It could be time for a winter wellness check

March 14, 2019

Snow days might be harder on our kids than we think

By Angie DeSmith
RTR K-12 School Counselor

Many adults might be­lieve that this winter has been every student’s dream. Snow days, late starts, early outs. Sleeping in, video games, Netflix, junk food. While many kids certainly are enjoying the additional downtime, it is not without consequenc­es, particularly in regards to mental health. I’ve seen a surge in depression and anxiety referrals over the last couple of weeks. Many kids are struggling. While I’m glad they are coming in for help, I’m also wor­ried. Worried, because I know that for every kid who seeks help, there are two or three who don’t. Worried, because it can be easy to miss just how much someone is hurt­ing. Hidden in this winter wonderland of snow days and sleep-ins are a num­ber of factors that have a negative impact on mental health. Let’s take a closer look.
Social Isolation – In ru­ral communities our kids rely on school as their pri­mary source of social con­nectivity, both during the academic school day and after-school extracurricu­lar activities. When school isn’t in session, these con­nections are not being made…

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Paul Petersen

March 14, 2019

obit paul petersen 0000297766-01-1Paul Sejr Petersen, age 87 of Minnetonka, passed away on Feb. 12. A me­morial service was held Monday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, with visitation one hour prior.
Paul enjoyed a long ca­reer as a self-employed Mechanical Engineer af­ter graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s Degree. His work ranged from ski boots, to automotive test equipment, to build­ing stabilization systems. Paul’s accomplishments included well over 40 pat­ents. Paul also enjoyed be­ing a private pilot, flying the Cessna he owned with his brother and building an RV-6A aircraft with his son. Other interests included his grandchildren, travel (especially England), read­ing, and the camaraderie of the local coffee shop. He also enjoyed his Danish heritage and its traditions.
He was preceded in death by his parents Har­ald and Agneta Petersen, and his brother Norman. He is survived by wife of 64 years, Marilyn; his chil­dren Martha (Mark) Hage­ness, and Eric (Mary) Pe­tersen; grandchildren Erik (Emily), Jon and Britta Hageness, and Blake and Amy Petersen; sister Julia Steinmetz; brother Niel (Marlys) Petersen; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials preferred to Westwood Lutheran Church, 9001 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park.

Gathering of the Green Camels

March 6, 2019

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The Danebod Folk School was filled over the weekend with those attending the annual Green Camel Gathering.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The annual Gathering of the Green Camels took place on the Danebod campus over the weekend. Around 55 knitters, weavers and fiber art enthusiasts from throughout the region came to town. Those in attendance spent two days renewing old friendships while creating a wide range of handmade items. The event is remarkably casual to the level that some spend the entire weekend in pajamas, chatting away as they create their individual works of art.

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Local student named Minnesota State GeoBee semi-finalist

March 6, 2019

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Caleb Harper

Caleb Harper, son of Erick and Sarah Harper of Tyler, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee (Minnesota) State Competition. The contest will be held at Carlson School of Management, U of MN (Minneapolis) 3M Auditorium on Friday, March 29.
Caleb is an 8th grader at RTR Middle School in Russell.

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RTR Elementary students stand before the “Sharks”

March 6, 2019

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RTR Elementary School teacher Kelsey Brust.

Submitted by
RTR Elementary teacher Kelsey Brust

 
Do you have what it takes to enter the tank? Mrs. Brust’s 4th-5th grade multi-age STEM class dove into an engaging engineering unit where they had to create an invention or innovation to share with some very intimidating “Sharks,” in the form of Superintendent David Marlette, Principal Pat Lindeman, Taylor Brust and Kullen Stanek.
Our engineering unit started with learning the design process that engineers use when creating something new…

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Council discusses future of Tidy Up Tyler at Monday’s meeting

March 6, 2019

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From left— City Attorney Glen Petersen, City Administrator Robert Wolfington, Mayor Joan Jagt, and councilpersons Cricket Raschke, Scott Dressen, Kenny Jensen and Tim Sanderson.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The City of Tyler has a round-up fund where city customers can round their bills to the nearest dollar to generate funds for projects throughout the community. City Administrator Robert Wolfington reported that in the past those dollars have, among other things, been focused on parks projects, including scoreboards for the ball diamonds. The current fund balance is slightly over $14,500. The Tyler Area Community Club has asked about the possibility of using some of the funds for city beautification in downtown and on Highway 14.

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Coach Curt Buhl doesn’t let his disability get in the way of his passion

March 6, 2019

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Photo courtesy of Le Sueur County News
Coach Curt Buhl with his Cleveland C-squad basketball team.

Reprinted from the
Le Sueur County News

 
A minute before tip-off, Cleveland C-Squad basketball players tower around Curt Buhl for a few words of motivation.
After a series of fist bumps, the starters take the floor, and Buhl, using the joystick on his wheelchair, negotiates to a spot alongside the rest of the team. For the next hour or so, he guides the young Clippers as they make their way on and off the bench and up and down the court…

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Knights are moving on as stiff defense propels them to win

March 6, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Knights of RTR play defense like it is supposed to be played. Once again in a matchup between the number four and five seeds in the south portion of the section, the game was sup­posed to be a tight one. However, the Knights came to play and the defense stood out early in this one. At the 11-minute mark of the first half the score was 21-7 for the Knights and it didn’t get much better for the HBC Patriots.
Cooper Hansen scored eight points during the first nine minutes of play while brother Carter and Jack Kerr added six points each as the score after these minutes of play was now 25-7…

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RTR Speech teams compete

March 6, 2019

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The RTR Speech Team competed March 2 at the Luverne speech meet. Pictured left to right in front are Taryn Bedow, Poetry, sixth place; Madison Witte, Duo, first place; Dajza Gilmore, Duo, first place; Rion Moat, Humor; Alex Duus, Humor, seventh place. In the middle row are Madysen Davis, Extemp. Reading; Cari Baune, Duo, eighth place; Lily Klumper, Humor, Honorable Mention; Katelynn Behnke, Duo, eighth place; Brooke Burns, Poetry; Julia Nilles, Discussion, third place. In the back row are Emily Alexander, Poetry; Caleb Witte, Humor, Honorable Mention; Grace Klumper, Humor, Honorable Mention; Graham Petersen, Humor, sixth place; Andrea Escher, Drama, seventh place; Caleb Harper, Great Speeches, sixth place.

RTR Knights top Independent leaderboard in several areas

March 6, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Marshall Indepen­dent has released the lea­derboard for the 2018-19 boy’s basketball season. There are seven statistical areas listed for the 11 dif­ferent teams whose play­ers worked to be listed in a area this year.
Cooper Hansen of the RTR Knights was the sec­ond leading scorer in the area with a ppg of 20.6. Brother Carter was the fifth best scorer in the area with a ppg of 18.2. Thomas Hennen of the Minneota Vikings was the top area scorer with an average of 25 points per game…

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