Tyler City Council calls special meeting

April 2, 2020

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The Tyler City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday last week. Pictured clockwise from left—Councilpersons Scott Dressen and Cricket Raschke, City Administrator Stephanie LaBrune, and councilpersons Tim Sanderson and Kenny Jensen.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Tyler City Council met in special session on Tuesday, March 24 to ap­prove a resolution extend­ing the city’s Declaration of a State of Emergency. Mayor Joan Jagt, attending the meeting via conference call, told the council that the meeting was called at the direction of Lincoln County Emergency Man­ager Amber Scholten, who said the city needs to have a council meeting if the threat is to last for more than three days.
“That is why we called this meeting, to make sure that we can move forward with it,” Jagt said. “We’re asking that we continue the State of Emergency until May 4, 2020.”

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Nursing home helps bring visitors electronically

March 27, 2020

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Lexi, Oakley and Avery Schreurs, daughters of Jamie and Ryan Schreurs, participated in Monday’s test run for video chats with resident.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
In an effort to safely bring some social interaction to residents at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home and Danebod Village, staff members have created Facebook pages to allow people to visit via scheduled Facebook Messenger video calls. A test run was done with random people from the community participating on Monday. The call slot schedules will be posted for people to fill in for a 20-minute call with a random resident once a week. They plan to carry out the program week-by-week, call-by-call.
The volunteer community member picks the time slot, calls on messenger and will be connected to a resident.

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Local funeral home takes new path during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 27, 2020

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Hartquist – Tyler Funeral Home

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Hartquist Funeral and Cremation Services announced last week that, moving forward, they will not recommend public visitations, funerals or gatherings during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“We at Hartquist Funeral and Cremation Services remain committed to professionally serving families during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” the press release said in a message from Jeff and Sara Hartquist. “We recognize our responsibility to protect the health of the families we are honored and privileged to serve, along with the health of our community. It will be recommended that services be limited to immediate family with possible online streaming services available during this heightened time of caution. We will also offer platforms for family and public to express their grief and support once we are through this period. These uncharted waters are difficult to navigate for us as a funeral home as we want to offer all aspects of funeral service to help families begin a healthy grief journey.”

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Stuck at home

March 27, 2020

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We put out a call on our Tribute Facebook page to see how you all are doing at home these days. One of the many photos we received was of Jake and Kyle Hansen, sons of Jarod and Heidi, spending one afternoon last week participating in a Nerf gun fight. “This is literally what was happening when I saw your post,” Heidi said.

Local woman asks women to pay attention to their hearts

March 27, 2020

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Julie Wutsch (left) and Avera PA-C LuAnn Weber.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a man’s disease, almost as many women as men die each year of heart disease in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, kill­ing 299,578 women in 2017—or about one in every five female deaths. That is why Tyler resident Julie Wutsch and LuAnn Weber, PA-C are teaming up to bring awareness to the fact that women need to watch for warning signs to make sure they are not caught unaware.
Last November, Wutsch, who works at Avera in Marshall, noticed some discomfort in her shoulder and neck area.
“It went on for a couple of days,” she said. “I was thinking I slept wrong.”
On Nov. 20, it progressed to a point she could no lon­ger ignore it.

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Commissioners approve law enforcement pact with Lake Benton

March 27, 2020

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County Commissioner Mic VanDeVere

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The Lincoln County Commissioners met with representatives from Lake Benton on March 17 to discuss a new law enforcement partnership between their city and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. Commis­sioner Jack Vizecky was present by speakerphone. Lake Benton City Council Member David Enke and City Administrator Eileen Christensen were on hand at the meeting. Enke told the commissioners that the contract was approved on the previous evening at the Lake Benton City Council meeting.
“We’re thankful for the time spent by Sheriff (Chad) Meester to pre­pare that contract as well as everyone else who was involved with that,” Enke said. “We’re here this morning to present that contract for approval from the commissioners.”

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Stuck at home

March 27, 2020

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Sue Furan and her cat, Tiger, enjoyed cocktails over the weekend.

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Jodi and Tory Schreurs discovered they had construction going on in their home last week as Lincoln and Gavin put together this elaborate fort, complete with a fireplace.

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Left speechless…

March 27, 2020

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The RTR Speech Team competed at Redwood Falls on Feb. 29, in what may be the final speech meet of the year. RTR finished fourth overall out of 23 teams. Finishing first was Minneota with 43 points; second was Windom with 34 points; finishing third was Luverne with 33 points; RTR was fourth with 26 points; and fifth was MCC with 24 points. Pictured left to right in front are Kyle Kallemeyn, Natalie Nielsen and Brianna Pattison (fifth in Duo), Brynn Petersen (third in Storytelling), Dajza Gilmore and Madison Witte (second in Duo) and Andrew Harper (seventh in Storytelling). In the middle row are Cari Baune (seventh in Duo), Julia Nilles (fifth in Discussion), Kathy Grajeda, Hailey Wigton, David Cauwels (eighth in Humor), Brooke Struthers, Amber Bakker, Kylie Kerkaert and Zoey Williams. In the back row are Grace Klumper (fourth in Humor), Katelynn Behnke (seventh in Duo), Caleb Witte, Lily Klumper, Caleb Harper (third in Great Speeches), Colton Appel, Alex Duus (first in Humor), Desiree Breems, Jenna Lingen and Sophie Blagdon (tied for eighth in Duo), Joe Dagel and Melissa Barber.

Jaden Borman earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards

March 27, 2020

Jaden Borman of Holland has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Bronze and Silver awards, according to Ja­clyn Upperman, education and events director of the American Angus Associa­tion® in Saint Joseph, Mis­souri.
Borman is the 18-year-old son of Jason and Tam­my Borman and attends RTR High School. He is a member of the NJAA and the Minnesota Junior An­gus Association.

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Vivian Hansen celebrates 100 years

March 27, 2020

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Vivian Hansen celebrated her 100th birthday on March 21 at the Hendricks Nursing Home, with well-wishing family members greeting her from outside the window.

By Jeanie Ness
jeanieness@msn.com

Vivian Hansen celebrated her 100th birthday on March 21 in relative quarantine. She had visitors out her window, and was able to have a conference call with her daughter from Alexandria and granddaughter from Salina, Kansas.
During the Coronavirus quarantine, birthdays are celebrated a little more creatively. Vivian’s family had planned a celebration including her children, grandchildren and friends for this past Saturday at 2 p.m. Hendricks Hospital staff members Gwen Meyer and Ashley Citterman got involved to help make the day festive for her in lieu of the visitors or restrictions at the hospital. Vivian had been looking forward to this birthday celebration for such a long time, they wanted to make her feel special, even without her expected guests. Ashley decorated the north lounge at the nursing home with balloons, quilts and cards. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Linda and Doug Buller came up to the lounge window in order to talk with Vivian and wish her a happy birthday through the screen. She was also placed on a conference call with her daughter and granddaughter. Her son had called earlier in the day.
She celebrated wearing a sash and a tiara.

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