Local student named Minnesota State GeoBee semi-finalist

March 6, 2019

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Caleb Harper

Caleb Harper, son of Erick and Sarah Harper of Tyler, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee (Minnesota) State Competition. The contest will be held at Carlson School of Management, U of MN (Minneapolis) 3M Auditorium on Friday, March 29.
Caleb is an 8th grader at RTR Middle School in Russell.

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RTR Elementary students stand before the “Sharks”

March 6, 2019

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RTR Elementary School teacher Kelsey Brust.

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RTR Elementary teacher Kelsey Brust

 
Do you have what it takes to enter the tank? Mrs. Brust’s 4th-5th grade multi-age STEM class dove into an engaging engineering unit where they had to create an invention or innovation to share with some very intimidating “Sharks,” in the form of Superintendent David Marlette, Principal Pat Lindeman, Taylor Brust and Kullen Stanek.
Our engineering unit started with learning the design process that engineers use when creating something new…

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Council discusses future of Tidy Up Tyler at Monday’s meeting

March 6, 2019

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From left— City Attorney Glen Petersen, City Administrator Robert Wolfington, Mayor Joan Jagt, and councilpersons Cricket Raschke, Scott Dressen, Kenny Jensen and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The City of Tyler has a round-up fund where city customers can round their bills to the nearest dollar to generate funds for projects throughout the community. City Administrator Robert Wolfington reported that in the past those dollars have, among other things, been focused on parks projects, including scoreboards for the ball diamonds. The current fund balance is slightly over $14,500. The Tyler Area Community Club has asked about the possibility of using some of the funds for city beautification in downtown and on Highway 14.

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RTR Speech teams compete

March 6, 2019

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The RTR Speech Team competed March 2 at the Luverne speech meet. Pictured left to right in front are Taryn Bedow, Poetry, sixth place; Madison Witte, Duo, first place; Dajza Gilmore, Duo, first place; Rion Moat, Humor; Alex Duus, Humor, seventh place. In the middle row are Madysen Davis, Extemp. Reading; Cari Baune, Duo, eighth place; Lily Klumper, Humor, Honorable Mention; Katelynn Behnke, Duo, eighth place; Brooke Burns, Poetry; Julia Nilles, Discussion, third place. In the back row are Emily Alexander, Poetry; Caleb Witte, Humor, Honorable Mention; Grace Klumper, Humor, Honorable Mention; Graham Petersen, Humor, sixth place; Andrea Escher, Drama, seventh place; Caleb Harper, Great Speeches, sixth place.

County commissioner Hamer arrested on drug charges

March 6, 2019

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Rick Hamer

By Deb Gau
Reprinted from the Marshall Independent

 
A Lincoln County Commissioner has been formally charged with drug possession, after law enforcement seized methamphetamine and dozens of guns from a shop building in Hendricks.
Court records said Richard Hamer, 60, of Hendricks, made his first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Thursday. Hamer was charged with possession of meth, possession of a synthetic cannabinoid, and possession of drug paraphernalia…

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The history of Tyler Legion Post and Auxiliary 185

March 6, 2019

Tyler American Legion A. C. Hansen Post 185 was chartered on Sept. 16, 1919. It was the 185th Legion Post established in Minnesota and named in recognition of A. C. Han­sen.
The original Post officers were: Commander Joseph Vadheim, Vice-Command­er Peter Johansen, Finan­cial Officer Herluf Utoft, Historian Percie Mackie, and Chaplain Chris Johan­sen. Additional members included Peter Vadheim, Peter R. Kirkegaard, Har­old Ostergaard, C.M. Jo­hansen, Lars Andersen, Chris Anderson, Magnus J. Jaspersen, Jens Bollesen, Damgaard Tygesen, Bryan Jensen, Henry Utoft, and Otto Jacobsen…

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RTR graduate leads top-rated Cougars

February 27, 2019

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Head Coach Taylor Possail (far right) of the Columbia Cougars basketball team.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Taylor Possail picked up his love of basketball on the RTR basketball court, back when he had the good fortune to play for “some really good basketball teams” in the mid-2000s playing for the Knights. Not even Possail, however, could possibly have predicted he would be the head coach of the Number 1 NAIA women’s basketball team in the country just 12 years later. Possail has led his Columbia (Missouri) College Cougars to its first-ever number one ranking in the history of the school, after a recent coaches’ poll put them in the top slot.

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Remaining lawsuit against RTR dropped

February 27, 2019

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RTR School Board, from left— Troy Chandler, Tami Nelson, Tony Dybdahl, Craig Hess, Superintendent David Marlette, Chair Jeff Hansen, Peggy Dunblazier and John Bloom.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR School Board met in special session last Wednesday for the purpose of canvassing the election results from Feb. 12. With a total of 1,561 votes, the board certified that the bond measure passed by a vote of 985-575.
The board also passed resolutions to approve the architectural contract with CO-OP Architecture of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; the construction management contract with R.A. Morton of St. Cloud; for financial bond services with Springsted, Inc., of St. Paul; for bond proceeds management program with PMA Financial Network of Albertville.

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This winter may be the snowiest winter in 20 years

February 27, 2019

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A truck delivering groceries to Maynard’s got stuck in the snow last Wednesday, requiring an assist from a Tyler City Crew worker.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

By this point in winter, people are fed up with the snow. Every year, com­plaints about winter are loud and clear and come from nearly all directions. Although the complaints are an annual occurrence, they may be more valid this year, based on snow­fall reports found on the National Weather Service (NWS) website.
Each year, NWS issues a climate summary review which includes snowfall amounts for each month. The NWS website includes reports that go back more than 20 years. Unfortu­nately, the closest sum­mary reports available are for the Sioux Falls, South Dakota region. Their weather patterns are a bit different than what is seen in Lincoln County, but the reports will at least give readers an idea concern­ing the amount of snowfall each winter has seen.

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New weight limits in county

February 27, 2019

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Lincoln County commissioners heard from Environmental Officer Robert Olsen concerning purchasing a camera for investigating tile and drainage lines. Pictured clockwise from left are Robert Olsen, County Attorney Glen Petersen, Joe Drietz, Jack Vizecky, Chair Mic VanDeVere, and Corey Sik.

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commission­ers met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Commissioner Rick Hamer was absent from the meeting.
Environmental Officer Robert Olsen spoke to the board about several top­ics. He requested that the board set the interest rate and length of time for as­sessment on the County Ditch 39 improvement. Af­ter discussion, the board set the rate at four percent over a 10-year period.

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