Groundbreaking ceremony held for new RTR school building

October 17, 2019

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RTR Superintendent David Marlette spoke to the entire student body and scores of community members at Wednesday afternoon’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new school building on County Road 8 in Tyler.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Hundreds of students, staff, officials and area residents gathered on land formerly owned and farmed by Sherm and Jane DeZeeuw for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new PreK-12 school building on the west edge of Tyler. The crowd braved windy conditions to celebrate the next phase in a years-long effort to build a new school. Superintendent David Marlette greeted the gathering to open the event.
“If I were to stand up here and thank everyone who has helped through this process it would take us a long time,” Marlette said. “All three communities and lots of people worked extremely hard to make this happen.”
Marlette specifically thanked the DeZeeuw family for making the land available for the project.
“Without them working with the city, this would not happen.”

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

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RTR Elementary student Brock Bakker posed for a picture during the groundbreaking.

St. Aubin honored for service

October 17, 2019

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The local Quilts of Valor group, Pieces for Heroes, recently presented a quilt to Richard St. Aubin of Russell. Richard is 90 years old and served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean War, as well as four years in the Army Reserve following his return. Mr. St. Aubin’s sister, Maxine Kerkaert, nominated Richard to receive a quilt. It was presented by his grandson, SGT Eric Buffington (pictured) of the Pipestone National Guard, at the Holland Veterans Memorial on Oct. 5, 68 years from the day he left for Korea. Richard had a large attendance of family and friends at the presentation.

RTR school board hears updated report on construction progress

October 17, 2019

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Preston Euerle of R.A. Morton Construction Managers spoke at the RTR School Board meeting to update the board on the new school project.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
R.A. Morton CEO Preston Euerle was on hand to update the RTR School Board on the latest developments regarding the new school facility construction at last week’s regular monthly meeting. Board members Craig Hess, Troy Chandler and Tami Nelson were not present. Euerle said that preliminary work has begun at the building site.
“We had two scrapers out there moving black dirt today,” Euerle said. “Weather permitting over the next few days it will continue.”
Euerle reported that approval has been obtained from the DNR to move the pond back to the originally planned location west of the site.

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

Knights win fourth straight with 42-0 shutout against MACCRAY

October 17, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The weather in May­nard was not the type of weather most people would want to stand out to watch. Actually, last Thursday I only saw about 30 humans who wanted anything to do with the miserable weather condi­tions. Those humans were the RTR Knights football players. They would score early and often to achieve their fourth straight win of the season.
The scoring started on the first possession for the team. QB Payton Hess would score from 31 yards out to post the first TD. A pass completion from Jonah Christensen to Lo­gan Lamote produced the extra points. Hess would then score from six yards to make the score 14 -0 af­ter a quarter of play.

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

Lady Knights get win in last conference tussle with YME

October 17, 2019

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Madison Witte winds up for a kill attempt against the Sting.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Lady Knights played the YME Sting last Tuesday in the final Camden Con­ference volleyball match of the 2019 season. The Lady Knights would sweep the Sting by scores of 25-18, 25-13 and 25-16.
The first set saw the vol­leyball Knights rush to a quick 4-0 advantage be­fore the Sting scored. The visiting Sting would then tie the set at 7 before the Knights took control. Kylea Baartman had a kill and an ace serve plus a kill by Madison Witte made the score 10-7. Rylie Hess and haley Muenchow would each have three kills to fin­ish out the set for the Lady Knights. The set point was a hitting error by the Sting.

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

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Ainsley Novak hugs dad Brandon during Parents’ Night ceremonies before last week’s home volleyball game.

Lake Benton family finds support in the Mia Moo Fund

October 17, 2019

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The family with Wyatt’s favorite Robertson, Si, at church.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Wyatt Osland was born with a unilateral cleft lip and deformed soft palate. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “each year in the United States, about 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate and 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip.” Wyatt is the oldest son of Josh and Priscilla Osland of Lake Benton. He is a fourth grader at Lake Benton Elementary School. Wyatt’s younger siblings are Addison, Lucas and Brayden. Last month, because he is a “cleft kid,” Wyatt, his parents and his sister took an unforgettable trip to West Monroe, Louisiana, where they met and spent time with the Robertson family, known for their extremely popular reality television show, “Duck Dynasty.”
Wyatt’s first surgery took place when he was younger than two months old. He has had a total of four surgeries, with more possibly in his future…

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

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The Osland family traveled to West Monroe, Louisiana, where they met the Robertson family from the popular “Duck Dynasty” television show.

Go take a walk!

October 17, 2019

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Officials from throughout Lincoln County gathered in Tyler for a Walkable Community Workshop. See the story in this week’s Health and Wellness insert.

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RTR students (left to right) Faith Thomsen, Camden Hansen and Connor Herald are pictured at last week’s Walkable Community Workshop, talking about barriers in the community for current walking and biking paths.

Volleyball team opens postseason play October 25

October 17, 2019

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The Knights celebrate a point against YME last Thursday evening. RTR will open post-season play on Friday, Oct. 25.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Russell-Tyler-Ruth­ton volleyball team will play host to MACCRAY in the first round of Section 3A volleyball next week. The No.4 seed Knights will face No.5 MACCRAY begin­ning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. The No.1 seed Min­neota will play the winner of the No.8 Dawson-Boyd/ No.9 Lac qui Parle Valley game being held in Daw­son on Oct. 21.

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

Be smart. Get the flu shot

October 17, 2019

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Now is the time to get your annual flu shot.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Flu season is here. Ac­cording to the CDC, Min­nesota has already had sporadic influenza activ­ity, as of the beginning of October. Getting a flu shot is the most effective way to protect yourself and those you love from com­ing down with one of the many influenza viruses. Despite the benefits, hun­dreds of Minnesotans will choose not to be vaccinated.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Influenza is a re­spiratory infection that can cause serious com­plications, particularly in young children, older adults and people with certain medical condi­tions. Getting an influ­enza vaccine — though not 100% effective — is the best way to prevent the misery of the flu and its complications.” The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of six months get a flu shot, regardless of the frequency they are ex­posed to other people.

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