100 years after the tornado

August 15, 2018

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The 100th anniversary of the tornado that hit Tyler arrives on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Editor’s note: The following story was originally published in the Friday, Aug. 23, 1918 edition of the Tyler Journal. Next Tuesday marks 100 years since a devastating tornado struck Tyler and shocked the region.
Entire Business Section Demolished. Forty Residences Destroyed. Thirty-six Killed and Dead from Injuries. About 25 Seriously Injured and 200 slightly. Loss Estimated at Two Million. Town Under Martial Rule. Thousands of Visitors
One of the worst windstorms in the history of this part of the United States hit the Village of Tyler Wednesday evening, August 21, 1918, at exactly 9:20 p.m. without warning. Everyone was in the best of spirits and never dreamed of anything happening to them or their friends and relatives.

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

Danebod Folk Meeting arrives August 22-26

August 15, 2018

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The public is invited to attend the 72nd annual Danebod Folk Meeting that will be held Aug. 22-26 at the Danebod Folk School campus. The event will kick off Wednesday evening with a presentation, “The 1918 Tyler Tornado: Impact and Aftermath,” by local historian Richard Siemers. Earlier in the day, Siemers will lead early arrivers to the Folk Meeting on a tour of downtown Tyler and the Danebod cemetery, highlighting landmarks relating to the tornado.

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Elementary will add a STEM class for fourth and fifth graders

August 15, 2018

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High School Principal Dan Bettin reports to the board on the ALICE program for dealing with active shooters in public buildings.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Due to a large number of students in 4th and 5th grades this fall, RTR Elementary will be implementing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) classroom design for the two grades. The total number of students in the 4th grade is 46, with a total of 54 students in 5th grade.
“One hundred students is difficult in two grades, Superintendent David Marlette explained. “If you split that into two classes of grade 4, that’s 23 (each). If you try to do two grades in grade 5, that’s 27, which is really high. If you [split into] three [grades] then you are down to 16 or 17 kids, which is maybe too low.

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Press Night August 23

August 15, 2018

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Area sports fans will have the opportunity to get their first look at the RTR fall sports teams at Press Night on Thursday, Aug. 23, beginning around 5 p.m. The public is invited to the Meet the Knights event to provide fans, parents, students and community members to meet with the team and take photos. An intra-squad volleyball scrimmage will start at 5:45 p.m. An inter-squad football scrimmage will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Delaney earns all-star award in Stars and Stripes game

August 15, 2018

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Brett Delaney with the Offensive MVP trophy.

Submitted by Mike Tiedeman

The Buffalo Ridge Wild­cats sent seven players, as well as one who could not attend, to play in the SPFL Stars vs. Stripes All- Star game on July 28 at the campus of Gustavus Adolphus in St Peter. Each team in the SPFL chooses eight players to play in this game. After they are selected they are divided into the two teams. The game was won by the Stars team, with a score of 27-14.

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

Avera Tyler Foundation hosting a benefit golf tournament Sept. 17

August 15, 2018

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Avera Tyler Founda­tion will be hosting a three-person best-ball scramble golf tournament on Mon­day, Sept. 17 at the Tyler Golf Club. All proceeds from the 2018 Avera Tyler Foundation Golf Tourna­ment will benefit the Area of Greatest Need fund at Avera Tyler Hospital.
Avera Tyler Foundation Executive Director Abby Ahmann said she hopes the first-year event catch­es on.

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Back to school tips for parents of exceptional students

August 15, 2018

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The first day of school is often anxiety inducing for the average student and their parents. When a special need is added into the equation, the anxiety that exceptional students and their families experi­ence can be multiplied ex­ponentially. Fear not; here are some back to school tips for parents of excep­tional students.
Special needs in children can range from a behavior­al disorder to severe food allergies to something else entirely. No matter where the student falls on the spectrum of special needs, organizing records and upcoming meetings is the first step to a successful school year…

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County says “no” to full-time deputy sheriff, “go” on property tax abatement bonds

August 15, 2018

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Robert Olsen, left, of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke about concerns that area farmers are having with the installation of the new wind farms in the Arco area. Eileen and Richard Nielsen are Arco farmers whose property has been undermined by the installation of the wind tower power lines. According to the Nielsens, they have uncovered power cables running across their property.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Ivanhoe.
The scheduled public hearing regarding the proposed proper­ty tax abatements in connection with the issuance of Tax Abate­ment Bonds began at approxi­mately 9:05 a.m. Vince Robinson and Shelly Eldridge were both on hand to speak to the commis­sioners and community during the hearing…

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

Canadian wildfires create smoky haze in local area

August 15, 2018

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Wildfires are not often a threat to southwest Min­nesota. We are a land of fields and lakes rather than forests. However, the wild­fires currently burning in western Canada had an impact on the local region this past weekend. Accord­ing to several news sourc­es, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is­sued an air quality alert for most of the state over the weekend, Aug 10-12.
According to the Star Tribune, smoke from Ca­nadian wildfires spread across Minnesota through­out the weekend, causing poor air quality conditions…

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“An Enemy of the People” to be performed in Lake Benton and Pipestone

August 15, 2018

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A group of professional actors and musicians will team up with local residents to present “Enemy of the People” at Lakeside Park in Lake Benton on Thursday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 19. Both shows will be presented at 7 p.m.

Sod House Theater is excited to present a new, bluegrass-in­fused adaptation of “An Enemy of the People,” written by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Darcey Engen, Luverne Seifert, Brian Laidlaw and Ashley Hanson. Known for their fantastically fun produc­tions, Sod House will join forces with local talent and audiences to celebrate summer and com­munity through the experience of live, site-specific theater. The production will play in Pipe­stone at Hiawatha Pageant Park on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. and Aug 18. at 1 p.m., and in Lake Benton at Lakeside Park on Aug 16 and 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.sodhousetheater.org.

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