Beat Old Man Winter with cheap and easy tips

November 20, 2019

By Shelly Finzen
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Old Man Winter may not have set in for good, yet, but he will come and he will bring the cold with him. Before that happens, winterize your home with these low cost, easy tips from Bob Vila.
Believe it or not, the first tip Vila gives on bobvila.com is to clean the gutters. “Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later.”

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Wood carving

November 20, 2019

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Pictured from left are Brenda Jensen and Betty Pearson of Tyler and instructor Joe Hauger of Granite Falls at last week’s wood chip carving class at RTR High School. The event was sponsored by the Tyler Arts Council. Each of the 15 participants completed a project to take home.
Due to the high interest in the class, the arts council hopes to be able to offer the class again next year.

Evan Rogers

November 20, 2019

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Evan Rogers, age 64 of Ty­ler, died Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 17, 4-8 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Private family inter­ment will be at the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm. Arrangements were en­trusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. To sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Evan Rogers was born July 6, 1955, in Mitchell, South Da­kota and was thankful to have been adopted two weeks later by Ralph and Hazel (Laffey) Rogers. He lived with his fam­ily in Stickney, South Dakota for the first four years of his life. Following the death of Evan’s father, he relocated with his family to various ar­eas of the country throughout his childhood. These moves exposed him to the Pacific Northwest that always held a special place in his heart. During school, Evan was an avid athlete. Evan graduated from Mapleton High School in 1973, and went on to further his education at the Univer­sity of Minnesota, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mortuary Science in 1981.
Once he earned his morti­cian’s license, he relocated to New Ulm, where he began working for the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home. Here he met Cynthia Schnichels, who just so happened to return to the area for work as well. On Dec. 22, 1984, Evan and Cyn­thia were married at The Brig in Mitchell, South Dakota. On June 29, 1985, their Nuptial Mass was held at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Searles. The couple made their home in Sleepy Eye, as Cynthia grew closer to the end of her college career. In September 1988, they relocated to Tyler, where Evan began working with the Utoft Johansen Funeral Home. Evan found true mean­ing through meeting with families and guiding them through their time of loss as a funeral director. Each feeling Evan had, he felt deeply, and empathy was no exception. Evan shared his caring nature with the people and animals he worked with in his next beloved career, which he be­gan in November 1999 with Christensen Farms. He later went on to work at the swine research facility operated by Ralco prior to his retirement in December 2018.
Though work brought Evan and Cynthia to Tyler, the people kept them here. They were blessed to have many great friends with whom they shared their lives together. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Evan died unexpectedly at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 64 years, four months, and seven days.
Evan believed that we choose our families, and thus is survived by a family beyond counting or fully naming. He will be remembered by his beloved wife of almost 35 years, Cynthia Rogers of Ty­ler; son Regis (Terra) Rogers of Cincinnati, Ohio and their grandchildren, Regis and Rea­gan Rogers; parents-in-law Mathias and Avis Schnichels; siblings-in-law Brenda (Da­vid) Drill and Phil (Rochelle) Wagner, and six nieces and nephews; dear friends Stacy and Reid Jorgensen; and ex­tended families.
He is also survived by three children, Danielle, William and Melissa; and eight grand­children. He was preceded in death by his parents Hazel and Ralph Rogers.

Veterans honored Monday

November 15, 2019

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The annual Veterans Day supper was held Monday evening at the Tyler Legion Hall. A meal catered by the Kronborg Inn preceded the program. Participants were (above, front, l.-r.) Chaplain Larry Myers, speaker John Hovland, Post Commander Duane Blake. Back row: Colton Thomsen, Girls State participants Rylie Hess and Shawna Thomsen, Army Pvt. and RTR senior Harley Nielsen. Pictured below: Soloist Robyn Condelli.

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Vaping on the rise with local teens

November 14, 2019

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Ann Orren of Southwest Health and Human Services, left, with Cricket Raschke of Tyler during last week’s Vape Talk at RTR High School.

By Mark Wilmes
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RTR High School hosted a Vape Talk during parent/teacher conferences on Nov. 7 in the high school library. The event was sponsored by Southwest Minnesota Health and Human Services (SWMHHS) in light of the fact that youth tobacco rates have increased for the first time in 17 years due to the use of e-cigarettes.
Presenter Ann Orren of SWHHS explained that vaping is done with e-cigarettes—battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine and flavorings to the user in the form of an aerosol.
“Companies are targeting kids,” Orren said.

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Tyler Swimming Pool fundraiser scheduled for this weekend

November 14, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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The annual Dad’s Belgian Waffle fundraiser for the Tyler Pool will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All you can eat waffles, sausages, toppings and beverages will be on the menu, with gluten-free options available for a free-will offering. Carry-out plates are available at a cost of $7.

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Children’s theater production opens Saturday at Opera House

November 14, 2019

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Photos courtesy of Yolanda Drietz
Among the actors in this weekend’s production of “Stories Under the Big Top,” pictured clockwise from left, are Sophie Peterson, Jack Rybinski, Jenaya Drietz, Willow Hoff, Hannah Dagel, Kendra Gleis and Everett Erb.

By Mark Wilmes
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The Lake Benton Opera House production of “Stories Under the Big Top” will be performed Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The show is directed by Crystal Enga of Marshall. The play is performed in a circus setting and is comprised of five vignettes that showcase each story.
Among the actors performing is Willow Hoff, who lives outside Balaton and is homeschooled.

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RTR volleyball awards ceremony held last week

November 14, 2019

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RTR Head Volleyball Coach Daynica Brown announced the 2019 team volleyball awards at last week’s banquet.

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR volleyball awards night was held last week. The Knights finished the season with a 22-9 record and went un­defeated at Jimmy John’s Tournament. Collectively, the team earned a state Gold Academic Team Award, with an Individual All-State Academic Award going to senior Rylie Hess…

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From left: Senior RTR volleyball players Madison Witte, Kylea Baartman and Rylie Hess each spoke during the ceremony.

Junior Achievement of Lincoln County awarded Small Grant

November 14, 2019

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Pictured from left are Jessica Gums and Shelby Otto, receiving the United Way grant on behalf of Junior Achievement of Lincoln County.

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) Board of Di­rectors recently approved Small Grants in Round I totaling $2,000. The Small Grant program is an out­reach of the Community Impact funding process. The available amount of grant dollars each year is subject to change. One-time grants up to $5,000 are awarded to organizations aligned with UWSWMN’s priority areas.
Financial Stability: Ju­nior Achievement of Lin­coln County…

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Ladies Day Out

November 14, 2019

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For those who were not out tracking deer on Saturday there was a Ladies Day Out event in Tyler. The annual Tour of Homes was held as well as a Sip & Shop at the Tyler Golf Club, with lunch, a fashion show and plenty of vendors.

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