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Y / Tyler Tribute - Page 4 Wednesday, October 16, 2013 I / Dear Editor: The RTR School District real- izes the power of technology and thus supports its use where it accelerates learning. To that end, the school board provides parameters that ensure safety for staff and students, with LAN School that allows the teacher and principal at any time to look at computer screens that are be- ing used. The use of social networking tools like My Space and Face- book that are used to communi- cate with students, parents, staff, or others are not allowed at RTR Schools, except as authorized by the Superintendent. The South- west/West Central Cooperative filters the Internet for the school district. This is an effort to keep the students safe. I am aware that, at times, the filtering does restrict students' research on the Internet. The RTR School District ac- knowledges that Facebook is a popular communications me- dium and does not wish to dis- count it. However, the district needs to ensure staff and stu- dent safety and wishes to abide by federal laws which state that districts are required to restrict minors' access to internet-based materials that may be consid- ered harmful or obscene under the (CIPA) Children's Internet Protection Act. In order to re- ceive dollars from E-Rate, the district must abide by CIPA. According to Minnesota 2020, Aim6e M. Bissonette, ]D, author of "Cyber Law: Maximizing Safe- ty and Minimizing Risk in Class- rooms" believes it is important for districts to adopt social me- dia networking policies that are not solely based on prohibition, but as a reminder that there are real ethical issues and pitfalls of social networking without pa- rameters. Because Facebook and Twitter are constantly changing, we have to keep our policy up-to-date and keep within state statute. It would be ideal that the State of Minnesota has a statute to deal with social networking in public schools. To this point, the district still needs to have the flexibility to revise our policies as things change. Because of already estab- lished technological alternatives such as Wiki's and Delicious, it's not vital that teachers and stu- dents communicate or be linked I Letter to the Editor through Facebook or widely used social networks to improve aca- demic success or to build strong teacher-student relationships. We cannot ignore potential dangers. At the same time, we should not separate ourselves from the technologically-based world we live in where technol- ogy strongly impacts the way in which we communicate on a daily basis. Our goal is to find a fair bal- ance through district-wide pol- icy when it deals with technol- ogy. We make every attempt to keep students safe from cyber bullying and remember that stu- dents need personal networks, not necessarily social networks. Schools and families will need to work together toward establish- ing social media policy that best fits the needs of our school com- munities. Bruce Houck Superintendent RTR Public Schools I had a good feeling about this season for the Minnesota Vikings. Coming out of training camp things looked somewhat bright. Good leadership, a team of people who seemed to want to be there-- it was everything a fan could hope for going into the pre-season. It was a rough pre-season, no doubt, but those games don't matter, remember? This year I had tickets for two Minnesota Vikings games, in- cluding the Carolina game Sun- day afternoon. Yup, I was there. I suffered through all four miserable quar- ters in the flesh. As many of you probably know by now, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Vikings fan. l'm always going to proudly say they'll win the next game. While some might call me cra- zy for taking the stance, it's just the kind of Vikings fan I am. That being said, the game on Sunday was an embarrassment for the Vikings and us fans. I won't backseat coach or quar- From the desk of Robert Wolfington terback in this column. I know the game of football well, but not well enough to really believe I could "do better than them." What I will tell you about are some observations from the up- per deck. This is the final year for the Metrodome, a stadium that is re- nowned throughout the country for being one of the louder plac- es to play football. While it started out loud, by the third quarter things had qui- eted down to a conversational level. At one point during the game I heard some fans chanting for From the desk of continues on page 5 Pheasant Forever chapters for their hard work Dear Editor: It's the eve of the pheasant Letter to opener here in Minnesota. I want to take a moment and thank all the Editor of the chapters and partners for the hard work, dedication and Good luck this fall, I hope your spirit they pour into Pheasants aim is true and your hunt is safe. Forever and conserving habitat. Chad Bloom Please take time with family Southern Minnesota and friends this fall to enjoy the Regional Representative fruits of your labor. This is the Pheasants Forever, Inc. and chance we get to enjoy all of our Quail Forever work. Mayer, MN i Dear Editor: To whomever was in the road Letter to ditch on the northwest corner of the intersection of Lyon Co. the Editor Rd. 66 and Lyon Co. Rd. 13 be- tween the evening of Oct. 8 and have cattle next spring and now the evening of Oct. 9: I would like my corner post is pushed out of an apology for the damage done place and my wires are loose. to my fence and for you to come Adrianna Serreyn over and help fix it. I've worked 1382 190th St. hard all summer and hired a Russell MN 56169 babysitter for my three children 507-823-4277 so that I could get the fence up to 75 Years Ago, 1938 August Shriver was again high man in Lincoln County's annual corn husking contest at the Ped- er Sandager farm. Shriver picked 948 pounds of corn, giving him13.2 bushels after gleanings and husks had been deducted. William Truckenmiller of Lake Benton came in a close second with 12.6 bushels. Paul Rolling of Arco placed third with 12.3 bushels. L. ]orgensen and Ludvig Petersen of Tyler also partici- pated. A Wayne computing pump has been installed by the Ace High Service Station, an improvement much appreciated by manager William Moore. 50 Years Ago, 1963 For the past few weeks, an of- ficial U.S. Weather Bureau mea- suring device has been in op- eration at the Tyler Municipal building, reporting the amount of precipitation in the area to the weather bureau office in Minne- apolis. Utilities Superintendent Earl Jacobsen is in charge of checking it every day. Dwight Ohl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mel Ohl, and Shirley Wells, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wells, were named as the Tyler Homecoming King and Queen of 1963. 40 Years Ago, 1973 Ralph Moore has been hired by Tyler attorney David M. Wat- son to serve as law clerk for the firm. In his capacity of law clerk, he will be doing legal research, investigation and office work. Ernest Nielsen, employee of Tyler Lumber, resigned his posi- tion effective Dec. 1. He has been with the company since 1951 when they only had three em- ployees, with the manager being Alfred Larsen. 30 Years Ago, 1983 The first Farm Market Day was held in Tyler last weekend. The piano students of Connie Smith provided entertainment in the band shell, while Girl Scouts and their mothers served hot cider and cookies to the many shop- pers passing by while browsing the market. The Russell-Tyler High School Band will again be participat- ing in the Augustana Viking Day Parade in Sioux Falls, S.D. It is one of the largest parades in the area. 20 Years Ago, 1993 Tyler Fire Chief Wayne Pear- son put on a firefighting suit to show the preschoolers at the Treasure Box Preschool what a firefighter really looks like. Oth- er firemen who helped with the tours were Jim Brust, Gene Dres- sen and Rich Borresen. Birgit Flemming Larsen, an as- sistant archivist with the Danes Worldwide Archives in Aalborg, Denmark, was in Tyler last week doing research. They keep re- cords on where Danes have mi- Looking Back grated. 1O Years Ago, 2003 One of RTR's two foreign ex- change students is David Bal- laschk from Halle, Germany. He is a member of the Knights un- beaten football team this year and kicks field goals and extra points. The other exchange stu- dent is Alejandro Johnston from Chile, South America. He is from the very southern end of Chile, near Cape Horn. Ruth Vaughan's home will be Write a letter to the editor. Drop your letter in the mail or email it l0 " one of the homes that will be on the Danish Holiday Happening m Established in 1972-- Luncheon and Home Tour at the beginning of November. 5 Years Ago, 2008 Last Friday the seventh and eighth grade RTR Girls Volleyball Team met at Hair Expressions to watch their coach, Karl Kidman, donate over 13 inches of her hair to Locks of Love. Earlier, Peggy Dunblazier and daughter Maria, along with Tiffany Bakker, also donated their hair. Edna ]ensen celebrated her 105th birthday at the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home. Her ad- vice was, "Be the kind of person you want others to be." She is be- lieved to be the oldest resident in Lincoln County. Phoneandfax--507-247-5502 Editor -- Robert Wolfington Subscriptions $34.00 - Lincoln, Pipestone, and Lyon Counties $39.00 - Residents with 561 or 562 zip codes (excluding the above named counties) $45.00 - All other subscriptions A "Snow Bird" rate is available for $1.00 per month extra 50 offto Senior Citizens 62 or older POSTMASTER: Address changes to: The Tyler Tribute P.O. Box Q, Tyler, MN 56178 USPS 963-720 Letters tothe :Editor policy The Tyler Tribute encourages readers to participate in the editorial page of this paper. Original and diverse opinions through the form of letters to the editor are encouraged. Due to limited space the Tyler Tribute asks that letters be limited to 300 words or less. 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Letters must be received by noon Friday for consideration of publication in the Wednesday edition of the Tyler Tribute. Additional questions can be directed to Managing Editor Robert Wolfington at 507-247-5502. Mail to: Tyler Tribute PO Box Q Tyler, MN 56178 or E-mail to: Robert Wolfington Composition: Pam Hunt Graphics and ad design: Michele Rowell Photo editor: Sandy Hanson Circulation: Laurie Lewis The Tyler Tribute is the official newspaper of Lincoln County, City of Tyler and the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District Published Weekly on Wednesdays by Buffalo Ridge Newspapers, LLC 124 North Tyler Street Tyler, MN 56178 ~-~ ~.~. w '%,. _,e:" ",. ,," )- This newspaper tries conscientiously to report the news fairly and accurately. When we fall short of this objective, we welcome complaints to our editor whose name is listed on this page.