Big issues arise at RTR

April 21, 2016

RTR board remains mum on recent events

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR School Board held its regular meeting Monday evening at RTR Middle School in Russell. After opening the meeting and approving the agenda, Chairman Jeff Hansen called for a motion to close the meeting “for preliminary consideration of allegations against an individual subject to the board’s authority.”
The board voted unanimously to go into closed session.
“This session relates to Mr. Houck,” Hansen told the crowd, referring to RTR Superintendent Bruce Houck.

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RTR School Board members, from left—Troy Chandler, Tony Dybdahl, Terry Gordon, Craig Hess, Jeff Hansen, Peggy Dunblazier and Pat O’Toole.

Knights will switch to nine-man in 2017-18

April 21, 2016

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RTR High School Principal Daniel Bettin

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

High School Principal Daniel Bettin spoke to the board about upcoming changes for the RTR Football program. For a better part of the last decade the district has seen student population numbers that have qualified the football program as a nine-man team. The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) offers an option to play up one level in an 11-man conference.
“We have opted to do that the last 10 seasons or so,” Bettin told the board.

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Something fishy in the Minnesota

April 21, 2016

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Above: Ron Bolduan, curator of the Riverside Nature Learning Center in New Ulm, spoke about the diverse and odd fish populations of the Minnesota River. The program, “Some Strange Stuff in That River! — Fishing the Minnesota” was presented at The Rock on Thursday, sponsored by the Tyler Library. Bolduan presented a slide show with photos of many fish native to the Minnesota, including the paddlefish and a mudpuppy.

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Knights suffer home loss to CMCS by 12-2 score

April 21, 2016

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Starting pitcher Jared Baartman delivers a pitch during last week’s game against CMCS.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The new field at Ruthton was a real baseball field. There was a scoreboard. The Colors were presented by the American Legion for the National Anthem. The starting lineups for both teams were announced. Yes, it really felt like a baseball situation. However, the final results of the game itself were all CMCS as they would have the nice ride back to Prinsburg with a solid 12-2 victory.

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Lady Knights suffer a pair of losses to KMS Saints

April 21, 2016


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RTR’s Ashley Owen snares the throw to first just ahead of the runner.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Lady Knights ran into a very potent lineup from KMS last Thursday. The Saints from KMS are very strong in softball every year. The visitors from Kerkhoven won the pair of games by scores of 15-0 and 19-1.

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Softball team splits two games with Minneota/Canby

April 21, 2016

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR softball squad did something last Tuesday they couldn’t accomplish last year. They won a softball game, something they couldn’t get done last year. They would win the second game of a doubleheader against the Minneota-Canby Vikings. The score was 9-5. The Vikings had won the first game by a score of 17-4.

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Varsity tracksters place at Pipestone Invitational

April 21, 2016

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Gabby Thooft takes a baton handoff from Emma Gunnare during Saturday’s meet.

The RTR tracksters participated in the Pipestone Invitational on Saturday, April 16. Jayden Strand took third in the 200-meter with a time of 24.35, while Jon Lucero came in 18th and Harley Yurrick 23rd…
In womens results, Jayda Johansen came in 20th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 32.36 followed by Emma Gunnare at 23rd.

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Jon Lucero spreads his wings during the Long Jump at the Pipestone Invitational Track Meet.

Tracksters take many first placings in Lakeview meet

April 21, 2016

RTR tracksters participated in the Lakeview Junior High meet held on Thursday, April 14 in Cottonwood.
In the 100-meter dash, Myles Williams came in fourth with a time of 13.78, Harley Yurrick, 17th, 15.84; and Richard Jacobsen, 27th, 21.08.

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Knights lose opener, 3-2

April 21, 2016

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR baseball squad opened their season last Monday going to Minneota to play their first game of the year. The Vikings were playing their third game of the year. The Vikings would come out the victors in this one as they would score three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win the game by a score of 3-2.
The first four innings were scoreless as neither team had many chances to score. The Vikings did have three hits during this time while the Knights still were looking for their first hit of the year.

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RTR golf teams record first win of the season

April 21, 2016

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR boys and girls started their golf season in fine form, each recording a victory over RCW. The match was held in Renville. No, the weather on this Tuesday afternoon was not ideal for picture-perfect golf. It was also very windy in Renville, not to mention temperatures of about 50 degrees.
The girls from RTR didn’t have any competition since the Jaguars couldn’t field at least four golfers.

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