Harper seeks to keep the history of a “forgotten war” alive

May 23, 2019

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Erick Harper spoke to a crowd at the Lake Benton Public Library on Saturday about the WWI homefront in Minnesota.

By Shelly Finzen
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World War One changed the face of warfare, both on the war­front and on the homefront. A family squabble exploded into a war that involved every power­ful country in the world. While WWII often gets all the Memo­rial Day publicity, RTR history teacher Erick Harper presented a program about WWI at the Lake Benton Public Library on Saturday, May 17 to a full house.
Harper said he began studying WWI when he was young. “I’ve been working on improving my understanding of World War I for quite a while now,” he said…

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Council hold special meeting to annex property

May 23, 2019

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The City of Tyler and Hope Township held a special meeting on Monday evening for the purpose of signing a joint resolution for annexation of the former Sherm and Jane DeZeeuw property west of Tyler.

By Mark Wilmes
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Tyler City Council and Hope Township Board met in special session for the purpose of signing a joint resolution for annexation of property on the west edge of Tyler, formerly owned by Sherm and Jane DeZeeuw. The annexa­tion includes land that has been designated for a new Pre-K through 12 building for the RTR School Dis­trict. The designated area consists of approximately 74.36 acres that was for­merly agriculture land.

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RTR grad spends time training in Norway

May 16, 2019

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Kyle Stensgaard

By Mark Wilmes
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Kyle Stensgaard joined the National Guard after his senior year at RTR High School in 2013, looking for some direction in his life. Kyle, the son of Sue and Randy Stensgaard of Florence, will soon be wrapping up his Guard career with his last drill coming up this week, after six years in service.
“I didn’t know what to do after high school,” Stensgaard said. “When my sister passed away she had all this college debt and my parents got stuck with it. If I was going to do something I just wanted to make sure I made the right choice…

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Members of the United States/Norway 2019 Reciprocal Troop Exchange that includes Florence native Kyle Stensgaard (Row 4, third from left) and Tyler native Andrew Wiering (Back row, 5th from left).

Bettin continues to look for gymnastics solution for District

May 16, 2019

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By Mark Wilmes
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As part of the of the high school principal’s report, Principal Dan Bettin told the board he has been approached by the Red Rock Conference to gauge interest in RTR joining the conference.
“They have two schools they are concerned with,” Bettin explained. “Fulda is now going with Heron Lake-Okabena, and then who knows how long Ellsworth is going to be able to hang on, so they could go from 11 schools to nine schools in a real quick turnaround. They have requested that we join their conference.”

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Hospice Benefit

May 16, 2019

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The Tyler Golf Club was busy Friday evening with the 24th annual Avera Tyler Hospice Benefit and Auction. Above: Ben Guida of Tyler got a chance to join Pete Lothringer for a song.

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New Danebod pastor comes home to Minnesota

May 16, 2019

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Pastor Gena Maria Koeberl.

By Mark Wilmes
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Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler recently welcomed Gena Maria Koeberl as their new pastor. Pastor Gena’s first Sunday was March 3 and she was installed on March 17.
Her call to Tyler brought her back to southwestern Minnesota, being a native of Renville County.
“I’m originally from Hector,” she said. “I grew up on a farm about 16 miles north of Hector, right on the Kandiyohi/Renville County line. I came from a farm family and I’m the youngest of five and everybody lives in that area, so I’m not too far from home.”

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“Mary Poppins” performed

May 16, 2019

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The cast, crew and orchestra of the RTR High School production of “Mary Poppins,” presented at the Lake Benton Opera House over the weekend. From left to right in front are Julia Nilles, Emma Gunnare, Rion Moat, Jake Johnson and Seth Davis; in the middle row (seated) are Cooper Hansen, Emily Kern, Alex Duus, Andrea Escher, Gavin Nielsen and Adam Madsen; and in back are Neil Witte, Luke Johnson, Caleb Harper, Madison Witte, Graham Petersen, Angele Bastin, Dajza Gilmore, Cari Baune, Brooke Burns, Sandy Hanson, Lorilee Malecha and Julie Wieme. Not pictured are Caleb Witte, Alexis Christensen and Graham Dinnel.

Artist’s retreat

May 16, 2019

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Southwest Minnesota Arts Council held their annual artist’s retreat earlier this month at the Danebod complex. Friday evening entertainment was provided by the Marshall Area Stage Company cast of “Mama Mia,” that will be presented this summer. Pictured above: Crystal Enga of Marshall will be playing the lead role of Sophie. Below: Jess Robinson of Pipesone (left) and Morgan Benson of Tyler will also be among the cast.

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Lincoln County Senior Citizens Spring Fling

May 16, 2019

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Above: The annual Lincoln County Senior Citizens’ Spring Fling was held at the American Legion Hall in Tyler on Thursday evening. Below: Richard Siemers of Tyler was one of four storytellers who spoke at the Spring Fling event.

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Parks Department awarded short-term loan for campground improvements

May 16, 2019

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County Attorney Glen Petersen requested approval for Registered Survey #3 for property to build the new school for ISD #2902.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Commis­sioners met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 7. Commissioner Jack Vizecky was absent from the meeting.
Beth Wilms and Sarah Kirch­ner of Southwest Health and Hu­man Services (SWHHS) spoke to the county board to give an update on the organization’s fi­nancial status. “We did a deep dive into our finances,” Wilms stated, “and found that we weren’t where we wanted to be.”

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