RTR girls get season started early against the Patriots

December 5, 2019

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Allie Christianson puts up a shot during last week’s season opener for the RTR Knights.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR girls played the HBC Patriots last Mon­day, a day early because of pending snow. The Patri­ots had a great year last year, losing in the finals of the section to the Min­neota Vikings, a team that won the state champion­ship a week later.
The Patriots will be a very good squad again this year as they would win their second straight game of the new year with a sound 66-41 victory over the Lady Knights.
Haley Muenchow of the Lady Knights got the first points of the new season as her basket gave the team a quick 2-0 advan­tage…

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RTR Middle School presents annual Fall/Winter Concert

December 5, 2019

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Accompanying the sixth grade choir on guitars are Natalie Nielsen, Brianna Pattison, Alex Nilles and Ben Guida.

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Pictured on the right are Adalia Matzner on keyboard and Elena Brandt on bells as they accompany the girls choir on “Ding Dong! Merrily On High.”

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RTR Middle School boys start season

December 5, 2019

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Ron Ries is pictured with the seventh and eighth grade basketball squads.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Middle School seventh and eighth graders played MCC last Monday in the opening games of their season. The coaches of the two teams are Trent Griesse and Tony Dybdahl, respectively.
The coaches are not lacking numbers this year, as there are eight players out in seventh grade and a whopping 15 candidates trying their skills in eighth grade. Both coaches are trying to get the boys to play like they might have to play when they reach the high school level of basket­ball. In other words, they are pressing full court and running whenever the op­portunity presents itself. They do not shy away from shooting. Every chance they get, they will launch from anywhere on the floor.

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Christmas for Kids looks for donations

November 27, 2019

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Pictured from left are Trinity Bloom, Elena Brandt and Addi Serreyn, hoping to help out children in need with some new books.

By Mark Wilmes
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Three 7th graders at RTR Middle School have decided to do what they can to help out less fortunate children this holiday season. Trinity Bloom, daughter of LaTessa Laney and Tim Bloom, Elena Brandt, daughter of Dean and Danielle Brandt, and Addi Serreyn, daughter of Wade and Becky Serreyn, have put together an FCCLA project they are calling Christmas for Kids.
“We’ll be putting boxes for books at the banks in Russell, Tyler and Ruthton and at the high school and middle school,” Bloom said. “People can drop off brand new books or money in those boxes so that we can wrap them up and give them to kids in hospitals for Christmas.”

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Heibult announces retirement after 23 years of service to SWWC

November 27, 2019

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Kim Heibult recently announced that she is retiring the end of this month.

By Shelly Finzen
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Lake Benton Elementary School and RTR Schools will say goodbye to a friendly face this month. Kim Heibult, a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) contracted through the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative (SWWC), announced that she will retire at the end of November. Heibult has worked as a COTA/L with SWWC for more than 23 years, serving area school districts, including Lake Benton and RTR.
Heibult is a Windom native. She attended school in Duluth to earn her certification as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, then attended school in Minneapolis for her Certified Medical Assistant Licensure. She and her husband Dan have an adult daughter. She and Dan live in Tyler.

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RTR Knights boys will work to win some games

November 27, 2019

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Payton Hess (left) and Myles Williams will be returning from last year’s Knights basketball team.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR boys will find the upcoming basketball season challenging as over 80% of the scoring from last year has disappeared due to graduation. Head Coach Ted Kern and his valuable assistants, coach­es Gravley and Wabeke, will have 28 prospects to look at in finding the right combination which could produce some points.
Lost to graduation are the Hansens, Carter and Cooper, Jared Hauswedell, Jack Kerr, Brett Kelley and Tucker Baune. These boys were part of a three-year success that produced over 20 wins each year. There was even one of those years that produced over 30 wins.

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Marshall Independent all-area football teams are announced

November 27, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The all-area football teams have been an­nounced by the Marshall Independent. Eleven differ­ent schools have players listed on the area teams. There are 11 players on each of the first, second and honorable mention teams.
Payton Hess of the RTR Football Knights, who led his team to a very impres­sive 6-4 record and a win in the postseason, was named to the First Team. Payton was the top QB in passing yards for the season with 1,558 yards among the 10 QBs on the leaderboard…

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Payton Hess named MVP and Offensive Back of Year

November 27, 2019

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RTR Knight quarterback Payton Hess was named MVP of the sub-district, as well as Offensive Back of the Year.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The list of all-subdistrict teams in football have been announced for the 2019 season. The list includes players from both the west and east districts.
The RTR Football Knights have five players listed for the west subdistrict. Pay­ton Hess, Collin Johnson, Kyle Fischer and Cade Jor­gensen, the four seniors on the RTR squad, were all named to the team. Tim Gilmore, a junior, was also named to the team….

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RTR School Board hears audit report

November 20, 2019

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RTR Student Council representatives Ashley Owen (left) and Madison Witte updated the board on activities at the high school.

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR School Board heard the audit report from Matt Taubert of Meulebroeck, Taubert & Co. of Pipestone. Board member Craig Hess was absent from the meeting. The report goes through the end of the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2019.
“It is an unqualified opinion, which is exactly what you are shooting for,” Taubert told the board. “It is the highest opinion we can render on the financial report.”
Among the data in the report was the fact that the final payment to the Southwest Educational Cooperative (SWEC) was made as part of the agreement to be removed from the co-op. The total of the final payment was $142,974.

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RTR girls gear up for the hoopster season

November 20, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR girls have been practicing over two weeks to get ready for the open­ing game of the 2019-20 basketball season. Head Coach Steve Krause and his two assistants, Coach Mik­kelsen and Coach Hesse, have been getting the girls into basketball shape. Yes, I attended a practice and there are many prospects out for the season.
Lost to graduation are Brooke Thomsen, Jonni Bi­ren and Maddi Muenchow. All of these girls started at one time or another last year. Thomsen was the leading scorer for the team last year.
Returning are three starters who did most of the starting last year. Ha­ley Muenchow, Kalleigh Carr and Shawna Thoms­en would be those players. Skylar Borresen, Maddi Wendland and Allie Chris­tianson also saw some var­sity playing time last year.

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