Paradise lost

November 15, 2018

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Kyle and Lynn Johnson and children Sophie and Cameron on the front steps of their home earlier this year.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Fire in northern California have swallowed the town of Paradise, leaving very little in its wake. The town of 27,000 has seen over three dozen deaths and many more miss­ing. One family with a connec­tion to Minnesota managed to escape. Tyler native Lynn (Ken­neke) Johnson and her hus­band, Kyle, escaped the devas­tation with their two children, Cameron and Sophie. Lynn’s fa­ther, Pastor Wayde Kenneke of Tyler, said the family was able to evacuate on the morning of Nov. 8.
“They are safe,” Kenneke said. “They are in Roseville, a town 75 miles south of Paradise.”

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

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The remains of Kyle and Lynn Johnson’s Paradise, California home.

Honoring our veterans

November 15, 2018

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Members of the Russell American Legion at Friday’s Veterans Day program at the middle school.

RTR task force meetings

November 15, 2018

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Members of the RTR Facilities Task Force held three public informational meetings over the past week to give area residents the process behind arriving at a recommendation to the school board. Pictured at Monday’s meeting in Russell are, clockwise from top left, Alan Matzner, Tanya Thomsen, Darrell Erb and Jodi Schreurs. The Task Force will be making a recommendation to the school board Wednesday evening.

Lincoln County board approves several resolutions

November 15, 2018

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The County Commissioners met for their regular meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 6. Pictured are Mic VanDeVere (District 2), Corey Sik (District 1), and Rick Hamer (District 3).

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met Nov. 6 for their regular meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Vince Robinson, repre­senting Lincoln County HRA, was on hand to re­quest that the county sup­port the HRA in their ef­fort to provide small cities grants to rental property owners in Tyler and Lake Benton. The Small Cities Development Program would provide zero per­cent loans to rental prop­erty owners to address health and safety needs, energy efficiency and ac­cessibility improvements…

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Knights battle but fall short in quarterfinal round, 27-26

November 15, 2018

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Jonah Christensen grinds out some tough yards in the first quarter of Friday’s playoff game.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

It was cold and windy last Friday in New Ulm as the RTR Football Knights and the Spring Grove Li­ons took the field in the first round of the nine-man state tournament. The temperature at game time was 17 degrees and the wind was out of the north about 25 mph.
The Lions were the 2017 champions and had a 25-game winning streak at game time. The Knights were 8-3, but were playing their best ball of the year, outscoring their three sec­tion opponents by a 150 to 22 margin.

For the full story and more photos, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Pep Fest!

November 15, 2018

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“Enchanted Bookshop” opens this Saturday at Lake Benton Opera House

November 15, 2018

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The Lake Benton Opera House production of “The Enchanted Bookshop” will be presented Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Pictured from left are Charlie Thooft (seated) Dilyn Werkman, Sophie Peterson, Jack Rybinski, Lydia Erb, Adalia Matzner and Issy Bakker. The show is under the direction of Crystal Enga of Marshall.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Bookworms around the world wish their favorite storybook characters could come to life. What if they could? A couple of jewel thieves find out in this year’s Lake Benton Opera House Children’s Theater production, “The Enchanted Bookshop.”

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Veterans Day programs

November 15, 2018

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Members of the Ruthton American Legion salute as Todd Peterson, right, plays the keyboard and leads the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” Friday morning at RTR Elementary School’s Veterans Day program in Ruthton. Helen Schulte was this year’s guest speaker.

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Veteran Jeff Reisdofer spoke at the RTR middle and high schools on Friday, and at the Veterans Day Supper on Sunday at the Legion Hall.

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The RTR High School Choir performed “In Flanders Field.”

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General election results for 2018; Jagt elected new mayor of Tyler

November 15, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The 2018 general election was labeled the “most important midterm in history,” by many media sites. The results of the various races were surprising to some, and expected by others.
Locally, in the U.S. Senate race, Republican Jim Newberger beat incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar in a very close race. Newberger earned 49.96 per­cent of the Lincoln County votes while Klobuchar earned 47.94 percent of the votes. Dennis Schuller gained 1.69 percent and Paula Overby obtained 0.41 per­cent of the Lincoln County votes. Statewide, Klobuchar retained her Senate seat, gaining 60.31 percent over Newberger’s 36.21 percent.

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Merle Hansen

November 15, 2018

Nov. 19, 1933 – Nov. 1, 2018

Merle Hansen, age 84 of Tyler, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11 at Avera Tyler Hos­pital.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, 5-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service and Sharing of Memories at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Chapel in Tyler. Funeral service will be Fri­day, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Interment will be in Danebod Lutheran Cem­etery in Tyler.
Hartquist Funeral Home– Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Merle’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.