The board of directors of the Mabel Community Market has been selected. In front, from left, are Leah Austin, LeAnn Wickett and Michelle Weidemann. In the second row are Patty Vatland, Barb Eiken and Lonnie Pierce. In the third row are Karen Larson and Jeff Rein. Not shown is Tim Mengis.
The board of directors of the Mabel Community Market has been selected. In front, from left, are Leah Austin, LeAnn Wickett and Michelle Weidemann. In the second row are Patty Vatland, Barb Eiken and Lonnie Pierce. In the third row are Karen Larson and Jeff Rein. Not shown is Tim Mengis.
The Mabel Community Market committee has elected its board of directors and slate of officers. As it moves forward with the development of a grocery store on the west side of Main Street, a group of volunteers has also started planning a fundraiser to help in that process.

Members of the board include Chair Lonnie Pierce, Vice Chair Tim Mengis and Treasurer LeAnn Wickett. Sherry Hines, Mabel's community economic development coordinator will serve as secretary even though she is not a board member. Other board members include Patty Vatland, Karen Larson, Barb Eiken, Jeff Rein, Leah Austin and Michelle Weidemann.

During a recent meeting, on Oct. 2, the board was updated on a fundraiser being planned for Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Mabel American Legion.

Laura St. Mary and Patty Vatland have been organizing a special dinner where a person or a group will reserve a table and decorate it with a special theme or with beautiful dishes and glassware.

St. Mary said those who are decorating tables may bring their own items, use what the Legion has on hand. She hopes people will decorate their tables in a way they might not get to do at home.

The menu for the fundraiser includes a seven-layer salad, beef tips, red potatoes, glazed carrots and cheesecake.

"We want this to be a fun night and have everyone enjoy the creativity of others," she said.

If one would like to reserve a table to decorate and host some guests, contact St. Mary or Vatland. Tables are available to seat either six or eight.

The night begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to attend are $25 per person.

Finally, it was noted at the Mabel City Council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9, that the EDA has been working on a proposal to purchase the Cruisers building to use for the community market.

The EDA currently owns the former Mabel Record building, which was donated by Don and Betty Gjere, and Sue's Café property. With the addition of the Cruiser's building, the sites would be cleared with enough room to build the grocery store and parking lot.

"We're getting excited," said Kirsten Wyffels as she reported to the council. "It's starting to look like the grocery store is going to work."

Once the properties are secured, the EDA and the Mabel Community Market board members will hold another community meeting to outline the next steps in the process. Included in the discussion will be membership information and a possible timeline for the project.