RTR students share speeches

April 20, 2017

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RTR High School students shared their work at the speech banquet on Tuesday evening. Above: Stephanie Kuhlman (left) and Lauren Johnson.

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Opera House spring show opens

April 20, 2017

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From left: Kayla Lindberg of Marshall, Sue Nelson of Tracy and Betty Andries of Marshall will star in “Secrets of a Soccer Mom” opening April 21 at the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lake Benton Opera House will open its spring play, “Secrets of a Soccer Mom” on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. The show is a comedy in two acts, writ­ten by Kathleen Clark and is set on the sidelines of a soccer match between a group of pre-teen boys and their moms.
The play centers on the three of those moms’ lives outside of the soc­cer game—Nancy, played by Sue Nelson of Tracy; Lynn, played by Betty Andries of Marshall; and Alison, played by Kayla Lindberg of Marshall.

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Mary Ann Brus

April 20, 2017

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Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Ann Brus, age 92 of Tyler, formerly of Melrose, will be Thursday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove. First visitation was Tues­day, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., all at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Second visita­tion will be Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Melrose. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Jo­hansen Chapel in Tyler and Patton-Schad Funeral Home, Melrose. On-line at www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Mary Ann Brus was born July 15, 1924 to Aloys “Al” and Anna Sieben in Melrose. She was bap­tized and confirmed at St. Boniface (now St. Mary’s) Catholic Church in Mel­rose. She attended Mel­rose High School, graduat­ing in 1942. Following her education, she worked as a dental assistant. On June 7, 1945 Mary Ann married Joseph “Bud” Brus at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Their union was blessed with three sons—Robert, Gary and Allan. The cou­ple made their home in Melrose, where Mary Ann cared for the home and raised the family. She was a great homemaker, lov­ing mother, grandmother, and wife. In 1974 Bud began working for Lyon- Lincoln Electric Co-op and the couple moved to Tyler. Bud preceded her in death in 1991. Mary Ann died Saturday, April 15 at St. Cloud Hospital at the age of 92 years.
Mary Ann was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler, and a life member of The Christian Mothers. She enjoyed yard­work and flowers, golfing, sewing, crafts, refinishing furniture, and time spent with her family.
Mary Ann is lovingly re­membered by her sons— Robert (Carol) Brus of Surprise, Arizona, Gary Brus of Kansas City, Mis­souri, and Allan (Gayle) Brus of Minnetonka; five grandchildren—Jeff, Da­vid, Dawn, Logan and Jack Brus; and many other rela­tives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Bud, her parents, brothers Omer and Cyril Sieben, and sister Vera Kirstein.
Blessed and eternal be her memory.

RTR Middle School students receive FBI-SOS national award

April 13, 2017

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Mckinley Schreurs accepts the National Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Online Surfing Award for February 2017 on behalf of the RTR Middle School SOS team from Agent Kyle Loven of the Minneapolis Division of the FBI.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Students involved in the new Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program at RTR Middle School were the recipients of the FBI-SOS Internet Challenge award for the month of February. The SOS program is web-based and promotes cyber citizenship by teaching students in third through eighth grades how to recognize and respond appropriately to online dangers. The website is managed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Middle school administrator Darren Baartman introduced FBI Agent Kyle Loven, the Chief Division Counsel and Community Outreach Supervisor for the Minneapolis Division of the FBI. Loven spoke to the students about the program and presented awards to the SOS team members. Loven said the award was won against competition from throughout the nation.

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Long-time Russell resident featured in PBS production

April 13, 2017

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Long-time Russell resident Aino Lavoie will be featured on Pioneer Public Television’s “Postcards” on April 13.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Former Russell resident Aino Lavoie will be among the featured interviews on the next Pioneer Public Television episode of “Postcards.” The show visits the chilling holocaust boxcar exhibit in Granite Falls.
The Holocaust Boxcar Exhibit was dedicated in 2016 and has become a major attraction at the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum.

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Small Town Girlz opens in Tyler

April 13, 2017

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Owner Kim Dybdahl is pictured with a display of some of the items she sells at her new store, Small Town Girlz located on Bradley Street in Tyler.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Tyler’s newest specialty shop has opened on Bradley Street. Owner Kim Dybdahl launched Small Town Girlz, a clothing store, in the same building as El Belle’s, another recent addition to the city’s business community.
Dybdahl is already an established daycare provider in town, providing services for a full slate of 12 children as well as a part-time photographer. When the chance for one more business presented itself, she saw it as a chance to do something she enjoys, to counter the rigors of the rest of her day.

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Field dedication at Knights home opener

April 13, 2017

By Mark Wilmes
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The Minnesota Twins Community Fund will be distributing grant money for rehabilitation of the baseball field in Ruthton through their Fields for Kids program…

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Lady Knights come up short in softball

April 13, 2017

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Lady Knights traveled to Minneota last Tuesday to play two against the Vikings. The Vikings would win both games of the doublehead­er as the scores were 14-0 and 5-2.
The first game was close until the Vikings scored 11 runs in their half of the fifth inning…

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Westin Kirk named to Marshall Independent’s first team in area

April 13, 2017

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

Westin Kirk, who led the RTR Knights to a 23-6 record in basketball this past season, was named to the Marshall Independent first team for his efforts. Westin was listed on six of the seven statistical cate­gories on the leaderboard for the 11 area teams in­cluded. He led the Knights in scoring with an average of 14.4 ppg. He had this to say about receiving the award, “It’s pretty awe­some. It’s hard to put into words. I owe alot to my teammates and coaches. I am looking forward to next year. We have our top six scorers coming back. It should be fun trying to go a bit further next year.”

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KC Free Throw shooters do well at state competition

April 13, 2017

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Winning shooters of the Knights of Columbus free throw competition in St. Cloud on April 1 are pictured above. From left to right are fourth place winner Mckinley Schreurs, second place winner Addisyn Serreyn, and sixth place winner Cody Wichmann.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Knights of Colum­bus state free throw cham­pionships were held at St. Cloud on April 1. Three shooters from the Tyler- Lake Benton Council par­ticipated in the event.
All the shooters shot 25 free throws at the state competition. There were 12 shooters in all the age groups, 9 through 14. The first three places in all age groups, both girls and boys, received a trophy.

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