RTR seeking Homecoming parade entries

September 12, 2018

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Staff at RTR High School are looking for some help from the community for this year’s Homecoming festivities. Student Council advisors Taylor Topinka and Alissa Moat say they have a goal of having more community involvement.
“We would like to continue to build unity throughout our communities,” Topinka said.

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Lincoln County 4-Hers place 2018 Minnesota 4-H Livestock encampment

September 12, 2018

Minnesota 4-Hers from 87 counties arrived with over 2,800 animals at the 2018 Great Minnesota Get- Together for this year’s 4-H livestock encamp­ment held Wednesday, Aug, 22 – Sunday Aug. 26. The number of livestock exhibits over the weekend included:
Beef, 578 exhibits
Dairy, 447 exhibits
Goats, 366 exhibits
Poultry, 232 exhibits
Rabbits, 336 exhibits
Sheep, 372 exhibits
Swine, 462 exhibits
Llama, 75 exhibits
Min­nesota 4-Hers have been preparing for this event all summer long. There are several components a member considers when they decide to exhibit live­stock, including selection and preparation of the ani­mal, educational program­ming, scholarship applica­tions, and participation at county fairs.

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Small Town Showdown held Saturday

September 12, 2018

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Small Town Showdown Division winners, from left to right, are Caleb Witte, Tifanie Hess, Sawyer Schwartz and Will Petersen.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Several area residents gathered on Saturday at the Tyler Pool park to cele­brate staying fit at the Life Fit Training Center 2018 Small Town Showdown. The event was described as “a bunch of people getting together to do a very orga­nized set of workouts.” No big trophies or winner’s checks were handed out…

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The Life Fit Training Center 2018 Small Town Showdown was held Saturday at the Tyler Pool Park. Event participants pictured left to right in front are Caleb Witte, Emmett Petersen, Eli Determan, Jessica Schwartz, Cecilia Schwartz, Anna Hesse, Sianna Schwartz, Jen Schreurs and Sierra Schwartz; in the midddle row are Amy Determan, Michelle Appel, Becky Petersen, Julie Jorgensen, Stacy Jorgensen, Michelle Bingham, Kari Hansen, Natalie Madsen, Tifanie Hess, Stacey Fritz and Chris Determan; and in back are Kurt Thomsen, Skylar Schwartz, Kevin Keustermeyer, Eric Jorgensen, Kelly Appel, Jason Kaare, Will Petersen, Sawyer Schwartz and Blaine Petersen.

4-H youth exhibit their best at 2018 Minnesota State Fair

September 12, 2018

Minnesota 4-Hers from 87 counties brought over 2,300 exhibits, delivered about 175 public presen­tations and participated in dozens of group learning experiences and perfor­mances at the 2018 Min­nesota State Fair.
Throughout the year, 4-H youth select project areas that reflect personal areas of interest and pur­sue hands-on learning that is both self-directed and guided by adult volun­teers. The results of their learning are exhibited at county fairs across the state. A collection of the best exhibits from each county fair is brought to present in the 4-H Build­ing at the Minnesota State Fair.

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

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Schools begin classes

September 5, 2018

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Young students enjoyed the playground and their classmates at RTR Elementary School in Ruthton on Sept. 4, their first day back after summer vacation.

Fall Festival returns September 9

September 5, 2018

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Jim Kopel called Bingo numbers and inflicted wisdom upon the crowd at last year’s St. Dionysius Fall Festival in Tyler.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The annual St. Dionysius Cath­olic Church Fall Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 9 beginning at 11 a.m. The event will kick off in the church basement with a roast beef dinner with all the fix­ings, complete with homemade pies and desserts. The meal is prepared by church members and will stop serving at 1 p.m.
At 1:30 p.m. the drawing for a limited ticket raffle will be held, with a grand prize of $500 and lots of other prizes included.

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RTR facilities survey results are in

September 5, 2018

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The results of the RTR Fa­cilities Survey are in. The RTR School Board asked the public to weigh in on how to proceed in finding a solution to dealing with aging buildings and the is­sues that come with them. The survey was made available on July 23 of this year and closed at the end of August. Superin­tendent David Marlette said the survey had higher-than-average participation in the communities of Russell, Tyler and Ruthton.
“The results are that we had approximately 575 people fill out and return a survey,” Mar­lette said. “This is 25 percent of our registered stakeholders in the district. This is a great par­ticipation rate as the average participation rate on such a sur­vey is closer to 10 percent.”

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Back to school…and classmates!

September 5, 2018

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The girls appeared happy to be headed back to school in Ruthton Tuesday morning as they caught up with one another after summer vacation.

Tonic Sol-fa concert fills the Opera House

September 5, 2018

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Pictured from left are Theodore Brown, Greg Bannwarth, Shaun Johnson and Jared Dove of Tonic Sol-fa.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

One of the most popular vo­cal groups in the Midwest per­formed on the Lake Benton Op­era House stage last Wednesday evening, as Emmy- and Gram­my-award winning Tonic Sol-fa came to town. The group plays about 150 shows annually and have sold over two million cop­ies of their CDs. They have been the subject of three PBS specials over the years. A large crowd was on hand last week to see the popular a cappella quartet’s 105-minutes show.

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Tornado tales

August 30, 2018

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Richard Siemers of Tyler spoke to a large gathering at last week’s Danebod Fall Folk Meeting, giving a presentation on the events surrounding the 1918 Tyler tornado.

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