Making Tyler an Age-Friendly Community

January 16, 2020

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Betty Christensen of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA).

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Betty Christensen and Molly Peterson of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) met with local officials on Jan. 6 at the Tyler Fire Hall. The meeting was scheduled to explore the possibility of acquiring grant dollars to move the Tyler community toward becoming more age-friendly to local residents.
Christensen explained that the Southwest Initiative Fund has offered the opportunity for four communities to be included in a grant fund to be developed through MNRAAA for the building of age-friendly communities.
“Each community is eligible to receive up to $10,000 to complete an Age-Friendly Community project,” she explained. “Communities we have [so far] identified are Milan, Adrian and DeGraff.”

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Conference foes come together to raise funds

January 16, 2020

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Players from Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton are pictured after the final game on Friday evening. The two communities raised $1,777.23 through t-shirt sales and Friday evening’s meal for the Avera Marshall Cancer Center. Organizers tapped the center’s nurses to see what they needed to better serve the patients.

RTR Board holds their annual reorganizational meeting Jan. 8

January 16, 2020

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Reelected as officers at last week’s RTR School Board meeting were (from left) Chair Jeff Hansen, Clerk Peggy Dunblazier, Treasurer Tami Nelson and Vice-Chair Craig Hess.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR School Board held its annual reorganizational meeting on Jan. 8. The board reelected the following as officers for 2020: Jeff Hansen, chair; Craig Hess, vice-chair; Peggy Dunblazier, clerk; Tami Nelson, treasurer. Board honorariums will remain the same for 2020, at $50 per meeting for directors, $60 for vice-chair and treasurer and $75 for chair and clerk. Special and committee meetings are $50 across the board.
Committee assignments were also made for the year, as follows: Administrative and Finance Committee: Craig Hess, Tami Nelson and John Bloom; Policy Committee: Jeff Hanson, Peggy Dunblazier and Troy Chandler; Buildings and Grounds Committee: Peggy Dunblazier, Tony Dybdahl and Troy Chandler; Health and Safety Committee: Peggy Dunblazier, Jeff Hansen and Tony Dybdahl; Negotiations Committee: Tami Nelson, Craig Hess and John Bloom.

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County board elects Drietz as chairperson

January 16, 2020

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Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester spoke to the county board about joining the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

 
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, Jan. 7 for their first meeting of the new decade. Commissioners Rick Hamer and Corey Sik were absent from the meeting.
The meeting opened with election of the chair and vice-chair. Commissioner Joe Drietz was elected board chair and Commissioner Mic VanDeVere was elected as vice-chair.
Because it was the first meeting of the year, several annual resolutions, decisions and appointments were approved, including the following:
The 2020 mileage rate was set at $0.57 per mile…

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Tyler area veterans list compiled by former Tyler resident

January 16, 2020

Editor’s note: The following is a list of Tyler area veterans com­piled by Michael Dale Thompson who lived in Tyler from 1968- 1978. Thompson asks that any omissions or corrections be sub­mitted to tributeeditor@gmail. com, which will in turn be for­warded to him.

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Hamer found guilty of drug possession charge at trial

January 16, 2020

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Rick Hamer

By Deb Gau
Reprinted from the
Marshall Independent

Lincoln County Com­missioner Richard Hamer was found guilty of drug possession on Friday, Jan. 3 after a trial held in Lyon County.
A jury returned guilty verdicts for fifth degree controlled substance crime, and for posses­sion of drug parapherna­lia. However, Hamer was found not guilty of a more serious charge of possess­ing methamphetamine with the intent to sell. Ju­rors also found that pos­session of guns found in a shop building owned by Hamer were not an aggra­vating factor in the drug possession charge.

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Tyler Tribute 2019 Year in Review, part 3

January 9, 2020

Check out the last part of 2019 Year in Review. There may have been a story you missed.

Peggy Dunblazier is the latest “Celebrate the Positive” resident

January 9, 2020

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Celebrate the Positive winner Peggy Dunblazier

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Several times per year the Tyler Area Community Club shines a spotlight on someone in the community who they feel has a positive influence on Tyler. This week the TACC has named Peggy Dunblazier as the latest recipient.
Dunblazier’s journey to Tyler was a long and winding one. She was born at Port Lyautey, a former United States Naval Air Station in Morocco that closed in 1977.
“We moved from there to Virginia,” Peggy said. “I spent my first year in Africa and then four years in Virginia. Then we moved to Mason City, Iowa where my grandparents were.”

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RTR High School Snow Week 2020

January 9, 2020

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Snow Week at RTR High School will be held Jan. 13-18 this year. Snow Week royalty candidates were revealed on Tuesday afternoon. The 2020 candidates are, from left to right in front, Gabryelle Wieme, Tianna Beaulieu, Rhaegyn Petersen, Brooke Burns and Jaden Sanderson; in back are Jaden Borman, Luke Johnson, Payton Hess, Harley Nielsen and Cody Gifford. The Snow Week King and Queen will be crowned on Tuesday, Jan. 14 between the girls and boys basketball games against the MACCRAY Wolverines. Dress-up days will be held each day next week, with the week of activities concluding with the Snow Week Dance that will be held on Jan. 18.

The 11th Day of Christmas

January 9, 2020

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Local storyteller Richard Siemers shared holiday tales during the Tyler Arts Council Coffee House Concert on Saturday evening at First English Lutheran Church.