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ater uirrel Mystery ... Page 4 Ries Wins Men's Championship Couple Buys Hendricks Bakery ... Page 11 Read. Recycle. 963-720 Tyler, Minnesota 56178 Vol. 31 No. 12 i i == Thursday, August 29, 2002 Price: 75 cents e$ Elementary ,=n House ust 29 Elementary students are invited to the Open House Thurs- 29, 5-6:30 p.m. Pizza onsored by the RTR PTSA. g uet pt. 7 Chapter 7th Annual Forever Fundraising will be held Saturday, at the Lake Benton Le- Event times and other earl be found on the ad in Tyler Tribute. Copy For Ads ue to Labor Day Weekend. early copy is Peach ads at the Tri6ute by Fri- August 30. C00lendars Available in Tyler at RTR the Tyler Tribute Koster Pharmacy and n State *Bank; and in at the Buffalo Ridge ge Bank; and at First Independent SW Dairy. Calendars .50 00ays - Everyone is wel- to the weekly Wednes- Tyler Kiwanis :05 p.m. at the Pizza a meal with people and get acquainted faces. Council To Sept. 3 Tyler Arts Coun- Affairs branch Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Library. Open eople. Call 247- iI And Ll00er Sept. 8 LER . St. Dionysius their Fall Fes- Dinner Sunday, Sept. 10 a.m. mass featuring Olsen Band. See the Lls week's Tyler Tribute details. Australians Lyn and Rob Johnson visited Danebod. - Photo by Chuck Hunt Danish Australians Come To Visit Tyler And Danebod Church TYLER - A couple from Aus- tralia and their friends from New Jersey were touring Danebod Lutheran Church complex last week. Rob and Lyn Johnson live in the town of Warragul, in the state of Victoria in Australia. They saw Tyler and Danebod Church on the Tyler website on the internet and decided to. include it on a trip to the U.S. Rob Johnson is a descendent of one of the 12 Danish men who settled in a colony in Australia called Poowong East, in 1874. Johnson thinks his great-grand- father was named Jensen, which was changed to Johnsen, which was then changed to Johnson. The Johnsons have relatives or friends in Sisseton, SD, and Canby, MN. Plus their daughter lives in Montgomery, MN. So a trip to Tyler was hardly out of the way. The Johnson's said they have made trips to Denmark to research family history. They have also met the Queen of Denmark, but it wasn't in Denmark, it was in Aus- tralia in 1988. "She came to honor those Danes who came to help settle Australia, andwe got to meet her briefly," they said. Danes were go- ing to both America and Australia in the latter part of the 1800s, they said. There are so many people of Scandinavian descent in Australia that there is a very large gathering each year in Melbourne, on the first Saturday in December. It's a big Scandinavian Bazaar, they said, Both Johnsons said they found their tour of Danebod to be most interesting, and were glad they made the side-trip. 2002-2003 School Year Gets Underway Tuesday, September 3 RTR - The first day of school for the 2002-2003 RTR school year will be Tuesday, September 3. The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for grades one through 12. Kindergarten classes at RTR Elementary in Ruthton begin Thurs- day, Sept. 5 for the blue group, and Friday, Sept. 6 for the red and yel- low group. Kindergarten will be- held for a full day, every other day thereafter, as outlined on the kin- dergarten schedule which was mailed to all of this year's kinder- garten students. RTR Elementary's Early Child- hood Special Education Preschool will begin on Monday, Sept. 10 at 12:30 pm. The preschool van will stop to pick up children as it did last year, and parents will be ad- vised of any changes in schedule. Elementary students are to re- port to their classrooms when they arrive on the first day. Class lists will be posted in the office win- dow on Thursday, August 29. RTR Middle School students are to re- port to the gymnasium, Russell, at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, and in Tyler, the RTR High School stu- dents are to report to the gymna- sium at 8:20 a.m. School lunch ticket prices are as follows: RTR Elementary: breakfast, $.75; Lunch, $1.10 or $22 for 20 lunches; and milk, $.15 or $3 for 20 cartons. RTR Middle School: $30 per 20 meal ticket, and students who bring their own lunches may purchase a carton of milk for $.25. RTR High School: A family ac- count is maintained at the high school from which daily purchases are subtracted. Any dollar amount can be deposited into this account. Student meals are $1.85 per meal for full price, or $.40 per meal for reduced meal prices. Students pay - Continued on Page 8 - Buffalo RidgeBoard Looks for Lknother New Direction LAKE BENTON - A frustrated Buffalo Ridge Joint Powers board survived yet another change of di- rection Monday evening, as the lat- est alignment proposal was shot down by two of the five partici- pating districts. A proposal submitted in July by the subcommittee would have implemented the following site as- signments for the 2003-2004 school year: K-5 in Ruthton, 6-8 in Russell, K-4 in Lake Benton, 5-8 in Ivanhoe and 9-12 in Tyler. Voting in favor of the proposal ere the boards for the Russell, Ruthton and Tyler dis- tricts. Voting against the plan were the lvanhoe and Lake Benton dis- tricts. Lake Benton representative Paul Fehrman reported that his board felt that the Lake Benton building was "better suited for a middle school." Fehrman also added that the Lake Benton Economic Devel- opment Authority had ontacted the board to offer the donation of land in the industrial park north of Lake Benton for the construction of a new high school. Fehrman said the offer had not yet been approved by' the Lake Benton City Council, al- though two of the LBEDA mem- bers "are also on the city council." lvanhoe representative Bill Bar- ber told the group that the Ivanhoe board voted "100% no" on the pro- posal. "The public is very much against a high school being placed in Tyler," said Barber. "I've had many people tell me they would be against any plan with high school in Tyler. If a new 7-12 building were built on a neutral site, our people would be in favor of con- tinuing (with the Buffalo Ridge group)." With yet another proposal turned down, Steve Kjorness of The ADM Group asked for sug- gestions on what the next step should be. "What do we do?" Kjorness asked. "I don't think you want to keep coming back with new proposals:" Lincoln HI Superintendent Ted Suss told the board that he felt that going into a pairing with unknown factors may be hurting the process. "Fear more than opposition is what is killing all these plans," Suss of- fered. "If a site could be decided on, this may work. People are re- luctant to agree without knowing exactly what is going to happen. '' Suss felt that improved curriculum should be the motivating factor in the whole process, but probably isn't. "Site location should be the least important factor, but politically it is the most important." A central location and millions of dollars of improvements to the RTR High School has made Tyler the most common target for the combined high school, despite op- position from the lvanhoe district. Ivanhoe representative and Buffalo Ridge chairman Milan Sik asked Tyler rep George Jorgensen if the high school in a different town would make a difference to the Tyler board. "I don't have a feel- ing that they would have a prob- lem if the high school were not in - Continued on Page 8 - Back row, left to right: Glen Rasmussen, Marion (married to Virgil), Neal Tusler (married to lanelle), Sharon (married to Chris), Don Lundholm (married to Connie), Bernadette (married to Roger). Front, left to right: Karen Norton, Virgil Rasmussen, Janelle (Rasmussen) Tusler, Chris Rasmussen, Connie (Rasmussen) Lundholm, Roger Rasmussen. A Special Family Reunion Unites Siblings With Unknown Sister by Sharon Rasmussen Recently, a very unique family reunion occurred. A father and daughter were reunited for the first time in 60 years. Siblings met for the first time ever. And it all hap- pened here in Lincoln County, Min- nesota. The Rasmussen family was brought up in Arco, MN. Glen and Viola Rasmussen had six children during their marriage, one who died in infancy. The remaining children, Virgil, Janelle, Chris, Connie and Roger all graduated from lvanhoe High School. Sadly, the marriage between Glen and Viola ended in 1961. Viola began failing in her later years and passed away in 1979. Prior to her passing, she told her oldest daughter, Janelle, about an infant girl she and Glen had prior to their marriage in 1942. The baby was born in Sioux City, IA and was given up for adoption. For over 20 years, the children pondered the knowledge of a sis- ter out there, and were unsure how to proceed. Finally, after many years of wanting to know and wait- ing with uncertainty, the two sis- ters, Connie and Janelle - along with a few other family members for moral support - made the trek to Sioux City, [A one February day to perhaps retrace their mother's footsteps. They came across the Crittenton Center in Sioux City, which had once been a home for unwed mothers. "The information you have matches much of the information in the file," said the Social Worker of the Crittenton Center. "There is a daughter and she is looking for you." Prior to meeting the sister, for- malities of revealing identities had to be completed through the court system. E-mails flew, pictures were exchanged, all in anticipation of meeting the new sister. Finally the day came when the family learned that Karen Norton, born November 18, 1941 to Glen and Viola lived in Syracuse, NY. She was married, divorced and had no children. She was adopted and loved by a Methodist minister and his wife and grew up in Iowa with a younger (also adopted) brother. Of course, Karen's only living biological parent was Glen. He was a little overwhelmed first by the knowledge that his children knew of a daughter he and Viola had given up, and by finding out that she was looking for him. He soon warmed up to the idea of another daughter in his life. He was excited (and per- haps a little apprehensive, after all, he is now 80 years old) to meet her. When Karen learned that Glen had remarried and was living in Tyler, Mn she chose the weekend ofTyler's Ableskiver Days for the family reunion. Karen wanted to learn about her newly discovered! Danish heritage. On Friday, July 26, the siblings and Dad met Karen for the first time. It was exciting and emotional as the thought of what is and what couldn't be creates a mixture of sorrow and joy. The weekend was spentwith numerous activities which allowed Karen to meet more and more of her "new relatives." By the end of the weekend, she met approximately 50 new people. She made time to individually speak with each person and knew the faces and names of her new rela- tives down to the smallest great- grandchild. Sunday morning, the family lit- erally filled the Arco Church of Bethany Lutheran. Virgil spoke for the family as he introduced Karen to the congregation. Then Karen - Continued on Page 8 -