Volleyball camp

August 12, 2020

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RTR Volleyball Camp was held earlier this week for 4-6 grade. Pictured in the foreground are Laken Baartman and Payton Johansen practicing their volleyball skills.

Plans moving forward for in-person schooling . . . for now

August 7, 2020

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Plans are going forward for in-person school this fall at RTR Schools.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Flexibility—that is Superintendent Dave Marlette’s word for describing what will be required for the 2020-2021 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school year.
“The district and the parents are going to have to be very flexible,” Marlette said. “Things are going to change.”
Marlette said the district has the distinct advantage of having lots of team members in what promises to be a long path of negotiating the twists and turns that lie ahead.

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City council awards Oak Street project bid

August 7, 2020

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Councilperson Scott Dressen

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Bids were awarded for the Oak Street Extension Project at Monday’s regular meeting of the Tyler City Council. Owen Todd of Bolton and Menk was on hand to discuss the bids that were opened on July 30.
“We received six bids between $481,000 and $381,000,” Todd told the council. “Just for reference, our final estimate based on the final quantities was $429,000, so about in the middle of the six bids we received. The low bid was from Town & Country Excavating out of Garvin with a bid of $381,645.70.

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Peterson makes decision to retire from RTR music department

August 7, 2020

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RTR Superintendent David Marlette (left) presented former RTR music teacher Todd Peterson with a plaque commemorating his 35 years with the district. Peterson’s retirement was accepted by the school board at the July meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

For the first time in 35 years, RTR music students will not find Todd Peter­son teaching music in the district.
“I had planned to teach until 2022, but the corona­virus changed that,” Peter­son said. “Because of the uncertainty of the coming school year and the fact my wife Kathy is in the ‘high risk’ category, I felt the responsible thing to do was to retire.”
Peterson said he is very thankful to RTR Superin­tendent Dave Marlette and the RTR school board for their understanding and allowing him to retire with full benefits.

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Legion donates

July 29, 2020

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On July 27 Tyler Legion Post 185 Financial Officer Larry Wyttenback (right) presented RTR District Office Manager Robin Knudsen with four Non-Contact Forehead Infrared Thermometers. Each RTR school site will receive one thermometer and the other will be kept in the District office. Legion member Dave Guida worked with Avera Tyler to purchase the thermometers.

Back to school with COVID-19

July 15, 2020

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RTR Superintendent Dave Marlette.

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

Back to school shopping season is nearly upon us and parents wonder what the new school year will look like in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the uptick in active cases within Lincoln County, some wonder if school will even begin on time. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) recently re­leased the results of a parent survey that school administra­tion will take into consideration moving forward.
According to the MDE, “The survey received an overwhelm­ing response from the commu­nity. Between June 15 and July 6, MDE collected more than 130,000 completed responses…The survey asked a series of questions about parents’ expe­riences with distance learning in the spring of 2020 and their hopes for the 2020-21 school year.”

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RTR School Board moves back to on-site meetings

July 15, 2020

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The RTR School Board met in person on Wednesday at the middle school cafeteria in Russell.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR School Board returned to in-person meetings last Wednesday at the RTR Middle School cafeteria. Attendees had temperatures checked on the way into the meeting and everyone was required to wear a mask. Two mem­bers, Troy Chandler and Tami Nelson, joined by conference call, necessi­tating roll call votes on all actions taken.
R.A. Morton Site Super­visor Michael Beach was on hand to update the board on progress at the new school site.
“We’re prepping the aux and main gym for the concrete floor,” Beach said. “We’ve got block walls that are going up in area A—the fitness room, locker rooms, that sort of thing. We have metal framing in Area B. The ductwork, plumbing and in-wall elec­tric are still going in place in that same area. Over in Area C the joists and deck are finishing up for the second level.”

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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
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
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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Amundson Foundation grants 11 scholarships to area students

July 2, 2020

By Shelly Finzen
lbvjeditor@gmail.com

In 1992, the late Lloyd and Barbara Amundson of the First Security Bank system realized that their lives had been blessed. They wanted to give back to the communities where their banks were located. According to a statement released by First Security Bank Lake Benton, Mr. Amundson said before his death, “We were talking how lucky we have been with our education and being in the right places at the right times and meet­ing the right folks. We asked ourselves, ‘What can we do for these towns that have been loyal to us,’ and decided that scholarships would be the best thing we could do.”…

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School board explores sports practices, cuts gymnastics program

June 17, 2020

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An aerial view of the new school construction by County Road 8 in Tyler. The view is from the north side of the building.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

RTR High School Principal Dan Bettin went over the cur­rent guidelines for beginning practices for sports at the high school during last week’s vir­tual RTR School Board meeting. Bettin told the board that RTR Certified Athletic Trainer Aaron Sattler outlined three phases of easing back into athletics.

“We’re going to start with phase one beginning on June 15,” Bettin said. “We’re going to require all coaches and players to come in door 6…

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