CSB celebrates 100

May 25, 2017

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Citizens State Bank of Tyler is commemorating its first 100 years with an open house on Friday, May 26 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pictured from left are President Gregory Peter, Elizabeth Platcek, Alma Thomsen, Lisa Sik and Craig Gades.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Citizens State Bank will be cel­ebrating 100 years of existence this month. The bank was found­ed and chartered on May 28, 1917, with Hans Lauritsen serv­ing as the first president. It is one of three banks that operated in Tyler in the early part of the 20th century, including Farmers State Bank and First National. Citizens State Bank has been the only bank in town since 1930…

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Local Memorial Day Services will take place on Monday

May 25, 2017

Memorial Day Services around the area will take place on Mon­day, May 29. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for re­membering the people who died while serv­ing in the coun­try’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently ob­served every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the Ameri­can Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veter­ans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on differ­ent days, had merged, and Me­morial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

Observances in our area are:

Tyler—Tyler Legion Post 185 will host the Memorial Day ser­vice at 10 a.m. at the Tyler Le­gion Hall.

Ruthton—Memorial Day ser­vices will be 11 a.m. at the Ruth­ton Community Center.

Russell—Memorial Day servic­es will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Russell Community Center.

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RTR to hire elementary art teacher

May 25, 2017

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Tom Watson of The Watson Consulting Group spoke to the RTR Board last week about the new busing contract.

Silence from Lynd on continued sharing

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

RTR Interim Superintendent Dick Orcutt reported that the dis­trict will need to hire an elementary art teacher. He reported that during the past year the position was covered by the Achievement and In­tegration grant that was shared with the Lynd School.
“A couple of months ago I wrote a letter to Lynd, spe­cifically requesting that we continue to host that program together,” Orcutt said. “I didn’t get a response. That was on the 15th of March. I wrote an­other letter at the end of last month and requested that we continue to share that program along with the RN that we currently share with Lynd. I still didn’t get a response. Therefore I come to you that we continue to host an art program at the elementary school.”

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County mulls clean air

May 25, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Ann Orren of Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS) spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners last week, presenting informa­tion on a Clean Air Ordinance.
Orren told the board that in 2007, the State of Minnesota had passed an ordinance re­garding smoking inside, and in 2014 added e-cigarettes, ban­ning the use in government-owned buildings, hospitals, schools and state colleges.
Orren talked to the Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers about creating an indoor air policy for the county, including e-cigarettes in the policy and creating setbacks from entranc­es and exits of at least 10 feet for smokers.

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8th grade recognition

May 25, 2017

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The RTR eighth graders were recognized for their achievements throughout the year and their time at the middle school on Thursday morning, May 18.

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5th grade grads

May 25, 2017

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The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton fifth graders, accompanied by Mr. Todd Peterson, sing their graduation song,
“It’s Time To Go,” after receiving their diplomas on May 16.

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RTR students update Russell sign

May 25, 2017

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Front—McKenna Greenfield, Chloe Carlson, Ashton Lindahl. Row 2— Julia Nilles, Eryn Kraft, Rylie Serreyn, Whitney Bruns, Madison Lawrence, Kalleigh Carr, Maryn Johansen, Tucker Haroldson, Art Teacher Paul Tuszynski. Back row—Timothy Gilmore, Amber Clark, Grace Klumper, Jordyn Buchert, Barbara Hammer, McKinley Schreurs.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Students at RTR Middle School recently created a new sign that will soon go on display along High­way 23 outside of Russell. Art teacher Paul Tuszyn­ski created a design and several of the students stepped up to utilize their art skills to get the sign finished before school was out for the summer.
Tuszynski said the City of Russell contacted the school to check into the possibility of the students participating in the proj­ect to replace the current weathered sign outside of town.

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RTR Class of 2017 says farewell

May 25, 2017

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Russell-Tyler-Ruthton High School graduated 32 in the Class of 2017 on Saturday afternoon at the high school gymnasium.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR High School Class of 2017 graduated 32 in ceremonies held on Saturday afternoon in the high school gymnasium. The Class Welcome was given by Katelyn Petersen, followed by a performance of “Over the Rainbow” by the RTR High School Choir under the direction of Lorilee Malecha.
Valedictorian Stephanie Kuhlman and Salutatorian Lauren Johnson gave their respective addresses, fol­lowed by a slide show of the seniors.

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RTR Kindergarten Graduation

May 25, 2017

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Ace Fonseca proudly displays his diploma to his family during last week’s ceremony.

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Secretary of State Simon visits county

May 25, 2017

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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon made a stop at the Lincoln County Courthouse last Friday to talk with Barb Dybdahl and County Auditor Deb Vierhuf about last year’s election process.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Secretary of State Steve Simon dropped in at the Lincoln County Court­house in Ivanhoe on Friday as part of his yearly state­wide tour. Simon visited with County Auditor Deb Vierhuf and Deputy Audi­tor Barb Dybdahl to learn of any issues that may have shown up during the recent election.
Overall, Vierhuf said the local election process went smoothly.
“It went really well,” Vi­erhuf told Simon.

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