Making Tyler an Age-Friendly Community

January 16, 2020

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Betty Christensen of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA).

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Betty Christensen and Molly Peterson of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) met with local officials on Jan. 6 at the Tyler Fire Hall. The meeting was scheduled to explore the possibility of acquiring grant dollars to move the Tyler community toward becoming more age-friendly to local residents.
Christensen explained that the Southwest Initiative Fund has offered the opportunity for four communities to be included in a grant fund to be developed through MNRAAA for the building of age-friendly communities.
“Each community is eligible to receive up to $10,000 to complete an Age-Friendly Community project,” she explained. “Communities we have [so far] identified are Milan, Adrian and DeGraff.”

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Conference foes come together to raise funds

January 16, 2020

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Players from Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton are pictured after the final game on Friday evening. The two communities raised $1,777.23 through t-shirt sales and Friday evening’s meal for the Avera Marshall Cancer Center. Organizers tapped the center’s nurses to see what they needed to better serve the patients.

RTR Board holds their annual reorganizational meeting Jan. 8

January 16, 2020

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Reelected as officers at last week’s RTR School Board meeting were (from left) Chair Jeff Hansen, Clerk Peggy Dunblazier, Treasurer Tami Nelson and Vice-Chair Craig Hess.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR School Board held its annual reorganizational meeting on Jan. 8. The board reelected the following as officers for 2020: Jeff Hansen, chair; Craig Hess, vice-chair; Peggy Dunblazier, clerk; Tami Nelson, treasurer. Board honorariums will remain the same for 2020, at $50 per meeting for directors, $60 for vice-chair and treasurer and $75 for chair and clerk. Special and committee meetings are $50 across the board.
Committee assignments were also made for the year, as follows: Administrative and Finance Committee: Craig Hess, Tami Nelson and John Bloom; Policy Committee: Jeff Hanson, Peggy Dunblazier and Troy Chandler; Buildings and Grounds Committee: Peggy Dunblazier, Tony Dybdahl and Troy Chandler; Health and Safety Committee: Peggy Dunblazier, Jeff Hansen and Tony Dybdahl; Negotiations Committee: Tami Nelson, Craig Hess and John Bloom.

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County board elects Drietz as chairperson

January 16, 2020

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Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the county board about joining the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, Jan. 7 for their first meeting of the new decade. Commissioners Rick Hamer and Corey Sik were absent from the meeting.
The meeting opened with election of the chair and vice-chair. Commissioner Joe Drietz was elected board chair and Commissioner Mic VanDeVere was elected as vice-chair.
Because it was the first meeting of the year, several annual resolutions, decisions and appointments were approved, including the following:
The 2020 mileage rate was set at $0.57 per mile…

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Lady Knights and Knights lose doubleheader against Fighting Saints

January 16, 2020

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The Knights’ Aiden Wichmann drew the attention of five KMS players as he put up a shot in the lane Friday evening.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

It was one ugly night for the RTR basketball teams as the KMS Fighting Saints came away with both wins. The scores were 55-42 for the first game and 58-39 for the second encounter, the boys game. There was a nice crowd at Tyler as both teams were involved also in a fundraiser for cancer. For RTR fans that was the one positive the whole evening.
The RTR girls kept the game close early. Both teams were cold from the floor. The score at the half­way point of the first half was 10 to 9 for the Saints…
The RTR boys probably had the worst shooting night I have ever seen by any Tyler, RT or RTR team in the 50-plus years I have witnessed basketball. Good shots were available the whole evening, but very few of these shots found the bottom of the net.
Meanwhile, the KMS boys were getting the same good shots and find­ing points on the RTR floor. Hayden Gravley of the Knights would hit a bucket early to tie the game at two. That was the only time the Knight fans saw their team in a tie game or a lead. With nine minutes left in the first half, the score was 20 to 6 for the visitors….

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Kalleigh Carr puts up a shot over a KMS player during Friday evening’s loss to the Saints.

Knights drop conference tilt

January 16, 2020

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks took over the RTR gym last Monday and went home with a solid 65-47 win over the Knight boys. The Jacks used their quickness and experience to overwhelm the young Knights. Two Blackjack seniors, Zach Durfee and Romell Horton, scored 22 and 21 points, respec­tively, to almost outscore the entire Knight scoring output.
The Knights could find only five players score points the entire night. Three of them were in double-digit scoring as Aiden Wichmann, Hayden Gravely and Payton Hess had 15, 12 and 10 points, respectively. Corbyn Sitz­mann added eight points.

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Tyler area veterans list compiled by former Tyler resident

January 16, 2020

Editor’s note: The following is a list of Tyler area veterans com­piled by Michael Dale Thompson who lived in Tyler from 1968- 1978. Thompson asks that any omissions or corrections be sub­mitted to tributeeditor@gmail. com, which will in turn be for­warded to him.

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Lady Knights fall to LqPV

January 16, 2020

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR girls traveled to LqPV last Thursday to battle the Eagles in Camden Conference action. The Lady Knights scored the first 13 points in the game, playing some of their best ball of the year. However, the Eagles would recover by scoring the next 11 points to trail by only two.
A bucket by Allie Chris­tianson saw the Lady Knights with a 16 to 13 ad­vantage at the nine-minute mark of the first half. Kal­leigh Carr would drain a 3-pointer to give the visiting Knights a seven-point lead when the score was now 25-18. There were six min­utes remaining in the half.

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RTR Middle School boys continue winning ways

January 16, 2020

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Canby Lancers trav­eled to Russell last Thurs­day to battle the RTR Mid­dle School teams in some roundball action. The boys of RTR, both the seventh and eighth graders, saw fit to take home the honors of winning both games. The scores of the games were 41-16 and 36-28, respec­tively.
The seventh grade of RTR led at halftime by a score of 16 to 8…

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Skol Vikings!

January 16, 2020

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Students at RTR Elementary School showed their colors last week, dressed in Minnesota Vikings purple and gold before the Vikings’ divisional playoff game against San Francisco.