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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Tyler Tribute - Page 7 in nua ng RTR students Klumper, Bedew and Thomsen competed in contest Students from area schools participated in the llth annual Creating Spaces Writing Contest. All area schools were in- vited to submit work from students in grades 3-12. Categories included po- etry, fiction and creative i nonfiction. The submis- ii sions were received by the ~ SW/WC Service Coopera- ii: !five; 288 students submit- ted 393 entries. Students from SMSU's Creative Writing Program handled the preliminary judging. Final judging was done by SMSU English Department faculty. The first-third place winners and their families and teachers were invited to the Creative Writing Contest Awards Ceremony held on Sunday, April 26 at SMSU in Marshall. The keynote speaker was Pro- fessor Jim Zarzana from Marshall. Medals were awarded along with an an- thology of the winning en- tries. First place winners in all categories and grade levels were given $20 gift certificates to amazon. com. First place winners in the 11th-12th grade lev- el also received a $2,000 scholarship to SMSU. A re- ception was held after the prizes were awarded. Three students from RTR Middle School sub- mitted entries to the contest--Grace Klumper, Taryn Bedew and Brooke Thomsen. Brooke Them- sen received second place in poetry for her poem "If you're reading this." Taryn received first place in po- etry for her poem "]ust a few words." Taryn also received first place in the nonfiction category for her piece "The Legoland Catastrophe." The Creating Spaces Writing Contest was es- tablished as a partnership between the SMSU Eng- lish Department and the SW/WC Service Coopera- tive to encourage a love of language and writing for all students and as a way to recognize the talented young writers in this re- gion. Photo by Tammy Mathison Helen Olson, who graduated from Lake Benton High School and lived her life in Arco, celebrated her lOOth birthday last Tuesday, April 28 at the Lincoln Lane Villa in Hendricks with family and friends. Helen passed away on Monday, May 4 at the Hendricks Hospital. For service information, turn to page 2. Without new funding, thousands of Minnesota bridges could face closures Photos by Mark Wilrnes Alve--Students at all three RTR school buildings were given the opportunity to pay one dollar to wear a cap to school for Caps On for Cancer Day in April. Fulds raised were donated to Lincoln County Relay For Life team CUREious Ge rge/Cancermals. Students in the three buildings raised $348.32 by donat- inllmoney to wear a cap. All proceeds will go to help with cancer research though the American Cancer Society. BelowmThe students asked if they could als do one "goofy picture." Who are we to say no? Pictured left to right, frmtm Julia, Ashlyn, Garret and Jackson; back--Dalton, Carter, Kaytlin, Faith, Hinter and Saje. The Association of Min- nesota Counties (AMC) encouraged the state Leg- islature pass a long-term dedicated funding solu- tion this session after the release of a new report stated that 90 percent of the state's deficient bridg- es are locally-maintained. Transportation for Amer- ica reported that Minne- sota has 830 structurally deficit bridges that sup- ported 628 million trips in 2014. "Minnesotans do not care if their road or bridge is on the state, county, city or township system," said Freeborn County Commis- sioner Christopher Shoff, president of AMC. "They care that their commute is safe and government is making sure our infra- structure gets fixed or re- placed in a timely manner. That's why it is essential for the Legislature to act this year." are structurally deficient which affects 32 bridges with the average age of the bridges 58. "Minnesota has almost 13,000 bridges, 830 of which are structurally de- ficient, and 90 percent of those deficient bridges are on the local system," said Becker County Commis- sioner John Okeson, chair of AMC's transportation and infrastructure policy committee. "Without long- term, constitutionally dedicated funding, bridges will continue to decay put- ting our local economies at risk." According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 4,000 Min- nesota bridges will turn 40 years old in the next decade. A bridge's suffi- ciency rating has a steady decline after reaching the age of 40. Without new dedicated funding, AMC predicted future weight restrictions or closures of bridges throughout the state. Coun- ty officials referenced the weight restrictions placed on Highway 169 in the north metro and a bridge closure in Dodge County as recent examples of the negative effects of delay- ing critical investments in transportation. Homicide continued from page 1 toring Corey Buchert and thought of him as their own child. They left eight grand- children and three great- grandchildren, ]ira's sister ]ane Hansen of Russell, and Cathy's siblings, Bar- bara Claeys of Owatonna, Dennis Dirckx of Marshall and Gary Dirckx of Battle Lake. More than one in 10 Min- nesota bridges was built before 1948. According to the report, the average age of these deficient bridges is 66 years old--far sur- passing the projected 50 year lifespan of bridges. While this is a statewide problem, rural agricultural counties had the most de- ficient bridges. Whether you are in need of Credit Recovery or just want to get ahead in school, MNVS. has a large variety of courses available to help you succeed. 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