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The Willmar Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame inductees for 2010 are Kenny Johnson (Class of 1947) and Jon Habben ('75) for 2010.

They'll be introduced at halftime of Friday's homecoming football game against Sauk Rapids.

Habben was among the defensive leaders on the only Cardinal football team to reach a state championship game. That was in 1974. He also competed in three state swimming meets.

Habben lives in Avon, not far from St. John's University where he was an outstanding four-time letterwinner in swimming.

The Johnnies twice selected him their MVP. He was the first Johnnie to attain All-America status, which he was named twice. He set SJU records in six events and two in the MIAC. The eight-time MIAC champion finished top three in 20 of 24 MIAC championship heats over his four-year career.

He and Lori Danziesen have been married for 24 years and have three children. Jon has worked at Gold'n Plump Poultry since 1983 and currently is Corporate Sales Manager. Over the decades, he's been a youth sport coach and board member and general volunteer in hockey and baseball.

Last week's Notebook wrote about the 1946 Cardinals 6-1 football team which Johnson was the top running back. He also lettered in track, baseball and played on the 1947 state tournament hockey team.

Johnson worked 34 years at Honeywell, where he was once named Production Administrator of the Year. He and his wife Joyce, married in 1955, raised four children while living in Bloomington, where he coached youth hockey.

The Johnsons moved to a home on the south shore of Lake Andrew in 2005.

This is the smallest induction class in the nine-year history of the Hall.

Record breaker

In a game that featured 950 yards of total offense, Willmar graduate Michael Dunham, now a junior at Concordia College, completed 32 of 51 passes -- both single-game Concordia records -- but the Cobbers fell 40-28 to St. John's at Collegeville on Saturday in MIAC football.

Dunham threw for two touchdowns and 305 yards. He was intercepted once.

After three games, he's the team's second leading rusher with 102 yards while throwing for 734 yards, seven TDs and two picks.

Softball HOF lauds the late Dick Bjur

Lake Lillian fastpitch softball player Richard "Dick" Bjur will be inducted posthumously into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame on Oct. 22. The 26th HOF banquet will be held at the Monterey Ballroom in Owatonna.

The Hall of Fame bi-annually recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of softball.

Besides his outstanding career as a pitcher, Bjur also coached the Ridgewater College softball team to its first state title and also to the national junior college tournament during his first stint as coach from 1988-91. He also coached the Lady Warriors from 1999-2000.

On the fly

Fall's here, but there's still baseball to watch. The Warrior baseball team has been broken into two rosters and is competing in a seven-game fall "World Series" at Bill Taunton Stadium in the late afternoon this week. Admission is free.

Cardinal quarterback Alex Grove has been named Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week on Offense. The sophomore triggerman connected on 17-of-30 throws for 250 yards and two touchdowns against Rocori.

The next chance to see the unbeaten Ridgewater Lady Warriors volleyball team is on Monday when St. Cloud Technical College is at the college gym. Ridgewater coach Joe Sussenguth has had some outstanding teams in his five-year tenure, but the 2010 edition is looking like something special. After beating Minnesota West Wednesday night, the Lady Warriors now stand 16-0 with 13 of the wins coming by sweep. The squad will be tested this weekend at the North Dakota State College of Science Invite.

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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