Mabel-Canton Public Schools

Mabel-Canton Public Schools (MC I.S.D. #238) is a school district headquartered in Mabel, Minnesota.[1] The district, which also serves Canton, has a single campus with all grades, K-12.

It includes sections of Fillmore County and Houston County.[2][3] It also has an agreement with the Decorah Community School District to take students from parts of Winneshiek County, Iowa.

As of 2018 the district had a total of about 280 students.[4] Another school district document circa 2020 gave the enrollment count as 283. The area of the district is 116.42 square miles (301.5 km2).[5]


On July 1, 1966, the consolidated school district, a merger of the Mabel and Canton schools, opened. The district began using blue and white as school colors, with one each from a predecessor district. Red is used as an "accent color".[5]

In 2001 the North Winneshiek Community School District ended its high school program. That year it entered into an agreement with Mabel-Canton Schools to allow students from its boundary to attend the Mabel-Canton high school program.[6]

In 2018 the combined interim board of Decorah Community School District and North Winneshiek district in Iowa approved an agreement with Mabel-Canton, effective for five years, to allow students in the former North Winneshiek district boundary to attend Mabel-Canton if they choose.[7] Decorah CSD had absorbed North Winneshiek CSD effective July 1, 2018.[8] The agreement applies to any post-merger resident of Decorah CSD who is geographically closer to Mabel than to Decorah, Iowa, where all Decorah CSD campuses are located.[9] In April 2019 the Mabel-Canton district anticipated that an additional 15-20 students from North Winn would begin attending Mabel-Canton in the start of the subsequent school year.[10]

In 2018 the Minnesota Legislature gave the district $433,500 to improve the security of its campus.[11] This was in response to a wave of school shootings occurring elsewhere in the country.[4]


The school gymnasium has the logos of the two predecessor districts and of the North Winneshiek district. Phil Richert, a former North Winneshiek board member, donated the North Winneshiek logo in a period prior to 2020, inspiring the Mabel-Canton leadership to get the other two.[12]


  1. ^ "Home". Mabel-Canton Public Schools. Retrieved 2021-08-12. 316 W. Filmore Ave., Mabel, MN 55954
  2. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Fillmore County, MN" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  3. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Houston County, MN" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  4. ^ a b "Mabel-Canton District receives $433,500 state grant to improve school security". Bluff Country Newspaper Group. 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  5. ^ a b "The Making of Mabel-Canton School District #238". Mabel-Canton Public Schools. Retrieved 2020-04-06. - Linked from home page under "M-C Info"
  6. ^ "North Winneshiek Community School History". North Winneshiek Community School District. Archived from the original on October 10, 2015. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Interim Board approves reciprocity agreement with Mabel-Canton for five years". Decorah Newspapers. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  8. ^ "Iowa Educational Directory 2019-2020 School Year" (PDF). Iowa Department of Education. p. 175. Retrieved 2020-04-05. (PDF p. 177/186) - From section "REORGANIZATION & DISSOLUTION ACTIONS SINCE 1965-66"
  9. ^ "Mabel-Canton, Decorah sign enrollment agreement for students on the border". Bluff Country Newspaper Group. 2019-02-08. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  10. ^ Basco, Isabella (2019-04-03). "Families consider options once North Winneshiek School District closes". KIMT. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  11. ^ Johnson, Annalise (2018-10-23). "Mabel-Canton receives funding for school security updates". KIMT. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  12. ^ Warner, Charlie (2020-02-06). "M-C gym now adorned with logos from three former school districts". Bluff Country Newspapers. Archived from the original on 2020-03-24.

Further readingEdit

Maps of Iowa areas which send students to this district

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