Relay For Life raises $30K . . so far

July 2, 2015

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The 2015 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event was held Friday evening in Lake Benton. Pictured above is the beginning of the annual survivor lap around the track at the event.

By Mark Wilmes
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The 2015 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event was held at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton Friday evening. A total of 881 luminaria bags glowed with candles surrounding the track while team members walked to raise money for cancer research.
As of closing ceremonies after 1 a.m. on Saturday, the group had raised a total of $30,000 towards their goal of $38,000.
Lincoln County co-chair Kathy Wilmes said the success can be attributed to many people throughout the year.
“It is the result of the continued dedication of so many people,” Wilmes said. “Our fantastic committee members, team captains, team members, corporate sponsors and the hundreds of people who donate support to our cause and teams.”
Wilmes said the event may only be one night a year, but the purpose for the event is year-long.
“Thank you for volunteering, donating, celebrating, remembering and walking with us.”
Friday’s event was the 15th annual Relay event held in Lincoln County. Although the event is held in June, the teams continue to raise funds until the year closes in August, so they will still be striving to reach their goal of $38,000.

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

Local firm collects for cancer research

July 2, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
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Pluto Legal is one of many businesses who contributed funds to Relay For life of Lincoln County. The employees of the law firm, located on Highway 14 in Tyler, raise funds by participating in Jeans Friday, where they donate money for the right to wear blue jeans one day per week. Pluto Legal, PLLC then matches the total amount raised during the year, with proceeds going to local organizations throughout the area.
The staff donates the funds in honor of Lisa Pluto, who has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer. A picture of Lisa’s supporters can be found on page nine to the right of the Lake Benton American Legion color guard photo. Staff members donating included Attorney Leah Gilbert, Attorney Lisa Pluto, Attorney Lauren Fink, Cheryl Vos, Beth Daniels, Karlee Wyttenback, Amy VanEck, Traci Sherman, Juell Buchholz, Chelsea Grooters, Starr Otter and Taylor Carson.

Avera makes offer to board to purchase Tyler Healthcare Center

July 2, 2015

Dr. Snow resigns from THC staff effective in September

By Mark Wilmes
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The Tyler Healthcare Center made two big announcements last week, revealing that the THC Board of Directors has received an offer from Avera to purchase the privately-owned facility, and that the hospital had received a resignation from Dr. Steven Snow.
Avera made the proposal on June 24 to purchase THC. Interim CEO Dale Gillogly said the proposal was well-received by the board.
“What came out of that [offer] was a lot of discussion about what the impact would be on the employees,” Gillogly said. “The effort will be made to retain the employment in Tyler. I can’t promise, no more than I can promise my job, 100 percent promise of employment.”
Gillogly said that based on past Avera purchases, he is comfortable that most, if not all employees will transition to Avera Health.
“If Avera comes in and says, ‘Hey this department has three employees and it only needs two, then something would need to be done,’” Gillogly revealed. “With that said, we have made every effort to find employment for other folks, and those have been very few in number.”
Gillogly added that it is possible that due to the facility’s current state, it could be immune to any cuts.
“This operation has been run so lean and there have been so many cuts, that I’d be surprised if we’re not hiring more people within a year,” he said.
Gillogly said any decision could be a few weeks or months down the road.

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

Ruthton to celebrate 4th of July

July 2, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
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The City of Ruthton will be holding its annual 4th of July celebration on Saturday.
The day will kick off with the parade at 11 a.m., with lineup at Peace Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. Prizes will be chosen for the best entries in three categories: best business theme, best Disney theme and most patriotic theme.
Following the parade will be time to gather with friends and neighbors for a potluck lunch in the park. The BRCO will be providing BBQs, chips, plates, utensils and condiments. Bring whatever else you feel should be added to the celebration. Buffalo Ridge Express will also be providing free root beer floats.
Several events are planned for the day. The Kids’ Carnival will include bouncy toys and a money sand pit. There is also a bean bag tournament and Bingo sponsored by the Fire Department.
There will be a kids’ pet show at 2 p.m. provided by Dog Training by Jess. Bart’s Bar will have a beer garden on the grounds.

FFA members receive personal leadership training

July 2, 2015

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Above: Minnesota FFA members are pictured at the State Greenhand Leadership Conference (SGLC) at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack. from June 22-26 to develop leadership skills for their communities and home chapters. Members attending from the RTR FFA chapter included Jonah Johnson, Jackie Dressen, Ashley Borchert and Lacey Barke.

Over 140 Minnesota FFA members gathered for the State Greenhand Leader­ship Conference (SGLC) at Deep Portage Conserva­tion Reserve near Hack­ensack from June 22-26 to develop leadership skills for their communities and home chapters. Members from the RTR FFA chap­ter attending were Jonah Johnson, Jackie Dressen, Ashley Borchert and Lacey Barke.
The goal of State Green­hand Leadership Confer­ence is to give personal mentoring to first-year high school FFA members. These members come from all corners of the state, rep­resent unique sectors of agriculture and have been recognized as top leaders in their schools.
During the conference, students cover an array of topics during sessions that focus mostly on personal development. Goal setting, professional leadership and career exploration are just a few of the topics dis­covered during this five-day leadership camp.

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

 

Relay For Life 2015 opens Friday

June 25, 2015

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Jacob Johnson will be the Survivor Speaker at Friday’s Relay For Life event at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton.

By Mark Wilmes
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Relay For Life of Lincoln County will hold their annual event Friday at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton.
Jacob Johnson of Lake Benton will be the Survivor Speaker at Friday’s event. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in November 2006 when he was 2½ years old. He had many overnight visits in the hospitals, which included St. Paul Children’s Hospital and both Avera and Sanford Children’s Hospitals in Sioux Falls, S.D.
“I really enjoyed my visits to each because the nurses and doctors made it by far more fun for me than painful,” Jacob recalled. “I could get almost anything I wanted to eat, always had fun things to play with and I would always leave with treats or toys.”

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

 

Storms knock out power to rural Tyler and Lake Benton areas

June 25, 2015

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Tyler Police Chief John Spindler took this photo of a big storm cloud moving into south Lincoln County at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 19.

About 230 homes were without power in rural Lake Benton for an hour and 45 minutes Friday night and another 600 homes lost power in rural Tyler for about 45 minutes after strong storms damaged electric transmission infrastructure in the area.
Four transmission poles owned by East River Electric Power Cooperative were damaged by strong winds. The poles run high-voltage transmission lines to feed power to the rural Lake Benton and rural Tyler substations. The power is used by Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative to serve consumers in the Lake Benton and Tyler areas.
The power went out at around 8:30 p.m. Friday in both areas. Power was restored at 9:15 p.m. in the Tyler area and at around 10:10 p.m. in rural Lake Benton.
East River Electric crews were in the area Saturday repairing the broken poles.
Another 1.5-3.6 inches of rain fell in the early morning hours on Monday, leaving water standing in many area fields.

RTR board declines to advance building proposal

June 25, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR School Board considered a number of proposals from the Buildings and Grounds Committee for new construction at the high school. One plan was considered above the others, which included an auditorium, remodeling existing locker rooms, remodel and expanding shop, a business room, a dining commons, new kitchen, among other things. It would also include improvements at the elementary school in Ruthton, including new computer labs, mechanical room and construct nine classrooms, among other improvements, including a two-stop elevator.
A long discussion was held on the pros and cons of proceeding with any of the plans, or variations of the same.
Board member Pat O’Toole expressed his concerns about young farmers being able to survive the additional property taxes that would be involved in a large project. Board member Jeff Hansen argued that the district could possibly recruit many more students into the district if the school had something attractive to offer.

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

Relay For Life moves to Lake Benton for 2015 county event

June 18, 2015

Above: Pictured are Lincoln County Relay For Life committee members for 2015. From left to right in front are Mark Wilmes of Tyler, Bev Jerzak of Ivanhoe, Chrissy Christianson of Hendricks, Doreen Burg of Lake Benton and Ramona Pitzl of Hendricks. In back are Chris Clarke of Ivanhoe, Kathy Wilmes of Tyler, Jenifer Vollmer of Tyler, Lola Hindbjorgen of Hendricks, Community Manager Jennifer Evans of Balaton, Kristi Citterman of Canby and Julienne Prosch of Lake Benton. Below: Team captains for this year’s Relay event are, from left to right, Julienne Prosch of Lake Benton, Lynette Madsen of Arco, Deb Rouge of Lake Benton, Marijane Borresen of Tyler, Kristi Citterman of Canby, Chrissy Christianson of Hendricks and Kathy Wilmes of Tyler. Not pictured are Carrie Birath of Tyler, Priscilla Osland of Lake Benton, Joyce Miller of Lake Benton, Michelle Pierce of Elkton, S.D. and Jenna DeVries of Marshall. This year’s Relay event is at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton on June 26.

Above: Pictured are Lincoln County Relay For Life committee members for 2015. From left to right in front are Mark Wilmes of Tyler, Bev Jerzak of Ivanhoe, Chrissy Christianson of Hendricks, Doreen Burg of Lake Benton and Ramona Pitzl of Hendricks. In back are Chris Clarke of Ivanhoe, Kathy Wilmes of Tyler, Jenifer Vollmer of Tyler, Lola Hindbjorgen of Hendricks, Community Manager Jennifer Evans of Balaton, Kristi Citterman of Canby and Julienne Prosch of Lake Benton. Below: Team captains for this year’s Relay event are, from left to right, Julienne Prosch of Lake Benton, Lynette Madsen of Arco, Deb Rouge of Lake Benton, Marijane Borresen of Tyler, Kristi Citterman of Canby, Chrissy Christianson of Hendricks and Kathy Wilmes of Tyler. Not pictured are Carrie Birath of Tyler, Priscilla Osland of Lake Benton, Joyce Miller of Lake Benton, Michelle Pierce of Elkton, S.D. and Jenna DeVries of Marshall. This year’s Relay event is at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton on June 26.

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By Mark Wilmes
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After several months of fundraising, members of Relay For Life of Lincoln County will take to the track on June 26 to walk the track together at Hole-in-theMountain Park in Lake Benton. Kristi Citterman of Canby will be one of the speakers at the Opening Ceremonies at the event. She will be providing the Caregiver Speech for 2015. Kristi has the experience of serving multiple cancer survivors. “Cancer has had a big impact on my life,” Citterman said. “I will be providing a closer look on the daily life of a caregiver in a household with two cancer survivors.” Both of her experiences were at a young age. “The first time was providing care to my sister,” Citterman revealed. “I was a young girl embarking on new adventures. The second time I was in the middle of my first year of college, starting to make my footprint in the world as an adult.” Kristi said the experience is filled with different emotions. “It is a matter of putting my family first while trying to lead a typical life of a young woman,” Citterman admitted. “You have to be able to handle success, setbacks and sometimes the loss of loved ones.” The event will kick off at 4 p.m. when the campsites open and luminaria sales begin. At 4:30 p.m. is a meal of pork chops and side dishes. Also at 4:30 p.m. will be the Smart Shop, Silent Auction and Cancer Survivor sign-in.

Read more in this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Chinese Pork Producers Trade team visits Schreurs farm

June 18, 2015

Joel and Teresa Schreurs of rural Tyler hosted a Chinese Pork Producers Trade Team last week on behalf of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

Joel and Teresa Schreurs of rural Tyler hosted a Chinese Pork Producers Trade Team last week on behalf of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.



By Mark Wilmes
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The Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers and Minnesota Soybean welcomed a group of Chinese pork producers to the Joel and Teresa Schreurs farm north of Tyler on Tuesday of last week. The group was visiting to learn about crop farming in Minnesota. The visiting group was sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. The group learned about the size of U.S. farms, rotation, management practices, crop protection and why Midwest farmers grow corn and soybeans. The Chinese visitors took many pictures and marveled over the size of the farms. The group will use what they learn in America to hopefully use new production skills and better management techniques to produce better pork, for which there is a huge market in China. The U.S. soybean growers hope this will lead to increase in the use of soybean meal, which would benefit American farmers. “U.S. Farmers exported over 60 percent of their soybean crop last year,” Joel Schreurs said. “That is why Trade Teams are so important to U.S. Agriculture.” An evening pork chop dinner ended the day, provided by the Lincoln County Pork Producers. From Tyler, the Chinese team traveled to Brookings to spend the remainder of their time at the SDSU swine facility. The visit was also made possible in part by the soybean checkoff.