RTR to compete at Redwood Valley on Saturday

January 30, 2015

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RTR will compete in the One Act subsections on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 4:45 p.m. at Redwood Valley High School in Redwood Falls. Cast members, pictured left to right, are Lauren Johnson, Hunter Burns, Holden Buchert, Amanda Torkelsen, Jasmine Reyes, Mackenzie Buse, Jenna Kor, Illana Peter, Lindsay Moberg, Monica Buchert, Michelle Kuhlman, Sydney Johansen, Gina Rutgers, Dylan Stassen, Shelby Kern, Stephanie Kuhlman, Grace Ekema, Nate Duus and Katy Broin. Not pictured is Payton Strand.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR Drama Department will compete in the Section 3A Sub-Section 11 One Act Play competition this weekend. The RTR group will present their play at 4:45 p.m. at Redwood Valley High School in Redwood Falls.
RTR’s entry into the competition is called “Clemson Bartholomew” and is set in the future. A major new story on ANATN News from the Middle East is interrupted to bring us a tragic announcement—Clemson Bartholomew, beloved star of stage, musical legend, Oscar-winning actor, director, writer, producer, baseball hall-of-famer and the greatest icon of pop music, has died.
Clemson’s life and career will be analyzed 24 hours a day, nonstop for the next three years. Sound familiar? Join the tribute—but if you want to find out what latest tragedy is happening around the world, well, good luck with that. The audience will find out that ignoring what is really important could be devastating.

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RTR School Board elected 2015 officers at January meeting

January 30, 2015

Henriksen, O’Toole, Erickson and Gordon fill positions at January meeting held in Russell

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail

 
The RTR School Board elected officers to open the evening at the Jan. 22 board meeting held in Russell. The first order of business was to elect officers for 2015. Board member Doug Possail was absent from the meeting.
First up was election of the Chairperson. Nominations were made for Peggy Dunblazier and current Chairperson Paul Henriksen. Henriksen was elected by a roll call vote. Voting for Dunblazier were Kari Hansen and Dunblazier. Voting for Henricksen were Pat O’Toole, Terry Gordon, Henriksen and Barry Erickson.
Nominations for Vice-Chair were Dunblazier and O’Toole. Voting for Dunblazier were Hansen and Dunblazier. Voting for O’Toole were O’Toole, Gordon, Henriksen and Erickson.
Nominations for Clerk were Dunblazier and Gordon. Voting for Dunblazier were Hansen and Dunblazier. Voting for O’Toole were O’Toole, Gordon, Henriksen and Erickson.
Nominations for Treasurer were Dunblazier and Erickson. Voting for Dunblazier were Hansen and Dunblazier. Voting for O’Toole were O’Toole, Gordon, Henriksen and Erickson.
The board heard a report on equipment that has been installed through the physical education grant by high school teacher Jason Borman. Borman told the board that all of the equipment is installed.

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Questions answered on proposed fiber optic Internet

January 30, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A group of interested Tyler businessmen met with representatives from Woodstock Communications on Jan. 20 at the Tyler Fire Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to find out the feasibility of the company providing fiber optic Internet access to Tyler businesses. Larry Wyttenback of Sturdevant’s Auto Parts has been spearheading a fact-gathering drive to gather interest from the business community.
Woodstock Communications, based in Ruthton, was represented by General Manager Ronald Nelson and Vice-President Terry Nelson at the meeting. Vice-President Nelson said they would need to gauge interest before deciding how to proceed. “We’ve done some preliminary costs on what the cost would be to build it, but before we can go any further, we need to find out how interested [the businesses] are,” Nelson said.
Wyttenback relayed some of the concerns posed by businesses about the current Internet service providers in town, including issues with outages and unreliability.
Terry Nelson asked about helping the company fund the construction of the project and possibly provide some up-front money to ensure they are on board. Wyttenback said that the question of up-front money had not yet been asked, but in any discussions with business owners about a five-year commitment, they were all “on board.”

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We’ve got the beat…

January 22, 2015

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Above: Kira Gorter, left, reacts to Illana Peter’s broken drumstick head (can be seen falling at bottom right of photo) as Peter and Sydney Johansen were featured on bass drums during the RTR Drumline routine Friday evening. Below: The group entertained the crowd between halves of the RTR/CMC girls basketball game.

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Community Blood Drive Jan. 28 benefits Tyler Healthcare

January 22, 2015

Community Blood Bank will be holding a community blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. at RTR High School. This blood drive will help the local blood supply.
January is National Blood Donor Month. During January blood donations decrease due to people struggling with a cold or flu. When a person donates with Community Blood Bank you are making a difference in local patients’ lives. Blood is needed daily for use in surgeries, cancer treatment, traumas and burn treatment. Donating blood only  requires 30-35 minutes of your time. Give a patient a Happy New Year by donating blood.

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Tyler Lumber Company annual meeting hosts many patrons

January 22, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
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The Tyler Lumber Company hosted a large crowd of patrons on Jan. 15, as they came for lunch and stuck around for the annual meeting that followed.
Manager Lonnie Lambertus opened the afternoon session by greeting those in attendance and giving an update on the past year. Lambertus said sales were slow to get moving in 2014 due to cold temperatures.
“Contractors found themselves having a hard time getting projects going,” Lambertus reported. Increased prices and the fact that crop prices were down also combined to hold down sales early in the year. Lambertus told the crowd that this year’s prices should remain steady through the first quarter of this year.

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Lions serve up some goodwill

January 15, 2015

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The Tyler Lions Club Pancake Feed was held Sunday at the American Legion Hall. Proceeds from the event will go to help fund trips to Europe for two separate groups of students from RTR High School. Pictured above: RTR student Katiyanna Finzen served sausage with a smile at the event. Below left: Jon Johnson looks on as Kelly Knudsen holds down a rogue pancake in the kitchen. Below right: Jenna Lovre enjoys some sausage with her family.

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Show up . . sing . . save money by avoiding therapist

January 15, 2015

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By Mark Wilmes
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Adam Christie has a message for you.
Yes, he is talking to you, there, in your living room.
He thinks you need to come to First English Lutheran Church (FELC) on Sunday afternoon at 4:15 p.m. and just see what you think. Christie is working on launching the Tyler Chorale, a community choir that he says will have a minimum time commitment but a major payback in a currency called “fun.”
The group meets Sunday afternoons from 4:15-5:15 p.m. at FELC. Christie says that in addition to having some fun, you will also be celebrating some Upper Midwest history.
“A good part of Minnesota heritage was people getting together and singing,” Christie said. “I’m hoping people of this area can get together and reconnect with this great tradition.”
Although the rehearsals are held in the church, he said the group is not a part of any church affiliation, nor is it part of the Southwest Minnesota Honors Choir that meets just before the Tyler Chorale.

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County officials sworn in

January 15, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners had several annual approval items on the agenda for their first meeting of 2015 on Jan. 6.
Prior to the start of the meeting, newly elected and re-elected county officials were sworn in. These included Commissioners Joe Drietz and Mic VanDeVere, Lincoln County Auditor Deb Vierhuf, Sheriff Chad Meester, and Lincoln County Court Administrator Wendy Rost.
Don Evers was re-elected to board chair, with Joan Jagt elected as vice-chair.
The meeting time and days remained at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, with the Truth and Taxation meeting set for Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.
The appointment of the Ag Inspector was tabled.
The annual appropriation to the Legions and VFWs was approved at $100 per organization as well as the funding assistance for the operation of aeration systems at $300 per organization.
Committee appointments were made, as well as re-appointments.
The commissioners approved the newspaper bid for the placement of legals. The bid was made jointly between the Ivanhoe Times and the Buffalo Ridge Newspaper Group as the Lincoln County Editorial Association. Legal ads will appear in all four of the newspapers in Lincoln County—the Tyler Tribute, Lake Benton Valley Journal, Hendricks Pioneer and the Ivanhoe Times.

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New commissioner plans on enjoying life

January 15, 2015

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By Mark Wilmes
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Mic VanDeVere of Tyler decided last year that it was time to be done “working for the man” and start picking and choosing what he wanted to do with his life. So VanDeVere retired and, well…filed to run for county commissioner. While most would probably think a seat on the county board doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, VanDeVere thinks it is a great choice, having enjoyed his role as a public servant in the past.
“I’ve served on the city council and as mayor,” VanDeVere said. “I’ve been busy all my life and I need something to do.”
VanDeVere thought that running for county commissioner was the perfect fit.
“The county had some good people retire,” he said, “they are losing some good people. You are as good as the people you work with, and the county commissioners have done a good job.”

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