RTR building site continues to progress

July 10, 2020

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Above: The second floor of the Area C education wing was poured last week.

By Mark Wilmes
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Construction at the new RTR School site continues to move forward within the parameters of what R.A. Morton Site Manager Michael Beach considers to be “comfortably on schedule.” Crews worked on pouring the upper deck last Wednesday above the elementary classrooms. The second floor will house the middle school and high school classrooms. They also filled and compacted the area that will house the shop, with concrete pouring soon to follow. The crews will then progress to the competition gym after completing the upper deck and media center floors. Also in the weeks to come, the attention will turn to the auxiliary gym, which will house three regulation basketball courts.
“It’s hard to believe that you could nearly set the entire competition gym inside [the auxiliary gym],” Beach said.

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Council approves rezoning request

July 10, 2020

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Tate Burckhardt appeared at Monday’s council meeting with a rezoning request.

By Mark Wilmes
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Tate Burkhardt, owner of Apollo Water Systems, was on hand at Monday’s regular monthly meeting of the Tyler City Council to answer questions on a rezoning request. The property is directly across the alley to the west from Burckhardt’s current business, Apollo Water Systems, where a new storage building would be constructed. The house currently on the location would still remain for the immediate future.

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Tractor parade visits nursing home

July 10, 2020

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Family members and friends of Chuck Bakker of Tyler organized a parade of restored antique tractors throughout the area on July 4, including a trip past the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

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Danebod Folk Meeting moves online for 2020

July 10, 2020

Registration materials had been prepared for the 74th annual Danebod Folk Meeting just as Minnesota closed its doors due to the COVID-19 virus. What to do with the great line-up of lecture presenters com­mitted to the program? That’s when it was decid­ed to go virtual.
This year’s Danebod Folk Meeting will be held Zoom style beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19 and closing with a fi­nal lecture on Friday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. Registration deadline is July 15. Prac­tice Zoom sessions will be held for registered partici­pants.

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Ruthton displays its Red, White and Blue

July 10, 2020

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Nathan and Nancy McConnell were winners of the Ruthton 4th of July patriotic yard decorating contest.

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June celebrates 90th birthday

July 10, 2020

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Friends and relatives gathered Monday, June 29 for June Goodmund’s 90th birthday, celebrating with a socially-distanced window party at Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home. The group brought balloons, waved and blew kisses to her, and Larry Olsen from Lake Benton entertained June with some polka music. Happy birthday, June!

Opera House will present online “Stage Stories with George and Stu”

July 10, 2020

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George Jorgensen (left) of Tyler and Stu Melby of Brookings, South Dakota will share stories of past productions on the Lake Benton Opera House Facebook page on Thursday evening.

By Mark Wilmes
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With the pandemic still holding a firm grip on the country, the Lake Benton Opera House Board of Di­rectors is exploring ways to showcase some of their performers in online pro­gramming over the next few months. That will be­gin on Thursday evening, July 9 on the Opera House Facebook page, when a 20-minute conversation— “Stage Stories with George and Stu” will be posted.
The project was record­ed in early June and will feature George Jorgensen of Tyler and Stu Melby of Brookings, South Dakota, as they talk about their experiences on the Opera House stage…

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Tyler’s Yard of the Week

July 10, 2020

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Last week’s honors went to Shaun and Sarah Thomas at 310 Linwood St.

2020 Æbleskiver Days update

July 10, 2020

By Mark Wilmes
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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. Watch next week’s Tribute for an advertisement with the official schedule.
Items still in the plans are the wooden æbleskiv­er hunt, a virtual talent contest, a Saturday Taco in a Bag feed beginning at 11 a.m. at the band­shell park, with a drive-through option, a concert by the 2nd Opinion Band, as well as Bingo at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., a scavenger hunt beginning and end­ing at Deja Brew and the Æbleskiver Night of Lights (see ad in this week’s pa­per for entry).

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Celebrate the Positive honors go to two RTR staff members

July 2, 2020

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Pictured from left to right are Kelly and Robin Knudsen, daughter Kristen Schlapkohl with husband Jon and granddaughter Evie of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and son Brett, also of Sioux Falls.

By Mark Wilmes
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The Tyler Area Community Club periodically honors people who have a positive impact on our community. This round of recognition shines a light on two people, RTR High School Office Manager Robin Knudsen and Superintendent David Marlette.
Robin lives in Tyler with her husband Kelly. She has a daughter, Kristin Schlapkohl, and son-in-law Jon of Sioux Falls, South Dakota who have a daughter, Evie. Their son Brett also lives in Sioux Falls.

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