Reserved parking

August 19, 2020

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RTR Students will be donating funds to the RTR Honor Society for the right to paint a personal parking spot at the high school this weekend. Money raised will be used to buy the members t-shirts as well as for our Christmas is for Sharing, hospice donation and other community donations. Pictured above—RTR student Madison Wells got her’s done a week early over the weekend.

Health and school officials ask for help from communities in keeping schools open by following pandemic mandates

August 19, 2020

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The RTR School Board meeting was held at the high school library last week.

RTR to begin classes Wednesday, August 27

August 19, 2020

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR School District is scheduled to open the 2020-2021 school year with a detailed set of guidelines in order to keep students and families safe, with a goal of not needing to resort to distance learning if at all possible.
Local health officials stress that keeping schools open in Lincoln and surrounding counties will fall as much upon the behavior of community members as it will students. The first line of defense will start at home…

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

In-person learning for elementary, hybrid learning for everyone else

August 19, 2020

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Ann Orren of Southwest Health and Human Services.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School Board discussed the process behind the decision-making for the 2020-2021 school year reopening at last week’s regular monthly meeting in Tyler. Superintendent Dave Marlette introduced Ann Orren of Southwest Health and Human Services who has been part of the coalition crafting the process.
“We’ve had numerous meetings of our back-to-school task force,” Marlette said. “We are not by ourselves. We are tied in with Ann and her staff and the state in making decisions. Ann has helped us numerous times as part of our task force.

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

Pork chops for dollars

August 19, 2020

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The Country House of Lake Benton donated last week’s proceeds from their Drive-Thru Pork Chop Feed to Relay For Life of Lincoln County. The event raised $1,796 for the fight against cancer. Pictured is Mark Wilmes of the CUREious George/Cancermals Relay team taking donations at the event.

Tyler’s Yard of the Week

August 19, 2020

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This week’s honors go to Lorraine Maleyko at 350 N. Tyler St.

Fall sports will change this year

August 19, 2020

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Last year’s first-year RTR cross country team: (from left) Brice Roelofs, Aidan Johnson, Gabby Wieme, Grace Klumper and Faith Thomsen.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
With guidance sent out by the Minnesota State High School League earlier this month, RTR football and volleyball will move to spring of 2021, leaving only cross country competing this fall.
RTR head football coach Josh Fredrickson said the news came as a disappointment to many…

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

Opera House continues to navigate through pandemic

August 19, 2020

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Morgan Benson of Tracy will be among the acts performing in an online fundraiser for the Lake Benton Opera House.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The 2020 Lake Benton Opera House season con­tinues to dwindle as the pandemic and state man­dates have hampered live productions. The latest show to fall is “Elf: The Musical” that was slated for November. Rehears­als would have had to be starting up in September with no signs that indoor shows will be allowed in the near future at a ca­pacity that would not lose money.
A decision has been made to move the 2020 Opera House Children’s Theater online…

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

Lincoln County 4-H goes virtual

August 12, 2020

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Pictured clockwise from top left—Blake DeVries in the Beef Showcase; Aiden Jerzak in the Virtual Gardening Challenge with the longest cucumber; Matthew Grooters competing in the Virtual Dairy competition; Anna Wiese in the Virtual Cloverbud category.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Far too many stories this year have started with “nobody could have expected the 2020—fill-in-the-blank—to look like this.” You can add Extension Educator Michele VanDyke to the list of people with one of those stories. VanDyke is in charge of Lincoln County 4-H youth development. As with many other events this year, it was necessary for 4-H members to adapt and rework everything they had become ac­customed to in their respective years participating in the orga­nization.
“Lincoln County 4-H is part of the University of Minnesota Extension,” VanDyke said last week. “Therefore, we follow the guidelines laid out by the Uni­versity of Minnesota and our Extension leadership. Initially, all face-to-face programming was canceled through March 31, which was eventually extended through July 1.”

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

Masking matters

August 12, 2020

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Minnesota’s mask mandate finds a willingly compliant “Ove” at Thrifty White Pharmacy these days.