RTR grad returns to open dental practice

May 17, 2018

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Tyler native Kristal Wilmes will be opening a dental practice in the former Tyler Dental Clinic this summer.

By Mark Wilmes
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If all goes as planned, Tyler will once again have a local dentist by the end of the summer. Tyler native and 2001 RTR High School graduate Kristal Wilmes hopes to have her new practice up and running by the end of July. Wilmes graduated earlier this month from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and plans to hit the ground running. She said she has worked as a dental hygienist in the Twin Cities for 12 years and decided it was time to take the next step.

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Fourth graders create underwater world

May 17, 2018

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Fourth grade students at RTR Elementary School created their own underwater world as part of this spring’s science class. Pictured from left are Teacher Chelsey Javner and students Levi Tommeraasen, Carson Lensing and Caycee Krall.

By Mark Wilmes
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Fourth grade students at RTR Elementary School participated in creating a neighborhood on the floor of the ocean this spring, complete with “water,” “plants” and a total of 54 “sea creatures.” The result was a spectacular dis­play in a former exercise room and the hallway leading to the room in the elementary build­ing.
“We started by learning about the water cycle and the plants,” Miss Javner said. “We spent three or four days in class researching. I gave them a big list of animals and they had to pick their three favorites.”

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RTR Senior Awards Night

May 17, 2018

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RTR Scholarship Fund Scholarship winners, from left to right in front, are Morgan Johnnson, Hunter Vanlerberghe, Boone Van Overbeke, Alexis Wendland, Andrew Williams, Gabrielle Thooft. In the second row are Julie Bedow of the RTR Scholarship Committee, Riley Williams, Chloe Hess, Courtney Snyder, Jennifer Reyes, Jocelyn Klein, Hailey Carr, Paige Buchert, Makenzie Buchert, Ashley Borchert, Tina Haroldson, Madison Gylling; and in back are Jacob Nelson, Evan Swanson, Max Schardin, Johannah Nielsen, Madeline Ekema, Jacklynn Dressen, Mya Christensen, Westin Kirk, Cameron Nelson, Jonah Johnson, Jacob Fischer, Lacey Barke, Jared Baartman. Not pictured are Damian Beaulieau, Chloe Lear, Zachary Marr, Natalee Possail, Catherine Vogt anfd Anika Finzen.

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Spring concert

May 17, 2018

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Students at RTR Elementary put on a spirited display of music mixed in with a few messages about good self-esteem and respect for others, featuring several student speakers. The show was under the direction of Mr. Todd Peterson.

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RTR students compete at regional Science Fair

May 17, 2018

By Mark Wilmes
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Ten fifth grade stu­dents from RTR El­ementary advanced to and participated in the regional Science Fair in Mankato on Satur­day, April 28. The stu­dents competed against 689 others from other schools in their region.
Purple Ribbon win­ners from RTR were Maryann Pagel for her project, Rainbow Col­or with Chalk, Elena Brandt (Appealing Ap­ples), …

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Just For Kix

May 17, 2018

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The Tyler Just For Kix students presented their spring show, “Sea Cruise,” on Sunday afternoon at the RTR High School gymnasium. Seven dance numbers were performed for a packed house, that included numbers by the Wee Petites, Tiny Kix, Mini Kix and Wee Kix age levels.
The group is under the direction of Robyn Condlli of Marshall and assisted by Emma Gunnare of Tyler.

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Memorial Day service on May 28 at Tyler Legion Hall

May 17, 2018

Tyler Legion Post 185 will be hosting a Memorial Day Service at the Tyler Legion Hall on Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m.
Minnesota American Legion 2nd District Officer Harvey Noble from Ivanhoe will be the guest speaker.

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RTR exchange student from Russia enjoying her time in America

May 9, 2018

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Russian RTR exchange student Kristina Khudiakova of Arkhangelsk with her host kitty, Esmae.

By Mark Wilmes
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On Aug. 16, 2017, Kristina Khudiakova from the Russian city of Arkhangelsk arrived to begin an adventure in America that could span a number of years. Khudiakova is an exchange student who has been attending RTR High School since August, a move that she plans to eventually turn into a college education that will also be in the United States.
“I wanted to improve my English,” Kristina said. “I wanted to meet new people and have some new experiences. I wanted something new.”
She lives with her host family Sylvia Newell and Al VanBemmel and a hairless cat named Esmae.

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“Old Herbaceous” presented

May 9, 2018

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The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Artist Retreat was held on the Danebod Lutheran Church campus over the weekend. On Friday evening in the Danebod Gym Hall, a free performance of “Old Herbaceous” was presented. The play was a one-man show performed by Kurt Schulz of Glencoe. Schulz is a veteran of many productions with the Hutchinson Theater Company over the past several years.

RTR play “Virgil’s Wedding” opens Friday

May 9, 2018

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The RTR Drama Department will present “Virgil’s Wedding,” opening Friday evening at the Lake Benton Opera House. Among the cast are (from left) Garret Reisdorfer, Brooke Burns, Graham Dinnel, Andrea Escher, Jocelyn Klein, Amber Bakker, Dajza Gilmore, Madison Witte, Emily Kern, Graham Petersen and Emma Gunnare.

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR Drama Department will present the Eddie McPherson comedy “Virgil’s Wedding” this weekend at the Lake Benton Opera House. Show times are Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 10 at 2:30 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The audience will be invited to the “social clash of the century” as Ms. Delanie (played by Dajza Gilmore), a high-end wedding planner, and her assistant Barbie (Madison Witte) are hired to direct a simple ceremony for two of the town’s favorite lovebirds…

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