Thooft recipient of Shinoda Foundation scholarship award

November 14, 2019

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Gabby Thooft

Elite students from some of the country’s top flori­culture programs received awards totaling $23,500 as the Shinoda Foundation Board of Trustees present­ed its annual scholarships.
“Our foundation was created to encourage fresh, ambitious young talent to pursue careers in floricul­ture, and our newest crop of scholarship recipients represents some of the best and brightest,” says Bob Otsuka, president of the Shinoda Foundation.
2019-20 Shinoda Foun­dation Scholarship recipi­ents include:… Gabrielle Thooft, South Dakota State University, Sophomore, $1,000…

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National FFA award presented to RTR grad

November 7, 2019

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2019 RTR graduate Jonni Biren named national FFA winner in Indianapolis.

By Mark Wilmes
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The National FFA Organization announced last week that Jonni Biren from Russell was selected as a national winner for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Equine Science Placement. Biren, a 2019 graduate of RTR High School, was one of only four people chosen to compete for the award at the national finals held at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis last week.
Biren has worked for a hitch of Shire geldings called Dakota Thunder Shires. As the hitch grew, she gained more responsibilities, including hooking and driving horses by herself. Biren became the co-pilot of the six while competing and cared for the horses by grooming, noticing injuries and doing chores. She has traveled to numerous states, was part of the Rose Bowl Parade, and become an integral part of the hitch’s success.

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Lady Knights start strong, but Vikings move on with win

November 7, 2019

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From left— seniors Madison Witte, Rylie Hess and Kylea Baartman played their final game for the Knights in last week’s Section 3A loss to Minneota.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

In baseball, the Twins have plenty of trouble with the evil empire, the Yan­kees. It seems that the vol­leyball Lady Knights have the same problem with the Minneota Vikings. Once again, the Vikings ended the season of the Lady Knights with a three-set victory. The scores were 25-16, 25-18 and 25-9.
The Lady Knights actu­ally looked like this could be the night for success in the first set. Two kills by Abby Carr plus ace serves by Maddi Wendland and Haley Muenchow made the score 10-4 for the Knights as the Vikings would call a timeout…

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RTR Vape Talk scheduled for Nov. 7

November 7, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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RTR High School will host a Vape Talk during parent/teacher confer­ences on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in the high school library. The event is 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.

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Stories Under the Big Top

November 7, 2019

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The cast of “Stories Under the Big Top” at Monday evening’s rehearsal at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes
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The annual Lake Benton Opera House Children’s Theater production will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 16 with shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The show will feature 13 area 4-6th graders, who will present “Stories Under the Big Top.” The show is under the direction of Crystal Enga of Marshall, who is at the helm for the third consecutive year.
The show revisits several popular folk tales, set up as circus acts—from popular children’s stories like “The Magic Fish,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” “Billy Goats Gruff” and “The Hat Man.”…

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Children’s Theater director Crystal Enga of Marshall.

RTR Middle School presents “The Most Boringest Teacher in the World”

November 7, 2019

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Above: The first quarter theater class for eighth graders presented their humorous play on Monday evening, Nov. 4 at RTR Middle School in Russell. Pictured discussing the epidemic of students being “bored to death” by their teacher, from left to right, are Tristan Galbraith, Colby Frahm, Steven Perslin, Ally Nelson, Jeyla Kor, Madison Burns, Trinity Halling, Dana Ahl, Brook Johnson and Camry Swanson. Not pictured are castmates Melissa Barber and Kylie Kerkaert, and sound and lights tech Joe Dagel.

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Reporter Jarod Currant (Tristan Galbraith) interviews the most boring teacher in the world, Ms. Borateen (Melissa Barber), who is falling ill herself, so is assisted by the nurse (Brook Johnson) in a scene from Monday evening’s play.

RTR 5th grader featured in online program

November 7, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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Kayla Thooft’s fifth grade class at RTR El­ementary School watches a weekly program in their Social Studies class called KET News Quiz, that is available exclusively on­line on https://pioneer.pbslearningmedia.org/
“The program has been running for 35 years, and the students really enjoy it,” Thooft says. “It talks about all sorts of differ­ent types of news and cur­rent events. Throughout the program, they teach the students about dif­ferent vocabulary words that are related to the news stories, also while strengthening geography skills through maps, and improving listening skills and knowledge of current events through ten quiz questions for the students to answer.”

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Knights bow out in section play by 42-6 score to Tigers

October 30, 2019

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Quarterback Payton Hess fires a pass to Darrick Baartman in the flats against Springfield on Saturday.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Football Team, riding a six-game winning streak, just lacked too much experience, size and quick­ness against the talented Springfield Tigers last Sat­urday in Springfield. The Tigers, coming into play with 30 total juniors and seniors compared to only 10 juniors and seniors for the Knights, used that dif­ference to run the ball very well throughout the game.
The loss ends the Knights’ season while the Tigers will play for the section championship at SMSU this coming Friday against MVL.

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Knights score 30-7 win over Dragons

October 30, 2019

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Running back Tim Gilmore picks up some yardage against Adrian in last week’s playoff opener against the Dragons.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Football Knights won their sixth straight game last Tues­day, as they would dump the Adrian Dragons 30-7 in Adrian under perfect weather conditions.
Coach Fredrickson was pleased with the effort of his squad. “We got behind and seemed to play de­fense the whole first half, but the kids never gave up on themselves. We caught a couple of breaks and really took advantage of these situations. Yes, we’re ready to tackle Goliath, the Springfield Tigers, on Sat­urday.”

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Calin Kor and the RTR cheer team were on hand to support the Knights during their playoff win at Adrian.

Knights advance

October 30, 2019

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Kylea Baartman gets the ball past a pair of MACCRAY defenders during last week’s playoff opener win over the Wolverines. RTR faced #1 Minneota last night at SMSU. Details next week.