RTR grad spends time training in Norway

May 16, 2019

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Kyle Stensgaard

By Mark Wilmes
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Kyle Stensgaard joined the National Guard after his senior year at RTR High School in 2013, looking for some direction in his life. Kyle, the son of Sue and Randy Stensgaard of Florence, will soon be wrapping up his Guard career with his last drill coming up this week, after six years in service.
“I didn’t know what to do after high school,” Stensgaard said. “When my sister passed away she had all this college debt and my parents got stuck with it. If I was going to do something I just wanted to make sure I made the right choice…

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Members of the United States/Norway 2019 Reciprocal Troop Exchange that includes Florence native Kyle Stensgaard (Row 4, third from left) and Tyler native Andrew Wiering (Back row, 5th from left).

Bettin continues to look for gymnastics solution for District

May 16, 2019

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By Mark Wilmes
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As part of the of the high school principal’s report, Principal Dan Bettin told the board he has been approached by the Red Rock Conference to gauge interest in RTR joining the conference.
“They have two schools they are concerned with,” Bettin explained. “Fulda is now going with Heron Lake-Okabena, and then who knows how long Ellsworth is going to be able to hang on, so they could go from 11 schools to nine schools in a real quick turnaround. They have requested that we join their conference.”

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Hospice Benefit

May 16, 2019

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The Tyler Golf Club was busy Friday evening with the 24th annual Avera Tyler Hospice Benefit and Auction. Above: Ben Guida of Tyler got a chance to join Pete Lothringer for a song.

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New Danebod pastor comes home to Minnesota

May 16, 2019

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Pastor Gena Maria Koeberl.

By Mark Wilmes
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Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler recently welcomed Gena Maria Koeberl as their new pastor. Pastor Gena’s first Sunday was March 3 and she was installed on March 17.
Her call to Tyler brought her back to southwestern Minnesota, being a native of Renville County.
“I’m originally from Hector,” she said. “I grew up on a farm about 16 miles north of Hector, right on the Kandiyohi/Renville County line. I came from a farm family and I’m the youngest of five and everybody lives in that area, so I’m not too far from home.”

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Knights beat YME 8 to 5 in baseball action Friday

May 16, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR baseball squad traveled to Granite Falls last Friday to play some Camden Conference ball. The Knights scored two runs in their first inning, but the Sting took the lead with three runs total in their first two innings. However, the visiting Knights put the game in the proper column by scoring four big runs in their half of the fourth inning. They would add single runs in the fifth and seventh in­ning to assure the win.

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Lady Knights sweep the Sting 11-1 and 5-2 in conference action

May 16, 2019

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Whitney Bruns connects with a pitch during last week’s doubleheader sweep of Yellow Medicine East. Bruns wound up on second, thanks to a two-base error.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR softball team stopped their brief losing streak as they won a pair from the YME Sting last Friday in quick fashion. The two games were done in less than three hours. The sun was actually shin­ing for parts of both games. Yes, the games were played in Tyler.
The first game saw the Lady Knights basically put the game in the win column in their second inning…

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Golfers hit the links to lower those scores

May 16, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR golfers, boys and girls, played some golf on the Cottonwood golf course last Monday. The Cottonwood course is a long course where long drives off the tee are im­portant.
The RTR girls finished in third place in the meet with a score of 240… YME won the team event for the boys with a score of 183. Lakeview and Min­neota finished second and third with team scores of 185 and 186, respectively. RTR finished fifth with a score of 218…

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“Mary Poppins” performed

May 16, 2019

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The cast, crew and orchestra of the RTR High School production of “Mary Poppins,” presented at the Lake Benton Opera House over the weekend. From left to right in front are Julia Nilles, Emma Gunnare, Rion Moat, Jake Johnson and Seth Davis; in the middle row (seated) are Cooper Hansen, Emily Kern, Alex Duus, Andrea Escher, Gavin Nielsen and Adam Madsen; and in back are Neil Witte, Luke Johnson, Caleb Harper, Madison Witte, Graham Petersen, Angele Bastin, Dajza Gilmore, Cari Baune, Brooke Burns, Sandy Hanson, Lorilee Malecha and Julie Wieme. Not pictured are Caleb Witte, Alexis Christensen and Graham Dinnel.

Artist’s retreat

May 16, 2019

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council held their annual artist’s retreat earlier this month at the Danebod complex. Friday evening entertainment was provided by the Marshall Area Stage Company cast of “Mama Mia,” that will be presented this summer. Pictured above: Crystal Enga of Marshall will be playing the lead role of Sophie. Below: Jess Robinson of Pipesone (left) and Morgan Benson of Tyler will also be among the cast.

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Track teams compete in Slayton

May 16, 2019

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Running Knight Cade Jorgensen, right, takes off after receving the baton from Hunter Holstein Safstrom on May 9 in Slayton.

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR track teams participated in the Dick Davidson Invitational in Slayton last Thursday. The boys and girls placed seventh and eighth, respectively, for team totals.
Cade Jorgensen was the top finisher for the boys with a third place finish in the triple jump. For the girls, Contessa Baartman placed third in the discus, with Faith Thomsen taking third in the triple jump.

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Annie Nichols, center, passes the baton to Jacey Jorgensen in the Girls 4×800 Relay on May 8 in Slayton. Their team placed sixth.