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Grand Meadow kids show "MC Strong" message of support to Mabel-Canton community

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MABEL, Minn. (KTTC) -

Students from Grand Meadow Public Schools passed along an emotional show of support Thursday to the kids and community of Mabel-Canton, still reeling after a tragic crash Monday that claimed the lives of two sisters on their way to school.

Avery and Aiden Arneson died after their car slid sideways into the path of an oncoming pickup truck southeast of Hesper, Iowa.  Their three brothers, Jack, James and Alex were badly injured.  What happened to the Arneson family hit the close-knit rural community hard, from Canton and Mabel in far southern Minnesota to Hesper, Burr Oak and Decorah in northeast Iowa.

In the Mabel-Canton School gym Thursday evening there was an astonishing tribute from the boys on the Grand Meadow basketball team before they took the court for the game.  

They honored Avery and Aiden Arneson and their three brothers by wearing specially-made t-shirts declaring "MC Strong."  Then they took off their t-shirts and gave them to the Mabel-Canton team members as a show of support.

During the singing of the national anthem that followed, there were a number of people wiping away tears from their eyes.

"The basketball girls did a great job, singing through tears!" wrote Tina Michels, who shared a video clip of the scene on Facebook.  "A heartwarming gesture by the Grand Meadow Varsity team."

The Grand Meadow fans also came with a show of support--many wore clothing with the school colors of Mabel-Canton.  Before making the drive to Mabel, they had assembled for a group photo in the Grand Meadow gym to capture the moment.

"This is so awesome," noted Christine Tollefsrud VanHorn. "Small town America is awesome. Wouldn't live anywhere else."

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