So long, farewell

June 3, 2020

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RTR Elementary School teachers and staff took their respective shows on the road last Thursday evening, traveling to Russell, Tyler and Ruthton to say goodbye to their students safely and give them best wishes for the summer.

Elementary farewell parades

June 3, 2020

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For more photos, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Seniors left without final speech meets, plays

June 3, 2020

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Among the many disap­pointments involved in the collateral damage from the pandemic is depriving the 2020 seniors of their final season participating in speech and the spring play. We reached out to seniors on their feelings about missing out on their spring activities:
Alex Duus — Speech and Drama
“I have been involved in the RTR Spring Play for all of my high school years,” Alex told us. “The spring play has always been a highlight of my year. Ev­ery year I get the chance to go onto the Opera House stage and act in a full length play or musical with my friends…

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

Drake resigns from Lake Benton School after on staff 11 years

June 3, 2020

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By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Amanda Drake, a native of Tyler, joined the Lake Benton Elementary teach­ing staff 11 years ago as a preschool teacher. Last month, Drake submitted her resignation, which was accepted by the school board at the May 20 meet­ing. This fall, she will be teaching kindergarten for RTR in Ruthton.

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

An RTR graduation like no other

May 27, 2020

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2020 RTR graduate Logan Sanderson receives his diploma from RTR School Board Vice Chair Craig Hess during Sunday’s graduation ceremony.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Think about it. How many moments from the past 20 or more RTR graduations stand out in your mind—barring ceremonies that included family members? Not many? On Sunday afternoon, the Class of 2020 had a ceremony for the ages. It was outdoors, fitting snugly into a rare period without rain over the weekend; it featured a drive-through; it was simulcast on KLOH Radio and it featured a balloon launch. Oh yeah, and there was a Jumbotron hoisted by a piece of heavy construction equipment.
We won’t forget this one for a long time.

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

The Knight life

May 27, 2020

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RTR Seniors Chris Cauwels (left) and Alex Duus were winners of last week’s Knights Pride photo contest at RTR High School.

 

Gustafson honored

May 27, 2020

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Long-time RTR Spanish teacher Janet Gustafson will retire after 33 years in the district. Gustafson was presented a plaque by RTR High School Principal Dan Bettin before Sunday’s graduation ceremony.

Borman named top proficiency award winner

May 27, 2020

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Forty-three individuals will receive the top FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards during this week’s virtual State FFA Conven­tion; Students have each developed specialized skills through Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) working with their high school agriculture in­structors.

The proficiency areas correspond to career path­ways related to agricul­ture…

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

Seniors left without final spring sports season

May 27, 2020

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Among the many disap­pointments involved in the collateral damage from the pandemic, is depriving the 2020 seniors of their final season participating in spring sports. We reached out to seniors on their feelings about the sports that they have played in their high school careers and will share here the remainder of the athletes responding to our ques­tions.
Kylea Baartman – RTR softball – pitcher
“I started playing soft­ball when I was in seventh grade,” Baartman said…

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

Elementary staff to hold parade

May 27, 2020

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

In an effort to bring some normal closure to the end of the RTR Elementary school year, the staff in Ruthton have scheduled a parade on Thursday, May 28. In a message to the families, the school staff said that they were miss­ing the “see you laters” that typically happen in the last week of school.
“While we can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling fac­es, we do need to remind everyone to abide by social distancing guidelines,” the message said. “Please do not congregate together in groups larger than 10 and if possible, please watch the parade from inside a vehicle.”

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