City purchases DeZeeuw property

March 14, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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The Tyler City Council held a special meeting on Monday evening at the fire hall. City Administrator Robert Wolfington reported that the council agreed to purchase agricultural land on the west edge of Tyler…

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Carr named second team All-America

March 14, 2019

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Jada Carr was in the champion circle last week.

By Mark Wilmes
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RTR alum Jada Carr recently achieved second team All-America honors while competing last week at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas. Second team All-America honors are for those finishing in 9th-12th place in their individual events. Carr wound up with an 11th place finish—just three places from a podium finish—in the long jump with a jump of 5.68 meters. Carr went into the competition as the 14th seed.
Carr, a 2014 RTR graduate, went as a member the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Cougars team. She finds it all a bit surreal…

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Risk of flooding for area

March 14, 2019

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This tabby was spotted hanging out among the mounds of snow on Oak Street last week before the next storm hit over the weekend.

By Shelly Finzen 
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With the recent heavy snow­fall across Lincoln County and more in the forecast, the next threat to the area may be heavy flooding.
The most recent snowfall reports for the area include seven inches in Lake Benton, five inches in Hendricks and Marshall, and as much as 10 inches in Canby. The recent snowfall brings the winter’s total for Sioux Falls, South Da­kota to more than 44 inches for the 2018-19 season…

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“Broadway Meets Lake Benton” opens this weekend at the LBOH

March 14, 2019

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From left— Ellie Frahm of Tyler, Julia Nilles of Ruthton and Katie Roberts of Tyler are among those performing in “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” on Saturday, March 16.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Looking for a great family-friendly event to beat back the winter blues? The 2019 produc­tion season for the Lake Benton Opera House begins this Satur­day, March 16 with the annual “Broadway Meets Lake Benton” show. Two shows will take place on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Veterans of past Opera House musicals return to perform their favorite Broadway hits in this show. Performers from age two years and up will delight audi­ences with performances of their favorite songs from their favorite musicals…

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Junior high speech grabs second

March 14, 2019

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The RTR Junior High speech team traveled to Minneota on Monday, coming home with a second place team finish. Pictured left to right in front are Julia Nilles – Discussion, third place; Caleb Witte – Humor, first place; Madysen Davis – Extemporaneous Reading, third place; Brooklyn Cauwels – Creative Expression, second place; Brynn Peterson – Storytelling, third place; Melissa Barber – Duo, sixth place. In back are Joe Dagel – Original Oratory, third place; Jenna Lingen – Duo, second place; Sophie Blagdon – Duo, second place; Emily Alexander – Poetry, fourth place; Lily Klumper – Humor, second place; Kylie Kerkaert – Duo, sixth place.

RTR girls basketball awards banquet held

March 14, 2019

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Photo courtesy of Tanya Thomsen
Letter winners, pictured left to right in front— Jonnie Biren, Skylar Borresen, Maddison Wendland and Shawna Thomsen; in back— Allie Christianson, Brooke Thomsen, Madison Muenchow, McKinley Schreurs, Haley Muenchow, Ashley Owen and Rylie Hess.

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RTR Elementary Science Fair With 60 Students Participating

March 14, 2019

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Scott Leeson demonstrated blowing bubbles for several elementary students during Friday’s science fair at RTR Elementary School.

By Mark Wilmes
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The annual RTR El­ementary Science Fair was held Friday morning in the elementary gym­nasium. A total of 60 stu­dents participated from fifth grade classes taught by Kayla Thooft and Tay­lor Ossefoort as well as the 4th/5th grade combo class taught by Kelsey Brust.
Thooft said 12 members of the community were re­cruited to do the judging of the projects, including school board members, Lions Club members and retired teachers…

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Happy Birthday to the American Legion

March 14, 2019

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Tyler American Legion members serve deceased veterans with graveside ceremonies.

By Shelly Finzen 
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In February 1919, a group of 20 war-weary World War I of­ficers met in Paris, France. They were members of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) and they had been asked to find ways to improve troop morale after one of the most emotionally dev­astating wars in history. Lieuten­ant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the eldest son of President Teddy Roosevelt, proposed an organization of veterans, accord­ing to Legion.org, and the incep­tion of the American Legion had begun.
In March 1919, about 1,000 officers and enlisted men at­tended the Paris Caucus, where a temporary Constitution was adopted and the name American Legion was adopted…

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It could be time for a winter wellness check

March 14, 2019

Snow days might be harder on our kids than we think

By Angie DeSmith
RTR K-12 School Counselor

Many adults might be­lieve that this winter has been every student’s dream. Snow days, late starts, early outs. Sleeping in, video games, Netflix, junk food. While many kids certainly are enjoying the additional downtime, it is not without consequenc­es, particularly in regards to mental health. I’ve seen a surge in depression and anxiety referrals over the last couple of weeks. Many kids are struggling. While I’m glad they are coming in for help, I’m also wor­ried. Worried, because I know that for every kid who seeks help, there are two or three who don’t. Worried, because it can be easy to miss just how much someone is hurt­ing. Hidden in this winter wonderland of snow days and sleep-ins are a num­ber of factors that have a negative impact on mental health. Let’s take a closer look.
Social Isolation – In ru­ral communities our kids rely on school as their pri­mary source of social con­nectivity, both during the academic school day and after-school extracurricu­lar activities. When school isn’t in session, these con­nections are not being made…

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Gathering of the Green Camels

March 6, 2019

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The Danebod Folk School was filled over the weekend with those attending the annual Green Camel Gathering.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The annual Gathering of the Green Camels took place on the Danebod campus over the weekend. Around 55 knitters, weavers and fiber art enthusiasts from throughout the region came to town. Those in attendance spent two days renewing old friendships while creating a wide range of handmade items. The event is remarkably casual to the level that some spend the entire weekend in pajamas, chatting away as they create their individual works of art.

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