RTR district looking for community input

July 6, 2018

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Superintendent Dave Marlette talking to the crowd at last week’s community listening session at the high school gymnasium.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR School District held community listening sessions in Russell, Tyler and Ruthton last week to start a dialogue on how the district should proceed in the area of facilities. The school is currently operating out of three aging buildings that have become expensive to maintain. According to statistics handed out at the session, the average age of the three buildings is 72 years old, compared to a state average of 41 years old in the State of Minnesota. The information said that the five year average of maintenance is three quarters of a million dollars, with annual custodial costs of over $339,000…

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Local Sturdevant’s Auto Parts sees a change in management

July 6, 2018

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Larry Wyttenback retired after 16 years at Sturdevant’s Auto Parts on Saturday.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
As of noon last Saturday, the Sturdevant’s Auto Parts store in Tyler will lose a familiar face. After 16 years in the store, 15 as manager, Larry Wyttenback will be retiring. Wendy Peters, employed at the store for the past seven years, will be taking over the position.
Wyttenback said he came to Sturdevant’s from Tholen Auto Sales in Marshall.

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SWSHH is concerned with improving health for adults age 55 and older

July 6, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Part III

Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS) recently met with Lincoln County residents concern­ing healthcare for those 55 and older. They conduct­ed focus groups and key informant interviews in Ivanhoe, Tyler, Lake Ben­ton, and Hendricks, focus­ing on the topics of active living, healthy eating and tobacco-free living. The discussion findings were recently released. The rec­ommendations made by SWHHS to address these issues are summarized here.
Based on the findings of this project, the SWHHS offers some recommen­dations for improving the lifestyles of adults 55 and older. To address physi­cal activity concerns, they suggest that local schools can allow residents to walk in their buildings before and after school, free of charge.

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Did you know? Interesting facts about the Revolutionary War

July 6, 2018

By Shelly Finzen 
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Independence Day is a holiday that everyone loves to celebrate, but the event that started it hap­pened a really long time ago. While we all learn about the Revolutionary War in American History class, we don’t always get the whole story. Here are some things you may not have known.
The Boston Tea Party, which took place in De­cember 1773, is common­ly thought to have been a reaction to a tax increase, but in reality, according to History.com, the Tea Act was actually a tax break…

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Opera House rehearsals continue

July 6, 2018

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Rehearsals are ongoing for the Lake Benton Opera House production of “Footloose: The Musical,” opening July 26. Pictured learning choreography last week, from left to right, are Mary Porter of Marshall, Emma Kampmann of Elkton, South Dakota, choreographer (and Minneota native) Sonya LaTorre of Sparta, New Jersey, Ian Lundgren of Brookings, South Dakota, Jackson Jeremiason of Minneota, Luke Bielfeldt of Brookings, Cecilia Rabaey of Minneota, Liz Voit of Minneota, Brianna Pattison of Lake Benton, Annie Nichols of Tyler, Ellie Frahm of Tyler, Jocelyn Klein of Tyler and Crystal Enga of Marshall.

Lincoln County Commissioners elaborate on border-to-border internet

July 6, 2018

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
As reported by Hendricks Pioneer editor Tammy Mathison, Lincoln County is considering investing in high speed internet that will cover the entire county. Recently, Lake Benton Valley Journal editor Shelly Finzen spoke to Lincoln County Commissioner Board Chair Mic VanDeVere about the county’s intentions.
Lincoln County would like to invest in broadband internet, as opposed to dial-up. According to VanDeVere, “Broadband is high speed internet with phone capabilities but no TV service.” …

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Bandshell Bazaar returns July 11

July 6, 2018

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The FROGS (Four Really Old Guys Singing) will return to perform at the first 2018 Bandshell Bazaar on July 11.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The popular Bandshell Bazaar returns for its third year on Wednesday, July 11 at the Bandshell Park in downtown Tyler. The first week will fea­ture entertainment by The FROGS (Four Really Old Guys Singing) of Pip­estone, performing from 6-8 p.m.
Although some seat­ing will be on hand, it is recommended to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to the event…

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Local donors help Avera Wellness Center

July 6, 2018

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Wellness Manager Teri Hively with the new treadmill purchased at the Wellness Center.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Once again residents of Tyler and the surrounding communities have stepped up to fill a need for the Avera Wellness Center in Tyler. Abby Ennenga, Exec­utive Director of the Avera Marshall Foundation, said donations requested and received last winter have purchased a new piece of equipment.
“We are really excited that we have a new tread­mill here in the wellness center,” Ennenga said. “It is replacing a piece of equip­ment that was at its end of life.

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Relay For Life has big night

June 27, 2018

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Survivors and their families closed the Opening Ceremony with the Victory Lap at Friday evening’s Relay For Life event in Hendricks.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Two weeks of wet and windy weather took a short break on Friday, much to the relief of or­ganizers for the 2018 Relay For Life of Lincoln County event on Friday in Hendricks. Partly cloudy skies and temps in the 70s greeted a big crowd at Vet­erans Memorial Park on the shore of Lake Hendricks.
The Opening Ceremonies be­gan with the Welcome by Mayor Julie Hogie and Presentation of Flags by the Hendricks Ameri­can Legion Color Guard…

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RTR travels to Europe

June 27, 2018

By Taryn Bedow
Special to the Tribute

 
This summer, on the morning of June 6, a group of RTR students and several parents found themselves stepping out of a plane and into an adventure that would stay with them for the rest of their lives. After a long flight and an eight-hour time difference, all were tired and in need of a nap, but ready to experience the RTR History Club Europe Trip of 2018.
Day 1: The first day of our tour was spent flying from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Toronto, Canada and on to Athens, Greece from there…

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