School Board hears of new RTR Educational Foundation

January 16, 2019

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Tyler Mayor Joan Jagt spoke at last week’s meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
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Superintendent Dave Marlette announced that the RTR Educational Foundation has been formed and is currently “up and running” and taking donations.
“This foundation is run through the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) out of Hutchinson,” Marlette told the board. “This foundation is not controlled by or run by the RTR ISD #2902 School Board, but instead by a separate foundation advisory board of between 3-12 local stakeholders. This foundation business does not run through the school district books and is not part of our audit. The foundation is a 501(c)3, to be tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code. Any prospective donor can contact the RTR School District on how to donate to the foundation. All donations are tax deductible.”

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RTR 8th grade play presented at middle school

January 16, 2019

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The RTR Middle School cafeteria in Russell was the site of the annual 8th grade play on Tuesday evening. Many parents and family members braved icy, foggy conditions to see the performance. Pictured below: Director Renee Manian greeted the crowd before the show. Above: (l.-r.) Madyson Davis, Sara Hartson, Halle Gravley and Sophie Blagdon performed “Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Dad) (Who Got Them All Wrong)” by Ed Monk.

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Informational meeting for district voters scheduled for Jan. 24

January 16, 2019

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A view of the RTR High School Campus. The red outline shows the footprint of the proposed new building. With the exception of the 1903 building, areas west of the outline would be used for classrooms for two years while construction is going on. It will then be razed and a parking lot will be installed.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. the RTR School Board will host an informational meeting for district voters at the high school gymnasium in Tyler. There will be a detailed presentation of the RTR bond tax impact, as well as information on the proposed project. Presenting and answering questions at this meeting will be professionals from CO-OP Architecture on design; R.A. Morton, construction manager on costs of project; Springsted Financial on bond tax impact; and RTR School Administration on election details. The meeting will have stations set up for each separate entity. The meeting will run for approximately three hours, if needed.
The building plan has changed from the original in that it will no longer be a two-phase project…

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RTR defeats Blackjacks 74-72

January 16, 2019

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Cooper Hansen with Coach Ted Kern after he scored his 1,000th career point last week in Dawson.

Cooper Hansen reaches 1,000 points

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Knights and the Dawson-Boyd Black­jacks played one enter­taining game last Tuesday in Dawson. The Knights, coming from behind, won the Camden Conference matchup by a score of 74- 72. Cooper Hansen had a major part in the victory, scoring 28 points in the contest, including the first seven points that allowed him to reach the magical 1,000-point club for his high school career.
The game started with both teams red hot as it looked like the teams were trying to score at least 100 points for the game. The score after nine minutes of play was 23-21 for the Knights as Carter Hansen had 10 points and Payton Hess had six points on two bombs…

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Lady Knights gain 54 to 46 victory over Blackjacks

January 16, 2019

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Shawna Thomsen puts up a shot in the lane against Dawson-Boyd.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The girls of RTR saw their overall record rise to 6-5 and their conference mark go to 5-2 as they would defeat the Dawson- Boyd Blackjacks last Tues­day. Because of the low number out for the sport for the Jacks, the varsity game was the only action on the RTR court on this night.
Both teams had trou­ble finding the bottom of the net in the first half as the score at intermission was 20-17 for the Lady Knights…

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Middle school basketball team play some hoops in 2019

January 16, 2019

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Rylee Serreyn, attempting a free throw in a middle school game against Canby.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The middle school girls continued their fine sea­son as they played the Canby Lancer girls last Thursday in Russell. Ash­lynn Wabeke, former RTR sharpshooting 3-point shooter, is the seventh grade coach and Steve Hesse is managing the eight grade squad. Both of these squads looked un­der complete control with their play against Canby.
The seventh grade won their game by a score of 36-16 after having an ad­vantage of 20-10 at inter­mission…
The middle school boys continued their fine play with both the seventh and eighth grades win­ning their games over the Pipestone Area Arrows last Monday. The seventh grade won their game by a score of 33-25 while the eighth grade won by a score of 44-27…

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Redhawk gymnasts soar

January 16, 2019

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Brynn Peterson competes on the balance beam for the Redhawk Gymnastics Team in their victory over the Marshall Tigers. Peterson was the JV All-Around Champion with a personal best 29.35. She also won the uneven bars (6.95), floor exercise (7.8), and was second on the balance beam with a score of 6.8.

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The Redhawk Gym­nastics Team reached new heights in their win against Marshall on Jan. 11. The Redhawks put to­gether a season-high score of 138.65 to defeat the Ti­gers (131.5).
The night started out with a school record for the Redhawks on the vault. The gymnasts tal­lied 35.95 surpassing the previous school record by one tenth of a point…

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RTR teams roll over Coyotes and Raiders

January 16, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR girls and boys entertained the Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda Coy­otes and the Fulda Raiders, respectively, last Saturday at SMSU. The Lady Knights defeated their opposition by a score of 81-28 while the Knight boys won their game by a score of 76-47.
The Lady Knights scored 34 points the first nine minutes of play as nine dif­ferent girls scored points…

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KC Council free throw championships sees 12 winners

January 16, 2019

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Knights of Columbus Free Throw Shooting Contest winners— from left to right in front are Lane Wichmann, Kyah Christianson, Ramsey Carr, Makayla Hesse, Tyler Wichmann and Cassandra Reese; in back are Blake Christianson, Avely Schreurs, Aiden Wichmann, Ally Nelson, Hayden Gravely and Lexi Schreurs.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The council division of the Knights of Columbus held their first round of free throw shooting in Russell last Friday. There were 42 girls and boys total ranging in age from nine years old to 14 years old. All of the shooters shot 15 consecutive free throws in this round of competition.
Kyah Christianson made nine free throws to win the bracket for the nine-year-old girls. Ellie Dyb­dahl made five tosses to finish second. Lane Wich­mann was the only boy in the division for the boys of age nine. He would sink four free throws to move on in this age group.

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Hole-in-the-Mountain Park among recommended recipients for grant dollars

January 16, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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The Greater Minne­sota Regional Parks and Trails Commission has announced grant recom­mendations for the FY20 funding cycle. Vince Rob­inson of Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corp (LCEDC) said they have been working with the Lincoln County Parks Department and the Coun­ty Commissioners to apply for grant funds to update the Hole-in-the-Mountain (HITM) Park 20-year re­source plan.
“It appears that the fund­ing we have requested will be forthcoming; assuming the legislature again ac­cepts the recommendation of the Greater MN Region­al Parks and Trails Com­mission,” Robinson said. “This funding will help us to survey park users and regional community mem­bers about their usage of current HITM park ameni­ties and their interest in additional amenities.”

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