Looking for a close shave

March 26, 2015

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Mr. Tieden, far right, explained to the students how much money would have to be raised for him to shave off his beard for the RTR Elementary Penny Challenge, which kicked off last week. The project will turn over 90 percent of the proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, with the remaining 10 percent supporting educational needs at the school. As of last week, the challenge had raised $1,013.25, according to Principal Pat Lindeman. The event will culminate with a walk around the elementary school campus at 9 a.m. on March 31.

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Tyler Fire Department to host Sportsman Show to raise funds

March 26, 2015

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The Tyler Fire Department Sportsman Show arrives this weekend beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Tyler Golf Club. Proceeds will help with the purchase of a new truck for the department.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Tyler Fire Department will be hosting the Buffalo Ridge Sportsman Show on Saturday, March 28 at the Tyler Golf Club. The event is sponsored by Kjer­gaard Sports of Lake Benton, as well as KLOH and KJOE Radio.
The event will start at 8:30 a.m. and last throughout the day, ending at 6 p.m.
Speakers, vendors and dem­onstrations will be held all day, featuring speaker Greg Ebert on successful fishing on our area lakes.
Exhibitors will include Skalek Outdoors, Kjergaard Sports, Por­ter’s Toys for Big Boys, Lake Ben­ton Sportsman’s Club, Quality Deer Management Association, Minnesota Department of Natu­ral Resources, Tyler Rod and Gun Club and the Lincoln Area Archers, among others.
Funds raised from the event will go to the purchase of a new fire truck by the department.
Kids 10 and under will be ad­mitted to the event at no charge.

Helping ease into the final chapter

March 26, 2015

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Pictured from left are Bev Gylling, Ridgeview Hospice Manager Elise Williams and Marketing Representative Melissa Maranell. This year’s Ridgeview Hospice Benefit will be held April 24.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Being referred to hospice care is not something you will find on anyone’s bucket list. It isn’t a goal you hope to achieve when plotting how you would like your life’s path to proceed. If, however, life’s circumstances find someone dealt that hand, it is nice to know it is there.
Roger Gylling was three years into his fight against Amyo­trophic Lateral Sclerosis when his neurologist, Dr. Karen Gar­naas, MD, suggested the Gyllings begin a relationship with hos­pice. A patient needs to qualify for hospice services and be re­ferred by a physi­cian. With ALS, a patient qualifies upon diagnosis. Roger’s wife Bev was very grateful to Dr. Garnaas for the help she pro­vided.
“She is a wonderful doctor,” Bev recalled. “She is a sweet­heart.”
Qualifying for hospice is not what Roger’s family had been hoping for, as it means treatment for the disease has turned the corner to making sure the victim lives his or her final days as com­fortably as possible.
“That was difficult to hear,” said Bev. “That meant we would be on the final step of our jour­ney, but we knew we had to pro­ceed.”

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

Golf Cart ordinance approved west of Hendricks

March 26, 2015

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

An issue regarding golf cart travel on CSAH 17 west of Hen­dricks that has been talked about for nine years was settled last week by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
During their Tuesday, March 17 meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unani­mously approved a Special Ve­hicle Use on Designated County Roadways ordinance.
The ordinance was adopted for the purpose of authorizing the operation of motorized golf carts on designated county road­ways within Lincoln County.
Roadways that are designated are to be adjacent to city limits, and that city must have a permit process in place. In order to drive on the designated roadways, the golf carts must have a current permit from that city, and obey the rules as outlined in the city and county ordinances.
At this time, the only roadway designated in the ordinance is CSAH 17 From 575 feet west of the west intersection of North­shore Drive to the west City lim­its of the City of Hendricks.
Other communities that would like county roadways to be des­ignated will need to go before the Board of County Commis­sioners.

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

Funds raised for Legion building

March 19, 2015

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Pictured top: (l.-r.) Legion members Jim Jensen, Les Sanderson and Gerry Thomsen serving up pancakes and sausages as Mic VanDevere barks orders in the background at Sunday’s Pancake Brunch fundraiser. Well, the barking part isn’t true, but we thought it would perk up the photo caption just a bit. Due to the generous donations of the community, Post 185 can begin the project of upgrading the Hall basement in order to make it usable for community events.

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Podiatry expert at THC March 24

March 19, 2015

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Dr. Venner, outreach podiatrist will be at THC.

Dr. Travis Venner will be speaking in THC Conference Room on foot care

Tyler Healthcare Center along with Dr. Travis Venner, DPM will be hosting a podiatry presenta­tion on Tuesday, March 24 at 12 p.m. in the THC Conference Room (located next to the Well­ness Center).
Dr. Venner will be speaking on diabetes foot care and ulcers.
Dr. Venner is from Genoa, Wisc. and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Uni­versity of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1994. He received his Medical De­gree from Des MoinesUniversity in 1998 and went on to complete his residency in Podiatric Surgery at Yale – New Haven Hospital/VA Connecticut Health Care System in 2001. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Po­diatric Surgery. He specializes in foot and ankle surgery and has a special interest and certification in diabetic foot care.
Dr. Venner’s primary practice is at CORE Orthopedics in Sioux Falls, S.D. and sees patients at Tyler Healthcare Center on a monthly basis.

School board accepts Hansen’s resignation

March 19, 2015

Hears report on Iowa Basics testing for middle schoolers

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
John Bornhoft of Tyler spoke during the public forum at Monday evening’s regular meeting of the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School Board. Bornhoft asked that the board try to make a multi-year plan for the district. “As the CEO of my company, one of my jobs is to look forward and plan for the future,” Bornhoft said. “That is what I would envision your job to be, plan for the future. After attending many school board meetings I’d like to challenge the board and the administration. What is the plan and what is the vision for RTR? I’m talking about the five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five year master plan. I guess I’d like to have some thought put into that. Demographics, progressive thinking, buildings.”
Bornhoft referred to what he has been seeing that has been happening in other area districts.
“Lakeview built their school in 2002 for 500 students, now they are building on again and they have about 700 students,” Bornhoft continued. “In fact, I’d recommend going and visiting that school. It’s a good way to build a school.”
Bornhoft said he had concerns about the RTR district.
“Some of my concerns are that we have over 30 students open-enrolling to Lake Benton at $5,000 apiece. I get concerned when we lose our experienced teachers. I get concerned when the board makes policies that limit public input. I’m concerned when the building committee moves at a snail’s pace and there are things that need to be done.”
Bornhoft said he felt there are buildings that need to come down and the district needs to make a long-range plan.

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

 

Middle School Showcase Night

March 19, 2015

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Singers entertaining Showcase Night visitors, from left to right, are Brooke Thomsen, Taryn Bedow, Jaylen Miller, Emily Vos, Emma Gunnare and Andrea Escher.

The annual Showcase Night was held Tuesday, March 10 at RTR Middle School in Russell with stu­dent displays, speeches, music, plays, a book fair, and tasty pulled pork sandwiches for supper.
Visitors had the oppor­tunity to vote on their fa­vorite showcase displays in several categories, with results as follows:
Sixth grade — Andrew Gunnare, Interesting; McKinley Schreurs, Mem­orable; Payton Swanson, Theme; Grace Klumper, Interactive; Kalleigh Carr, Demonstration; Logan Pattison, Technology; Maddison Wendland, In­ventive; Chloe Carlson, Peer Choice; Mason Brust, Spectator Choice; Serenity Luckhardt, Wild Card.

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

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Kalea Wieme, seventh grade Theme winner, is pictured dishing up a cup of Dirt
Cake for one of her visitors.

Fire department hosts township reps

March 12, 2015

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The Tyler Fire Department held an open house on March 3 to visit with representatives of area townships about the department’s fund drive to purchase a new number one truck.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Tyler Fire Department held an open house on Tuesday, March 3 for area township rep­resentatives. Several firemen were on hand to help share with the visitors some of what the fire department does and to give a tour of the facility to see equip­ment and vehicles that are cur­rently in use.
Fireman John Thomsen told the group that the department has begun looking into ways to raise funds for a new truck. The current number one truck is closing in on 20 years old and will need to be replaced in the near future. In addition, one of the backup trucks is nearing the end of its usefulness.
The department hopes to raise enough to order a new custom-built truck soon, and had ex­pected to find prices in the area of $300,000.
With further investigation, Thomsen said the department has found an option that would be considerably lower than that number.

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

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Fireman Troy Tommeraasen spoke to area township representatives about the capabilities of several of the trucks currently in service for the Tyler Fire Department.

Tyler Golf Club promoting local youth golf program

March 12, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Tyler Golf Club will host a Golf Kick Off on Saturday, March 21 beginning at 6 p.m. The event will include a meal, auction and presentations. Doors will open at 6 p.m. At 9 p.m. there will be a dance, which is open to the pub­lic and from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. a sober bus will be available for a free-will donation.
Board member Brandon No­vak said the evening is designed to help the Tyler Golf Club Board of Directors, management and members promote golf to area youth.
“We believe that the future of the game of golf, and this club, lies in the hands of its future members,” Novak commented.
“We recognize the need to ex­pand interest in the game itself,“ said Jeff Hansen, who serves on the club’s board of directors. “We know that in order to ac­complish this, the game needs to be affordable and enjoyable for young golfers today.”
The event is designed to raise money to support free youth golf lessons, provide equipment and help subsidize youth golf tour­nament costs.

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