Local SMSU students sing in Chorale Concert last week

November 16, 2017

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RTR graduate Illana Peter had a solo in one of the songs during the SMSU Chorale concert on Nov. 7.

By Nancy Mulder 
valleyjournaloffice @gmail.com

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) Chorale held their first concert of the season at FirstLutheranChurch in Marshall. The title of the concert was “Build­ing Dreams: A Concert in Honor of the 50th Anni­versary of SMSU.” Dr. Ste­phen Kingsbury, the Cho­rale Conductor, explained to the audience that this is the 50th anniversary of SMSU and this concert is a celebration of the mile­stone. Dr. Kingsbury stat­ed, “What you might not be aware of is that this year also marks the 50th anni­versary of the SMSU choir, which gave its first perfor­mance in the fall of 1967.” Local residents have been a part of the SMSU Choir’s legacy from the beginning.

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

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The SMSU Chorale held their first concert Tuesday evening, Nov. 7. Among the choir members pictured are Rachael Blake in the front row, second from right, and Courtney Mulder, second row, far right.

Essay winners

November 16, 2017

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RTR Principal Daniel Bettin congratulating Veterans Day Essay Award winners. From left— Anika Finzen, 2nd place ($50); Ashley Borchert, 1st place ($75); and Jacob Fischer, 3rd Place ($25).

We Believed!

November 16, 2017

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We BELIEVED and Here We Are— heading to the U.S. Bank Stadium for the MN State Football tournament! With the help of businesses in the RTR communities we were able to provide our amazing fans with RTR Knights Rally Towels. THANK YOU to the following businesses: Buffalo Ridge Concrete, Buffalo Ridge Plumb¬ing, Christianson Crop Insurance, Christianson Implement, Drake Lawn Care, Efficient Electric, Enemark Seeds, First Independent Bank of Russell and Balaton, Gravley Livestock, Rich’s Plumbing/Heating, Schulze Farms, Scott’s Electronics, Southwest Family Chiropractic, Thomas Electric, Trent Hess, Tyler Motel, Tyler Tribute.

Commissioners approve Sheriff’s Department staffing requests

November 16, 2017

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Lincoln County Deputy Isaiah Wahl and Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding the need for an additional full-time deputy.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester, accompanied by Deputy Isaiah Wahl, Dis­patcher Sarah Koch and Jail Administrator Robin Sik, were in attendance at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to speak about staffing needs.
Sheriff Meester and Dep­uty Wahl spoke to the board about difficulties the depart­ment has had with trying to hire a part-time deputy; get­ting people to apply for the position has been an issue. Meester proposed hiring a full-time deputy to garner more interest in the position and to alleviate the difficulty in filling shifts left open be­cause of sick, vacation or fam­ily leave.

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

 

Wendland signs with DCTC

November 16, 2017

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Lexi Wendland signed a Letter of Intent to play volleyball for the Blue Knights of Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount on Sunday evening. Wendland is pictured with Head Coach Daynica Brown and parents Jenni and Jerry Wendland.

Ernest Thooft

November 16, 2017

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Memorial services for Ernest H. Thooft, age 81 of Marshall, formerly Tyler, was Saturday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. at St. Dionysius Catho­lic Church in Tyler. Memori­al visitation was Friday, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., all at St. Dio­nysius. Burial was in St. Eloi Catholic Cemetery in Ghent.
He died Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Fu­neral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Ernest Hector Thooft was born to Ernest Joseph and Maria Virginia (Dobbelaere) Thooft on June 22, 1936 on a farm in Island Lake Town­ship in Lyon County, where he was raised and attended country school. Upon com­pletion of his education, he helped on the family farm. In 1957 he started to farm in Island Lake Township of Lyon County. On April 30, 1958 Ernie married Cath­erine Anne Bernardy at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Seaforth. Their union was blessed with 11 children and 59 years of life together. Following their marriage, they lived and farmed near Lynd. In 1996 they moved into Tyler. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Ernie died at Avera Mar­shall Regional Medical Cen­ter at the age of 81 years.
Ernie was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler, and of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, cards, dominos, and going to the casino. He especially enjoyed the time spent with family, creating many cher­ished memories.
Ernie is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Catherine (Kate) of Marshall; 10 chil­dren— Richard (Shirley) Thooft of Prescott Valley, Arizona, Jerome Thooft of Moose Lake, Douglas (Bren­da) Thooft of Hastings, Jan­ine (Douglas) Rassmussen of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Edward (Susan) Thooft of Milroy, Karen (John) Krae­mer of Chanhassen, Thom­as (Susan) Thooft of Cyrus, Suzanne (Robert) Kirsh of Milroy, Bruce (Kimberly) Thooft of New Prague, and Scott (Deb) Thooft of Lynd; 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; six siblings— Emma Delanghe of Marshall, E.R. (Agnes) Thooft of Tyler, Marian (Leon) VanDenBroeke of Marshall, Raymond Thooft of Lynd, Mary (George) Lanoue of Marshall, and Jea­nette (Vincent) Lanoue of Tracy; two sisters-in-law— Leona Thooft of Tyler and Betty Thooft of Marshall; and many other relatives and friends. He was pre­ceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Christine; two brothers, Amandus and Aime; and a sister, Louise Ruud.
Blessed be his memory.

Football Knights advance to State

November 9, 2017

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The RTR football team, coaches, student managers and statisticians are pictured with the Section 2A trophy after Thursday’s win over Red Rock Central.-Photo courtesy of Brennan Rupp

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

 
It was the game for the right to advance to state competition last Thursday at SMSU. The opponent for the RTR Knights was the number one seed in Section 2 and also unbeaten RRC Falcons. The Knights were the second seed in the section. The Knights would hang on to a six-point lead to send many happy RTR players, coaches and fans home, looking forward to another game this Friday.
Head Coach Josh Fredrickson, a RRC graduate, was absolutely elated with his team’s win. “Our defense was huge. I can’t say enough about these guys. Play after play they stepped up. They battled through adversity. It was all heart. We knew defense was going to be a big part of this thing and it was. I really can’t describe my feelings right now. I love every one of these guys.”

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Tour of Homes Saturday

November 9, 2017

Tickets available the day of the tour at El Bell’s

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
After a three-year absence, the Tyler Home Tours will return on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s tour will include the homes of Jon and Jen Schreurs, Mike and Kim Bloom, Josh and Briana Wieme and Don and Sue Buhl.

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Council to encourage sidewalk repairs

November 9, 2017

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Pictured from left are City Attorney Glen Petersen, City Administrator Robert Wolfington, Mayor Greg Peter, and Councilpersons Erick Harper, Scott Dressen, Kenny Jensen and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
City Administrator Robert Wolfington brought before the Tyler City Council a program to incentivize property owners to replace badly cracked and eroded sidewalks in town at Monday’s regular monthly meeting. The project would require property owners to apply for the city to cover 30 percent of the cost with the owner responsible for the remaining 70 percent. The amount of the city match would not exceed $400, or $800 for lots with sidewalks on two sides of the property…

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Local Veterans Day programs scheduled

November 9, 2017

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Richard Siemers will be the guest speaker at the Veterans Day program.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The public is invited to at­tend the Tyler Legion Post 185 Veterans Day Dinner and Pro­gram on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Legion Hall.
Following the dinner will be the Veterans Day Program. The guest speaker will be Rich­ard Siemers. Richard Siemers is a 22-year resident of Tyler where he has worked at vari­ous jobs, and most consistently helping at Hartquist Funeral Home….
Area schools will also honor veterans with programs sched­uled for Friday, Nov. 10 in Rus­sell, Tyler and Ruthton.
In Russell, the Veterans Day program will be at 8:30 a.m. in the RTR Middle School gym. Trent Hess of Tyler will be the guest speaker…
The Veterans Day program in Ruthton will be held at 9 a.m. at the RTR Elementary School gym with the Wood­row Wilson American Legion Post members participating with the Procession of Colors and Retiring of Colors. Guest speaker will be Percy Lindahl of Ruthton…
Trent Hess of Tyler will also be the guest speaker at the Veterans Day pro­gram at 10 a.m. on Friday at the RTR High School gym.

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.