Drake resigns from Lake Benton School after on staff 11 years

June 3, 2020

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Amanda Drake

By Shelly Finzen
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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
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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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Jaden Borman

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…

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Seniors left without final spring sports season

May 27, 2020

By Mark Wilmes
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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
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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.

RTR board meeting June 10

May 27, 2020

Due to the current health pandemic, RTR School Board Chairman Jeff Hans­en has determined that an in-person meeting is not prudent, and has declared that the June 10, 2020 RTR School Board Meeting will be held by electronic means…

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

RTR school board special meeting to be held June 3

May 27, 2020

A special meeting of the RTR School Board will be held on June 3, 2020 at 7 p.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to hold a school board work-session for building construction and other pertinent items…

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

RTR Speech awards

May 27, 2020

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RTR speech coaches Neil Witte (left) and Erick Harper took this year’s awards presentation online last week.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The 2020 season for the RTR speech team was abbreviated due to the switch to distance learning in schools across the country during the pandemic. That didn’t prevent students being recognized for the work they did during that shortened season. In an online recorded awards ceremony, speech coaches Erick Harper and Neil Witte listed the 2020 award winners. A link to the program can be found on the Tyler Tribute Facebook page.

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