Lions sponsor the Opera House in last breakfast of the season

February 27, 2019

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The historic Lake Benton Opera House.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
Historic buildings require special maintenance and upkeep and the Lake Benton Opera House is no different. In an effort to support their cause, the Lake Benton Lions Club announced that the Lake Benton Opera House will be the recipient of the proceeds from the last breakfast benefit of the season. Join them on Sunday, March 3 for a menu of pancakes, eggs, French toast, sausage, toast, coffee, and milk served from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
According to Opera House Board President Mark Wilmes, the interior of the theater was recently painted, and the carpet replaced. The board plans to replace the stage curtains and rigging next. “The money from the benefit will help us pay for those changes,” Wilmes said.

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RTR Speech

February 27, 2019

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The RTR Varsity Speech Team competed in Redwood Falls on Feb. 16 and received third place overall in the small schools division. Speech coach Renee Manian said it was the first team trophy ever for RTR. Pictured left to right in front are Julia Nilles – honorable mention, Discussion; Madison Witte – second place, Duo; Dajza Gilmore – second place, Duo; Brooke Burns – third place, Poetry. In the middle row are Madysen Davis; Katelynn Behnke; Taryn Bedow – fifth place, Poetry; Brenna Alexander – fifth place, Discussion; Cari Baune; Andrea Escher. In the back row are Grace Klumper – sixth place, Humorous; Emily Alexander; Alex Duus – fifth plave, Humorous; Graham Petersen – honorable mention, Humorous; Caleb Witte; Caleb Harper- honorable mention, Great Speeches.

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The RTR Junior High Speech Team competed at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on Feb. 18. Pictured left to right in front are Madysen Davis – sixth place, Extemporaneous Reading; Ava Schoenfeld – fourth place, Informative; Julia Nilles – second place, Discussion; Brynn Peterson; Kylie Kerkaert; Melissa Barber; Brooke Struthers; Ellie Frahm; Lily Klumper – third place, Humorous. In back are Caleb Witte – first place, Humorous; Caleb Harper – second place, Great Speeches; Emily Alexander; Jenna Lingen – second place, Duo; Sophie Blagdon – second place, Duo; Katelynn Behnke; Jacey Jorgensen – fifth place, Informative.

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Grandparent Scam has hit our area

February 27, 2019

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By Shelly Finzen
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It’s late at night and your phone rings. On the other end of the line is your grandson. He says, “There’s been an accident and I’m in the hospital. I need your help.” What do you do? While the caller could really be who they say they are, they could also be a scammer and you could be their next victim.
According to AARP, this is called “the grandparent scam.”…

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Final curtain falls for RTR One-Acts

February 21, 2019

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The cast of “102” during Friday evening’s performance. From left— Emily Kern, Dajza Gilmore, Madison Witte, Cari Baune, Chloe Carlson, Julia Nilles, Amber Bakker, Sara Peterson, Luke Johnson, Graham Petersen, Kiley Griesse, Emma Gunnare, Garret Riesdorfer, Caleb Witte, Alex Duus and Andrea Escher.

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From left— Emma Gunnare, Emily Kern and Madison Witte during Friday’s performance of “Maniac Mansion.” Three one-act plays were performed for the public over the weekend.

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From left— Alex Duus, Andrea Escher and Graham Petersen were among the cast of “Dinner and a Swashbuckling.”

RTR board hears of eLearning program

February 21, 2019

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Student Council members Skylar Borresen (left) and McKinley Schreurs updated the RTR School Board on activities at the high school during last week’s monthly meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
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RTR teacher Tammy Borman was on hand at last week’s regular meeting of the RTR School Board to discuss what she has discovered about a possible eLearning program for RTR. Superintendent David Marlette said many other school districts have been experimenting with the program.
“If they have a snow day they will have their teachers communicate with their students and do eLearning technology,” Marlette told the board…

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Your ride is a phone call away

February 21, 2019

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One of the Community Transit buses based in Ivanhoe.

By Mark Wilmes
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Imagine being able to call up a ride whenever you need a trip somewhere. Getting a weekday lift whenever you wanted to go shopping or play cards with friends or maybe just an afternoon trip to the doctor. Imagine getting a ride that is already warmed up and picking you up at your front door. Imagine being able to have this service for a lot less money than hiring a chauffeur.

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Facilities improvement project vote says yes

February 21, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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The green light was given by voters of the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District to proceed with plans to build a new school in Tyler and cover the cost of demolition of buildings in Russell and Ruthton if needed, at a cost of $35 million.
In Russell a total of 472 voters turned out, with results: Yes-275 (58.26%) and No-197 (41.74%).
In Tyler a total of 545 voters were on hand, with results: Yes-482 (88.44%) and No-63 (11.56%).
In Ruthton a total of 543 voters turned out, with results: Yes-228 (41.99%) and No-315 (58.01%).
District-wide a total of 1,560 voters turned out with results: Yes-985 (63.14%) and No-575 (36.86%).

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Pluto Boes Legal is the new kid on the block in Lake Benton

February 21, 2019

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Pluto Boes Legal held an open house on Friday, Feb. 15 to meet the community. The law firm is now headquartered in Lake Benton on Center Street, north of the Prairie Rose Gallery. Attorney Callyn Bedker and Attorney Melanie Boes, in front, and Legal Assistant Amy Robinson and Paralegal Traci Sherman, in back, were on hand to welcome their guests.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
There’s a new kid on the block in Lake Benton. Pluto Boes Legal recently moved their main office from Tyler to Center Street. On Friday, Feb. 15, the firm hosted an open house for the community to meet them and learn more about the services they provide.
According to attorney Callyn Bedker, the firm is owned by principal attorney Melanie Boes. They work primarily in the areas of guardianship and conservatorship, medical assistance planning, estate planning and business and farm succession planning…

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Celebration of Music participants

February 21, 2019

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Fourteen RTR Middle School students have been chosen to participate in the 2019 Celebration of Music Festival on Wednesday, March 6 at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center. Honor Band students are, from left to right in front, are Ainsley Novak, Alex Nilles, Kylie Kerkaert, Colton Appel, Ben Guida and Hannah Wendland. Not pictured is Eryn Kraft. Pictured in back are Honor Choir students Ellie Frahm, Lexi Schreurs, Camden Hansen, Melissa Barber, Ava Schoenfeld, Joe Dagel and Katelyn Welgraven.

Two incidents occur on Hwy 75

February 21, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
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On Tuesday, Feb. 12 at approx­imately 2 p.m., an incident in­volving two vehicles occurred on US Highway 75 at milepost 53, south of Lake Benton approxi­mately 1.5 miles. According to a report on the Minnesota State Patrol website, Keith J. Dillon of Pipestone was traveling south­bound in a Chevrolet HHR and Lisa A. Herbeck of Brooklyn Cen­ter was traveling northbound in a Chevrolet Equinox. Because of heavy drifting and poor weather conditions, the vehicles collided…

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