Effects of recent gatherings showing up

July 15, 2020

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Dr. Eric Ocampo of Avera Tyler.

Lack of social distancing/wearing masks shuts down businesses, cancels Æbleskiver Days events

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The spike for which the area has been bracing has arrived as the Lincoln County COVID-19 count has nearly tripled in the past 10 days. As of Tuesday morning, the Minnesota Department of Health tally stood at 32 in the county. The spike is being blamed on large gatherings in the first week of July that ignored MDE guidelines to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The disease started in late 2019 and has been causing mild-to-deadly illnesses since. The first U.S. death attributed to this virus was on February 2020 in the Seattle area. The USA now has over three million confirmed cases with over 130,000 deaths…

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Lincoln County Community COVID-19 testing today in Tyler

July 15, 2020

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The City of Tyler and Avera Tyler will hold a COVID-19 event today.

A community COVID-19 testing event will be held at Avera Tyler in Tyler on Wednesday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County and connected to the area have increased over the last week or so. Beyond the cases reported by the Minnesota Department of Health for Lincoln County, there are additional cases tied to the county. Also, a significant number of individuals could have been exposed at recent large gatherings. Holding a community testing event will help to identify people who have the virus. Asking them to isolate will help slow the spread,” said Mary Maertens, Regional President and CEO, Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.

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Back to school with COVID-19

July 15, 2020

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RTR Superintendent Dave Marlette.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Back to school shopping season is nearly upon us and parents wonder what the new school year will look like in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the uptick in active cases within Lincoln County, some wonder if school will even begin on time. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) recently re­leased the results of a parent survey that school administra­tion will take into consideration moving forward.
According to the MDE, “The survey received an overwhelm­ing response from the commu­nity. Between June 15 and July 6, MDE collected more than 130,000 completed responses…The survey asked a series of questions about parents’ expe­riences with distance learning in the spring of 2020 and their hopes for the 2020-21 school year.”

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Tyler’s Yard of the Week

July 15, 2020

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Last week’s yard honors went to Bill and Jill Maisch at 222 East Oak Street.

2020 Æbleskiver Days update

July 15, 2020

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From the original Æbleskiver Amble photo back in 2001. The idea for the Amble was brought forward by Ingrid Skjong (who also designed the logo seen here) and facilitated by Todd Reif and Kelly Appel. This year’s 20th Amble will be held virtually due to the current pandemic.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Plans for the scaled-down 2020 Æbleskiver Days celebration continue to be fluid as an eye is kept on the state of the COVID- 19 pandemic in Minnesota. Several events have now been canceled due to the recent spike in infections in the area.
Items still in the plans are the wooden æbleskiv­er hunt, a virtual talent contest, and the Æbleskiv­er Night of Lights (see ad in this week’s paper for entry)…

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Ruthton celebrates the 4th

July 15, 2020

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Many Ruthton-area children participated in Kids’ Fishing Fun over the holiday weekend. A raffle drawing was held for all who submitted photos. Winner of a tackle box, t-shirt and fishing pole was Oakley Peter. The event was sponsored by Denny’s Repair and Highway Bait.

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RTR School Board moves back to on-site meetings

July 15, 2020

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The RTR School Board met in person on Wednesday at the middle school cafeteria in Russell.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR School Board returned to in-person meetings last Wednesday at the RTR Middle School cafeteria. Attendees had temperatures checked on the way into the meeting and everyone was required to wear a mask. Two mem­bers, Troy Chandler and Tami Nelson, joined by conference call, necessi­tating roll call votes on all actions taken.
R.A. Morton Site Super­visor Michael Beach was on hand to update the board on progress at the new school site.
“We’re prepping the aux and main gym for the concrete floor,” Beach said. “We’ve got block walls that are going up in area A—the fitness room, locker rooms, that sort of thing. We have metal framing in Area B. The ductwork, plumbing and in-wall elec­tric are still going in place in that same area. Over in Area C the joists and deck are finishing up for the second level.”

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Sealcoating and pavement marking bid approved by commissioners

July 15, 2020

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Vince Robinson of DSI, Inc. was involved with the board’s discussion concerning COVID Relief Fund dollars and how they can be spent.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, July 7 in the courthouse meeting room. Commissioner Jack Vizecky attended via tele­conference.
Following approval of the minutes of the June 16 meeting, the board began discussing the CARES Act. According to discussion, Lincoln County is eligible to receive $740,212 in COVID Relief Fund (CRF) dollars. Vince Robinson of DSI and the board mem­bers discussed ways the money can potentially be spent. Robinson comment­ed that staff time for staff that have shifted duties to COVID-19 support can be counted…

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Maynard’s and employees named Business of the Year

July 15, 2020

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Pictured from left to right are Desiree Breems, Taylor Phinney, Katline Dahl, Brandi McDowell, Joyce Friedrichs, Eduardo Delgado, Manager Lori Hart, Conner Lingen, Andrew Lichtsinn, TACC President Hilary Thooft, Shawn Hofmeister and TACC Awards Chair Amy Determan. Not pictured are David Barnett, Gary Breems and Arthur Finzen.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Tyler Area Commu­nity Club has named May­nard’s Food Center and its employees as the 2020 Tyler Business of the Year. The grocery store and its employees have been one of many businesses on the front lines during the coronavirus. TACC Presi­dent Hilary Thooft offered congratulations on behalf of the service group.
“Thank you to all the em­ployees for helping to keep your doors open and keep­ing the shelves stocked,” Thooft stated. “Your hard work and dedication to the community during this time is greatly appreci­ated.”

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David Stefansen

July 15, 2020

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David “Skip” Frederick Stefansen was born March 27, 1945 in Tyler to Fred­erick Christian Stefansen and Ruth Myra Miller, and passed away June 25, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, and is with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
A memorial service was held Friday, July 3, 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Boerne, Texas. To leave con­dolences for the family, vis­it www.ebensberger-fisher.com. Arrangements were with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.
Skip graduated from Tyler High School in 1963 where he was very active in sports, student govern­ment, yearbook, band and theater arts. He enjoyed telling stories of his foot­ball, basketball and baseball days. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College for a year before moving to southern California to work. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany from 1966-1967, working in chemical, biological and radiological warfare. He was Honorably Discharged as a Spec5 in 1972.
He met Linda while scuba diving and they married on Dec. 28, 1972. They lived in the San Fernando Val­ley where they raised their three daughters (Nikki and twin girls Kjersten and Adriane). Skip graduated from California State Uni­versity, Northridge in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Management.
Skip worked in the the­ater concessions/food dis­tribution industry from 1964 until he retired in 2010. He got his start at the R.J. Allen Company in Burbank, California, sell­ing candy from the trunk of his car, and earned the af­fectionate nickname “The Candy Man.” Throughout his career, Skip worked for Metropolitan Theaters in Los Angeles, California as Vice-President of Con­cessions, for Metropolitan Concessions in Whittier, California as President, for Ricos Products in San An­tonio, Texas as Executive Vice-President, and for Metropolitan Provisions in City of Industry, California as President. He was pas­sionate about the industry and providing excellent service for all customers.
He served as the Presi­dent of the National Asso­ciation of Concessionaires and was responsible for recruiting many new mem­bers, which resulted in re­ceiving the Triple Diamond Pin in 2006. He received NAC’s highest honor, the Bert Nathan Memorial Award, which recognized his leadership and signifi­cant accomplishments in the Theatre Concessions Industry. Described as an extreme volunteer, for over three decades Skip was a driving force behind the Al Lapidus Golf Scholarship Tournament and a staunch supporter of the Variety Boys and Girls Club in East Los Angeles, serving on the scholarship committee for many years.
Throughout his life, Skip was very active with his local church, serving as President of the Congrega­tion for both Emmanuel Lutheran in North Hol­lywood, California and St. John Lutheran in Boerne, Texas. He chaired the com­mittee that was respon­sible for building the new education wing at St. John and enjoyed spending time with the Grill Guys, prepar­ing food for special events such as the Wild Game Din­ner.
As an avid fan of college football, he rooted for his two favorite teams— UCLA and Texas A&M. He enjoyed watching movies, cook­ing, hunting and traveling. He and Linda took many cruises together and vis­ited all 50 states. They took a trip to Walt Disney World for his 70th birthday; one of his favorite sayings was, “I may get older, but I’ll never grow up.” Skip had a tremendous sense of hu­mor and was known for his jokes and stories. He loved spending time with his five grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda Chal­lain Stefansen of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; daughters Nicole Denise Stefansen of Burbank, California, Kjer­sten Challain Flores and husband Robert James Flores of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, and Adriane Jean Gil-Stefansen and wife Jonalee Gil-Stefansen of Simi Valley, California; grandchildren Tyler David, Megan Chal­lain and Dylan Robert of Burbank, California, and Joseph Michael Flores and Aidan Challain Flores of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; and his brother Robert Mi­chael Healy of North Hol­lywood, California. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Sandra Gail Halsne.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Variety Boys and Girls Club/Al Lapidus Scholar­ship at 2530 Cincinnati St., Los Angeles, CA 90033.