County Relay For Life event raised over $25,000 so far; fundraising continues

June 30, 2016

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Dozens of cancer survivors participated in the ceremonial first lap around the track at Friday’s Relay For Life event in Lake Benton.

By Mark Wilmes
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The 2016 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event was held Friday evening at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton. Hundreds gathered at the event on the warm and windy summer night to raise money and awareness in the battle against cancer.
The Opening Ceremonies included a speech from Avera Tyler Administrator Jonathan Moe, explaining why the company is a corporate donor to Relay For Life.

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First English Lutheran Church celebrates 100 years of faith

June 30, 2016

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Seven pastors who have served at First English Lutheran Church participated in the Centennial Celebration Service on Sunday morning. Pictured left to right are Pastors Vern Bigalk, Interim Patrick Ziems, Lyle Snyder, Cy Solberg, Marvin Sandness, Norm Eitrheim and Steve Carmany.

By Chuck Hunt
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First English Lutheran Church has been a part of the community of Tyler for 100 years, since the church was first organized in March of 1916.
Last weekend the church celebrated its centennial with two days of events that included many current and past parishioners as well as seven past and current pastors of the church.
The celebration began on Saturday evening, June 25, with a banquet and program at the Tyler Golf Club with over 150 persons attending the event.

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SWEC board says Houck investigation over, decides no action necessary

June 30, 2016

By Mark Wilmes
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Southwest Educational Cooperative (SWEC) Chairman Nick Citterman released the following statement last week, concerning allegations against SWEC Superintendent Bruce Houck.
RTR Board Member Terry Gordon commented at last week’s RTR meeting that a decision was made on May 26 by the joint powers board that “the investigation was complete” and there was no need for action.

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City Council hears budget report

June 30, 2016

By Mark Wilmes
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Matt Taubert of Meulebroeck, Taubert, & Co. of Pipestone was on hand to go over the audit report at Monday evening’s special meeting of the Tyler City Council.
Taubert told the council that on the revenue side of the General Fund, the council had budgeted for $809,011 in revenue and actual revenue was $1,076,127.
“So we did better than budget in our revenue categories by $267,116,” Taubert revealed.

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Wildcats continue in playoffs

June 30, 2016

The Buffalo Ridge Wildcats advance in the playoffs, despite only having 15 players, with a 61-14 win over the Watertown Rebels. Once again the Wildcat defense played a good game with one fumble recovery, five interceptions and three quarterback sacks, even though five defensive starters were missing.
Jon Gorter led the team with nine tackles and one interception. Austin Appel had eight tackles and Enrique Gomez added six. Travis King had six tackles as well as a fumble recovery, a batted pass and an interception he returned for a touchdown. JJ McGeath had two interceptions and one-and-a-half quarterback sacks. Jonah Walker added two-and-a-half sacks and Zach Schrank had one interception.

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Royals drop a pair of games

June 30, 2016

By Mark Wilmes
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On Wednesday, June 22, the Ruthton Royals fell to the Milroy Irish by a score of 14-4. The Irish scored eight runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to win the game via the 10-run rule.
Levi Hurst took the loss in a six-inning stint, giv­ing up four earned runs on nine hits. Brent Wiering, Chris Seifert and Dain La­Rock all logged innings in relief.

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Tyler Golf Club youth tournament held over the weekend

June 30, 2016

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The Tyler Golf Club Youth/Guardian Tournament was held on Sunday, June 26. Pictured above: Youth/Guardian Golf Tournament 10-and-under champions Teagyn and Tim O’Leary, left, and 10-and-under second place winners Ramsey Carr and John Bornhoft.

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Robert DeKoekkoek

June 30, 2016

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Robert De Koekkoek, age 78 of Frenchtown, Iowa, died Sunday, June 19. A memorial service was held at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home in Guttenberg, Iowa at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23, with Rev. Penny Hansel officiating. Arrangements were handled by Tuecke- Allyn Funeral Home, 207 S. 1st St, Guttenberg, IA.
There will be an inurn­ment this coming fall at Hope Cemetery in Tyler.
Robert was born Nov. 12, 1937 in Chanarambie Township, Murray County, Minnesota, the son of Teu­nis and Pearl De Koekkoek. He received his education from Edgerton Christian School. On Sept. 5, 1956 Robert was united in mar­riage with Mary Hamann at the Pipestone Method­ist Church and this union later blessed them with four children.
Robert spent 48 years as a professional truckdriver and owned a restaurant/ bar as well. Robert enjoyed spending time fishing. He was an avid traveler and recently made trips to New Orleans and Jamaica. He spent many winters in southern Texas and would make several trips to Mex­ico during those winter months. He was passion­ate about gospel music, especially the Black Wood Brothers. He had a beauti­ful bass voice and sang in a Barbershop Choir and Quartet for many years. He even sang in the choir at a church in Texas during the winters.
Robert is survived by his three children—Robert (Raschell) De Koekkoek, Jr. of Rexburg, Idaho, Brenda (Scott) Knudson of Lake Benton, and Cindy Ward of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; best friend and companion Joyce Lahmann; two sis­ters, Betty Ann De Koek­koek of California and Sandy (Bill) Gerritson of Idaho, and many other family and friends.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, sister Minerva Mae Ross, wife Mary and daughter Deb Slegers.

County Relay For Life event Friday

June 23, 2016

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Lynette Madsen is the Honorary Caregiver Chair for the 2016 Relay For Life.

By Mark Wilmes
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Lincoln County Relay For Life returns to Hole-in-the-Moun­tain Park in LakeBenton on Fri­day, June 24. This is the second consecutive year in LakeBenton before the event moves to Hen­dricks for the next two years.
This year’s Honorary Sur­vivor Chair (John Schwing of Sioux Falls, South Dakota) and Honorary Caregiver Chair (Ly­nette Madsen of Arco) will be featured speakers during Friday evening’s ceremonies.

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John Schwing is the Honorary Survivor for the 2016 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event.

Two board members claim administrator investigations have been completed

June 23, 2016

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Ag Teacher Jen Schoenfeld spoke with the board about the school garden.

By Mark Wilmes
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Board Member Terry Gordon and one of two Southwest Educational Cooperative (SWEC) board representatives announced that SWEC Board Chair Nick Citterman told him by phone call that joint powers board would be ending the investigation of SWEC Superintendent Bruce Houck.
“[Citterman said] that the investigation was complete and there is no need for action,” Gordon told the board. Gordon told the board that the decision was made on May 26. There was no official document and no release of information to the media on the decision.

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