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/ RTR spring page 7 conce *****************MIXED ADC 553 SMALLTOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST SHELTON. WA 98584-2263 J"'l'l'"ll',h,lll,l,,HihH,,I,ihii,i,lhivj,,.i,l,,llii t -) Vol. 45 No, 51 May 17, 2017 USPS 963 720 Tyler, Minnesota 56178 Tyler Valedictorian Stephanie Kuhlman, left' and Salutatorian Laur Johnson will be among the 32 graduates from the RTR High School Class of 2017 this weekend. Ceremonies will held on Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the high schooi gymnasiu i Interim Superintendent Dick Orcutt board meeting. at last Photo by Mark Wilmes week's special ins super By Mark Wilmes tributeeditor@gmaiL corn The RTR School Board met in special session last Wednes- day to discuss the search for a new interim superintendent to replace the position currently head by Dick Orcutt. Orcutt has told the board he will be done at the end of the district's fiscal year, which ends June 30. "I thought I would be here un- til September," Orcutt said. "Sep- tember of 2016. I'm still here. It's time to wrap things up and find a successor in that role." Over the past few weeks Or- curt and Board Chair Jeff Hansen have been in contact with the Minnesota School Board Asso- ciation (MSBA) in an effort to locate candidates. "We've been trying to locate an interim superintendent for this coming school year," Orcutt revealed. "The MSBA, which you'd think would be a resource for this type of thing, did supply three names to us. That list is three years old. I spoke to one of them who is gainfully employed up in St. Paul in another capacity. He said he didn't know his name was on that list and he would call and get it off:' Of the other two names, Orcutt said that a little research on one of them turned up some situa- tions that made the person an unattractive candidate. "The other one I tried three different times to call and the phone just continues to ring off the hook," Orcutt said. "So, MSBA was not any help to us in finding a person in that respect." 0rcutt said other options would be to advertise for the position, send out word through the MSBA or contact the Minne- sota Association of School Ad- ministrators. One other option would be to contract services. Orcutt said he has contacted School Adminis- trative Specialty Services (SASS), Superintendent continues on page 5 Photo by Sandy Hanson Pictured left to right are Pam BaRker, Chuck DeBates, Teri Hively, Chris Miller, Peggy Dunblazier, Zach Swenson, Lisa King, Jon Dougherty and Wayde Kenneke of the Tyler Ambulance Service. Open House Monday for public to learn about the job Avera Tyler Ambulance Ser- applications, give tours and will "We could soon be down to vices is holding an open house conduct interviews at the event, seven members if we don't add on Monday, May 22 from 5:30- Ambulance Manager Peggy some people soon," Dunblazier 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to Dunblazier said the local team is said. "learn-h v h als-cmr have in-dire-need l eoplEto step- public-is invited x-o-come a positive impact on the lives and apply for a position, and ask questions--no strings of area residents by joining the "We are currently down to nine attached. team. people," Dunblazier revealed. For people who may be inter- The event will be held at the "That is not enough." ested in submitting an applica- Avera Tyler ambulance garage Dunblazier said the team had a tion but cannot attend Monday's north on the north end of the high of 16 members a few years open house, you can contact Hu- complex. Hot dogs, beans and ago, but current staff will be re- man Resources at 507-537-9314 chips will be served. The staff duced further through impend- or apply online at avera.org/ca- will be available to assist with ing retirements coming up soon. reers. By Mark Wilmes tributeeditor@gmaiLcom Minnesota Rural Water As- sociation Source Water Special- ist Aaron Meyer made a trip to southwestern Minnesota last Tuesday with some exciting news for one of the fourth grad- ers at RTR Elementary. Each year, fourth graders from across the state create posters that show how important water is and why we need to conserve and protect it. The posters from RTR Elementary are then turned in to Darren Haroldson from the City of Ruthton and they pick three winners who win small cash prizes. The first place lo- cal winner's poster is then sent on to the Minnesota Rural Water Association (MRWA) and three winners are chosen for the state. These posters are then taken to the MRWA Technical Conference and one winner is chosen to have their poster be the cover for the summer issue of the MRWA magazine. The winner also re- ceives a plaque, a shirt and $100. This year's cover will feature the artwork of fourth grader Elena Brandt, daughter of Danielle and Dean Brandt of Ruthton. Elena said that MWRA repre- sentative Aaron Meyer held her poster up for the class to iden- tify. "He asked if anybody recog- nized that poster," Elena said. "That's how I found out." Elena received $25 for having the first place poster locally, be- Poster winner continues on page 5 Photo by Mark Wilmes Fourth grader Elena Brandt with her state-winning entry. Tyler Tribute Local Page 2 Classifieds 1 11 ..... ,.~+,.,_~;-.~.,,.....,_...=: .,: ~, ;%-!! =~,.': ............. : ...... Sports Page 12 Thursday, May 18: : May 20 Hi 56 -- Low 42 44 Cloudy Chance of Rain Frida May 19 : Sunday, May 21 Hi 51 -- Low 420 63 --Low 45 / Chance of Rain . Partly Cloudy 124][ " PO BoxQ, ryler, MN 56178 507"247-5502 : E-maih ylertribute.com www.tylertribute.com