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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 head coach Lonnie Morken, the maestro of M-C volleyball over the past 20 years, recorded his 500th career victory. He became the 15th volleyball coach in Minnesota history to achieve the milestone. It was an accomplishment for Coach Morken, his family, the Mabel-Canton volleyball program, all the girls who have played in it, and the towns and families that have supported it over the years. And all of that, started so innocently.

In 1993, fresh out of college , 22 year-old got offered a junior varsity volleyball coaching position at Spring Grove High School. Morken had played a little volleyball at Luther College, and line-judged the woman’s matches. At the time he was a substitute teacher at Spring Grove. Figuring coaching would be ‘a great experience’ he took the position. The following summer, the Spring Grove athletic director told him the position wouldn’t be open (the previous coach was coming back from maternity leave), and so he was no longer needed. Then the Mabel-Canton volleyball head coach position opened up. And so Morken said, “You know what, I’ll throw my name in the hat.” Morken’s plan was to substitute teach for one more year, and (thus) coach volleyball for one year. After that, he was going to ‘branch out’, or move and find a full-time teaching position.

“It [coaching volleyball] was going to be a one year deal,” he adamantly declared.

He went to the interview with Mabel-Canton Principal Lowell Hareldson.

“Well, you know, you’re hired,” Hareldson said, “you’re the only applicant, but you’re hired! You’ll most likely be asked back unless you hit a girl, or lose to North Winneshiek!”

Evidently, neither happened.

Morken didn’t inherit a great program, or a program at all. Mabel-Canton volleyball had gone winless (0-20 if Morken remember’s correctly) the year before he arrived. But one more thing had to happen to ensure what would transpire over the next 20 or so years. About a week after school began, an aide in the elementary title position died. So Hareldson called Lonnie and offered him a paraprofessional job. It was a foot in the door to the full-time teaching positio .....
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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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Family fun during 2013 Steam Engine Days

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

By Barb Jeffers The 61st Hesper - Mabel Steam Engine Days took place September 6-8, 2013 in Mabel, Minn. with residents and visitors enjoying all of the activities. The highlight of the celebration is the steam engines and tractors although there ..... 
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Engagement - Welscher ~ Boyum

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Social Scenes

Harley and Deanna Welscher of Mabel, Minn. are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Lynn Welscher to Joseph Mark Boyum, son of Randy and Karolyn Boyum of Utica, Minn. The bride-to-be is a 2008 graduate of Mabel-Canton High ..... 
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Bierman family to lead worship service for Steam Engine Days celebration

Thu, Aug 29th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Faith & Worship

The Bierman family of rural Lanesboro, Minn. will lead the Ecumenical Worship Service during the Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days celebration. The Biermans consisting of Dad, Mom and four children, ages 12 to 18, have enjoyed playing and singing gosp ..... 
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Zelda M. Sagdalen

Mon, Aug 26th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

ZELDA M. SAGDALEN, age 83, of Mabel, died Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel . Zelda was born July 9, 1930 in Spring Grove, Minnesota to Merton and Fannie (Watkins) Sherburne. She attended the Mabel High ..... 
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