5th grade grads

May 25, 2017

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The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton fifth graders, accompanied by Mr. Todd Peterson, sing their graduation song,
“It’s Time To Go,” after receiving their diplomas on May 16.

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RTR students update Russell sign

May 25, 2017

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Front—McKenna Greenfield, Chloe Carlson, Ashton Lindahl. Row 2— Julia Nilles, Eryn Kraft, Rylie Serreyn, Whitney Bruns, Madison Lawrence, Kalleigh Carr, Maryn Johansen, Tucker Haroldson, Art Teacher Paul Tuszynski. Back row—Timothy Gilmore, Amber Clark, Grace Klumper, Jordyn Buchert, Barbara Hammer, McKinley Schreurs.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Students at RTR Middle School recently created a new sign that will soon go on display along High­way 23 outside of Russell. Art teacher Paul Tuszyn­ski created a design and several of the students stepped up to utilize their art skills to get the sign finished before school was out for the summer.
Tuszynski said the City of Russell contacted the school to check into the possibility of the students participating in the proj­ect to replace the current weathered sign outside of town.

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RTR Class of 2017 says farewell

May 25, 2017

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Russell-Tyler-Ruthton High School graduated 32 in the Class of 2017 on Saturday afternoon at the high school gymnasium.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR High School Class of 2017 graduated 32 in ceremonies held on Saturday afternoon in the high school gymnasium. The Class Welcome was given by Katelyn Petersen, followed by a performance of “Over the Rainbow” by the RTR High School Choir under the direction of Lorilee Malecha.
Valedictorian Stephanie Kuhlman and Salutatorian Lauren Johnson gave their respective addresses, fol­lowed by a slide show of the seniors.

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RTR Kindergarten Graduation

May 25, 2017

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Ace Fonseca proudly displays his diploma to his family during last week’s ceremony.

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Secretary of State Simon visits county

May 25, 2017

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Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon made a stop at the Lincoln County Courthouse last Friday to talk with Barb Dybdahl and County Auditor Deb Vierhuf about last year’s election process.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Secretary of State Steve Simon dropped in at the Lincoln County Court­house in Ivanhoe on Friday as part of his yearly state­wide tour. Simon visited with County Auditor Deb Vierhuf and Deputy Audi­tor Barb Dybdahl to learn of any issues that may have shown up during the recent election.
Overall, Vierhuf said the local election process went smoothly.
“It went really well,” Vi­erhuf told Simon.

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Tribute welcomes new office manager

May 25, 2017

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Michelle Breems is the new office manager for Buffalo Ridge Newspapers, working in the Tyler office. Michelle started with us on May 15 and already knows more about the front office than your local editor.

Myrna Pedersen

May 25, 2017

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Myrna Pedersen, age 76 of Renville, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully May 17. Memo­rial service was Monday, May 22 with visitation one hour prior at Mt. Olivet Church, Minneapolis.
Myrna was born in Tyler on March 13, 1941 to Myra (Macy) and Marvin Lar­sen. She grew up on a farm north of Tyler and graduat­ed from Tyler High School in 1959. She worked at the Met Center with the Min­nesota North Stars. It was not uncommon to find the players and staff chatting with Myrna because she was comfortable around anyone and you felt this when you were around her. She retired from the Minneapolis Public School system where she set up reading programs that went on to win awards. Myrna had a gift for teach­ing children to read.
Myrna went to South Africa with her daugh­ter Annie; Norway to stay with her husband’s fam­ily, where the family found out their very talented, humble mother spoke Danish; and to Spain to visit her great-niece Emily (Weiring) VanWyk. Every summer Myrna and her girlfriends would spend a week in Door County, but her favorite time of the year was when she and her husband LeRoy would go to Hawaii in the winter, bringing all their kids and grandkids with to enjoy it with them.
Myrna’s gifts were end­less. She enjoyed her gar­dens, quilting and living in her log home with LeRoy on her Century Farm in the Minnesota River Val­ley. Myrna’s family and her children were very impor­tant to her, with her grand­kids at the top of the list, making them feel like they were the most important thing in the world. She will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, LeRoy; daughters Margo Pedersen (Jeff Quast) of Minneapolis and Annie Pedersen Schoenike (Scott) of Newburgh, Indi­ana; five grandchildren— Myra, Isabel (Issy), Chris­tian (Chris), Meyer, and Giselle Myra (GG); brother Herman (Hermie) Lar­sen; nieces and nephews Rhonda (Larsen) Wiering (Ron), Robert (Bob) Lars­en (Joyce), Robin (Larsen) Knudsen (Kelly), and Kurt Larsen (Kelli).
She was preceded in death by her parents Myra and Marvin Larsen, sis­ter-in-law Donna Larsen, niece Valerie Larsen, and a daughter who died at birth.
Memorials for Myrna can be sent to: Cathedral of the Pines Camp, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419.

Jessica Williams

May 25, 2017

Funeral services for Jes­sica Williams, age 38 of Tyler, will be Friday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is Thursday, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in the Rus­sell City Cemetery.
She died Monday, May 22 at Avera Tyler Health­care Center in Tyler.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www. hartquistfuneral.com.

Class of 2017

May 18, 2017

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Valedictorian Stephanie Kuhlman, left, and Salutatorian Lauren Johnson will be among the 32 graduates from the RTR High School Class of 2017 this weekend. Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

RTR Board begins superintendent search

May 18, 2017

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Interim Superintendent Dick Orcutt at last week’s special board meeting

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR School Board met in special session last Wednes­day to discuss the search for a new interim superintendent to replace the position currently head by Dick Orcutt. Orcutt has told the board he will be done at the end of the district’s fiscal year, which ends June 30.
“I thought I would be here un­til September,” Orcutt said. “Sep­tember of 2016. I’m still here. It’s time to wrap things up and find a successor in that role.”

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