Effects of recent gatherings showing up

July 15, 2020

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Dr. Eric Ocampo of Avera Tyler.

Lack of social distancing/wearing masks shuts down businesses, cancels Æbleskiver Days events

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The spike for which the area has been bracing has arrived as the Lincoln County COVID-19 count has nearly tripled in the past 10 days. As of Tuesday morning, the Minnesota Department of Health tally stood at 32 in the county. The spike is being blamed on large gatherings in the first week of July that ignored MDE guidelines to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The disease started in late 2019 and has been causing mild-to-deadly illnesses since. The first U.S. death attributed to this virus was on February 2020 in the Seattle area. The USA now has over three million confirmed cases with over 130,000 deaths…

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Lincoln County Community COVID-19 testing today in Tyler

July 15, 2020

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The City of Tyler and Avera Tyler will hold a COVID-19 event today.

A community COVID-19 testing event will be held at Avera Tyler in Tyler on Wednesday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County and connected to the area have increased over the last week or so. Beyond the cases reported by the Minnesota Department of Health for Lincoln County, there are additional cases tied to the county. Also, a significant number of individuals could have been exposed at recent large gatherings. Holding a community testing event will help to identify people who have the virus. Asking them to isolate will help slow the spread,” said Mary Maertens, Regional President and CEO, Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.

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Back to school with COVID-19

July 15, 2020

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RTR Superintendent Dave Marlette.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Back to school shopping season is nearly upon us and parents wonder what the new school year will look like in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the uptick in active cases within Lincoln County, some wonder if school will even begin on time. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) recently re­leased the results of a parent survey that school administra­tion will take into consideration moving forward.
According to the MDE, “The survey received an overwhelm­ing response from the commu­nity. Between June 15 and July 6, MDE collected more than 130,000 completed responses…The survey asked a series of questions about parents’ expe­riences with distance learning in the spring of 2020 and their hopes for the 2020-21 school year.”

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Tyler’s Yard of the Week

July 15, 2020

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Last week’s yard honors went to Bill and Jill Maisch at 222 East Oak Street.

2020 Æbleskiver Days update

July 15, 2020

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From the original Æbleskiver Amble photo back in 2001. The idea for the Amble was brought forward by Ingrid Skjong (who also designed the logo seen here) and facilitated by Todd Reif and Kelly Appel. This year’s 20th Amble will be held virtually due to the current pandemic.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Plans for the scaled-down 2020 Æbleskiver Days celebration continue to be fluid as an eye is kept on the state of the COVID- 19 pandemic in Minnesota. Several events have now been canceled due to the recent spike in infections in the area.
Items still in the plans are the wooden æbleskiv­er hunt, a virtual talent contest, and the Æbleskiv­er Night of Lights (see ad in this week’s paper for entry)…

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Ruthton celebrates the 4th

July 15, 2020

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Many Ruthton-area children participated in Kids’ Fishing Fun over the holiday weekend. A raffle drawing was held for all who submitted photos. Winner of a tackle box, t-shirt and fishing pole was Oakley Peter. The event was sponsored by Denny’s Repair and Highway Bait.

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RTR School Board moves back to on-site meetings

July 15, 2020

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The RTR School Board met in person on Wednesday at the middle school cafeteria in Russell.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR School Board returned to in-person meetings last Wednesday at the RTR Middle School cafeteria. Attendees had temperatures checked on the way into the meeting and everyone was required to wear a mask. Two mem­bers, Troy Chandler and Tami Nelson, joined by conference call, necessi­tating roll call votes on all actions taken.
R.A. Morton Site Super­visor Michael Beach was on hand to update the board on progress at the new school site.
“We’re prepping the aux and main gym for the concrete floor,” Beach said. “We’ve got block walls that are going up in area A—the fitness room, locker rooms, that sort of thing. We have metal framing in Area B. The ductwork, plumbing and in-wall elec­tric are still going in place in that same area. Over in Area C the joists and deck are finishing up for the second level.”

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Sealcoating and pavement marking bid approved by commissioners

July 15, 2020

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Vince Robinson of DSI, Inc. was involved with the board’s discussion concerning COVID Relief Fund dollars and how they can be spent.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, July 7 in the courthouse meeting room. Commissioner Jack Vizecky attended via tele­conference.
Following approval of the minutes of the June 16 meeting, the board began discussing the CARES Act. According to discussion, Lincoln County is eligible to receive $740,212 in COVID Relief Fund (CRF) dollars. Vince Robinson of DSI and the board mem­bers discussed ways the money can potentially be spent. Robinson comment­ed that staff time for staff that have shifted duties to COVID-19 support can be counted…

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Maynard’s and employees named Business of the Year

July 15, 2020

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Pictured from left to right are Desiree Breems, Taylor Phinney, Katline Dahl, Brandi McDowell, Joyce Friedrichs, Eduardo Delgado, Manager Lori Hart, Conner Lingen, Andrew Lichtsinn, TACC President Hilary Thooft, Shawn Hofmeister and TACC Awards Chair Amy Determan. Not pictured are David Barnett, Gary Breems and Arthur Finzen.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Tyler Area Commu­nity Club has named May­nard’s Food Center and its employees as the 2020 Tyler Business of the Year. The grocery store and its employees have been one of many businesses on the front lines during the coronavirus. TACC Presi­dent Hilary Thooft offered congratulations on behalf of the service group.
“Thank you to all the em­ployees for helping to keep your doors open and keep­ing the shelves stocked,” Thooft stated. “Your hard work and dedication to the community during this time is greatly appreci­ated.”

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Bakkers celebrate 65 years of marriage

July 10, 2020

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Charles and Sharon Bakker celebrated 65 years of marriage on June 21.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Charles and Sharon have had the good fortune to have spent the last 65 years married to one another, but a bit of bad luck needing to celebrate that milestone on June 21 during a pandemic.
“Our kids made it fun,” Sharon said. “They came in the afternoon. I don’t know how they knew that but one came when the other left. They brought us supper on Saturday night. It came on a tray with a bottle of wine.”

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