RTR students head to state speech meet

April 19, 2018

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Dajza Gilmore (left) and Madison Witte placed first in Duo last week to advance to the State Speech Meet in Apple Valley this weekend.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A magical year continues at RTR High School, with yet another pair of students heading to state competition. In November the football team played in the state tournament with a game at U.S. Bank Stadium; in February the RTR Drama Department took their one-act play to the Minnesota State One-Act Play Festival in St. Paul. The basketball team recently completed a dream season with a Minnesota Class A Basketball championship in March, playing at Williams Arena and Target Center. This week, two more students advance, heading to Apple Valley High School to compete in the Minnesota State Class A Speech Tournament.

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

Westin Kirk named Marshall Independent Player of the Year

April 19, 2018

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

Westin Kirk, one of the many players for the RTR Knights who led them to the State 1A Champion­ship this year, was named the Player of the Year by the Marshall Indepen­dent for his work for the Knights. Westin scored points at a 18.2 average, which was the fourth best scoring average in the area. There were 11 teams represented from the area. Westin also was the fourth best rebounder in the area, grabbing about eight boards per game.
His coach, Coach Kern, had these thoughts on his post player. “There’s no way a kid his height should be as effective a rebound­er as he is, but he has a knack and a feel for where the ball is going to be and where he needs to be.”

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Middle school musicians shine

April 19, 2018

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RTR Middle School’s 7th-8th grade band, directed by Justin Condelli, is pictured performing “Worksite,” with percussionists beating out the rhythm on buckets, a brake drum and garbage can lid.

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Dana Ahl, Lily Klumper, Brooke Struthers, Kylie Kerkaert and Melissa Barber started off the RTR Middle School Spring Concert on April 10 in Russell with “Bye Bye Blackbird.”

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If you can’t beat ‘em…

April 19, 2018

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The RTR Softball Team summed up their season so far in this pre-blizzard snow pile picture from last week.

New superintendent gets settled in at RTR

April 19, 2018

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New superintendent David Marlette began duties at RTR Schools on April 2.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

As of April 2, 2018, Da­vid Marlette took his place as the new superinten­dent of RTR Schools and is ready hit the ground run­ning, even if that means dodging snowstorms.
“I told my wife that this is a heck of a job, I’m here one day and get a snow day the next day,” Marlette said. “But things are going well. I’ve been getting out and meeting staff and go­ing through all the build­ings. I’ve been trying to meet some people in the community and get my feet wet.”

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RTR FCCLA students complete food project

April 12, 2018

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Pictured from left are RTR Junior FCCLA members Chase Christensen, Camden Hansen and Dawsen Bloom.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Seventh grade RTR students Dawsen Bloom, Chase Christensen and Camden Hansen, members of the RTR Middle School FCCLA Junior Chapter, have completed their Community Service FCCLA project to raise money to buy food for the local backpack program. This program provides food for children in the RTR district who depend on school meals during the week, making sure they have enough food to get through the weekend.
The three students raised $1,030 from plush turtle sales and donations from area residents….

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Delay of game(s)

April 12, 2018

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Recent snows have postponed spring sporting events and moved practices indoors instead of places like the softball diamonds pictured above, with yet another chance of snow forecast this weekend.

RTR basketball awards banquet held to cap season

April 12, 2018

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Head Coach Ted Kern.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR Knights basket­ball awards banquet was held Wednesday, April 4 in the lower level of the Kro­nborg Inn in Tyler. Play­ers, coaches and parents gathered for the event. Head Coach Ted Kern handed out certificates to each of the players, signi­fying their participation in the Minnesota State Class A Basketball Tour­nament. Also distributed were Camden Conference All-Conference plaques to Westin Kirk, Cooper Han­sen, Carter Hansen and Garrett Kern, as well as an Honorable Mention certifi­cate to Jonah Johnson.

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Pictured left to right are Knights All-Conference winners Wyatt Kirk, Cooper Hansen, Garrett Kern, Carter Hansen and Honorable Mention Jonah Johnson.

Baartman and Schreurs crowned champions in KC State Contest

April 12, 2018

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From left: Laken Baartman, Avery Schreurs and Ally Nelson.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

Two weeks ago the RTR boys were crowned cham­pions in the high school basketball finals at Target Center. This past Saturday Laken Baartman and Av­ery Schreurs, future bas­ketball players for the RTR girls, shot 25 free throws in St. Cloud in the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw competition. Both girls made enough free throws to receive the first place honors in their re­spective age group.

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Four Lincoln County schools attended Ag Awareness Day

April 12, 2018

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RTR FFA members taught Lincoln County third and fourth graders about the ingredients of cereal through a fun project. The FFA also gave a presentation about what happens “From Farm to Fork.” Schools who attended the program were RTR, Lake Benton, Hendricks, and Ivanhoe.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Farm Bu­reau sponsored Ag Awareness Day, held at Lake Benton Elemen­tary School, on Thursday, April 5. More than 180 third and fourth grade students from four Lincoln County schools— Hendricks, Lake Benton, Ivanhoe, and RTR—attended the program, visiting nine different educational sta­tions around the school gymna­sium.
The different stations included a variety of approaches. One had live animals, while others includ­ed presentations, crafts, snacks, and/or games.

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