Spring Grove Elementary fourth-grade teacher, Deb Morken, tried her hand at fire fighting during the demonstration by the Mabel Fire Department. It was a warm afternoon, and the students enjoyed feeling the water’s overspray.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->SGH/Photos by Marlene Deschler<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Spring Grove Elementary fourth-grade teacher, Deb Morken, tried her hand at fire fighting during the demonstration by the Mabel Fire Department. It was a warm afternoon, and the students enjoyed feeling the water’s overspray.

SGH/Photos by Marlene Deschler



The seventh annual joint Fillmore/ Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on May 14 at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event had 455 students registered, representing 13 schools in the two counties.

During the day, the students heard presentations on basic first aid, fire extinguishers, calling 9-1-1, lawn mower safety, ATV safety, tractor rollovers, livestock safety, general farm safety, danger of grain drowning, sun safety and using seat belts, electrical safety and PTO safety.

MedLink Air from Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., working with the Mabel Ambulance Crew presented in the morning.

"I have been going to Farm Safety Day Camp with the fourth-grade class for five years now. It is way more than just being safe on the farm," commented fourth-grade teacher, Deb Morken.

"The students learn about ATV safety, sun safety, how to dial and talk to the 911 operator, fire safety and lawn mower safety.

"This age is perfect for this day, as many of the students are starting to become more independent, and their parents are giving them more responsibilities.

"It is important for them to know what to do in emergency situations and how to make good decisions to keep them safe."

The Fillmore County Pork Producers served lunch to nearly 600 people, in addition to the fourth-grade students. This included teachers, volunteer presenters and FFA members.

The Mabel-Canton, Spring Grove, Fillmore Central, Rushford-Peterson and Caledonia FFA members served as group leaders, presenters and provided many other valuable services.

Each student received two farm safety books to take home as well as T-shirts. See the ad below for sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible.