Pool raises funds…deliciously

November 20, 2019

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Waffle-lovers of all ages were at Sunday’s Tyler Swimming Pool Fundraiser. The waffles and sausages were prepared by Dad’s Belgian Waffles of St. Cloud. Tyler Pool Manager Neil Witte reported that, after expenses, a total of around $3,000 was raised. “We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations,” Witte said. “People can still give tax deductible donations toward the pool with checks made out to the Tyler Area Foundation. We have now taken in around $35,000. Our overall goal is $45,000. Again, thanks to everyone in their donations and volunteer help to make this happen.”

You better watch out…

November 20, 2019

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The third annual Small Town Saturday returns to Tyler next weekend with a full slate of activities and in-store goodies and savings. Santa will again drop in at The Rock with the sole purpose of collecting Christmas lists. See next week’s Tribute for the full story, as well as ads from area merchants.

RTR School Board hears audit report

November 20, 2019

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RTR Student Council representatives Ashley Owen (left) and Madison Witte updated the board on activities at the high school.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR School Board heard the audit report from Matt Taubert of Meulebroeck, Taubert & Co. of Pipestone. Board member Craig Hess was absent from the meeting. The report goes through the end of the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2019.
“It is an unqualified opinion, which is exactly what you are shooting for,” Taubert told the board. “It is the highest opinion we can render on the financial report.”
Among the data in the report was the fact that the final payment to the Southwest Educational Cooperative (SWEC) was made as part of the agreement to be removed from the co-op. The total of the final payment was $142,974.

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

Avera looks for input on potential new facility at town hall-style meetings

November 20, 2019

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Artist’s rendering of the front entrance of a potential new Avera Tyler facility.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Avera Tyler held a pair of town hall-style meet­ings last week with the hope of gaining some in­sight into excitement from Tyler-area residents on a potential new facility. The meetings were facilitated by Avera Tyler Adminis­trator Allen Anderson and Avera Tyler Executive Di­rector Abby Ahmann on Wednesday and Thursday. Anderson said local Avera officials have been work­ing on moving the project forward for nearly three years.
“I think we’re in a really good spot right now, both in our community and in our health system that would maybe afford us the opportunity to move this forward,” Anderson said. “I’ve communicated all along that we do not have an approved project yet. This is really just a founda­tional piece of trying to get to that point.”

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

RTR girls gear up for the hoopster season

November 20, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR girls have been practicing over two weeks to get ready for the open­ing game of the 2019-20 basketball season. Head Coach Steve Krause and his two assistants, Coach Mik­kelsen and Coach Hesse, have been getting the girls into basketball shape. Yes, I attended a practice and there are many prospects out for the season.
Lost to graduation are Brooke Thomsen, Jonni Bi­ren and Maddi Muenchow. All of these girls started at one time or another last year. Thomsen was the leading scorer for the team last year.
Returning are three starters who did most of the starting last year. Ha­ley Muenchow, Kalleigh Carr and Shawna Thoms­en would be those players. Skylar Borresen, Maddi Wendland and Allie Chris­tianson also saw some var­sity playing time last year.

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

RTR football, cheer team awards night held Wednesday

November 20, 2019

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Photo courtesy of Julie Jorgensen
The 2019 RTR Cheer Team— from left to right in front are Melissa Barber, Brynn Peterson and Ellie Frahm; in back are Coach Sandy Carpenter, Jacey Jorgensen, Trinity Hagen, Emma Althoff, Calin Kor and Kara Jorgensen.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The awards banquet for RTR football and cheer team was held last Wednesday evening in the high school cafeteria.
RTR sophomore Kara Jorgensen was the Spirit of a Knight Award win­ner for Sandy Carpenter’s squad. The award rec­ognizes the cheer team member who best exem­plified excellence in both cheerleading skill and in personal character. Letter winners for 2019 were Jorgensen, junior Emma Althoff, 8th grader Melissa Barber, freshman Ellie Frahm, junior Trinity Hagen, freshman Jacey Jorgensen and freshman Brynn Peterson.

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

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Photo courtesy of Jessie Wichmann
RTR Football letter winners, pictured left to right in front, are Collin Johnson, Jaden Borman, Chris Cauwels, Connor Kremin, Payton Swanson, Caleb Witte and Darrick Baartman; in back are Jonah Christensen, Cade Jorgensen, Dalton Muecke, Aiden Wichmann, Corbyn Sitzmann, Kyle Fischer, Lane Thomas, Payton Hess and Hayden Gravley. Not pictured are Tim Gilmore, Dylan Anderson and Logan Lamote.

Rutz signs letter of intent to MSU

November 20, 2019

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Ali Rutz (center) with parents Steve and Karie.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Ali Rutz, granddaughter of Jim and Joyce Jensen of Tyler, has signed on to be part of the women’s soccer team at Minnesota State University next fall. Ali is the daughter of Tyler native Karie Rutz and husband Steve of North Mankato.
Rutz is a four-year starter and four-year letter winner for the Mankato West Scarlets…

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

NDSU representative to visit RTR

November 20, 2019

A representative from the Office of Admission at North Dakota State Univer­sity is scheduled to visit an area high school in Tyler, Minnesota.
The representative is set to meet with students at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton High School on Monday, Dec. 2, at 9:15 a.m.

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

Knight volleyball players make conference honors

November 20, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

 
The Camden Conference has announced its 2019 conference selections for the volleyball season. The top four teams in the south portion of the conference all had three players make the all-conference team.
The Minneota Vikings, Lakeview Lakers, Canby Lancers and the Lady Knights saw three of their top players selected. Kylea Baartman, Kalleigh Carr and Haley Muenchow were the RTR selections.

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

“Stories Under the Big Top”

November 20, 2019

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The Lake Benton Opera House Children’s Theater presented two performances of “Stories Under the Big Top” by area fourth-sixth graders. Pictured seated, from left, are Jack Rybinski, Izzy Bakker, Kendra Gleis, Jenaya Drietz, Everett Erb, Hannah Dagel, Sydney Nibbe and Willow Hoff. In back are Sophie Peterson, Breanna Drietz, Anna Drietz, Wyatt Osland, Director Crystal Enga and Aliyah Drietz.