Remembering Irving Berlin

August 25, 2016

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Pictured above: Jim Tabaka (far left) of Marshall was one of many speakers over the span of the Danebod Fall Folk Meeting. Tabaka is an adjunct SMSU faculty member, musicologist and classical guitarist.

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Tabaka and John Ward (above) of Marshall shared the life and times of Irving Berlin on Saturday evening to a full house in the Folk Hall. Tabaka talked about Berlin’s life and times and Ward, a former Instructor of Mathematics at SMSU, accompanied on piano as the entire group enjoyed singing several Berlin hits.

RTR School Board votes to self-report E-Rate violations

August 25, 2016

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RTR School Board member Pat O’Toole

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Gary Erdmann spoke during the Public Forum portion of the RTR board meeting on Wednes­day, Aug. 17. Erdmann asked the board to answer questions surrounding the placement of Southwest Educational Coop­erative (SWEC) Superintendent Bruce Houck on administrative leave last spring. Erdmann start­ed by asking where the results of the summation from Pemberton Law Office were.
“First, the summation of the SWEC agreement,” Erdmann said. “Where is it? It was ap­proved in April. Where is it? Five months and no summation.”
His second question involved the dismissal of Houck.
“On April 18th, you had a closed session,” Erdmann went on. “You apparently hired Pem­berton to remove our superin­tendent. Where is the motion by the whole board?”

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Candidates for council, mayor are set for Nov. 8

August 25, 2016

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

A total of five candidates will vie for two four-year terms on the Tyler City Council in No­vember. Terms for Cricket Ra­schke and Ivan Petersen will expire at the end of this year. Petersen did not file for reelec­tion. Raschke was chosen less than two years ago to fill the seat vacated when Merv Pe­terson was elected as mayor. Deadline for filing was Tues­day, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m.

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Master Plan tabled once again at county commissioners meeting

August 25, 2016

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Financial Accountant Robin Sterzinger presented the preliminary budget for the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to review during the Aug. 16 meeting.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

Vince Robinson and Te­resa Schreurs of DSI were on hand at the Tuesday, Aug. 16 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to pro­vide further information on the Legacy Funds and the cost of the creation of the Master Plan. Robinson said he expects the cost to be more in the $10,000 range, and DSI could re­duce the contract amount to not exceed $15,000 if the board would be “more comfortable” approving the lesser amount com­pared to the amount of $25,000 in the previously proposed contract. Rob­inson said he understood the commissioners wish to keep the cost as low as possible. No decision was made as Commissioner Mic VanDeVere planned to bring the topic to the Park and Rec meeting.

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RTR Elementary held open house last Thursday in Ruthton

August 25, 2016

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Volleyball team looks to pull some upsets in coming season

August 25, 2016

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RTR head volleyball coach Daynica Brown.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Volleyball Team will start their season with a new head coach and an old assistant coach. Daynica (Drake) Brown, a former RTR volleyball player, will be the new head coach of the Lady Knights. Neal Witte, a former head coach, will take his place on the bench as an assistant with a wealth of knowledge. Makenzie Good­mund will work primarily with the ninth grade program.
The coaches have 33 players in which to form a winning combination at the three levels of competition. Three of the 33 are seniors who played plenty of ball last year.

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

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RTR assistant volleyball coach Neil Witte.

Football team hopes to break into win column this season

August 25, 2016

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RTR head football coach Josh Fredrickson

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR football squad has started practice for the 2016 football season. Head coaches Granger Maranell and Josh Fre­drickson greeted only 27 players on the first day of practice. Only four of these 27 players are seniors, one of which played varsity ball last year.
The key returners from last year will be Tate Thooft, Jonah Johnson, Evan Swanson and Jacob Fischer. Thooft is the only senior with any varsity ex­perience.

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Firemen’s Golf Tournament another huge success

August 25, 2016

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Pictured at the Firemen’s Golf Tournament are Diane Boressen, Kylie Rochel, Kristie Johnson and Rochel Borresen.

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By Jim Kopel

Fifty-eight teams sur­vived some rain and cool­er weather last Saturday to finish the eighth annual Firemen’s Golf Tourna­ment. There were four flights this year with some happy winners based on total score for flight clas­sification.
The team of Kelly Skogrand won the top flight with a 13-under score of 58. Jace Bly and his other three members took home the second place honors with a score of 61. Kevin Johnson and Keith Serie hardly ever teed up the ball as they brought in a couple of ringers to grab third place in the flight with a score of 61.

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Mini Knights program returns for 2016-17

August 25, 2016

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Elementary students from kindergarten through 8th grade can once again sign up to be an honorary volleyball team member at one of this fall’s home games. The charge is $15 per participant. The stu­dents will receive an au­tographed mini volleyball, free admission to the game in which they are honored, an opportunity to wear a team shirt and be an­nounced on game night.

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Albert Oxley

August 25, 2016

Albert Oxley obitJune 15, 1918 – Aug. 16, 2016

Albert Howard Oxley, age 98 of Clear Lake, Iowa, died Tuesday, Aug. 16 at home surrounded by his loving family.
A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Evergreen Cemetery in Emmetsburg, Iowa, with Pastor Ed Bard of­ficiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at Ward-Van Slyke Colo­nial Chapel in Clear Lake. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa in Albert’s memory.
Albert Howard was born June 15, 1918 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Evabelle (Harrison) Oxley and James Oxley. He re­ceived his education and graduated from Emmets­burg High School. After graduation Albert entered the U.S. Navy where he served as a pharmacy first mate from 1938-1945 dur­ing World War II. He was stationed in Iceland, South Pacific, and the Horn of Af­rica.
Albert was united in marriage to Dorothey Sch­nell on March 26, 1951. They lived a short while in Iowa before moving to Chi­cago, Illinois, where Albert worked at the U.S. Postal Service on the railroad line from Chicago to New York. Albert and Dorothey lived in Chicago for eight years and were blessed with three children—Richard, Debra, and Albert, Jr. Al­bert and Dorothey moved to Corwith, Iowa, where he continued to work for the Postal Service. Albert oversaw the family Centu­ry Farms. He and Dorothey were blessed with three more children—Lee Ann, Merri Jean, and Jim.
In 1969, they moved to Clear Lake, Iowa where they settled on a small acreage. Albert worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Mason City, Iowa until his retirement in 1980. Albert managed the family farms until his death.
Albert enjoyed fishing, gardening, and hunting. He had his first success­ful deer hunt at age 86. He and Dorothey enjoyed traveling across the United States and abroad. At age 96 Albert and all his chil­dren traveled to Alaska on a cruise and train. Albert and his family always got together the week of the Fourth of July every year. This year they celebrated Albert’s 98th birthday.
Albert will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He took great com­fort in knowing that he has a close-knit family.
Albert is survived by his children—Richard Oxley (special friend Joann) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Deb (Steve) Bower of Inman, South Carolina and their children Michael of Green­ville, Wisconsin, and Bry­an (fiancé Haleigh) of Fort Collins, Colorado; Albert Oxley, Jr. of Cedar Rap­ids, Iowa; Lee Ann (Mark) Braga and their children David and Hollie of Mar­shalltown, Iowa; Merri Jean (Bob) Jones and their children Kerri, Christopher and Rebecca of Kingsport, Tennessee; and Jim Oxley of Clear Lake, Iowa.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Dorothey.
Ward-Van Slyke Colo­nial Chapel, 101 N. 4 th St., Clear Lake. 641-357- 2193. ColonialChapels.com.