Working toward the nursery project

April 14, 2014

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Members of the Me, Mama, Jesus and Java group are pictured with members of the Tyler Kiwanis, as Kiwanis presented a check from a soup dinner the two groups worked together on in February. The money will go toward a nursery being constructed in the back of The Rock in downtown Tyler.

A room in the back of The Rock in Tyler is being transformed into a nursery by the Me, Mama, Jesus and Java group.
Earlier this year the group helped with a Tyler Kiwanis soup dinner to help raise funds for the project.
Currently, the walls and ceiling have been mudded, taped and painted and flooring is underway. Making the room fun for younger kids is to follow.
The Me, Mama, Jesus and Java group said The Rock is providing the space for a nursery.
Scott Peterson and Jorge Grajeda have been providing work and recommendations on the room and the Tyler Lumber Company donated a door for the room.
The group meets every first and third Thursday of the month and all mothers are welcome to come with their children.

First Security Agency is under new ownership

April 14, 2014

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Siblings Kim Harding and David Frank are the new owners of First Security Agency, now known as First Security Hendricks. They will be keeping the offices in both Hendricks and Tyler.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
David Frank and Kari Harding of Southwest Insurance Services, Inc. of Canby purchased the insurance business at First Security Bank last Tuesday, April 1.
Frank and Harding are a brother-sister team who have been in the insurance business since the 1990s.
Harding has worked in insurance since 1992. In 2004 she moved back to the area from Rochester with her husband and three children after her father, LeRoy Frank, asked her if she and David would like to purchase the agency in Canby from him. “It was a rare opportunity,” said Harding, “I thought it would be crazy not to.”
Frank had been working with his father since 1996. He is a bit more familiar with Hendricks than Harding, as he has been a member of the Hendricks Golf Club for the past few years. Frank and his wife currently reside in Canby with their two children.

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

Tyler council talks Stoney Point lease

April 14, 2014

Council also to explore combined police force with Lake Benton

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Dan Ellefson and his family are entering the second season as owners of the Stoney Point Recreation and Campground, a venture that includes the leased Stoney Point Park from the City of Tyler.
Ellefson visited with the Tyler City Council on Monday, April 7 where he requested the council considering selling him the park on contract.
The council denied his request to purchase the property, but expressed appreciation of the hard work he and his family have put into the property.
Ellefson said they have added 55 new campsites and installed water and sewer at all the campsites.
Ellefson said the campground will include 100 campsites with 90 seasonal and 10 weekend sites.
Ellefson said campsites are largely booked for the season.
With the 100 campsites, Ellefson estimates around 400 campers when the facility is fully booked.
Council member Darrel Denney said he was impressed with everything Ellefson has accomplished.
“Look at the benefits the city derives from what they’ve done,” said Denny. “They’re bringing people to town.”

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

County Law Enforcement Center open forum Scheduled

April 14, 2014

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The proposed expansion of the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Center is being met with questions from many of the county’s residents.
The expansion was again discussed at the April 1 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, with clarification given that the expansion is not a jail expansion.
Chairman Don Evers said he had received a letter from some residents in the Lake Benton area regarding the expansion. The letter was not read aloud during the meeting, nor was it signed, rather it contained a list of typed names.
Sheriff Jack Vizecky was also in attendance at the meeting and told the Board that he is willing to answer questions by the public, and asked Evers for a copy of the letter so he could contact the residents listed and answer their questions.

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

Camden Conference basketball squads named for all-conference

April 3, 2014

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Pictured Top: Brett Peterson was named MVP in the Camden Conference.
Pictured Bottom: Justine Possail was selected to the Camden Conference team.

 

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

 
The Camden Conference recently announced their players for both the boys and girls in the sport of bucket ball. Two boys and two girls were named from the RTR Knights and Lady Knights.
Brett Peterson of the Knights was named the MVP in the South half of the Camden Conference. Peterson led the Knights to a 14-10 record, averaging over 27 points per contest. He also had over 11 rebounds per game this past season. Brett Vercruysse also was named to the South squad. He was the second leading scorer for the Knights, averaging almost 18 points per game. Vercruysse also pulled down eight boards per contest.
Joey Lee of the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks was named the North MVP. Mr. Jon Hanson, head coach of the Canby Lancers, was named Coach of the Year for leading his team to the State Tournament for the first time since 1951.

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

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Pictured Top: Brett Vercruysse was named to all-conference squad.
Pictured Bottom: Kaylie Nielsen was selected to the all-conference team for the Lady Knights.

 

Road construction project planned for Highway 14 in 2014

April 3, 2014

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The Highway 14 bridge that runs over Highway 23 is one portion of a highway construction plan that will bring updates to Highway 14 this year.

An open house/information meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 in Tyler to discuss the project

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A construction project on Highway 14 will mean a detour for much of the summer, the Minnesota Department of Transportation recently announced.
A flyer was sent to residents affected by the detour in late March detailing the project that is expected to begin in May.
An open house meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 at the Tyler Fire Hall from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
According to MnDOT, the project will run along Highway 14 near Florence continuing east to Tracy.
According to the mailing sent out late last month “(t)he intent of these projects are to rehabilitate deteriorating segments of Highway 14 pavements and bridges. The deterioration is occurring as a result of heavy usage, Minnesota extreme temperature changes and aging infrastructure.”
A detour has been mapped out for drivers coming from Highway 23 through County Road 10.

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

A superior concert

March 27, 2014

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The RTR High School band and choir performed their competition concert in Tyler on Monday, March 24. The choir and band performed at competition last week, receiving superior marks. The concert Monday marked the first chance the community had to see the robes recently purchased through community donations and fundraising. Pictured on top is the RTR Choir with those who helped raise money and donated to the purchase of the robes.

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Opera House teams up with Relay For Life for spring play

March 27, 2014

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The cast of “The Pirates of the Chemo,” opening April 4 at the Lake Benton Opera House, pictured from left to right, includes Beth Reams of Brookings, S.D., Jasmine Reyes of Florence, Kathy Holck of Ruthton, Kayla Lindberg of Marshall, Sara Vogt of Tyler and Kathy Wilmes of Tyler.

The Lake Benton Opera House and Lincoln County Relay For Life will be teaming up to help raise funds to fight cancer when the Opera House opens its spring play, “The Pirates of the Chemo.” Tickets for the event will be $12 for adults and $11 for senior citizens and students. The Opera House will be donating $4 for every ticket sold during the six-show run to teams involved in the 2014 Lincoln County Relay For Life event. In addition, teams have signed up to provide goodies available for a free-will donation to raise even more funds.
“The Pirates of the Chemo” is the story of six women who meet weekly in a cancer support group. The dramatic comedy was written by Paul Schutte, whose day job is as Human Factors Researcher at NASA. Schutte specifically wrote the play to help raise funds for cancer research. He encourages theater groups to donate in return for reduced royalty fees.

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

County Board looks at jail expansion

March 27, 2014

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Jeff Nelson of Baldridge & Nelson Architects and Engineers, Inc. out of Sioux Falls, S.D. provided the Lincoln County commissioners with a guided tour explaining the tentative renovations and costs associated with the proposed Sheriff’s Office expansion and Emergency Operations Center during the commissioners’ meeting last Tuesday morning.
The tour was an hour long, and Nelson thoroughly explained all of the updates and facility expansions that would occur if the project was to be approved. The current space in the Sheriff’s Office does not accommodate the needs for file storage, ease of access and privacy that are necessary for the facilities.
The electrical room in the current facility must be expanded and improved, and money would be saved if the other expansions were to be completed at the same time. The board was well informed as to the project details and costs, and they were appreciative of the work that Nelson performed. No decision was made and no further action was taken at the meeting.

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

Tae Kwon Do testing held in Tyler

March 20, 2014

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Students from the Tyler area, along with Brookings, S.D., Estelline, S.D. and Sisseton, S.D., were at RTR High School for American Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do association testing on Saturday, March 15.

By Robert Wolfington
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
TYLER — Everyone passed the test.
Tae Kwon Do students of varying age and experience were on-hand for testing at RTR High School on Saturday, March 15.
Master Patty Torkelson of Minnesota Dragons Chung Do Kwan said the testing in Tyler marked the first since the class was moved to the old Pizza Ranch location in Tyler.
Torkelson said there have been Tae Kwon Do classes around the area for about 20 years but were consolidated about five years ago.
After moving to different gyms for years, Torkelson said the class moved into its current location earlier this year.
“We’ve consolidated all the small schools into one about five years ago,” said Torkelson “We moved into the Pizza Ranch in January.”

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

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Kai Drake, left, and Caleb Witte are tested during the Tae Kwon Do event in Tyler on Saturday, March 15. Students from around the region were on-hand for testing at the RTR High School gym in Tyler.