RTR High School graduates 43

May 21, 2015

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The RTR High School Class of 2015 celebrated moving into the next stage of their lives with a toss of their caps on Saturday.

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Hansen appointed to vacant school board seat

May 21, 2015

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The RTR School Board filled the vacant seat at Monday’s regular meeting, appointing Jeff Hansen to the position. Pictured is the current board, from left: Barry Erickson, Pat O’Toole, Peggy Dunblazier, Superintendent Bruce Houck, Chairperson Paul Henriksen, Hansen, Terry Gordon, Doug Possail and Business Manager Dave Lehnhoff.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR School Board reported that two applicants had been received for the seat vacated by Kari Hansen. Craig Hess announced during the public forum that he was rescinding his application leaving only one, Jeff Hansen. Hansen was immediately appointed to the position and took a seat during Monday’s meeting. Hansen is the husband of Kari, who resigned earlier this year.
Hess addressed the board during the public forum portion of the meeting to discuss charges from Woodstock Communications for internet service to the Russell and Ruthton buildings that is not yet in service.

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THC CEO resigns

May 21, 2015

On Tuesday, the Board of Directors of Tyler Healthcare Center Avera accepted the resignation of Dale Kruger, CEO and CFO, effective immediately.
Dale Gillogly, Regional Administrator for Managed Hospitals with Avera Health, has been named interim CEO and Lindsey Weber, Finance Manager at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, has been named interim chief financial officer. The board will immediately begin a search for a permanent CEO and CFO.
The board has asked Mr. Gillogly to oversee Avera assessment teams who are making recommendations about specific issues including the electronic medical record, billing and other financial processes.
The following statement was released through Avera Health: “We are fortunate to have excellent physicians, dedicated employees and a strong community. Our residents can continue to expect the same high level of quality care from the hospital, clinic and other Tyler Healthcare Center Avera facilities.”
Kruger was suspended from his duties last week.

LCEDC reports an impact on 29 jobs in county in 2014

May 21, 2015

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LCEDC Facilitator Vince Robinson gave a report on the corporation at the annual meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The annual meeting for the Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corporation was held on May 13 at the Highway 19 and 75 Café in Ivanhoe. Around 20 representatives from Lincoln County cities were on hand for the meeting.
Facilitator Vince Robinson opened the meeting by giving the financial report.
He told the group that the 2014 budget came in very close to on schedule, with expenditures less than $1,000 above revenue. He pointed out that this year’s budget is showing a $5,500 shortfall.
“We had requested a bit more funding from the county,” Robinson told the crowd. “They chose to keep it the way that it is, but we do have some reserves for LCEDC, so it’s not like we are going to be going out of business anytime soon.”
Robinson thanked the cities for their contribution to the LCEDC budget and said that the contributions have remained the same over the past couple of years. Currently, contributions to the organization range from $2,100 per year for Ivanhoe and Lake Benton, to $3,770 from Tyler. Hendricks currently contributes $2,215 annually.

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Graduations abound at RTR Schools

May 21, 2015

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The graduating class of 2027 received their walking papers on Friday, permitting them to move on to first grade in the fall.

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A total of 43 fifth graders participated in the Fifth Grade Graduation Ceremony on Thursday at RTR Elementary in Ruthton.

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Talent abounds at RTR Pops Concert

May 21, 2015

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Pictured from left to right are Dylan Stassen, Dante Baartman, Hunter Burns and, in back on drums, Mr. Sam Johnson performing Mad Season’s “River of Deceit” as the final song at the RTR High School Spring Pops Concert on May 13 in Tyler.

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The Awe Struck Women’s Chorus is pictured singing “Royals” for the Pops Concert at RTR High School in Tyler on May 13.

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RTR graduation set for Saturday

May 14, 2015

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Graduations ceremonies will be held at RTR High School on Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. Graduate JasiAnna Borman will give the Class Welcome, followed by a song from the choir.
Amanda Petersen and Michelle Kuhlman have earned Valedictorian and Salutatorian honors and will give those respective addresses.
After the senior slide show presentation the Awarding of Diplomas will take place. A total of 47 students will take part in the ceremony, including exchange students Deborah Alwan and Alya Pamungkas, who will be recognized by Principal Daniel Bettin.
Illana Peter will give the Class Farewell before Mr. Bettin gives the Presention of the Class.
For information on individual graduation receptions, see inside of this week’s Tribute.

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LaRock receives Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award from U of M

May 14, 2015

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University of Minnesota alumnus Don Buhl presents the U of M Science Achievement Award to Dain LaRock.

Dain LaRock, a student at RTR High School, has received a Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).
The award recognizes LaRock’s academic achievement in the sciences. As part of the award, LaRock received the book “Our Daily Bread, The Essential Norman Borlaug,” written by Noel Vietmeyer. This book tells the story of Dr. Borlaug, a CFANS graduate and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who is credited with saving a billion people from starvation. Dr. Borlaug’s vision and scientific rigor rescued several nations from famine and provided a blueprint for countering today’s resurgence in global hunger.
The Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award also includes a $1,000 scholarship upon successful enrollment in CFANS, a college within the University of Minnesota.
The award was presented by CFANS Alum Don Buhl of Tyler. The award is sponsored by the CFANS Alumni Society, a member organization dedicated to connecting alumni and friends to the college; supporting excellence in the educational experience; building college pride, spirit, and community; and enhancing the reputation of the college.

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Memorial Day services planned in Tyler

May 14, 2015

Tyler Legion Post 185 will be hosting a Memorial Day Service at the Tyler Legion Hall on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m.
Kenten Stanek of Tyler will be the guest speaker. Kenten joined the Army National Guard in 1983 and the Air Force in 1989. He trained as an aerospace communication specialist involving satellite and fiber optics. During his military career he served in Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Provide Comfort campaigns where he overviewed communication systems in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kabul, Somalian pirating and 27 NATO countries. Kenten served 30 years with 25 years active combined service and retired with the rank of Master Sergeant.
At the Memorial Day Service Carie Baune and Girl Scout Brownie members will sing the National Anthem. Laurie Lewis will provide music. A flag folding ceremony will be performed along with a reading of the symbolic meaning of each flag fold. Boy Scout Wolfpack members will assist with the wreath laying ceremony. Lauren Johnson will play a drum salute and Katie Petersen will play “Taps.”
Following the conclusion of the service, refreshments, provided by Friends of the Legion, will be served in the Post Hall.

Commissioners hear of LPRW project estimated costs of $36 million

May 14, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was provided with the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System (LPRW) 2014 auditors report and a 2015 project overview by CEO Mark Johnson.
Johnson said the auditors had given them a clean opinion with no qualifications. A hard copy of the auditor’s report was provided to the Commissioners.
In the information provided on the projects, Johnson said, “Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System has submitted its first priority project list to Rural Development for financing. The estimated project costs are $3.6 million and are internal projects funded from water revenues as no expansion will result from these improvements. The projects consist of updating our SCADA system (Phase 1) in the south half of our system; upgrading the well drives at both our Holland and Verdi well fields; developing and completing our SD Verdi wells for use and to understand their long-term characteristic information as to any further treatment needs as well as stabilizing the Verdi well field; add a second connection point to the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System at Magnolia jointly with the Rock County Rural Water System for earlier and better use of this source; and miscellaneous transmission main improvements to address pressure and quantity problems. There are six other priorities that eventually need to be addressed, but the timing and funding of those are not set for any time soon,” said Johnson.
Johnson went on to talk about drought conditions. “Drought and drought conditions are big issues,” said Johnson. “Although the DNR are satisfied to the stability of all the LPRW aquifers, we at LPRW are the first line of protection to making wise use of these aquifers for the benefit of all and for the long term future for all in southwest Minnesota. Therefore, LPRW is working to emphasize the duty of all its customers to conserve water in what already looks like a very dry year. We are asking the cities to implement and work with LPRW through conservation measures and to ban lawn-watering should a drought get severe,” said Johnson.

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