Danebod distributes funds to community

February 13, 2020

By Mark Wilmes
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An estate bequeath to Danebod Lutheran Church back in the mid-1980s received a boost in 2019 due to a strong stock market and enabled the financial advisory board at the Tyler church to distribute $62,000 through local and mission outreach. Outgoing board member Greg Peter said the board meets four times per year.
“The January meeting is a week before the church council meeting and before the annual meeting of the church,” Peter explained. ”The donation recommendations are given to the church council. The council approves them and then we present them to the congregation for approval or adjustments. It can happen where we may have overlooked a consideration. Not everybody requests donations.”

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A weekend snowstorm created hazardous weekend road conditions

February 13, 2020

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The Tyler area was hit with several inches of snow overnight on Saturday, making for a busy Sunday moving and playing in the snow.

By Shelly Finzen
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In a weekend winter snowstorm, Lincoln County was covered in several inches of snow. Snow began falling late Saturday evening and continued into the early hours of Sunday morning. Shortly after the snowfall ended, winds picked up and caused drifting, which interrupted the Sunday morning commute for many churchgoers.
The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that “An intense band of heavy snow developed over parts of east central South Dakota into southwest Minnesota Saturday night into early Sunday morning. The highest reports within the band of heavy snow were 10 to 12 inches along Highway 14 while amounts closer to I-90 in South Dakota were a half an inch to 2 inches and 2 to 5 inches along I-90 in southwest Minnesota. A few locations reported as much as 2 inches per hour for a brief time.”

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RTR One-Acts to perform this weekend

February 13, 2020

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David Cauwels, Caleb Harper, Brayden Appel, Rion Moat and Luke Johnson will be among the performers presenting “First Person Shooter” this weekend at RTR High School.

By Mark Wilmes
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Fresh off their seventh consecutive trip to the Minnesota State One-Act Play Festival, the RTR Drama Department will be presenting their one-act entry to the public this weekend along with two other plays. The play was performed on Thursday, Feb. 6, at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium on the campus of St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul. Director Neil Witte said the students did a great job of performing at State.
“Our group didn’t Star up at State,” Witte said. “But they gave their best performance yet.”

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Speech team competes at Minneota

February 13, 2020

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The RTR Speech Team competed in Minneota over the weekend. Pictured left to right in front are Cathy Grajeda, Melissa Barber, Kylie Kerkaert, Sophie Blagdon, Jenna Lingen, Julia Nilles and Caleb Witte; in back are Cassie Reese, Brianna Pattison, Natalie Nielsen, Caleb Harper, Grace Klumper, Amber Bakker and Brynn Peterson. Natalie Nielsen and Brianna Pattison placed third in Duo. Sophie Blagdon and Jenna Lingen placed fourth in Duo. Julia Nilles placed third in Discussion.

Eight Lincoln County youth attend leadership retreat

February 13, 2020

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Lincoln County BLU participants, pictured left to right in front; are Shelby Korman, Abby Johnson, Brynlee Hanson and Tarin Bingham; in back are Mallory Evans, Rachel Hexem, Kiera Larson and Madison Wells.

Minnesota 4-H held the Southwest BLU leadership retreat on Feb. 1 at SMSU in Marshall for 86 youth from across our region.
BLU – Building Leader­ship and Understanding – is an annual leadership retreat offered regionally across Minnesota. This year’s theme, Unmask Your Inner Leader, en­couraged youth to discuss their strengths, leader­ship styles, and the char­acteristics of great lead­ers…

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Corn and Soybean Growers held annual meeting last Saturday

February 13, 2020

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Auctioneer Kevin Swanson gets some help from scholarship winner Jon Lucero.

By Mark Wilmes
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The Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Grow­ers Association held its 18th annual meeting on Saturday evening at the Tyler Golf Club. Attend­ees were served a meal of roast beef, chicken and fixings before the meeting came to order. Chairman Tim Jerzak recognized the board of directors, includ­ing vice-chair Pat Jerzak, treasurer Lyle Koopman and secretary Nancy Po­powski. Directors for the past year were Kelly Krog, Mark Dunn, Fran Fier, Andy Deutz, Dennis Jens­en, Jon Johnson, Matthew Schreurs, Ronald Nuese, Tony Dunn, Ron Bun­jer, Brian Fruechte, Joel Schreurs and Bob Worth.

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Auctioneer Joe Weber with RTR graduate Jared Christensen during the scholarship auction.

Lincoln County Road and Bridge hearing set for March 3

February 13, 2020

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Mark Dunn and Dave Enke of Lake Benton spoke to the county board about contracting for police coverage for the City of Lake Benton.

By Shelly Finzen
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The Lincoln County Board of Directors met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Lincoln County Engineer Joe Wilson spoke to the board concerning the highway department. According to Wilson, the county has already used more sand than usual on the roadways. Typically, the county uses 1,600 tons in a year, but this year they have already used 2,100 tons. Wilson estimates that they still have 1,700 tons left. “That is why we are telling the cities and towns that we are using it sparingly,” Wilson said.

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Buffalo Ridge Newspapers pick up awards

February 5, 2020

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Buffalo Ridge Newspapers picked up three Better Newspaper Contest awards in Brooklyn Park on Thursday evening. Pictured left to right are BRN Managing Editor Mark Wilmes, BRN Publisher Chuck Hunt, Minnesota Newspaper Association President Karin Ramige and BRN Advertising Manager Amber Knudson.

By Mark Wilmes
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The annual Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) convention was held last week at the Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park. Ad Manager Amber Knudson was on hand to pick up an award for Advertising Excellence at Thursday evening’s Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet. Knudson creates advertising for the Tyler Tribute, Lake Benton Valley Journal and the Hendricks Pioneer. Judges praised Knudson’s work for her “exciting ads.” Entries in the contest were judged by the newspaper association in Indiana.

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RTR One-Acts head back to State

February 5, 2020

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Photo courtesy of Amber Behnke
The RTR One-Acts advanced to the Minnesota State One-Act Festival with a first-place finish on Saturday in Redwood Valley. Pictured left to right in front are Katelynn Behnke, Madison Witte, Dazja Gilmore, Alex Duus, Luke Johnson, Brooke Burns amd Kiley Griesse; in the middle row are Director Neil Witte, David Cauwels, Julia Nilles, Rion Moat, Jake Johnson, Chloe Carlson and Asst. Director Erick Harper; and in back are Desiree Breems, Jenna Lingen, Grace Klumper, Cari Baune, Brayden Appel, Gavin Nielsen, Dom Rouillard and Caleb Harper.

By Mark Wilmes
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For the 10th time in school history and the seventh consecutive year, RTR One-Acts are heading back to state competition. The play, “First Person Shooter,” received first place this past weekend at the Section 3A competition in Redwood Falls. With eight schools competing, the RTR play received first place votes from each of the three judges to advance. In addition to RTR, Red Rock Central finished second, Redwood Valley third, Morris area fourth, Central Minnesota Christian fifth and Edgerton, Renville County West and Lac qui Parle Valley tied for sixth. RTR will now move onto the One-Act State Festival this coming Thursday, Feb. 6, at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium on the campus of St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul. Director Neil Witte’s group will compete at 10 a.m. Witte invites area residents to come and see the show.

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Council hears updates from hospital, new school

February 5, 2020

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Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson and Avera Regional President Mary Maertens gave the council an update on the local healthcare facility.

By Mark Wilmes
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Avera Tyler Administrator Allen Anderson and Avera Regional President Mary Maertens gave their annual report to the city at Monday’s Tyler City Council meeting. Anderson reported that Avera Tyler added a new provider to the local facility this week.
“Travis Erickson joined our team as an advanced practice provider,” Anderson said. “He is going to be working out of the Tyler, Lake Benton and Ivanhoe clinics. He’s got a background in pain management and we’re going to leverage some of those resources.”
Anderson also reported that the finances have continued to improve since Avera took over the Tyler facility.

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