Seattle man meets America walking to NYC

July 20, 2017

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Bo Duncan with last week’s impromptu guest, Zach Thomas of Seattle, Washington.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
About the time most of us were heading back to work after the Memorial Day weekend, Zach Thomas was taking the first few steps of a three-month adventure. Thomas loaded up a backpack and left Seattle on May 30 of this year…on foot. He plans to keep walking around 35 miles per day until he gets to his destination, High Line Park in New York City on about Sept. 4.
Last week he was walking through southwestern Minnesota, traveling on Highway 19 through Ivanhoe and on his way to Marshall. He had plans to meet up with a friend in Minnesota, but a sore spot on his foot was impeding his progress…

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Pool crew planning splash bash Friday evening of ‘Skiver weekend

July 20, 2017

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Pool lifeguards (from left) Cameron Nelson, Carter Hansen, Graham Petersen, Cooper Hansen, Riley Hess, Chloe Hess and Jocelyn Klein.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The workers at the Tyler Municipal Swimming Pool will be hosting a pool party for everyone in the community on Friday evening, helping to kick off the Æbleskiver Days weekend. The crew will be grilling hot dogs and serving baked beans, chips, watermelon and lemonade. Food will start at 5 p.m. and will be available for a free-will donation that will go toward buying some equipment for the pool. Neil Witte helps manage the local pool and says the purchases will add to the swimming pool experience.

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Lincoln County Veterans Services receives donated handicap van

July 20, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Veterans Ser­vices was chosen by Newgate School, located in the Twin Cit­ies, as the recipient of a handi­cap-accessible van to be used for transportation of county veter­ans to VA Medical Centers. The van had been donated to New­gate School, who, after making sure the van was mechanically sound and detailed like new, in turn donated the van to Lincoln County veterans at the annual Dennis Kirk Patriot Ride, which they help sponsor.
The van is a 2007 Ford E350 XLT Superduty, with just 32,000 miles on it. It features a wheel­chair lift, and one of the rear pas­senger captain’s chairs works as a lift chair that swings out and down via an electronic control to aid those who cannot step up into the van.

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The rules of the road: Dealing with non-traditional road traffic this summer

July 19, 2017

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

With summer in full swing, motorists can ex­pect traffic to pick up as well. However, vehicles with four wheels aren’t the only traffic that driv­ers need to watch for. Here are some tips to keep you and everyone else on the roads safe.
Be aware of bicycles. According to YieldtoLife.org, “In all states, cyclists are deemed by law to be drivers of vehicles and are entitled to the same rights on the road as mo­torists…Treat them as you would any slow-moving vehicle.”

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The Lego Guy visits area

July 19, 2017

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Children were given an opportunity to make their own Lego designs at the event.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

On Friday, July 14 the Lake Benton Public Li­brary’s meeting area was overrun by a minia­ture city built out of Lego pieces. Curtis Mork, also known as The Lego Guy, came all the way from Colorado, bringing thou­sands of Lego pieces with him. He set up a miniature city scene and displayed many Lego figurines. He also talked about the his­tory of Legos and how he began collecting them. The program ended with more than 30 local children building “something that comes from LegoCity” with Lego blocks, creat­ing several interesting and unique structures.

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DYW finals held last week

July 19, 2017

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Pictured are the Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota finalists who competed last weekend in St. Paul. From left—Kira Gifford of Ivanhoe, Gabby Thooft of Tyler, runner-Up Laura Woltjer of Willmar and new Distinguished= Young Woman of Minnesota Gianna Rucki of Lakeville. Ricki will represent Minnesota at the National Finals in Mobile, Alabama in June 2018.

Thooft, Gifford compete at 2017 Minnesota DYW

July 13, 2017

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Kira Gifford of Ivanhoe

High school girls from across Minnesota will join together for the Distinguished Young Women of Minnesota State Fi­nals to be held Saturday, July 15 at Eden Prairie High School.
Two local girls will be among the finals contestants.
Gabby Thooft is the daughter of Christopher and Lee Thooft of Tyler and qualified to par­ticipate through the At Large program…
Kira Gifford is the daugh­ter of Brandon and Kristy Gif­ford of Arco. She is the current Distinguished Young Woman of Ivanhoe…

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Gabby Thooft of Tyler

Princess in the park

July 13, 2017

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Harper (left) and Aurora Winsel of Holland took advantage of a photo op with “Elsa” during the Ruthton 4th of July celebration last week.

Tyler City Council approves rezoning

July 13, 2017

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City Attorney Glen Petersen

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The City of Tyler approved a rezoning request at the regular monthly meeting on July 3. The property owned by Tom Gladis to the north of Buffalo Ridge Concrete was in question as the city has conflicting information on how it is currently zoned. Documents have been discovered stating that the property is zoned as agricultural property with a separate document claiming it is commercial.

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Girl Scouts visit Henry Doorly Zoo

July 13, 2017

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Nine girls from the RTR and Lake Benton Girl Scouts recently made a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. Pictured left to right in front are Brooklyn Cauwels, Kylie Kerkaert, Hailey Wigton, Zoey Williams, Allyssa Rode and Savanna Sanow; in back are Dana Ahl, Emily Alexander and Brooke Struthers.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

On July 1-2, nine girls from the RTR and Lake Benton Girl Scout Troop traveled to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska for a Sleeping Bag Safari. Co-leaders Cassy Struthers and Julie Williams accompanied the girls on the trip.
Williams said the girls camped in the Scott Aquarium building for the night.

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