Tyler Funeral Home sold July 10 to Hartquist Funeral Home

July 19, 2018

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Johnsons relocating to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

On Tuesday, July 10, Nathan and Valerie Stephens, owners of Tyler Area Funeral Home, sold their location and business to Jeff and Sara Hartquist, own­ers of Hartquist Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Although Nathan and Valerie have enjoyed serving the com­munity of Tyler since purchas­ing the business from Tim Ku­low, there are many trends in funeral service that have made the couple look at their busi­ness and see how they could adapt to best meet their needs. When operating a business, one must be fiscally responsible to all families and locations the business is serving. The death care needs of a community like Tyler are able to be supported by one funeral home. Tyler is a nice community, full of many great people with a current population of approximately 1,400 people that is served by two funeral homes. In compari­son, Marshall is a community with a current population of 15,000 and also is served by two funeral homes.

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“ Footloose” opens July 26 at the Lake Benton Opera House

July 19, 2018

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The Lake Benton Opera House production of “Footloose: The Musical” opens July 26. Pictured is Graham Petersen (right) explaining to his friends all the things his mama taught him in the song “Mama Says.” Pictured on the left, clockwise from top left, are Jacob Haen of Minneota, Noah Greer of Lake Benton, Emma Lipinski of Ivanhoe, Luke Bielfeldt of Brookings, South Dakota and Jackson Jeremiason of Minneota.

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Opera House will be presenting its 2018 summer musical, “Footloose: The Musical,” beginning Thursday, July 26. The show is an adapta­tion of the hit 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow and Lori Singer. The film was loosely based on events that took place in the rural town of Elmore City, Oklahoma.

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Fundraiser held for area youth

July 19, 2018

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The annual Kronborg Inn Poker Run was held June 23 in Tyler. Pictured left to right are Amanda Torkelson (with son, Hudson) and Patty Torkelson, presenting Dyllen Yockey and mom Brittany Christensen with a check for $1,525 as a result of the fundraiser.

By Mark Wilmes 
tributeeditor@gmail.com

On April 4, Dyllen Yockey was diagnosed with Stage 3 Burkitt Lymphoma and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Sanford Children’s Hos­pital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dyllen is the son of Brittany Christensen and Mike Yockey. On June 23 the fourth annual Kro­nborg Inn Poker Run was held in Tyler. Over 80 came to participate in the run via motorcycle, automobile or bus. Several Tyler, Lake Benton and Marshall busi­ness owners also donated to the event or to the family directly.

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RTR Board changes middle school management structure

July 19, 2018

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Middle School Dean of Students Darren Baartman.

 

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR School Board met on Wednesday, July 11 at the middle school in Russell. Chairperson Jeff Hansen and board member Troy Chandler were absent. Vice Chair Craig Hess presided over the meeting.
The board continued dis­cussion of the administrative structure at the middle school. Superintendent David Marlette said that when he was hired, discussions were held on going to a more traditional setup, with sole management falling to Dean of Students Darren Baartman…

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Youth/Guardian tournament

July 19, 2018

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Dozens of golfers of all ages participated in the free Youth/Guardian Golf Tournament on Sunday.

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Wildcats lose in the playoffs

July 19, 2018

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The Buffalo Ridge Wild­cats traveled more than five hours to Carlisle, Iowa to play the number one team from the east divi­sion, the undefeated Mid­west Rampage. The game was close at the end of the third quarter with a 28-20 score, but the Rampage pulled away to a 56-20 vic­tory, ending the Wildcats’ season.

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RTR 11U competes at tournaments

July 19, 2018

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The RTR Knights team took 4th place in the Worthington 11/12U tournament over the weekend. RTR opened with an 18-16 loss to Windom before coming back to defeat the Diamond Dogs of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A 17-7 win over Granite Falls put them in the 3rd/4th place game, where RTR fell to Worthington by a score of 8-5. Pictured top, left to right in front, are Tyler Wichmann, Kason Dybdahl, Drew Chandler, Isaac Dagel and Sean Griesse. In back are Trent Griesse, Josh Kraft, Brent Dagel, Seth Cowell, Dakota Cowell, Eli Determan, Jace Wieme and David Kraft. Above— The team placed 2nd in the Marshall 12U tournament earlier this month.

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Tony Tournament held in Lake Benton June 23-24

July 19, 2018

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The Tony Tournament was held at DeZeeuw Field in mid-June, where several area 10u, 12u, and 14u softball teams competed against each other.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Lake Benton played host to 10 area girls’ softball teams on June 23 and 24 during the Tony Tourna­ment. Jenny Alderson, the tournament’s director, re­ported that 22 teams to­tal competed against each other. The tournament is an annual event, taking place the fourth weekend of June every year.
Teams included 10u, 12u, and 14u girls from Pipestone, Hendricks and Luverne, all in Minnesota, and Dell Rapids, Baltic, Brookings, Sioux Falls, Madison, Garretson, and Flandreau, all in South Da­kota, playing some great ball. “This is the second year that we were at full max for teams,” Alderson stated.

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CLP main discussion point at Lake Benton LMD annual meeting

July 19, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
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The annual Lake Benton Lake Management Meeting was held Saturday, July 14. The meet­ing was open to the public and guests included representatives from the Lake Benton Lake Asso­ciation, the City of Lake Benton, and other locals.

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Royals close regular season

July 19, 2018

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The Ruthton Royals, from left to right in front, are Eric Wiering, Dain LaRock, Parker Wendland and Dan Paluch; in back are Tylan Gylling, Chris Dougherty, Shay Wabeke, Mitchell Biever, Walker Kor, Jared Baartman and Brent Wiering.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Ruthton Royals played the final three games of their 2018 regu­lar season over the week­end. On Saturday the Royals played the Tracy Engineers, losing a 3-1 decision. Chris Dougherty took the loss for the Roy­als, going eight innings and giving up three runs on 12 hits. He struck out four in the game. Tylan Gylling, Shay Wabeke and Dough­erty all went 2-for-4 at the plate, with Gylling driving in Ruthton’s only run…

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