Girls basketball should be entertaining for coming year

November 29, 2011

By Jim Kopel

The 2011-12 basketball season should be improved over last year with many of the same players back with experience on their side. Last year the girls posted a 7 and 17 record, but one of the wins was an upset win over Edgerton in the first round of the section tour­nament.

Coach Dahle and his as­sistant, Coach Borchert, welcomed 26 girls to prac­tice last Monday. Losses from last year are Brittni Peterson and Sam Schaefer. The key returnees are se­niors Wendy Andersen, Janae Minett and Kristin Knudsen, plus juniors Al­lison Pochardt, Maria Dun­blazier and Leslie Willert and sophomores Kaylie Nielsen and Justine Pos­sail.

According to the head coach, the strength of the team might be overall quickness plus some size on the inside. “We have some quickness at some key positions. We also have three girls who can post up and get something done close to the basket. These three girls all tried those moves last year. Hopefully these moves are more suc­cessful this year.” With the above named players plus maybe a couple of others, it gives the coach plenty of bench strength. With that depth, keeping the players fresh on the floor will help our defense and rebound­ing.

Outside shooting would be the major weakness of the team. I would have to agree with that statement. They don’t shoot much better than the Gopher men’s team from long range. Hopefully some of the girls who get those shots worked on that as­pect of their game. If they didn’t it will not be an easy task for the inside game to get going.

The Lady Knights open their season at home against the Canby Lancers. Canby will be one of the better teams they will face early on. Riley Norgaard is finally a senior and one of the better players in the state. This game is slated for Dec. 2.

The Lancers and Min­neota Vikings will be the teams to beat in the south half of the Camden Confer­ence. TMB and Lincoln HI are also in this half of the conference along with the Lady Knights.

The Lady Knights will once again be in the south half of the section when the post-season starts. Waiting in the south half are probably the two fa­vorites to win the section. Fulda and SWC will be very strong along with the Lancers and Vikings, who will probably play for the north section spot.

Coach Dahle feels his team should be an enter­taining team to watch. “We hope to develop into more of a full court team to take advantage of our quick­ness. We should be able to compete with anybody.”

My assessment of the whole situation is simply one thing. To win basket­ball games a team has to outscore the other team. This team MUST shoot better than the 25 percent shooting that was done last year. If they can hit 25 percent of their three-point shots this year, they will win many games. (GO LADY KNIGHTS)

 

Lewis “Frenchie” Mo­rash

November 29, 2011

Lewis “Frenchie” Mo­rash, age 80 of Russell, passed away at Avera McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Monday, Nov. 14. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Grace First Parish in Russell. Burial was in the Russell City Cemetery. Vis­itation was held one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences may be sent to www.hamiltonfh.com.

Lewis “Frenchie” Mo­rash was born to Walter and Nora (Gilbert) Morash on May 27, 1931 in Har­bour Buffett, New Found­land, Canada. He was bap­tized at Parish of Harbour Buffett and confirmed at Chapel of The Holy Spirit in Old Shop.

On Aug. 9, 1969 Frenchie was united in marriage to Myra Buchert in Golden, Colo. After the couple’s marriage, he worked at a mink ranch near Marshall. He worked at Marshall Foods and Swift Company until retiring when he was 70-years-old.

Frenchie’s enjoyments included cribbage, garden­ing, visiting and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an active member of Grace First Parish in Russell at the time of his death.

Frenchie passed away at Avera McKennan on Monday, Nov. 14 in Sioux Falls, S.D. He had reached the age of 80 years, five months and 17 days.

Frenchie is survived by his wife Myra of Russell; six children: Rick Daniels of Boulder, Colo., Lori (Mike) Hernandez of Lakewood, Colo., Pat (Sherry) Daniels of Russell, Kim (Dan) Mik­kelsen of Miltona, Shane (Sherri) Daniels of Clark, S.D., and Shawn (Jennie) Morash of Redwood Falls; 14 grandchildren: Jeremy Daniels, Tyler Krzanowski, Jacob and Hannah Daniels, Kela and Danica Mikkels­en, Nick Vermeire, Chelsey Olin, Derrick, Tori and Cla­rissa Daniels, Bethany, Ma­son and Sophia Morash; three sisters: Olive (Boyd) Day, Linda (Bob) Janes and Margaret Cooper, all of Newfoundland, Canada; and brother Don (Lillian) Morash of Ontario, Cana­da.

Frenchie was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother.

Blessed be the memory of Lewis “Frenchie” Mo­rash.

 

Raising Old Glory at Band Shell Park

November 29, 2011

Earl Petersen and Glen Meyer of the American Legion Post raised the flag at the Band Shell Park by the TACC. in Tyler on the morning of Friday, Nov. 18.

Browser Night starts at 5 p.m. Friday in Tyler

November 29, 2011

By Robert Wolfington

tributeeditor@gmail.com

Santa Claus is almost here.

On Friday, Nov. 25 Santa and Mrs. Claus will join local Tyler businesses as they celebrate Browser Night.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will sit down at The Rock in downtown Tyler and chat with kids to help get an idea of what they want for Christmas.

Kids will also be able to have their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Businesses throughout Tyler will also be celebrating Browser Night with extended hours and specials during the event.

Carriage rides through Tyler will be on hand provided by the Tyler Healthcare Center.

In addition to Santa Claus, The Rock will also feature a number of craft vendors.

The Rock will also have Christ­mas Cafe with coffee and chili available as a fundraiser for the Tyler Area Community Club, ca­tered by the Log Cabin.

The event will kick off at 5 p.m. and run through 8 p.m.

The annual event is sponsored by the TACC.

 

Tyler Sign Project still looking for donations

November 29, 2011

Members of the Tyler Lions Club met with the RTR School Board to talk about the proposed electronic sign project.

The Lions Club has been rais­ing money for a sign that will be used to promote activities in the Tyler area, including RTR activi­ties.

The group is trying to raise $30,000 for the project and to date has raised about $9,000.

The RTR School Board voted to commit $1,000 in advertising dollars to the project, pending approval of grant dollars.

The sign, originally planned to be placed by the fire hall, is now set to be placed by the Band Shell Park in downtown Tyler.

 

Wichern named offensive MVP

November 22, 2011

Janel Wichern, a freshman at RTR High School, was awarded all-conference for the Southern Division, the MVP Offense Award and Academic Achievement Award for the 2011 volleyball season on Nov. 4. Pictured above from left to right are Assistant Coach Kari Kidman, Janel Wichern, Assistant Coach T.J. Williams and Coach Christie Steenback.

Ione Christensen

November 22, 2011

Funeral services for Ione Christensen, age 81 of Tyler, were Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation was Saturday, 4-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial was in Dane­bod Cemetery in Tyler.

She died Thursday, Nov. 10 at Sunrise Manor Nurs­ing Home in Tyler.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler is providing arrange­ments. On-line registry, condolences and video tribute is found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Helen “Ione” Chris­tensen was born Oct. 2, 1930 to Ralph and Minnie (Hetland) Larson in Ells­borough Township, rural Balaton. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Ellsborough Lutheran Church. She grew up on a farm near Ruthton in the Current Lake area. She attended country school District 45 and graduated from Ruthton High School in 1949, where she was homecoming queen. She continued her education at Lamberton Teachers College in Lamberton and taught country school from 1950-1953. Ione married Kenneth Christensen on June 7, 1952. Their union was blessed with four children—LaJoy, Linda, Connie and Mark—and 44 years of life together. They lived one year in Texas while Kenneth was sta­tioned in the air force, then returned to Minnesota and lived on a farm one mile west of Tyler where she dedicated her life to farm­ing and her family. They retired in 1991 and moved into Tyler. Ione was a lov­ing caregiver for husband Kenny prior to his death in December 1996. In 2008 she entered Sunrise Man­or Nursing Home in Tyler, where she died peacefully with her family at her side on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the age of 81 years, one month and eight days.

Ione was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler where she was active in women’s circles, WELCA and as a Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed her life on the farm, tending to her flock of sheep. She loved flower gardening, vegetable gar­dening, canning, card club, birthday club, embroidery, a bowl of popcorn, watch­ing Lawrence Welk, refin­ishing furniture and going to Dar’s for beer and pizza. She especially enjoyed time spent with her fam­ily.

Ione is lovingly remem­bered by her children: LaJoy (and Bishop Larry) Wohlrabe of Moorhead, Linda (and Roger) John­son of Breckenridge and Mark (and Cathy) Chris­tensen of Tyler; 11 grand­children: Erik Wohlrabe, Kristen (Aaron) Haddorff, Tanner and Jacob Johnson, Krystal, Brooke and Ashley Paluch, and Haley, Joshua, Jared and Jonah Chris­tensen; her sister Lorraine Ryberg of Apple Valley and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Christensen, daughter Connie Paluch and her parents.

Blessed be her memory.

 

Veterans Day Program at RTR

November 22, 2011

SFC William Schaefer spoke during the Veterans Day Program at RTR High School on Friday, Nov. 11.

By Robert Wolfington

tributeeditor@gmail.com

It was a show of pride and patriotism for the service men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

RTR High School hosted a Vet­erans Day Program on Friday, Nov. 11 with music and guest speaker SFC William Schaefer.

A number of area veterans were in attendance for the event and the A.C. Hansen Post 185 American Legion presented the colors during the beginning of the ceremony.

Schaefer talked about the sac­rifices of service men and wom­en in the U.S. Armed Forces and what Veterans Day means to him as a serviceman.

“I wanted to honor our vet­erans but also speak about our nation that these citizens chose to defend,” Schaefer said in his speech.

Schaefer encouraged those in attendance to stay informed about the world around them and appreciate those who serve to keep them free to do so.

The RTR High School Choir and Band performed a selection of patriotic songs during the Veterans Day program at RTR High School in Tyler.

Schaefer spoke about the col­lective freedom of American citizens and the cost in lives and money throughout the years.

In addition to Schaefer, RTR Student Spencer Kor read his winning essay from the Voice of American Democracy essay con­test.

Kor, who took first place, read his essay about why he enlisted in the service.

Second place went to Katie Bump and third place to Kendra Erickson.

Student Luke Wiering played “Taps” to help bring the ceremo­ny to a close.

 

Browser Night set for Nov. 25

November 22, 2011

By Robert Wolfington

tributeeditor@gmail.com

Get ready, because Santa Claus is coming to town—and you won’t have to wait until Christ­mas to catch a glimpse of him.

On Friday, Nov. 25 Santa and Mrs. Claus will join local Tyler businesses as they celebrate Browser Night.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will sit down at The Rock in downtown Tyler and chat with kids to help get an idea of what they want for Christmas.

Kids will also be able to have their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Businesses throughout Tyler will also be celebrating Browser Night with extended hours and specials during the event.

Carriage rides through Tyler will be provided by the Tyler Healthcare Center.

In addition to Santa Claus, The Rock will also feature a number of craft vendors

The Rock will also have Christ­mas Cafe with coffee and chili available as a fundraiser for the Tyler Area Community Club, ca­tered by the Log Cabin.

The event will kick off at 5 p.m. and run through 8 p.m.

The annual event is sponsored by the TACC.

See the ads in this week’s Tyler Tribute.

 

Three new members elected to RTR School Board

November 22, 2011

By Robert Wolfington

tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR School Board will have some new faces in the new year with three new school board members elected on Nov. 8.

The election included a write-in win for Doug Possail for the at-large position on the board, beating Pat O’Toole, who was running unposed on the bal­let for the position he currently holds.

In Tyler, challenger Kari Han­sen received 119 votes, winning the seat over incumbent Dave Haroldson, who received 24 votes.

For Russell, incumbent Paul Henriksen was running unop­posed on the ballot, receiving 82 votes.

Scott Petersen, who was run­ning on a write-in campaign, recieved 57 votes, according to RTR School Superintendent Bruce Houck.

Petersen questioned the re­sults, telling the Tribute he be­lieves a number of votes were cast with the intent of voting for him but with his last name spelled incorrectly.

According to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website, a total of 76 write-in votes were cast in the Russell race.

Houck said a total of 57 votes were counted for Scott Peters­en (spelled with an “e”) and 14 votes cast for Scott Peterson (spelled with an “o”).

In Ruthton, Barry Erickson re­ceived 90 votes over Greg Baart­man, who received 60 votes.

The RTR School Board is scheduled to canvas the election results during a special meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at RTR High School in Tyler.