School Board hears of new RTR Educational Foundation

January 16, 2019

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Tyler Mayor Joan Jagt spoke at last week’s meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Superintendent Dave Marlette announced that the RTR Educational Foundation has been formed and is currently “up and running” and taking donations.
“This foundation is run through the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) out of Hutchinson,” Marlette told the board. “This foundation is not controlled by or run by the RTR ISD #2902 School Board, but instead by a separate foundation advisory board of between 3-12 local stakeholders. This foundation business does not run through the school district books and is not part of our audit. The foundation is a 501(c)3, to be tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code. Any prospective donor can contact the RTR School District on how to donate to the foundation. All donations are tax deductible.”

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RTR 8th grade play presented at middle school

January 16, 2019

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The RTR Middle School cafeteria in Russell was the site of the annual 8th grade play on Tuesday evening. Many parents and family members braved icy, foggy conditions to see the performance. Pictured below: Director Renee Manian greeted the crowd before the show. Above: (l.-r.) Madyson Davis, Sara Hartson, Halle Gravley and Sophie Blagdon performed “Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Dad) (Who Got Them All Wrong)” by Ed Monk.

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Informational meeting for district voters scheduled for Jan. 24

January 16, 2019

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A view of the RTR High School Campus. The red outline shows the footprint of the proposed new building. With the exception of the 1903 building, areas west of the outline would be used for classrooms for two years while construction is going on. It will then be razed and a parking lot will be installed.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. the RTR School Board will host an informational meeting for district voters at the high school gymnasium in Tyler. There will be a detailed presentation of the RTR bond tax impact, as well as information on the proposed project. Presenting and answering questions at this meeting will be professionals from CO-OP Architecture on design; R.A. Morton, construction manager on costs of project; Springsted Financial on bond tax impact; and RTR School Administration on election details. The meeting will have stations set up for each separate entity. The meeting will run for approximately three hours, if needed.
The building plan has changed from the original in that it will no longer be a two-phase project…

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RTR defeats Blackjacks 74-72

January 16, 2019

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Cooper Hansen with Coach Ted Kern after he scored his 1,000th career point last week in Dawson.

Cooper Hansen reaches 1,000 points

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Knights and the Dawson-Boyd Black­jacks played one enter­taining game last Tuesday in Dawson. The Knights, coming from behind, won the Camden Conference matchup by a score of 74- 72. Cooper Hansen had a major part in the victory, scoring 28 points in the contest, including the first seven points that allowed him to reach the magical 1,000-point club for his high school career.
The game started with both teams red hot as it looked like the teams were trying to score at least 100 points for the game. The score after nine minutes of play was 23-21 for the Knights as Carter Hansen had 10 points and Payton Hess had six points on two bombs…

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Lady Knights gain 54 to 46 victory over Blackjacks

January 16, 2019

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Shawna Thomsen puts up a shot in the lane against Dawson-Boyd.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The girls of RTR saw their overall record rise to 6-5 and their conference mark go to 5-2 as they would defeat the Dawson- Boyd Blackjacks last Tues­day. Because of the low number out for the sport for the Jacks, the varsity game was the only action on the RTR court on this night.
Both teams had trou­ble finding the bottom of the net in the first half as the score at intermission was 20-17 for the Lady Knights…

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Middle school basketball team play some hoops in 2019

January 16, 2019

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Rylee Serreyn, attempting a free throw in a middle school game against Canby.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The middle school girls continued their fine sea­son as they played the Canby Lancer girls last Thursday in Russell. Ash­lynn Wabeke, former RTR sharpshooting 3-point shooter, is the seventh grade coach and Steve Hesse is managing the eight grade squad. Both of these squads looked un­der complete control with their play against Canby.
The seventh grade won their game by a score of 36-16 after having an ad­vantage of 20-10 at inter­mission…
The middle school boys continued their fine play with both the seventh and eighth grades win­ning their games over the Pipestone Area Arrows last Monday. The seventh grade won their game by a score of 33-25 while the eighth grade won by a score of 44-27…

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Redhawk gymnasts soar

January 16, 2019

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Brynn Peterson competes on the balance beam for the Redhawk Gymnastics Team in their victory over the Marshall Tigers. Peterson was the JV All-Around Champion with a personal best 29.35. She also won the uneven bars (6.95), floor exercise (7.8), and was second on the balance beam with a score of 6.8.

By Redhawks
Sportswriters

The Redhawk Gym­nastics Team reached new heights in their win against Marshall on Jan. 11. The Redhawks put to­gether a season-high score of 138.65 to defeat the Ti­gers (131.5).
The night started out with a school record for the Redhawks on the vault. The gymnasts tal­lied 35.95 surpassing the previous school record by one tenth of a point…

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RTR teams roll over Coyotes and Raiders

January 16, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR girls and boys entertained the Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda Coy­otes and the Fulda Raiders, respectively, last Saturday at SMSU. The Lady Knights defeated their opposition by a score of 81-28 while the Knight boys won their game by a score of 76-47.
The Lady Knights scored 34 points the first nine minutes of play as nine dif­ferent girls scored points…

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Snow Week at RTR High School

January 10, 2019

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RTR Snow Week royalty, from left— Collin Wells, Jared Christensen, Emily Kern, Emily Vos, Emmala Gunnare, Gabrielle Krall, Jackson Kerr and Brett Kelley.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
RTR Snow Week has been set for Jan. 14-19. Coronation of Snow Week royalty will take place during the girls’ basketball game vs. Lac Qui Parle Valley on Jan. 15…

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RTR basketball teams sweep CMCS with nice crowd watching

January 10, 2019

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Jack Kerr saves the ball from going out of bounds during Friday’s win over Central Minnesota Christian.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR girls and boys both used tough defense last Friday in Tyler to beat the CMCS Bluejays. The RTR girls won their game by a score of 65-45 while the Knight boys used a strong second half to win their game by a score of 60-46.
The Muenchow sisters, Maddy and Haley, led the RTR girls to a quick start as they would combine for eight points as the team led by a score of 17-6. Kal­leigh Carr would then hit a bomb to make the score 20-9. The score at the nine-minute mark of the first half was 20-13…
The Knight boys saw the Bluejays with the early lead as 3-pointers by the visitors got them ahead early. Finally, 3-point plays by both Cooper and Cart­er Hansen plus a bomb by Payton Hess put the Knights on top by a score of 17-10. Carter Hansen would record two more baskets as the team had an advantage of six points at the halfway mark of the first half…

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Brooke Thomsen drains a free throw during last week’s win over CMCS.