Rallying around three words: Refuse to Lose

February 26, 2015

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Steve, Addison, Kristi and Aiden Murphy

WHAT: Refuse to Lose Benefit for Kristi (Petersen) Murphy, daughter of Harlan and Marsha Petersen of Tyler.
Dinner, bingo, bake sale and silent auction will be offered.
WHERE: Tyler Golf Club
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 28 from 4-9 p.m.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. For Kristi Murphy, the daugh­ter of Harlan and Marsha Pe­tersen of Tyler, it was a t-shirt from her high school years. The shirt was emblazoned with just three words—Refuse to Lose.
Kristi’s life took an abrupt turn last fall. It wasn’t the kind of course correction anyone hopes to encounter. A change in her health insurance made a trip to the doctor necessary, and after explaining to her new doctor how tired she had been over the previous months, a set of blood labs were ordered.
“I got results of abnormal bloodwork that confirmed something was wrong on Nov. 6 and I was admitted to the hospital,” Kristi recalled. A bone marrow biopsy was done the next morning and the re­sults that came in five days later were unthinkable. Kristi, a busy working mother of two children under seven years of age, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Life had thrown the Mur­phy family a curve. Her first thoughts were of her children, four-year-old Addison and six-year-old Aiden.

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

School board reviews survey results

February 26, 2015

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Elementary Principal Pat Lindeman (standing, right center) gave the Administrative Report for the elementary school.

Board declines comment on Hansen resignation

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The board heard a report from Superintendent Bruce Houck on results of a survey sent to the Class of 2009. A total of 24 students completed the survey and returned them. Of those stu­dents, over 63 percent are work­ing full-time jobs, with another 15.79 percent working part-time jobs. The survey indicated that 21 percent of those students had completed a four-year col­lege program, with another 21 percent completing a two-year program. Houck pointed out that the numbers do not reflect the number of students who are still attending college, which totaled 26 percent.
Houck said the one area that was “mostly disturbing” was the question, “were the high school courses challenging?” where 42 percent said yes and 52 percent said no. “This is something that I have brought to the principal’s attention,” Houck reported.
Other questions included:
How useful was your high school education? Excellent – 15.79 percent; Good – 47.37 per­cent; Average – 26.32 percent; Below Average – 5.6 percent; no response – 5.26 percent.

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

Hansen resigns

February 26, 2015

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

RTR School Board mem­ber Kari Hansen has resigned from her position. Hansen told the Tyler Tribute that she sub­mitted her resignation from her position on Tuesday, Feb. 17. “For those community members [who have been at] the board meetings, I think you can understand why I re­signed,” Hansen said.
The resignation was not ad­dressed at the Feb. 19 meet­ing. When queried after the meeting adjourned, Superin­tendent Bruce Houck said the board would “have no com­ment at this time.”

Golf cart usage ordinance discussed

February 26, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Cara Nielsen, head of the Lincoln County Transit, who requested approval of a resolution to con­tinue talks with the Lyon County Transit.
Nielsen said there has been one meeting, and, this being a step process, the next step was for the Lincoln and Lyon County Boards of Commissioners to ap­prove a resolution to continue talks.
Nielsen said one of the ques­tions is whether Lyon County will absorb or administrate Lin­coln County Transit. If it is ab­sorbed, then the drivers union will be dissolved and there will be a name change. If it is to ad­ministrate, then the union would still be in play, and it would still be Lincoln County.
“We will see what the num­bers are and go from there,” said Nielsen. “It’s going to be a long process.”

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RTR One-Act play goes to State but falls short of getting “Star”

February 19, 2015

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Grace Ekema and Holden Buchert in a scene from “No Body to Murder,” one of three plays that will be presented by the RTR Drama Department this weekend.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR Drama Department performed their one-act play, “Clemson Bartholomew,” at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University in St. Paul last Thursday in the Minnesota One-Act Play Festival. The students advanced to the State competition by virtue of placing first at the Sub-Section 11 competition on Jan. 31 and the Section 3A competition on Feb. 14. Both competitions were held at Redwood Valley High School in Redwood Falls.
The Minnesota State High School League website states that at the State Festival, all performances receive constructive written criticism and suggestions from each of the three judges. Performances considered to be of superior quality by a minimum of two of the three judges shall receive a starred rating. Each production is also orally critiqued by an appointed critic, who is not one of the judges. The RTR play did not receive the required votes from two of the judges, but Director Neil Witte said he could not be more proud of how they performed on the state stage. “Even though they didn’t star, they gave an awesome performance and represented the RTR communities well,” Witte said. “It is an opportunity that many actors across  the state never experience, while some of our current actors have had this honor three times.”

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

Murphy benefit Feb. 28

February 19, 2015

On Saturday, Feb. 28 a benefit for Kristi (Petersen) Murphy, daughter of Marsha and Harlan Petersen of Tyler, will be held at the Tyler Golf Club from 4-9 p.m. Dinner, bingo, a bake sale and a silent auction are some of the activities planned.
Kristi, a 1996 RTR graduate, was diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) last November. Her treatment began in Naples, Fla., where she spent more than 30 days in the hospital. Her doctors there have been working with a team at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and recommended that her treatment continue there.
Kristi has traveled to MD Anderson for further testing and workup; eventually she will have a bone marrow transplant, which will require her to stay in Houston for several months. Kristi’s story may be found on the CaringBridge website under “Kristi Murphy” at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/refusetoloose.
The Feb. 28 “Refuse to Lose” benefit will include a pulled-pork dinner, a bake sale and raffle sponsored by Danebod Lutheran Church, bingo hosted by the Tyler Lions Club and a silent auction organized by Petersen/Murphy family and friends.
(Freewill donation—suggested price of $10)

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

Former Tyler Street fixture dies at 89

February 19, 2015

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Arnie Stefansen

 The Tyler community lost a long-time busi­nessman last week with the passing of Ar­nie Stefansen, 89, of Tyler. Stefansen, an army veteran, purchased the Fairway Store in downtown Tyler in 1956 and operated it for the next 35 years before retiring in 1991. The Tyler Food Market was a full-service grocery store, but Arnie’s specialty in this Danish community was Danish meats. People came from far and wide for his medisterpolsë, rul­lepolsë and liver paste. In his retirement, Ar­nie spent many years singing in the Danebod Church choir, as well as the Al Opland Sing­ers of Pipestone.

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Missing no more

February 19, 2015

By Steven J. Hurd
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Following a 13-day search effort by area authorities, the second of two missing individuals has been located under the ice of Lake Benton.
Bradley Lund was located by authorities at approximately 2:55 p.m. this past Saturday out near the Norwegian Creek Campground just north of the city of Lake Benton.
Search efforts began for Brad Lund and Brianna Thooft on Sunday, Feb. 1 when the pair was reported missing. The last known whereabouts of the couple was a fish house on Lake Benton, and they had not been heard from since an early morning phone call on Sunday.
The submerged vehicle that Lund and Thooft had been in was discovered by search teams on Monday, Feb. 2.
Thooft was recovered from the lake last Saturday, Feb. 7. A visual search for Lund continued throughout this past week, and he was located Saturday after search crews with sonar technology returned to the area and resumed their recovery efforts.

Relay For Life kick-off Feb. 26 in Lake Benton

February 19, 2015

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The Lincoln County Relay For Life kick-off will be Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Area residents are invited to kick off the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lincoln County. This community cel­ebration is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Relay For Life and how to get involved.
This year’s kick-off will be held at the Lake Benton Opera House on Feb. 26 beginning at 7 p.m. You can join a team or just come and learn about Relay. The kick-off celebration will be an evening of inspiring videos, speakers and music, with a few prizes thrown in for good measure. You will be able to see a short video of Lincoln County residents show­ing you why they Relay. Are you good at 1980s trivia? Come com­pete for a few prizes.
Relay For Life is a community event that honors cancer sur­vivors, current cancer patients and caregivers. Relay also pays tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer. The 2015 Relay For Life event will be held on June 26 at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton.

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

Benefit for Murphy set for Feb. 28

February 12, 2015

On Saturday, Feb. 28 a benefit for Kristi (Petersen) Murphy, daughter of Marsha and Harlan Petersen of Tyler, will be held at the Tyler Golf Club from 4-9 p.m. Dinner, bingo, a bake sale and a silent auction are some of the activities planned.
Kristi, a 1996 RTR graduate, was diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) last November. Her treatment began in Naples, Fla., where she spent more than 30 days in the hospital. Her doctors there have been working with a team at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and recommended that her treatment continue there.
Kristi has traveled to MD Anderson for further testing and workup; eventually she will have a bone marrow transplant, which will require her to stay in Houston for several months. Kristi’s story may be found on the CaringBridge website under “Kristi Murphy” at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/refusetoloose.

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