RTR Homecoming coronation Sunday

September 19, 2019

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Above: The 2019 Homecoming King candidates, left to right in front, are Cade Jorgensen, Kyle Fischer, Alex Duus, Chris Cauwels and Collin Johnson; the Homecoming Queen candidates are Rylie Hess, Madison Witte, Morgan Bloom, Dajza Gilmore and Ashley Owen. Below: Homecoming candidates were revealed on Monday afternoon with the pop of a balloon. Here Ashley Owen, right, finds out she is a candidate when her explosion revealed multi-colored confetti. Also pictured is Annie Nichols.

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By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Monday afternoon’s candidate reveal set in motion a long list of activities for the 2019 RTR Homecoming Week. The student body assembled in the high school gymnasium at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Each senior was summoned to the gym floor and handed a balloon in groups of four or five students. As the balloons were popped, the students with the multi-colored confetti inside their balloons learned they had been chosen as candidates.

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

Groundbreaking scheduled for new school building

September 19, 2019

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Groundbreaking at the new RTR PreK-12 building site will take place on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR Board of Education has scheduled an RTR PreK-12 school facility groundbreaking ceremony for Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. The event will be held at the new building site at 111 County Road 8 in Tyler.
The event is the beginning of the final phase of a years-long effort to replace the three aging buildings in the district, located in Tyler, Ruthton and Russell. Voters gave final approval to the $35 million project with the passage of the bond election in February 2019. The vote passed by wide margins in Russell and Tyler with only 42% of Ruthton voters in favor. Overall results saw the bond pass with over 63% of the vote.

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

Gymnastics gets green light after rental proposal recieved

September 19, 2019

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RTR High School Student Council members Riley Owen and Connor Kremin gave an update on the school year to board members at last week’s meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
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Principal Dan Bettin spoke to the board about proceeding with an RTR gymnastics program for the 2019-20 school year after developments in the hours leading up to last week’s regular monthly board meeting.
“It’s been a hectic four hours,” Bettin said. “I got a call from (Hendricks Superintendent) Paul Chick. I talked to Steph Ekema this afternoon and then Steph called me later tonight. Hendricks has agreed to rent us The Barn for practices. We would have some minor costs potentially for uniforms, although they have offered for us to wear their green and black that they don’t wear anymore that they bought before they joined with Estelline. We could get by without the purchase of uniforms if we want to for a year or two. We’d have to buy some minor pieces of equipment. I think they have to have their own springboards when they go to meets.”

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Remembering

September 19, 2019

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Above: Area first responders, firemen, EMS technicians and Legion members were Guests of Honor at last week’s Patriot Day event. Below: Legion member Kenton Stanek stood at attention during the “Star Spangled Banner.”

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Nielsen completes Army basic training

September 19, 2019

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Pvt. Harley Nielsen

Pvt. Harley Nielsen, son of Bruce and Dr. Roxanne Nielsen, joined the Army National Guard this past year, on the coldest day in February. He graduated from basic military train­ing at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina on Aug. 15, and will complete his AIT training as a Fire Control Specialist next summer at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He will graduate from RTR High School in May 2020.

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

UCAP serves Lincoln County

September 19, 2019

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By Shelly Finzen
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When tough times hit unexpectedly, Lincoln County residents can find help through United Community Action Partnership (UCAP). UCAP is a non-profit organization that “brings together a multitude of resources to help communities prosper,” according to their website.
UCAP’s corporate office is located in Marshall. It is represented and led the by the counties it serves, with tri-partite board of 27 members. The website explains, “Community Action Agencies (CAAS) have a tri-partite board system that is composed of one-third representation from the consumer sector (low-income individuals and families in their community), one-third representation from the public sector (elected officials), and one-third representation from the private sector (representatives of business, industry, labor, faith-groups, law enforcement, education and other groups and interests in the community). UCAP serves nine Minnesota counties: Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Redwood and Renville.

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

Legion open house

September 19, 2019

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Tyler native Mike Thompson was on hand at Sunday’s Legion Open House with an archive of newspaper clippings with area military veterans news and photos.

The Tyler Legion members celebrated the 100th anniversary of the organization on Sunday afternoon.

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Bronwyn Goehle latest Celebrate the Positive winner

September 12, 2019

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The latest TACC Celebrate the Positive selection is Bronwyn Goehle.

By Mark Wilmes
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The next Tyler Area Community Club Celebrate the Positive winner is Bronwyn Goehle. Bronwyn is currently the Food Service Director for RTR Schools, where she has served for the past few years after starting out as the head cook at RTR Middle School in 2015. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know the students and the challenge of coming up with five meals a week for three buildings. During the summer months she fills the role of head cook at Danebod, where she feeds the Danebod Family Camps. She grew up in Colorado and spent time with husband Henry in Hill City and the Black Hills before moving to Tyler in 2011.
“I have been in the food service biz 40 years and did manage to squeeze in 15 years working for the U.S. Forest Service,” Bronwyn said. “I did wild land firefighting and public relations and various other things within the agency.”
The forest service was where she met her eventual husband Henry, a Tyler native.

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

QOVF presents Pinckney with quilt

September 12, 2019

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On Wednesday, Sept. 4, D.C. Pinckney took a break from canning beets and tomatoes he had harvested from his large vegetable garden to accept a handmade quilt from the Quilt of Valor Foundation (QOVF). Making the presentation to Mr. Pinckney, a WW II Army veteran, was Nancy McCain from Wood Lake, regional coordinator of the QOVF. According to the QOVF website, the quilts are “tokens of appreciation that unequivocally say ‘Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor.’” Holding the quilt with Nancy (far left) is Carol Peterson of Russell, who recommended Mr. Pinckney receive the quilt. Carol, along with Laureen Thooft (far right), are members of the area quilting group Pieces for Heroes that design and sew the quilts. As a side note, next month on Oct. 14 Mr. Pinckney will be celebrating his 100th birthday.

Council hears rezoning requests, audit report

September 12, 2019

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Legion members Larry Wyttenback (left) and Duane Blake were at Monday’s meeting to thank the City of Tyler for its support.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Tyler City Council worked through a long list of agenda items during a three-and-a-half- hour meeting on Monday evening at the Tyler Fire Hall.
A Public Hearing was held at 7 p.m. for the Small Cities Development FY18 Grant. Vince Robinson of DSI spoke to those present.
“For Tyler, you are approved for construction from the state of $208,000,” Robinson explained. “Then you had committed $15,000 towards it for a total construction fund of $223,000. Of those funds, currently available we have $182,550 left. Our rehab goal for Tyler was 13 (homeowners) and we have two under contract right now. We’ve had five applicants who are not yet under contract. This is an owner-occupied rehab program.”

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