Roof repairs to begin

August 23, 2017

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Board member Peggy Dunblazier hears a recommendation from Ron Halgerson of TSP Engineering on the roofing repair project.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Interim Superintendent Lee Warne reviewed preliminary cost estimates on roof repairs that were designated for “immediate replacement” on the elementary building. A total of six roofs were included in the report from TSP Engineering, with total cost of replacement estimated at $200,500 – $237,500. The roofs on the Ruthton 1923 building alone would cost $155,000 – $175,000, on what they designated as Roof 1 and Roof 2.
Warne showed pictures that revealed scores of patches that have been applied in the past and many more rips and tears in the membrane covering the roof.

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Volleyball team hopes to improve on 14-13 record from last year

August 23, 2017

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

Daynica (Drake) Brown, head volleyball coach, and her assistants Neil Witte and Kenzie Goodmund welcomed 34 players to the first practice last Mon­day. These 34 potential stars will fill the C, B and varsity squads during the coming season.
The Lady Knights lost three pieces to gradua­tion from last year. Katie Petersen, Lexi Nelson and Courtney Petersen were valuable, especially in the front line of defense. Ka­tie’s length will be hard to replace since that size belongs on the younger members of the team this year.

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RTR football squad will have new experience this fall

August 23, 2017

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The 2017 RTR Football Team will be doing some­thing quite different this coming season. They will be playing a nine-man schedule as the result of lower numbers out for the sport. This nine-man schedule of games will be played for at least two sea­sons.
Head Coach Josh Fre­drickson, along with assis­tants Ted Kern, Kent Mik­kelsen, Granger Maranell and Darren Baartman, will try to make sure there are only nine men on the field at any given time.
The Knights will try to improve on a record of 3-6 from last year, which were the first wins for the Knights in four years. The key losses from last year are Tate Thooft and Jayden Strand.

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RTR schools to hold open house events

August 16, 2017

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Open house events will be held in all three RTR buildings this week.

By Mark Wilmes
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RTR Schools will be holding open house events in all three buildings this week, starting with the middle school building to­day at 5 p.m. in Russell.
Middle school students will have the opportunity to pick up schedules and take care of fees. Students entering 6th grade will be able to meet all of the teachers they will have for the coming school year. They will also be able to load items into their lock­ers so they are ready to roll on Monday morning. Everyone attending will be able to have some ice cream in the cafeteria.

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Meet the Knights

August 16, 2017

By Mark Wilmes
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Area sports fans will have the opportunity to get their first look at the RTR fall sports teams on Friday, Aug. 25, begin­ning around 4:45 p.m. The public is invited to the event to provide fans, parents, students and community members to meet with the team and take photos. An intra-squad B/C volleyball scrimmage will start at 4:45 p.m., with a varsity scrimmage beginning around 5:30 p.m.
An inter-squad football game will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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RTR Board holds special meeting

August 11, 2017

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Interim Superintendent Lee Warne at Monday morning’s special meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR School Board met in a special session at 7:30 Mon­day morning in the high school library. The board had several items that needed attention with the impending school year about to commence.
The board approved a motion to call for fuel bids. Interim Su­perintendent Lee Warne said there is enough fuel on hand to start the school year but they needed to start the process.

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RTR football —no breaks

August 3, 2017

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RTR football player Evan Swanson lifting weights.

By Lacey Barke
Tribute contributor

 
During the summertime, lots of teens look forward to having fun with friends and taking a break from school. The RTR Football Team does that, but they also do way more. Their “breaks” must not work, because they never stop trying to improve their game.
Even on the hottest of the summer days, the team can be seen putting in work. Josh Fredrickson, head coach for the RTR Football Team, commented on the exceptional attendance that has occurred at the off-season training events.

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RTR trio involved in 2007 high school production of “Beauty and the Beast”

August 3, 2017

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From left: Adam Madsen, Neil Witte and Taylor Holck are among the cast of “Beauty and the Beast” at the Opera House, ten years after the RTR High School production.

By Mark Wilmes
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The Lake Benton Opera House production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” continues this week with six more shows, to­night (Aug. 2) through Sunday.
Among the 50 cast members involved in the production are 25 current and former Russell-Tyler-Ruthton students. Two of those cast members, Adam Madsen and Taylor Holck, were involved in the 2007 RTR High School production of “Beauty and the Beast.” In addition, a third member of the 2017 cast, Neil Witte, directed that pro­duction on the Opera House stage ten years ago.

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Bettin honored for 20 years

August 3, 2017

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Dan Bettin

By Mark Wilmes
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RTR High School Principal Daniel Bettin has been honored by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Princi­pals (MASSP) for completing 20 years as a principal. Bettin was presented a 20-year pin at the summer MASSP Workshop, as well as a glass business card holder engraved with “MASSP – 20 years,” courtesy of Josten’s.
The MASSP awards are given to principals who have com­pleted 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service as a high school principal.

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RTR 13U team competes at State tourney in Marshall

August 3, 2017

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The RTR 13U baseball team competed in the state tournament over the weekend. Pictured left to right in front are Aiden Wichmann, Darren Baartman, Tucker Haroldson, Rion Moat, Jack Christianson and Sam Nibbe; in back are Coach Grant Wichmann, Cody Wichmann, Dalton Meucke, Dylan Anderson, Logan Lamote, Hayden Gravley, Coach Josh Gravley and Coach Lyle Lamote.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR 13U traveling baseball team traveled to Independence Park in Marshall over the week­end to compete in the Min­nesota Sports Federation 13AA Youth Baseball State Championships.
The team opened the tournament by defeating Willmar by a score of 4-2 on Friday…

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