thanksgiving are optional holidays. A motion was passed to keep the city offices open on Columbus Day and make the day after Thanksgiving a paid holiday. A motion was also passed to close at noon on Christmas Eve instead of remaining open all day.

A letter containing the bids for the proposals for the water and sewer system improvements from Davy Engineering was reviewed. Davy Engineering recommended accepting the bids for proposals #2, #3, and #4 which are Demolition of the Existing Standpipe, Electrical Work & SCADA, and WWTP Repairs consecutively. They recommended rejecting the bid for proposal #1, Standpipe, as it came in at $100,000 higher than their estimate and $140,000 higher than the preliminary budget.

The EDA report was given on the status of the plans for the new grocery store in Mabel. Negotiations are currently in progress to purchase the former Cruiser’s Family Restaurant building. The council approved a motion to move ahead with the negotiations.

Mabel City Maintenance Director Robert Miereau stated that the current temperature control system for the Community Center is very complicated. Right now, only two city employees are able to adjust the temperature, and it has to be done from outside the building. Wireless thermostats could be installed for $400 each which would make it much simpler to adjust the temperature and allow all the city employees to easily do so. The council voted to p .....
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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, ..... 
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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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