In-person learning for elementary, hybrid learning for everyone else

August 19, 2020

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Ann Orren of Southwest Health and Human Services.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School Board discussed the process behind the decision-making for the 2020-2021 school year reopening at last week’s regular monthly meeting in Tyler. Superintendent Dave Marlette introduced Ann Orren of Southwest Health and Human Services who has been part of the coalition crafting the process.
“We’ve had numerous meetings of our back-to-school task force,” Marlette said. “We are not by ourselves. We are tied in with Ann and her staff and the state in making decisions. Ann has helped us numerous times as part of our task force.

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Pork chops for dollars

August 19, 2020

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The Country House of Lake Benton donated last week’s proceeds from their Drive-Thru Pork Chop Feed to Relay For Life of Lincoln County. The event raised $1,796 for the fight against cancer. Pictured is Mark Wilmes of the CUREious George/Cancermals Relay team taking donations at the event.

Tyler’s Yard of the Week

August 19, 2020

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This week’s honors go to Lorraine Maleyko at 350 N. Tyler St.

Opera House continues to navigate through pandemic

August 19, 2020

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Morgan Benson of Tracy will be among the acts performing in an online fundraiser for the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The 2020 Lake Benton Opera House season con­tinues to dwindle as the pandemic and state man­dates have hampered live productions. The latest show to fall is “Elf: The Musical” that was slated for November. Rehears­als would have had to be starting up in September with no signs that indoor shows will be allowed in the near future at a ca­pacity that would not lose money.
A decision has been made to move the 2020 Opera House Children’s Theater online…

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Lincoln County 4-H goes virtual

August 12, 2020

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Pictured clockwise from top left—Blake DeVries in the Beef Showcase; Aiden Jerzak in the Virtual Gardening Challenge with the longest cucumber; Matthew Grooters competing in the Virtual Dairy competition; Anna Wiese in the Virtual Cloverbud category.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Far too many stories this year have started with “nobody could have expected the 2020—fill-in-the-blank—to look like this.” You can add Extension Educator Michele VanDyke to the list of people with one of those stories. VanDyke is in charge of Lincoln County 4-H youth development. As with many other events this year, it was necessary for 4-H members to adapt and rework everything they had become ac­customed to in their respective years participating in the orga­nization.
“Lincoln County 4-H is part of the University of Minnesota Extension,” VanDyke said last week. “Therefore, we follow the guidelines laid out by the Uni­versity of Minnesota and our Extension leadership. Initially, all face-to-face programming was canceled through March 31, which was eventually extended through July 1.”

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Masking matters

August 12, 2020

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Minnesota’s mask mandate finds a willingly compliant “Ove” at Thrifty White Pharmacy these days.

Tyler’s Yard of the Week

August 12, 2020

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This week’s honors go to Ron and Carole Carr at 626 S. Tyler Street.

Local fire squad comes out on top

August 12, 2020

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The Ruthton/Holland Fire Department Team won the Woodstock Fire/EMS Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 8, defeating Woodstock Fire/EMS, Woodstock Non-Fire, and Pipestone. Pictured from left to right in front are Andy Schelhaas, Merle Zeinstra, Matt Schelhaas, Devin Schulze, Nathan McConnell and Chris Schulze; in back are Nathan Boeve, Jared Dagel, Casey Fritz, Collin Moeller, Cody Fritz, Brent Dagel and Nick Schulze.

County will look at Monarch Butterfly preservation options within the county

August 12, 2020

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Jason Overby of Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water presented the annual report to the Lincoln County Board on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The meeting opened with Jason Overby of Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water (LPRW) presenting their annual report. According to Overby, LPRW received a clean audit report for their FY2019. Their total indebtedness decreased in 2019 and they added the community of Edger­ton to their system. Dur­ing 2019, LPRW added 40 new rural customers, three of them from Lin­coln County. The new cus­tomers were categorized in the following way: 27 residential customers, 10 livestock customers and three office buildings….

For the full story, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Better to give

August 12, 2020

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Allen Lund recently donated $10,000 to the Tyler American Legion Post 185. Allen is a Korean War veteran and member of Post 185 for 65 years, having been recruited by his brother-in-law Leon Schnell. With this donation Allen hopes Post 185 can be on solid financial ground to continue to help veterans and community organizations in Tyler. Above: Pastor Wayde Kenneke accepted a $10,000 donation from Allen Lund last week for The Rock in downtown Tyler. Lund, who has made several do­nations to organizations in the past weeks says it is something that makes him happy. “It’s better to give than to receive.” Thanks to Allen from Tyler!