Santa will light up Tyler on Friday

November 26, 2014

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will arrive during Browser Night to illuminate Tyler for the 28th annual “City of Lights” celebration

Browser Night, a Tyler tradition, is back with festivities starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28. Be sure to make the rounds of Ty­ler businesses to say hello and sample the goodies. Also take advantage of the specials which may going on for that evening.
The streets will only be lit by the lights in the businesses because around 6 p.m. Santa will arrive at The Rock on the Tyler Fire De­partment’s fire truck with Mrs. Claus and their elves to throw the switch to illumi­nate Tyler in celebration of the 28th annual “City of Lights,” a night of twinkling lights, winter merriment and holiday cheer.
Kids can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and tell them what they wish for. Tribute staff will be taking pictures of Santa and the kids and handing out candy canes. You’ll be able to see these pictures on photos.buffa­loridgenews.com. Children will get a fresh apple and a reading book appropriate for the child’s age compliments of the Tyler Area Community Club.
While waiting their turn to visit with Santa, there will be many activities in The Rock to keep the little ones busy, provided by the Tyler Lions Club and the Tyler Ki­wanis Club. Be sure to check out the wood­en ornaments— handmade by Les Sander­son for the Kiwanis Club—for children to decorate.
Enjoy shopping at the many vendors who will be at The Rock ready to show you what’s new to browse and shop for.
The Lions Club will be collecting shoes and eyeglasses for those in need as a club project. Please bring them to The Rock when you come to see Santa.
The second annual Christmas Tree Deco­rating Contest will also be happening at The Rock and the judges will be the pub­lic. Please take the time to cast your vote for your favorite tree. The winner receives $50 in Tyler Bucks. Call Cricket at 507-215- 2349 to schedule a time to decorate a tree. Businesses and individuals are encour­aged to decorate a tree and help create a Winter Wonderland in The Rock. Trees are provided.

Rullepølse a real treat at Danebod’s Traditional Danish Christmas event

November 26, 2014

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Busy workers at Danebod are pictured preparing the Rullepølse. Clockwise around the counter, from front left, are Deb Utoft, Priscilla Dam, Curt Madsen and John Bornhoft; working at the back of the room are Darla Madsen, Margie Bornhoft and Jan Nielsen.

 

The Danebod campus is gear­ing up for their annual Tradi­tional Danish Christmas celebra­tion to be held on Saturday, Dec. 6.
A large group of men and wom­en gathered on Nov. 13 to wrap together the beef flank for the first step in making Rullepølse. Rullepølse is a rolled meat that can be made from pork, beef or lamb.
Danebod makes their rul­lepølse from beef and this year they had almost 60 pounds to work with. After the fat is trimmed away the meat is rubbed with curing salt, then on­ions and spices are added before it is rolled, tied and then cooked in a day or two. It is a somewhat tedious process but with the help of the Tyler Locker, who trims the meat and slices and packages it, the work is easier. It is one of the hottest selling items and is usually sold out within the first half hour of the Julebutik­ker. Those who know the taste look forward to buying up sev­eral packages for their holiday parties. If you would like to taste it before buying, there are pieces to sample at Danebod the day of the celebration.
We would like to invite every­one in the community to come and support this event as money raised by the women go to many worthwhile projects in Tyler and the surrounding communities including The Rock, Tyler Area Food Shelf, Ridgeview Hospice, After Prom Party and RTR PTSA, to name a few.

Small Business Saturday

November 26, 2014

Shop at our local businesses on Saturday, Nov. 29

By Richard Siemers

 

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide campaign that start­ed a few years ago in response to Black Friday. That day of big spending is all to the benefit of major chain retailers. Small Business Saturday encourages supporting local businesses.
There are economic reasons for shopping local, like keeping a vital business district and sav­ing on gas money. What’s also interesting is that you just might discover something you never knew.
This writer is his own best ex­ample. After all of these years in Tyler, I recently found out that I can go to Thomsen Hardware to get my watch battery changed. This got me to wondering what else I’ve missed.
There was no time to visit all of the businesses in town. Hope­fully this sample spurs you to do your own investigating.

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

Observing Veterans Day

November 20, 2014

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Duane Blake, retired RTR kindergarten teacher and Legion Commander from Tyler, was the guest speaker at the Veterans Day program at RTR Elementary School in Ruthton on Nov. 11.

Students and community members participate in area Veterans Day programs held in Russell, Tyler and Ruthton

By Sandy Hanson
sanhanson@frontiernet.net

 
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day was observed at each of the RTR schools— Russell, Ruthton and Tyler.
The Woodrow Wilson Post 506 American Legion and Auxiliary of Ruthton was represented at RTR Elementary School in the morning for their 8:30 a.m. program. Legion members Advanced the Colors and music teacher Todd Peterson led in singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” After a welcome by Principal Lindeman, Mr. Peterson led a sing-along of more patriotic music.
Duane Blake, retired RTR kindergarten teacher and Legion Post Commander from Tyler, was the guest speaker. He geared his program toward the young students, explaining what the Legion and Auxiliary do, as well as who is a veteran and why we have Veterans Day. Blake talked to the students about what they could do to honor veterans and explained flag protocol to them.
The George C. Johnson Post 460 of the American Legion in Russell presented and retired the Colors for the program at RTR Middle School in Russell on Tuesday morning. The seventh and eighth grade band played the National Anthem and the sixth through eighth grade choir performed “God Bless America.”

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

Community worship services for Thanksgiving

November 20, 2014

TYLER—St. Dionysius will host the community Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. Pastor Wayde Kenneke will be preaching.
LAKE BENTON—St. Genevieve in Lake Benton will host the community Thanksgiving service on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
ARCO—Arco, Ivanhoe, and Wilno Community Thanksgiving service will be at Bethany Lutheran in Arco on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.
RUTHTON—Ruthton Community Thanksgiving services will be at Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran in Ruthton.

RTR Stand Up holds informational meeting last week at the golf club

November 20, 2014

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RTR Stand Up held a public gathering last Wednesday evening at the Tyler Golf Club to inform members of the school district regarding various issues at the RTR schools. Doug Nelson of Education Minnesota, pictured standing at left, was present to answer the public’s questions and inform those in attendance at the gathering.

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
RTR Stand Up, a group that has been formed by concerned citizens, parents and former teachers in the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District, held a public gathering at the Tyler Golf Course last Wednesday evening for informational purposes.
Nearly 80 were in attendance at the gathering to hear and discuss grievances that they have with the current administration and policies at the RTR schools.
Amy Reese served as mediator for the meeting as she went over questions found on the agenda and provided answers to the best of her knowledge with help from various attendees and Education Minnesota’s Doug Nelson. Because Education Minnesota is a teacher’s association, Nelson focused on answering questions that pertained to teacher’s rights and protections.
The agenda focused on four primary topics of concern that those in the district have: the RTR School Board, the RTR School’s structures, teacher issues and student issues.

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

RTR School Board receives 2013-14 audit

November 20, 2014

No red flags raised during the sampling process; audit report approved by the board

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The 2013-2014 audit report was given to the RTR School Board by Matt Taubert of Meulebroeck Taubert & Co., PLLP at their regular November meeting this past Monday evening in Tyler.
The audit was a clean audit, which means that no red flags were raised during the sampling process and there were no instances of noncompliance.
The board approved the audit entries and adjustments, and then the audit itself was approved by the board.
Craig Hess was placed on the agenda for this meeting, although he was not informed that he would be on the agenda. He took time to urge the board members and administration to forward-contract fuel in an attempt to get the district’s fuel at a cheaper price. The district currently buys fuel as needed. No action was taken.
The board approved an employment contract with David Meulebroeck as head custodian at RTR Elementary School.

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

Peterson elected Tyler mayor; Sanderson and Harper on council

November 14, 2014

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Meester, VanDeVere, and Drietz elected to county seats

 

After heading to the polls last Tuesday, Lincoln County residents learned the results of the elections, finding Chad Meester as their new sheriff ,who beat out Guy Harding with 57.54 percent of the votes. Voters cast 1,331 votes for Meester, 968 votes for Harding and there were 14 write-in votes.
In other county races, Mic VanDeVere won the District 2 county commissioner seat with 350 votes, while Gary Manson received just 19.22 percent of the votes with 84. VanDeVere takes over the position Larry Hansen had held for many years. Hansen chose not to file for reelection.
The other commissioner seat up was in District 4 with Craig Larson and Joseph Drietz vying for the position held by Curt Blumeyer, who is retiring and did not file for reelection. Drietz took the race receiving 73.20 percent of the votes with 355 while Larson garnered 125 votes.
All other county positions were uncontested. Those elected positions are Deborah Vierhuf, county auditor with 2,123 votes. Vierhuf replaces Kathy Schreurs, who did not file for reelection. Others elected were Susan Paluch, county treasurer with 2,175 votes; Loretta J. Lundberg, county recorder with 2,178 votes; Glen A. Petersen, county attorney with 2,096 votes; Daniel Christianson, soil and water supervisor District 1 with 2,095 votes; Glen Sorensen, soil and water supervisor District 3 with 2,103 votes; Conrad Kent Schardin, soil and water supervisor District 4 with 2,104 votes.
Mervyn Peterson was elected Mayor of Tyler in an uncontested race with 361, votes which was 92.09 percent of the votes. There were 31 write-in votes.

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

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Michael VanDeVere               Chad Meester

 

Community awards handed out at TACC Fall Kickoff Friday

November 14, 2014

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Judy, Amy and Dr. Chris Determan of Southwest Family Chiropractic are pictured as they received the Business of the Year award during the TACC Fall-Kick off.

By Chuck Hunt

 
The Tyler Area Community Club held their Fall Kickoff last Friday night, Nov. 7 at the Tyler Golf Club.
About 30 people attended the event, which included the presentation of three TACC awards to members of the Tyler area community.
Named Volunteer of the Year was Robert Wolfington III, former editor of the Tyler Tribute and current city administrator. Wolfington has been active in community organizations including TACC, Kiwanis Club and the Aebleskiver Days Committee.
Dr. Chris Determan and his staff at Southwest Family Chiropractic were named the Business of the Year at the event. Their chiropractic business is located on Tyler’s main street near the post office.
Also, long-time Tyler area farmers Al and Marcy Roelofs were named the Farmers of the Year. The Roelofs operate a family farm southwest of Tyler.
The Fall Kickoff event included a banquet meal catered by the Log Cabin Drive Inn of Tyler.

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

City of Tyler receives Highway 14 update

November 14, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Project Engineer Nick Klisch of the Minnesota Department of Transportation came before the Tyler City Council at their Monday meeting to explain the reasons for the detour through Tyler being left in place throughout the winter.
The purpose of the project is to improve the road and mitigate flooding over the road west of Florence. To do this, a surcharge was placed on the road, but the surcharge did not settle as quickly as anticipated. After considering various options, MnDOT feels that leaving the surcharge and detour in place over the winter will be the best option for finishing the project in the most efficient and time effective way possible.
A public meeting will take place this Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Tyler Fire Hall from 4:30-6 p.m. for anyone who has concerns or would like further information.

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