Knights bow out in post-season with loss to Eagles

March 14, 2019

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Carter Hansen took the ball to the basket in the first half of Thursday’s playoff loss to Southwest Christian.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The game with the SWC Eagles was as advertised last Thursday in Wor­thington. All the so-called experts said the game would be a classic with the last minute of the game deciding the outcome. It was that and more. Jared Houswedell of the Knights would nail a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in the game to make the score 68-67 for the Eagles. The Eagles would then close out the game in their favor by scoring the final four points of the game to ad­vance.
The game started with the Eagles in control early. The Knights had problems with their stellar defense early as the Eagle players seemed to find easy bas­kets close to the basket. Also, the Knights had some problems taking care of the ball in those early min­utes of the game…

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RTR fans created a Hawaiian vibe at Thursday’s game against Southwest Christian.

Junior high speech grabs second

March 14, 2019

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The RTR Junior High speech team traveled to Minneota on Monday, coming home with a second place team finish. Pictured left to right in front are Julia Nilles – Discussion, third place; Caleb Witte – Humor, first place; Madysen Davis – Extemporaneous Reading, third place; Brooklyn Cauwels – Creative Expression, second place; Brynn Peterson – Storytelling, third place; Melissa Barber – Duo, sixth place. In back are Joe Dagel – Original Oratory, third place; Jenna Lingen – Duo, second place; Sophie Blagdon – Duo, second place; Emily Alexander – Poetry, fourth place; Lily Klumper – Humor, second place; Kylie Kerkaert – Duo, sixth place.

RTR girls basketball awards banquet held

March 14, 2019

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Photo courtesy of Tanya Thomsen
Letter winners, pictured left to right in front— Jonnie Biren, Skylar Borresen, Maddison Wendland and Shawna Thomsen; in back— Allie Christianson, Brooke Thomsen, Madison Muenchow, McKinley Schreurs, Haley Muenchow, Ashley Owen and Rylie Hess.

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RTR Elementary Science Fair With 60 Students Participating

March 14, 2019

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Scott Leeson demonstrated blowing bubbles for several elementary students during Friday’s science fair at RTR Elementary School.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The annual RTR El­ementary Science Fair was held Friday morning in the elementary gym­nasium. A total of 60 stu­dents participated from fifth grade classes taught by Kayla Thooft and Tay­lor Ossefoort as well as the 4th/5th grade combo class taught by Kelsey Brust.
Thooft said 12 members of the community were re­cruited to do the judging of the projects, including school board members, Lions Club members and retired teachers…

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Three free-throw wizards win way to state KC contest

March 14, 2019

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From left: Aiden Wichmann, Hayden Gravley and Ally Nelson move on to state competition.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Knights of Colum­bus will hold their state free throw championships in St. Cloud later in March. The regional contest was just completed in Adrian for the winners in four different districts in the regional area. The local council of Tyler-Lake Ben­ton sent six individuals to the regional contest from the district. However, be­cause of conflicts, only four of these six participated at the regional level.
The winners from the Tyler-Lake Benton coun­cil who will participate at the state level are Ally Nel­son, Aiden Wichmann and Hayden Gravley…

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It could be time for a winter wellness check

March 14, 2019

Snow days might be harder on our kids than we think

By Angie DeSmith
RTR K-12 School Counselor

Many adults might be­lieve that this winter has been every student’s dream. Snow days, late starts, early outs. Sleeping in, video games, Netflix, junk food. While many kids certainly are enjoying the additional downtime, it is not without consequenc­es, particularly in regards to mental health. I’ve seen a surge in depression and anxiety referrals over the last couple of weeks. Many kids are struggling. While I’m glad they are coming in for help, I’m also wor­ried. Worried, because I know that for every kid who seeks help, there are two or three who don’t. Worried, because it can be easy to miss just how much someone is hurt­ing. Hidden in this winter wonderland of snow days and sleep-ins are a num­ber of factors that have a negative impact on mental health. Let’s take a closer look.
Social Isolation – In ru­ral communities our kids rely on school as their pri­mary source of social con­nectivity, both during the academic school day and after-school extracurricu­lar activities. When school isn’t in session, these con­nections are not being made…

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Local student named Minnesota State GeoBee semi-finalist

March 6, 2019

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Caleb Harper

Caleb Harper, son of Erick and Sarah Harper of Tyler, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee (Minnesota) State Competition. The contest will be held at Carlson School of Management, U of MN (Minneapolis) 3M Auditorium on Friday, March 29.
Caleb is an 8th grader at RTR Middle School in Russell.

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RTR Elementary students stand before the “Sharks”

March 6, 2019

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RTR Elementary School teacher Kelsey Brust.

Submitted by
RTR Elementary teacher Kelsey Brust

 
Do you have what it takes to enter the tank? Mrs. Brust’s 4th-5th grade multi-age STEM class dove into an engaging engineering unit where they had to create an invention or innovation to share with some very intimidating “Sharks,” in the form of Superintendent David Marlette, Principal Pat Lindeman, Taylor Brust and Kullen Stanek.
Our engineering unit started with learning the design process that engineers use when creating something new…

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Coach Curt Buhl doesn’t let his disability get in the way of his passion

March 6, 2019

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Photo courtesy of Le Sueur County News
Coach Curt Buhl with his Cleveland C-squad basketball team.

Reprinted from the
Le Sueur County News

 
A minute before tip-off, Cleveland C-Squad basketball players tower around Curt Buhl for a few words of motivation.
After a series of fist bumps, the starters take the floor, and Buhl, using the joystick on his wheelchair, negotiates to a spot alongside the rest of the team. For the next hour or so, he guides the young Clippers as they make their way on and off the bench and up and down the court…

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Knights are moving on as stiff defense propels them to win

March 6, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Knights of RTR play defense like it is supposed to be played. Once again in a matchup between the number four and five seeds in the south portion of the section, the game was sup­posed to be a tight one. However, the Knights came to play and the defense stood out early in this one. At the 11-minute mark of the first half the score was 21-7 for the Knights and it didn’t get much better for the HBC Patriots.
Cooper Hansen scored eight points during the first nine minutes of play while brother Carter and Jack Kerr added six points each as the score after these minutes of play was now 25-7…

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