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Houston residents Support the Court

HOUSTON, Minn. (WXOW) - An old, rundown tennis court in Houston, Minnesota will soon be replaced with a new multi-use court.

A community effort raised the funds for the new court, after longtime Houston resident Owen Onsgard and his son thought to fix it.

Denise Rostad, a member of the Support the Court committee says Owen was a "force of nature". Owen and his son Odin were watching a D.I.Y. TV show where they were restoring a tennis court, and the two thought they could do that to the Houston tennis courts.

The community rallied behind their idea and began fundraising. Owen led the effort, while battling stage IV Prostate Cancer.

Within a year, the community raised enough money to re-surface the court.

Owen lost his battle to cancer on March 20 at the age of 57.

Rostad says "None of this would have happened if it wasn't for Owen. He was our guiding force. He still is."

The Owen Onsgard Courts will be complete this Summer.

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