Football playoff game slated for Friday

November 7, 2018

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The RTR Knights football team defeated Ogilvie on Thursday to win their second consecutive Section 2 Nine-Man championship. The Knights will face undefeated Spring Grove on Friday in New Ulm.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR Football Team has qualified for the Minnesota State Nine-Man Football Quarterfinals for the second straight year. The game will be played at New Ulm High School at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. The game time creates a need for an early release from school on Friday and reschedul­ing of some events as well as cre­ation of new ones…

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At 105, Tyler woman recalls her time as a WAVE

November 7, 2018

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Ardith Sween, age 105, served as a WAVE during WWII.

By Richard Siemers

Ardith Sween never thought about the fact that she was mak­ing history in 1943, but she was. Ardith was part of the second group of women to train for the Naval Reserve.
In July 1942 the U.S. Congress passed a law that authorized the U.S. Navy to accept women into the Naval Reserve. Their intent was for women to relieve officers and men from shore duty for sea duty. This branch of the military was called the WAVES, an acro­nym for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.

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Prize Pumpkins

November 7, 2018

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Top to bottom—First, second and third place winners in the pumpkin carving contest at RTR High School.

Council moves forward with sewer project

November 7, 2018

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Bill Helget of Bolten & Menk spoke with council members Monday evening.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Bill Helget of Bolton & Menk was on hand to talk to the Tyler City Council about possible funding sources for the upcoming sanitary sewer project in the city. Some of the funding is be­ing sought from the Clean Water Revolving Fund, Helget told the council.
“Every year they allocate a dollar amount,” Helget said. “They start at the top—highest priority—and start working their way down until the money runs out. We gather informa­tion and try to get you as many points as possible to get you up as high as we can on the list in order to get you in the fundable range.”

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Knights advance to State Tournament for second straight year with 46-0 win

November 7, 2018

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Freshman Jonah Christensen stretches out for a score during Thursday’s win over Ogilvie at SMSU.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The football Knights scored early and often in their section final game with the Ogilvie Lions last Thursday at SMSU under ideal weather conditions. Maybe the Lions and their fans didn’t think the condi­tions were that great. The win by the Knights moved them to the state football tournament, which will start in New Ulm this Fri­day.
The Knights received the opening kickoff and after three runs by Jon Lucero for a first down, the Knight coaches didn’t think the Knights were scoring fast enough…

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Ladies Day Out

November 7, 2018

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The RTR High School gymnasium (top) and Tyler Golf Club (below) were filled on Saturday morning for the Holiday Boutique and Sip and Shop events that were part of Ladies Day Out on Saturday. A fashion show was also held at the golf club with lots of area ladies modeling clothing from Elbelle’s and Hair Expressions and Boutique.

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Vet’s life brings him full circle to his hometown

November 7, 2018

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U.S. Navy veteran Willie Oltmans, formerly of Lake Benton.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Long-time Lake Ben­ton resident Willie Olt­mans has traveled a long and winding road in his life, which took him from his youth in Luverne to businesses in Tyler and Slayton, then on to Lake Benton. He now resides at the Minnesota Veterans Home in his hometown of Luverne. His walls and shelves are peppered with memories. The first thing that catches the eye is the big black and white sign that says Private Park­ing—Walleye Fisherman Only. Beneath that is a Certificate of Continuous Service for 70 years with the American Legion. He received the recognition three years ago. Below that is a Plank Owner’s Certificate dated 16 Oct. 1945 from the U.S.S. Point Cruz. There are pictures of his children and a wedding day picture of him and his wife of 53 years, Elsie.
He was excited to share a Halloween card he re­ceived from the Belview American Legion, and said he would love to hear from his friends in the Lake Benton and Tyler Legions.

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Trick or Treat at the nursing home

November 7, 2018

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Touchdown tunes

November 7, 2018

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The RTR Pep Band played at SMSU on Thursday for the RTR vs. Ogilvie playoff game under the direction of Lorilee Malecha.

RTR Yearbook staff focuses on photography

November 7, 2018

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Yearbook staff member Gavin Nielsen lines up a photo Halloween morning of students Katana Schmidt and Cari Baune.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Students on RTR teacher Robyn Lampert’s yearbook staff have been taking a special interest in photog­raphy this school year. The students have been cover­ing sporting events and other activities. On Hal­loween morning, two of those staff members, Julia Nilles and Gavin Nielsen, joined Ms. Lampert in set­ting up a photo booth in the school hallway before school to take pictures of students decked out in costumes for the day. Nilles said they spent some time in the days leading up to last Wednesday finding the right settings on the camera.

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