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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Darlene DeGroat

April 2, 2020

July 15, 1950 – March 28, 2020

Darlene B. DeGroat, age 69 of Balaton, died Sat­urday, March 28 at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall.
Due to current guide­lines from the Centers for Disease Control and Pre­vention and the Minnesota Executive Stay at Home Order, ceremonies for Dar­lene will be held at a later date.
Please consider shar­ing a thought, memory, or photo on Darlene’s Trib­ute Wall at http://www. hartquistfuneral.com or reaching out to her fam­ily directly. Your words of comfort and support are very appreciated during this difficult time.
Hartquist Funeral Home –Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments.

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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Camden Conference announces All-Conference teams

March 27, 2020

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Camden Conference has revealed its confer­ence selections for 2019-20 for both the girls and boys teams. There were 12 players selected on both the south and north squads for both the girls and boys. Number of selections from each team was based on position the team finished in the conference.
The RTR girls and boys teams each placed one player from their team. Kalleigh Carr and Payton Hess were the representa­tives for the RTR teams.

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Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Academic all-stars in conference

March 27, 2020

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Pictured are RTR basketball players named to the 2020 Winter Sports Camden Conference Academic All Conference team. Clockwise from top left are Maddison Wendland, Skylar Borresen, Kalleigh Carr, Allie Christianson, Hailey Muenchow, Ashley Owen, McKinley Schruers, Shawna Thomsen, Cade Jorgensen and Manager Cody Gifford.

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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