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Posted On: 07/24/17 5:45 AM

Located in West Central Minnesota, the town of Henning has 799 residents, six churches, and a quality K-12 school. One of its largest employers is the Earl B. Olson Feed Mill and Turkey Hatchery, and the town’s website says it has “big things to offer.” We saw one of those big things on Sunday at the North Tartan Meltdown. Her name is Ellie Dague.

One of the coolest things about AAU basketball is the way it brings together the very best talent from near and far, introducing us to kids like Dague, a 5-9 combo guard with an outstanding skill set, a big powerful frame, and the kind of on-court confidence that’s really hard to teach. Dague plays summer ball for the 2021 North Tartan Kuppe squad, a fine collection of players that is one of three very good 8th grade teams in the Tartan stable. Dague’s skills are quite refined for an incoming freshman, and she never seems to get rattled under pressure. Although she can get to the hoop with ease (and knows what to do with the basketball when she gets there), Dague is a truly unselfish player who likes to drive and dish as much as

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