RTR School Board hears audit report

November 20, 2019

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RTR Student Council representatives Ashley Owen (left) and Madison Witte updated the board on activities at the high school.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR School Board heard the audit report from Matt Taubert of Meulebroeck, Taubert & Co. of Pipestone. Board member Craig Hess was absent from the meeting. The report goes through the end of the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2019.
“It is an unqualified opinion, which is exactly what you are shooting for,” Taubert told the board. “It is the highest opinion we can render on the financial report.”
Among the data in the report was the fact that the final payment to the Southwest Educational Cooperative (SWEC) was made as part of the agreement to be removed from the co-op. The total of the final payment was $142,974.

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RTR girls gear up for the hoopster season

November 20, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR girls have been practicing over two weeks to get ready for the open­ing game of the 2019-20 basketball season. Head Coach Steve Krause and his two assistants, Coach Mik­kelsen and Coach Hesse, have been getting the girls into basketball shape. Yes, I attended a practice and there are many prospects out for the season.
Lost to graduation are Brooke Thomsen, Jonni Bi­ren and Maddi Muenchow. All of these girls started at one time or another last year. Thomsen was the leading scorer for the team last year.
Returning are three starters who did most of the starting last year. Ha­ley Muenchow, Kalleigh Carr and Shawna Thoms­en would be those players. Skylar Borresen, Maddi Wendland and Allie Chris­tianson also saw some var­sity playing time last year.

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RTR football, cheer team awards night held Wednesday

November 20, 2019

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Photo courtesy of Julie Jorgensen
The 2019 RTR Cheer Team— from left to right in front are Melissa Barber, Brynn Peterson and Ellie Frahm; in back are Coach Sandy Carpenter, Jacey Jorgensen, Trinity Hagen, Emma Althoff, Calin Kor and Kara Jorgensen.

By Mark Wilmes
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The awards banquet for RTR football and cheer team was held last Wednesday evening in the high school cafeteria.
RTR sophomore Kara Jorgensen was the Spirit of a Knight Award win­ner for Sandy Carpenter’s squad. The award rec­ognizes the cheer team member who best exem­plified excellence in both cheerleading skill and in personal character. Letter winners for 2019 were Jorgensen, junior Emma Althoff, 8th grader Melissa Barber, freshman Ellie Frahm, junior Trinity Hagen, freshman Jacey Jorgensen and freshman Brynn Peterson.

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Photo courtesy of Jessie Wichmann
RTR Football letter winners, pictured left to right in front, are Collin Johnson, Jaden Borman, Chris Cauwels, Connor Kremin, Payton Swanson, Caleb Witte and Darrick Baartman; in back are Jonah Christensen, Cade Jorgensen, Dalton Muecke, Aiden Wichmann, Corbyn Sitzmann, Kyle Fischer, Lane Thomas, Payton Hess and Hayden Gravley. Not pictured are Tim Gilmore, Dylan Anderson and Logan Lamote.

NDSU representative to visit RTR

November 20, 2019

A representative from the Office of Admission at North Dakota State Univer­sity is scheduled to visit an area high school in Tyler, Minnesota.
The representative is set to meet with students at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton High School on Monday, Dec. 2, at 9:15 a.m.

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Knight volleyball players make conference honors

November 20, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

 
The Camden Conference has announced its 2019 conference selections for the volleyball season. The top four teams in the south portion of the conference all had three players make the all-conference team.
The Minneota Vikings, Lakeview Lakers, Canby Lancers and the Lady Knights saw three of their top players selected. Kylea Baartman, Kalleigh Carr and Haley Muenchow were the RTR selections.

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“Stories Under the Big Top”

November 20, 2019

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The Lake Benton Opera House Children’s Theater presented two performances of “Stories Under the Big Top” by area fourth-sixth graders. Pictured seated, from left, are Jack Rybinski, Izzy Bakker, Kendra Gleis, Jenaya Drietz, Everett Erb, Hannah Dagel, Sydney Nibbe and Willow Hoff. In back are Sophie Peterson, Breanna Drietz, Anna Drietz, Wyatt Osland, Director Crystal Enga and Aliyah Drietz.

Vaping on the rise with local teens

November 14, 2019

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Ann Orren of Southwest Health and Human Services, left, with Cricket Raschke of Tyler during last week’s Vape Talk at RTR High School.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
RTR High School hosted a Vape Talk during parent/teacher conferences on Nov. 7 in the high school library. The event was sponsored by Southwest Minnesota Health and Human Services (SWMHHS) in light of the fact that youth tobacco rates have increased for the first time in 17 years due to the use of e-cigarettes.
Presenter Ann Orren of SWHHS explained that vaping is done with e-cigarettes—battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine and flavorings to the user in the form of an aerosol.
“Companies are targeting kids,” Orren said.

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Children’s theater production opens Saturday at Opera House

November 14, 2019

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Photos courtesy of Yolanda Drietz
Among the actors in this weekend’s production of “Stories Under the Big Top,” pictured clockwise from left, are Sophie Peterson, Jack Rybinski, Jenaya Drietz, Willow Hoff, Hannah Dagel, Kendra Gleis and Everett Erb.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lake Benton Opera House production of “Stories Under the Big Top” will be performed Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The show is directed by Crystal Enga of Marshall. The play is performed in a circus setting and is comprised of five vignettes that showcase each story.
Among the actors performing is Willow Hoff, who lives outside Balaton and is homeschooled.

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RTR volleyball awards ceremony held last week

November 14, 2019

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RTR Head Volleyball Coach Daynica Brown announced the 2019 team volleyball awards at last week’s banquet.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR volleyball awards night was held last week. The Knights finished the season with a 22-9 record and went un­defeated at Jimmy John’s Tournament. Collectively, the team earned a state Gold Academic Team Award, with an Individual All-State Academic Award going to senior Rylie Hess…

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From left: Senior RTR volleyball players Madison Witte, Kylea Baartman and Rylie Hess each spoke during the ceremony.

Junior Achievement of Lincoln County awarded Small Grant

November 14, 2019

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Pictured from left are Jessica Gums and Shelby Otto, receiving the United Way grant on behalf of Junior Achievement of Lincoln County.

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) Board of Di­rectors recently approved Small Grants in Round I totaling $2,000. The Small Grant program is an out­reach of the Community Impact funding process. The available amount of grant dollars each year is subject to change. One-time grants up to $5,000 are awarded to organizations aligned with UWSWMN’s priority areas.
Financial Stability: Ju­nior Achievement of Lin­coln County…

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