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Ken Onken

August 21, 2013

The Onken family recently took a trip to a Minnesota Twins game where they stayed in a suite during the game.   
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The Onken family recently took a trip to a Minnesota Twins game where they stayed in a suite during the game.
Remembering a great man
By: JoAnn Biren Murray County News Staffwriter

Some are called to greatness. Those who do usually end up leaving their small farms and even smaller communities for the bigger and brighter lights of a big city. That never happened to Ken Onken, loyal Slayton supporter for oh so many years. In fact. Ken was a graduate of Slayton High School in 1943 and although he left home to attend college; enlisted in the Air Force and worked at a couple of banks away from 'home' he came back to Slayton after 23 years and put his heart and soul into making this a great place to live and raise children.

In 1946 Ken was in a plane crash. Rebecca LeTendre wrote an article for this paper a couple of years ago and Ken's quote might help you better understand his deep feelings for family and home. Onken worked as a clerk, tracking and recording every plane in the Pacific Ocean. "I wanted to be a navigator," he says, but that was not to be. But Onken grew so fond of his job that he even considered staying on when the war had ended in 1946.

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