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The Tyler Tribute, Thursday, September 12, 2002 - Page 9 Marriage Exchanged June 7 Bakker and Dean s Brandt were united in mar- 7 in the Church of St. Tyler, MN. John Pearson officiated Ceremony. of the couple are Jeff of Tyler, and Tom Brandt, also of Tyler. of the bride are and Sharon Bakker of Tyler, VanBockel of Pipestone. the groom are Leo Brandt of Tyler, and of Lake Benton. bride was escorted by her of Honor were sis- the bride, Andrea Bakker Bakker. Bridesmaids Brandt of Mankato, sis- ; Grethe Bornhoft friend of the couple; and land of Sioux Falls, couple. attendants were Jenna of Russell, friend of the and Amanda Thooft of friend of the couple. was Nick Johansen friend of the couple. were Kerbie Slegers friend of the couple; Trent friend of the couple; anderson of Brainerd, the couple; and Wayne of Tyler, uncle of the were Brett Bakker of Cousin of the bride; and of Lake Benton, of the groom. Lorilee Dundas, aunt of the Anne Buhl of Rochester, the couple; and Matt of Tyler, friend of the BAKKER-BRANDT couple. The colors chosen were shades of red, orange and fuschia. Gerber daisies adorned the bouquets, church and reception hall. A reception was held at the Church of St. Dionysius. Hosts and hostesses were Tod and Becci Sanderson of Ruthton, friends of the couple; and Dan and Laurie Ellefson of Tyler, friends of the couple. A dance followed at the Tyler American Legion Hall. The bride and groom are both 1998 graduates of RTR High School. The bride graduated in May, 2002 frown Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She is employed as an RN at the Tyler Healthcare Center. The groom is employed by Grenz Heating and Air Condition- ing and attended Minnesota West Technical College in Jackson, MN. The couple went on a wedding trip to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. They reside in Tyler. m-Kraft Wedding Vows t Anderson and David Kraft tried July 27, 2002, at Church, Balaton, arents of the couple are Beverly Anderson of and Jeanen Kraft of 1992 graduate of RTR of Augustana th a degree in Nursing. as an RN at Avera itai in the Adult Unit and by the Nursing at SDSU as a for pediatrics. is a 1992 graduate of d a 1996 graduate of a degree in Sociology Justice. He is em- .t the Rock County Devel- Achievement Center as a Coordinator in Luverne, Luverne High School football, track, and eSmaids included Sam's sis- n Norgaard, Ruthton, of Honor; Danell MN, Lora burg, VA, and Jennifer Schneringer, MN, Allison Nelson, Melissa Danner, e, IA, with Sara's God- bigail Erickson, as flower girl. included Dave's ANDERSON-KRAFT brothers, Daniel Kraft, Marshall, MN, as Best Man, Nathan Kraft, Canby, MN, Bryan Kraft, Canby, MN, and friends Scott Oellien, Canby, MN, Roy Fairchild, Canby, MN, Monte Kerzman, Toronto, SD, with Sara's Godson, Lucas Toutge, Farmington, MN, as Ring Bearer. The reception and dance were held at the Best Western, Marshall, MN. They enjoyed a honeymoon at a resort in Lutsen, MN, and Rapid City, SD. Their home is at 5013 East Brennan Drive in Sioux Falls, SD. Construction Starts On Gun Range... Construction has started on the new shooting range being built by the Tyler Rod and Gun Club. Earth movers have built large dirt berms, and volunteers were busy pouring cement on Saturday. The range will include a 200 yard rifle range, 50 yard small bore/pistol/ archery range, and 25 yard pistol range. It will also have a huge 44' by 72' cement building allowing year-round shooting. Pictured above is the view before the cement was poured, below the footings are in place. Robert Robinson Wows Capacity Crowd At Concert In Tyler - Continued from the Front - At one point Robinson said he wanted to take Danebod Lutheran Church and make it a black church - for a few minutes. And he did get the audience singing, clapping and saying "Amen." Robinson wise-cracked with the audience several times during the performance, saying he had to look up Tyler on the map because he hadn't heard of it before, and poked some gentle humor at him- self, Scandinavians and Lutherans. But he also noted that in heaven "we will all go to the same church, so we might as well start practic- ing for it now." Robinson had three back up singers with him, two of whom were his younger sisters. He also had a three piece band, with his brother on the drums. Despite the fact that tempera- tures in the 90s on Friday caused the church to be warm despite its air-conditioning, the crowd all seemed to really enjoy the concert. Arts Council members were pleased with the turnout and the results. They had a grant from SMAHC (Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council) to cover any deficit in putting on the concert - up to a certain amount. So they knew they were going to break even - and that was the goal. "We never intend to make money," said one council member. "We are not a fund raising organi- zation. We just want to help bring the arts to Tyler." The Council is having its annual membership drive this month. Any- one interested in more information can contact Richard Siemers at 247-3811. ee Youth Group Complete Summer Service Project !liance Youth Group spent s summer serving Christ Darlene Alleckson's Marsh Street. Darlene 'the paint and the teens scraped and painted the garage. It was hard work but the teens always seem to find a way to have some fun while doing it. Darlene was pleased with their work and the youth got a great sense of satisfaction. Darlene Alleckson in front of her newly painted home. painters, left to right, were: Brent Burch, Gerald Wyatt, teke, Jonathan Groeneweg, Pastor Wayde, Bethany and Trista Wyatt on the ladders. Missing from pic- ,dy Barron. The Alleckson home before it was painted by Alliance youth group members. Former Lake Bentonite Sets "Jeopardy" One-Day Record - Continued from the Front -" Meyer said her son will prob- ably get about half of his $50,000 winnings, the rest of it is held for federal, California and Minnesota taxes. And he doesn't get the money until 120 days after the show is aired. Maybe by the end of the year. She said her son feels good about his performance on the show. "It's been a goal of his for a long time - to get on Jeopardy and to do well." He's enjoying his new fame, too, having been featured in the Owatonna People Press daily news- paper, and he was interviewed on WCCO radio by Dave Lee. "It's what he's always wanted to do," she said. Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce News TACC August Minutes The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce met on August 19, 2002 at the Tyler Fire Hall at 5:30 p.m. President Amy VanEck wel- comed those in attendance and opened the meeting. Members present: Gene Zick, Judy Williarnson, Dick and Diape Smell, Carol Kopel, Brian Williamson, Chuck Hunt, Dave Koster, Larry and Liz Hansen. Motion by Judy, 2nd by Carol to approve the secretary's report. MC. Motion by Carol, 2nd by Gene to approve the financial report. MC. Motion by Judy, 2nd by Dick to approve the bills and pay as pre- sented. MC. Motion by Carol, 2nd by Diane to approve the agenda with 2 addi- tions: The float and the survey. Correspondence was read. A thank you was received from the talent contest winner at Aebleskiver Days for the $100 prize. COMMITTEE REPORTS: 1. Aebleskiver - The crowds were good this year, considering the Schwan's event. The craft and flower show were successful and seemed to be favorably received. The Sunday event was good. The worship service was well attended - people expressed favorable com- ments about using the tent for the service. Seemed to work well - better than the band shell, every- one was in the shade. The event did suffer a financial loss this year. The parade and dance were both costly events. 2. Education, Culture and Wel- come: No report. 3. Awards - Sharkee's is the only new business left to receive their new business award. Others have been presented. 4. Tourism: No report. 5. Environment: No report. 6. Membership: There have been some additional businesses who have paid their membership dues this past month. 7. Agriculture: No report. 8. Promotions: In the process of planning the education apprecia- tion luncheon for Aug. 28th. Busi- nessmen/new businesses and em- ployees are invited to attend the event. This is an opportunity to get to know staff members from the schools and also let them get to know the businessmen. Employees are invited as well. Businesses are welcome to put a coupon into the gift envelopes for each staff mem- ber. Scarecrow Mania will be the next event being planned by the Promotions Committee. 9. Lincoln County Update: Larry reported they attended a Leadership Conference in Winona - policy making meeting. There will be a meeting to address the curly leaf pond issue in Lake Benton on September 9th. He urged all citi- zens to consider attending, as this issue affects our entire county. There has been good support from the Redwood/Cottonwood River Project for this issue. Co. Rd. 7 is surfaced. Work will begin on the labor contracts for the county. There is a road and bridge meeting in September. 10. City Update: no report. BUSINESS: 1. Amy reported the applica- tions are complete for the Hwy. 14 sign project. We still need a signed lease agreement from the property owners to be included with the ap- plications. Funding is the issue which is holding up this project. As no one was willing to pursue this, this project has been put on hold for the present time. 2. The Tyler float was dis- cussed. The dancers and the wa- terfall no longer are working. The tarp is torn and needs repair. Dis- cussion was held about the need for a new float. - Funding for this project is also an issue. The Cham- ber does not have funds for such a project. Chuck agreed to contact Dan Schak to check the float over to see if the mechanical problems can be solved for the remaining parades for this year. We have 3 parades remaining (Tracy, Minneota, SSU). Carol will repair the tarp. 3. Nominating committee is needed: This issue tabled. The TACC needs a complete slate of officers. We do not have a V.P. or 1 st Vice at the present time. These positions were not filled last year. Also Carol has submitted her res- ignation for the end of the year as secretary/treasurer. 4. Amy shared results of the survey she took to some of the businesses. Due to time constraints because of the fair, she was unable to get the survey to everyone. This may be done in the future. Some of the issues addressed with the survey were what the chamber does and what is felt to be the most important functions of the Cham- ber. These issues need to be ad- dressed, as we are seeing a huge decline in attendance, enthusiasm and participation in the organiza- tion. 5. The final topic of our meet- ing was a discussion concerning how to stimulate the TACC. At the present time the Chamber is strug- gling to survive. Membership is down/financial funds have de- creased and participation on com- mittees has decreased to the point where we do not have committees, only chairpersons for certain com- mittees and in some cases commit- tees have no chairperson. The present board members and other members present discussed a need to make changes in the structure of the chamber, to do a better job of recruiting new members, to get members to attend monthly meet- ings, to do a better job of welcom- ing new businesses to Tyler, and to educate people that the chamber is not just for businessmen. There is a real need for this organization, without it our community will miss out on a number of important ac- tivities: Aebleskiver Days, Tyler float, flower boxes, Holiday Hap- pening, Christmas decorations on the light poles, Tyler brochures, Browser Night and the Santa Claus Float, Tidy Up Tyler Days, etc. These events and activities all make Tyler a place that we all enjoy liv- ing in. Without the involvement of more people, many of these things will not take place in the future. Members present made several suggestions of ways to address some of these problems: Create Chamber Ambassadors to wel- come new businessmen to town: Issue new business awards at a monthly Chamber meeting-inviting the new businessmen to a meeting to receive this; keep meeting to one hour in length. It was discussed having monthly Chamber meetings, rather than just executive board meetings - with the annual meeting being held in January. We want all Chamber members input at all of our meetings. A committee was formed to look at our bylaws/make sugges- tions for change and come up with an agenda for our September meet- ing. This committee is Amy VanEck, Dave Koster, Chuck Hunt, Brian Williamson, and Carol Kopel. They will meet and bring these suggestions to the next meeting. We will invite all members of the Cham- ber to this meeting. It was sug- gested to do a phone contact with all members. The membership list will be divided and members will be asked to make calls inviting ev- eryone. Motion by Dave, 2nd by Judy to adjourn. MC. To learn more details about the TACC meetings, please feel free to attend