Schwanebecks share their love of Christmas with friends

December 18, 2014

More than forty themed trees are on display inside their Tyler home

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Mark and Elly are pictured sitting by the Swedish tree, one of the many themed Christmas trees in the Schwanebeck’s collection.

By Richard Siemers

 
When you drive by the home of Eleanor Schwanebeck on South Tyler Street and see the Christmas lights, you might think they decorate for Christmas like many other folks.
Think again!
On the inside, Elly, with her son, Mark—the official decorator—turns the house into a Christmas showplace that includes more than 40 trees.
On the farm they had the usual tree, and maybe an extra one in the basement. But Elly always liked to decorate for all the seasons, and they are a family of collectors, so when they moved to Tyler 35 years ago Clarence and Mark designed their home as a place to display their collections. Mark thinks they must have been anticipating adding more Christmas decorations, because one storage space was designated the “Christmas room.”

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New managing editor hired at Buffalo Ridge Newspapers

December 18, 2014

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Mark Wilmes

 

A familiar face returns to the Tyler Tribute, Lake Benton Valley Journal and Hendricks Pioneer this week. Mark Wilmes has returned to duties as Managing Editor of the three publications in the Buffalo Ridge Newspapers network. Wilmes left the position with Clark Printing in 2009, but recently accepted an offer to return to the papers and started settling in to his old position on Monday.
Wilmes spent nearly five years in the wind power business, working for enXco beginning in 2009, which eventually changed its name to EDF Renewable Services. He also spent the past few months working at Page 1 Printers in Slayton. He says he is looking forward to the opportunity to bring you the news once again on a weekly basis.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to help promote three great cities in southwest Minnesota and help keep them informed.”
Wilmes and Publisher Chuck Hunt will be doing some brainstorming on how to continue to improve the papers and make people look forward to seeing it in their mailboxes.

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

Chat-N-Chew comes down

December 18, 2014

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The A&C Excavating crew began demolition on the former Chat-N-Chew building on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Working from the rear of the building toward the street, the entire building was torn down and cleaned up by the end of the week. Visit photos.buffaloridgenews.com to see all of our pictures from the demolition of the building.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
If you were driving through downtown Tyler last week you may have noticed that an iconic building was being removed from the landscape. The building that used to house the Chat-N-Chew Café was taken down, close to an estimated century after the building was constructed. The café was a gathering place for several decades and employed scores of local residents throughout the years.
The demolition was initiated by the Tyler Regional Economic Development (TRED) board. Chairman George Ruhmann said the board appreciated the work done during the demolition.
“The TRED board would like to thank Chris Nibbe for a quick response and a safe and thorough demolition of the Chat-N-Chew,” Ruhmann said. “In 2015, TRED will be seeking a buyer that will build on the property and install a new or relocated business.”

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Winter weather causes power outages across the region

December 18, 2014

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Widespread power outages affected thousands of Lyon-Lincoln Electric customers from Monday afternoon through Tuesday as this edition was being put together. Rain turned to freezing rain on Monday, followed by snow and blowing snow, closing schools and postponing events throughout the region.
Outages were reported from the Highway 14 corridor north, including Tyler, Lake Benton, Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Canby, Marshall, Russell and Minneota. A automated message helped handle the surge of calls to Lyon-Lincoln Electric, explaining that they were working to restore power around the clock, but it was unknown how long the process would take.

Holiday music fills the air at RTR Elementary School

December 18, 2014

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RTR kindergarten through fifth grade students performed a variety of songs during the RTR Elementary Holiday Concert on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 11. Pictured above, the kindergarten students gave an enthusiastic performance of their three songs. Mr. Todd Peterson, who directed the students in all grades, is pictured at the keyboard. The performance ended with the traditional Grand Finale in which all the students joined together in song. This year, the finale included some jazzy scat singing.

Danebod campus filled with the sights, sounds and smells of a Traditional Danish Christmas

December 11, 2014

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The festively decorated Danebod Gym Hall was filled with vendors, including the famous Danish coffee cake strips, as many shoppers browsed for unique gifts on Saturday, Dec. 6.

 

The Danebod campus was filled with visitors from near and far on Saturday, Dec. 6 for the Traditional Danish Christmas with events in all four buildings on the campus. The Folk School was the scene of the Julebutikker where they sold out of the rullepølse, salmon spread and liverpostej within the first half hour. You could also find jams and jellies, kransekage, kringler, aprons and many more arts and crafts. The Gym Hall was also filled with vendors and the much sought after Danish coffee cake strips. All 250-plus coffee cakes were sold out quickly. Also wafting through the air was the smell of æbleskiver with Vagn Jensen demonstrating the art of making ‘skiver.
A Lego display was set up in the Danebod Folk School where young people from the area displayed their Lego creations. You could find trains, cranes, big rigs and robots of every kind! Some of the creations were built from kits, while many others were built from the children’s imaginations! It was a great display—with lots of imagination and talent. Each exhibitor was entered into a drawing for prizes. Prize winners include: Lego Semi Kit – Emmett Petersen; $10 Tyler Bucks – Jens Drake and Drew Lipinski; $25 Wal-Mart gift card – Jaden Vos and Matt Lipinski.

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

Tyler Community Chest makes donation to the ambulance fund

December 11, 2014

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As the Tyler Community Chest is now inactive, the remainder of their funds, exactly $1,092.28, have been donated toward the purchase of a new ambulance for Tyler Healthcare Center. Pictured above, from left to right, are Glen Meyer representing the Community Chest, Tyler Healthcare Center CEO Dale Kruger, and Peggy Dunblazier and Wayde Kenneke of the Tyler EMTs. They are standing by the ambulance purchased in 2001, which has over 125,000 miles on it and, although it has been updated as much as possible over the years, needs to be replaced in order to continue service to our communities. A new ambulance costs over $160,000, so people are encouraged to continue donating to provide our well-trained EMTs with the tools they need.

Blumeyer, Schreurs recognized for years on Extension Committee

December 11, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Representing the Extension office, Kate Johnson presented Commissioner Curt Blumeyer and Lincoln County Auditor Kathy Schreurs with Certificates of Recognition from the University of Minnesota Extension at the Dec. 2 meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners. The certificates read, “To recognize your dedicated and distinguished service to the people of Minnesota through contributions as a Lincoln County Extension Committee Member.”
Lincoln County Engineer Dave Halbersma reported that the department is working with the DNR Wildlife Management office to plan culvert work on County Road 9. There are protected wildlife species including two particular butterflies and a species of turtle in that area that need to be taken into account with the planning of the work, which should take place next year.
Halbersma reported that there have been issues with the county shop in Hendricks with three electrical items burning out in three weeks. The first was an air compressor, then the hot water heater and most recently, the electric motor on the overhead door. The electrician was contacted along with OtterTail. No cause has been found yet, but the possibility of a power spike is being checked into.

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Browser Night a festive and successful night

December 4, 2014

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Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves start the countdown to turn on the Christmas lights Friday night. Once the City of Tyler was illuminated by the twinkling lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus headed inside The Rock to visit with area children.

Browser Night 2014 was deemed very successful for businesses and shoppers alike with nice weather to be out and about. Stores reported an excellent turnout and at least one store reported great sales that evening, best in years.
Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves arrived on the Tyler Fire Truck to kick off the evening at The Rock. Santa was just a little disappointed with the lack of snow in Tyler. But he managed to get the lights all lit up in town, although there was a slight five-second delay as the signal bounced off the tower at the North Pole.
The Rock was all decked out for Christmas along with 10 trees decorated by individuals and businesses to be judged by those participating in activities in The Rock or waiting in line for their kids to see Santa. Voted the favorite “tree” was a ladder tree created by Peach Lamote with help from her daughter Nickel Guza of Tyler Hair Shack.
There was a huge crowd at The Rock, lots of kids took part in crafts and games, with help from the Lions Club and Kiwanis Club.

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

Velkommen to Danebod for the ninth annual Traditional Danish Christmas

December 4, 2014

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The tree is set up in the Danebod Gym Hall in preparation for Saturday’s Traditional Danish Christmas.

Danebod welcomes everyone this Saturday to a Traditional Danish Christmas, an annual event which began in 2005 as an expansion of the Ladies Christmas Bazaar.
The Danebod Campus boasts many architecturally Danish buildings for you to tour, including a Folk School, Gym Hall, Stone Hall, and Danebod Lutheran Church, while taking in all the food, music, arts and crafts. This setting is located just south of Hwy. 14 in Tyler at 140 Danebod Court.
Stroll through the Julebutikker (Christmas Shops) in the Gym Hall and the Folk School at 2 p.m. These shops will feature Danish cookies—Kransekage, Peppernuts, Spritz, Klejner and Brunkager; Danish Coffeecake Strips (everyone’s favorite); Homemade Danish meats—Liverpostej (liver pate), and Rullepølse (rolled sandwich meat); and Scandinavian and other crafts and gifts to buy. There will be music in the Gym Hall as well as the huge Christmas Tree decorated and on display in the center. You will get to watch Vagn Jensen making æbleskiver and Laurie Johansen demonstrating the art of tatting. At 3:15 p.m., Leah Tuszynski’s preschool dance class will perform on the Gym Hall stage.

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