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Undefeated Conference Champions


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende

Coming into the season, volleyball in the county was headed by two state ranked teams; the defending Class A runner-up Fillmore Central Falcons and the always SEC-dominant Mabel-Canton Cougars. And though each took a little bit different path than last year, each got to the same destination. Each is their respective conference champion. Each won their conference title without losing a league match.

Cougars Make It Five Straight Perfect SEC Seasons

Mabel-Canton volleyball hasn’t won every match versus SEC opponents the past five years. In 2011, they fell to LeRoy-Ostrander in the East-West Showcase. That is their only loss to an SEC foe in half a decade. This season marks the fifth straight in which they’ve pervaded through the regular conference schedule unblemished (14-0). The Cougars haven’t lost a regular-season SEC match since 2009. The 2014 title came on the wings of graduating five talented players. The Cougars reloaded, and shot down every SEC team in their path.

Win thirteen came over Lanesboro. The Burros hung around a little while in games one (14-12) and two (10-8). M-C was too strong down the stretch, winning 25-17, 25-9, and then 25-14 in game three. Courtney Graves (team high 14 kills, 2 blocks) was one reason why. The savvy sophomore had a knack for putting it where Lanesboro wasn’t. Freshman teammate Savannah Slafter mainly used her fast-ball to amass 13 kills (5 aces). Coranda Vickerman (32 assists, 11 digs), Emma Wathier (15 digs), Lexi Thorson (11 digs, 3 aces), and Sara Vettleson-Trutza (7 kills, 3 aces) were the rest of the red, white, and blue army. Lanesboro tallied just 12 total kills. Cassidy Ruud (3 kills, 13 digs) and Claire Peterson (10 digs) led a mostly defensive effort.

M-C’s fourteenth win came over Schaeffer Academy. The Cougars rolled in game one 25-12. They then finally hit a little blip in the pursuit of SEC set perfection. SA not only got to 20 in game two (a first for an SEC team), they won it 25-23. It’s the first regular season SEC set M-C has dropped since September 25th 2013 (Spring Grove). The Cougars, without standout senior OH Sara Vettleson-Trutza, then regrouped (25-10, 25-19) for the 3-1 win. The frosh Slafter tied for a team-high in kills (13) and digs (23). Senior Hannah Nolte stepped up with a season high 13 kills plus three blocks. Graves (12 kills), Vickerman (40 assists, 13 digs, 4 aces) and Thorson (23 di .....
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Verna L. Kadrie

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

Verna L. Kadrie, age 94, of Edina, passed away on October 3, 2014. Verna was loving, caring, generous and had a wonderful sense of humor! Preceded in death by her husband, F. Richard Kadrie; parents, John and Hilda Dragvold; sisters, Josie Knutso ..... 
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Ronald Martin Albrecht

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

Ronald Martin Albrecht, of Lanesboro, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at Bethlehem ..... 
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Eleanor Nelson

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

Eleanor Nelson, age 86, of Mabel, died Monday, October 13, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. Eleanor was born October 21, 1927 in Fillmore County to Emerson and Lilly (Vatland) Trimble. She attended country school in Newburg Township. On ..... 
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New school proposal in the R-P district

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dale Evavold of Rushford, Minn. As is to be expected, there are a range of opinions and ideas about the new school proposal in the R-P district.  I see and hear comments regarding voting for the same issue as before, tax increases, poor buildi ..... 
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Letter about Kaase for Sheriff...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I am writing to recommend Tom Kaase as the next Fillmore County Sheriff. When I was the Sheriff of Fillmore County, I hired Tom as a Dispatcher/Jailer. When I left to become the Police Chief in the City of Lakeville, Sheriff Jim C ..... 
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Letter about Houston County election...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, To the taxpayers of District 2: you have an important decision to make on November 4 regarding the Houston County Commissioner election. Do we keep experience and common sense decision-making in there for another four years with a c ..... 
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Letter about getting the job done?...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Wait…What? Greg Davids touts that he is “getting the job done for southeastern Minnesota”. What job? Yours? Mine? Ours? When I see Davids, I see an entrenched incumbent who has coasted on his laurels rather than doing the e ..... 
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The R-P levy referendum: a fairy tale

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Kim Machutt of Rushford, Minn. Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, there was a homeowner named Rush Peters. Rush owned an older home that had fallen into a state of disrepair, but was still functional. Rush was faced with a choice to ..... 
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