Filings for various elected positions

August 28, 2014

A number of county, city, township and school board elections are set for this November.
A recent filing deadline has passed with a number of candidates filing.
Tyler Mayor
Mervyn Peterson
Tyler City Council (elect two)
Darrel Denny, Erick Harper and Tim Sanderson
Russell Mayor
Jim Kerkaert
Russell City Council (elect two)
Jamie Schultz and
Gordie St. Aubin
Ruthton Mayor
Stan Townsend
Ruthton City Council (elect two)
Lori Dagel and Darwin Sietsma
Arco Mayor
Todd Dressen
Arco City Council (elect two)
David Cahow, Denise Gladis, Bradley Kuehl and Duane Joseph Thooft, Sr.
Lake Benton School Board (elect three)
Janell Devries and Anthony Schwing
Lake Benton School Board
Steven J. Hurd
Lake Benton Mayor
Barb Powell and Larry Robins
Lake Benton City Council (elect 2)
Susan Johnson
Lake Benton City Council
Jack Redlinger
Hope Township
Seat A – Ivan Kuhlman
Seat C- Roger W. Peters
Town Treasurer – Mark Wiering
Marshfield Township
Seat B – Mike Wiering
Seat C – Darrell Thomsen
Treasurer – Janice Thomsen
Hendricks School Board (elect three)
Nick Citterman, Al Dunn, Tom Olson and Angela Schumacher
Hendricks Mayor
Julie Hogie
Hendricks City Council (elect two)
Scott Pearson and Darren Schumacher
• Keep an eye on on the Tyler Tribute for more coverage of the election as we get closer to November.

Challenge accepted

August 28, 2014

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All of the students at RTR Elementary School in Ruthton assembled on the playground after classes on Friday, Aug. 22 to witness 11 staff members accept the ice water challenge. Before the buckets were dumped, Principal Pat Lindeman’s ice water challenge to the high school staff was met with applause and cheers from the students, who became even more excited when their own teachers and staff got their cold showers.

THC recognized for efforts to protect patients from influenza

August 28, 2014

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Tyler Healthcare Center was recognized recently for its work to protect patients from influenza.

Ninety-nine percent of facility’s employees received influenza vaccination in 2013-2014

Healthcare workers can potentially spread influenza to their patients. One way to help protect patients from the harmful effects of flu is to vaccinate the people who provide care for them. More than 180 Tyler Healthcare Center employees, representing 99 percent of staff, received influenza vaccinations during the past season of the Minnesota FluSafe  program. The facility received a blue ribbon and certificate of achievement from Minnesota Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger for its efforts.

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

Power outage set for Sept. 15 in Tyler

August 28, 2014

The City of Tyler has scheduled a power outage for the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 15.
The outage is expected to begin at 1 a.m. and run until 5 a.m.
According to City Administrator Bruce Williams, the outage will allow work to be done to complete the project that began last fall.

County approves AIS prevention resolution

August 28, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for Aquatic Invasive Species [AIS] Prevention Aid at their meeting last Tuesday.
The county has received $30,743 already for 2014 for AIS prevention efforts, and $68,319 will be allocated to Lincoln County in 2015.
Legislation requires the county to establish and adopt a plan to prevent the introduction and/or limit the spread of AIS at all access sites within the county, and this plan will then be submitted to the state.
The amount of funding designated for each county is based on the number of watercraft trailer launches as well as the number of watercraft trailer parking spaces within each county. Lincoln County was allocated .68 percent of the total state funds based on these numbers.
This year, $4.5 million was appropriated to the program by the state, and $10 million will be appropriated statewide each year beginning in 2015. The funds must be kept in a separate dedicated account and there is no expiration date for spending the funds.

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

Lindeman excited for RTR Elementary principal role

August 22, 2014

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Patricia Lindeman hit the ground running as principal of RTR Elementary School last week. After a few days on the job, Lindeman said she is enjoying her time at RTR and is looking forward to a strong year at the elementary school.

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A big smile came across Patricia Lindeman’s face when she started talking about the start of the school year last week.
While she’s only had a few days on the job, Lindeman is already hitting the ground running.
“I hope to bring a sense of cohesion and support for the staff and families,” said Lindeman. “It is my intention to be very visible in the school.”
Lindeman said she is originally from Minnesota but moved to California early in her career.
“My husband took a teaching job out in California so we moved out there,” said Lindeman. “I started working for Sylvan Learning Centers as a director of education.
“I transferred to Sylvan Learning Centers in Washington State,” she added. “That was my step into administration in the private sector.”
As the family began to grow, Lindeman said they decided to move back to Minnesota.

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

School attorney addresses questions from community

August 22, 2014

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For the fourth meeting in a row, a large crowd was in attendance during the RTR School Board meeting on Monday, Aug. 18. A number of community members expressed concerns and asked questions during a public forum prior to the meeting.

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Following three straight meetings with community members asking questions and expressing concerns, the RTR Board heard from its legal council on issues ranging from the recording of meetings to the details of the consolidation agreement during its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 18.
Attorney Steve Knutson of Knutson Flynn and Deans, PA was at the meeting at the request of School Board Chair Paul Henriksen.
Craig Hess of Tyler recently requested the board consider recording and showing their meetings on public access channels “to get the information out there.”
According to Knutson, the board is not required to record its meetings and said there are reasons the board might not want to record and broadcast the meetings.

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

Lincoln Co. holds Primary Election

August 22, 2014

Sheriff and County Commissioner seats on Primary ballot

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Voters from around Lincoln County turned out to the polls to decide who will be on the ballot this November in two contested races.
Four candidates filed for the Lincoln County Sheriff position with Chad Meester of Ivanhoe receiving 585 votes and Guy Harding of Lake Benton receiving 287 votes, moving them forward to the November ballot.
Al Rensvold of Tyler received 148 votes and John Spindler of Tyler received 142 votes, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website said.
Three candidates filed for the Lincoln County Commissioner seat for District 2 representing the Tyler area.
Michael “Mic” VanDeVere received 196 votes, Gary Manson received 44 votes and Michael Lovre received 42 votes.
Based on the results, VanDeVere and Manson will move forward to the ballot on Nov. 4.
A number of seats will be on the November ballot from around the county and region. For a full listing of candidates who have filed, see next week’s Tyler Tribute.

Sod House Theater to present “Peer Gynt”

August 22, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Sod House Theater of Minneapolis has come to Lake Benton to teach free theater classes as well as to provide free performances of the production “Peer Gynt” on Thursday, Aug. 21 and Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at Lakeside Park.
The free classes began last Wednesday evening at the Lake Benton Opera House and they continue this week down at Lakeside Park. Darcey Engen is the co-artistic director for Sod House Theater and she explained that the program is funded by a legacy grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board.
“Our grant is a little bit special in that touring or teaching grants happen all of the time, but we invite the community actors to perform with us,” explained Engen. “That’s what we love doing and that’s the best learning experience ever.”
“Peer Gynt” is a Norwegian fairy tale written by Henrik Ibsen that was first performed in 1876. Sod House Theater took the production and made it their own so they could adapt it to having volunteers from the communities that they visit take part in the play.

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

RTR High School principal Bettin ready to work for students

August 14, 2014

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New RTR High School Principal is looking forward to the start of the school year and to get the know the community.

 

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Daniel Bettin is getting to know the RTR community as he prepares for his new role as RTR High School Principal.
Bettin, who has 18 years experience as a principal, said he’s looking forward to starting the new school year.
“I’m in it for the kids,” said Bettin. “My main goal is to see every kid cross at graduation. That’s a once in a lifetime experience for the kids and I want to make sure every student has that opportunity.
“I’m not going to just give them that diploma, they have to earn the diploma, but I’ve got some things I could do that have gotten other kids through their senior year.”
Bettin was inspired to become a principal while serving as a teacher and watching his principal at work.

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