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Sue Doeden (far right) shares cooking tips and recipes at the 2013 Women’s Expo Health and Home Show. Doeden will give two presentations this year, “Parties, Picnics and Simple Pleasures” and “It’s Easy Eating Green.” Brian Korthals/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — This year’s Daily Globe Women’s Expo Health and Home Show is ushering in spring with nearly 60 exhibitors, a variety of seminars, exciting door prizes and fun for all attendees.

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The Expo will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus.

In previous years, the Expo has been showcased in the gym and spilled into the annex. This year, due to the recently completed building project at Minnesota West, all the exhibitors will be featured in the gym.

“Everything will be in the gym, and we’ll be using the classrooms for the seminars,” said Sharon Balster, administrative assistant and facility use coordinator at Minnesota West.

“I think everything will flow pretty freely, and I’m very optimistic that the gym will be a good fit for the Women’s Expo,” she said.

The title sponsors of the Expo are Avera Medical Group, Minnesota West and Sanford Health.

“All of our title sponsors have been wonderful to work with over the years,” said Daily Globe Advertising Manager Dona Ellerbroek.

“We have a broad span of different vendors, so I think it’ll be fun for anyone who attends,” Ellerbroek added.

These sponsors are the ones who bring in the speakers for the seminars, which cover women’s issues and interests.

Sanford Worthington is sponsoring three health seminars at the Expo.

Michelle Poppen, a registered dietitian for Sanford Worthington, will present, “Who has time to cook? Quick and Healthy Menu Ideas”; Dr. Gaddum Reddy will speak on “The signs and symptoms of GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) complications and treatment options”; and Genny Turner, a Sanford Profile coach, will present information on Sanford’s new Profile program, a comprehensive weight management program.

Avera Medical Group Worthington is sponsoring the Rev. James Callahan’s seminar, called “Destination Worthington.” Callahan is a priest at St. Mary’s Church in Worthington, and during his seminar he will share heartwarming stories of current Worthington residents and some of the struggles and hardships they faced before arriving here.

The Daily Globe is once again sponsoring Sue Doeden’s presentations, titled “Parties, Picnics and Simple Pleasures” and “It’s Easy Eating Green.”

“Doeden is a great addition, and we’re happy to have her back at the Expo,” said Ellerbroek.

The exhibit booths will run the gamut, from health and fitness to the fanciful such as jewelry, candles, handbags and apparel. Also included are booths featuring caregiving, travel and products for the home.

Early Risers Kiwanis will provide a variety of food items from BenLee’s Café.

“People can spend the whole day at the Expo shopping and then grabbing a quick bite from the Early Risers Kiwanis,” Ellerbroek said.

Many of the individual booths are sponsoring giveaways or door prizes. Each ticket into the event has a form that enters the ticket holder into a main drawing, which will take place at 3:30 p.m.

The prizes for the drawing include a $500 gift certificate from Hy-Vee, a $1,400 diamond fashion pendant from Johnson Jewelry and a $1,649 four-piece dining room set from Slumberland.

Avera will also sponsor the popular wine tasting event from 3 to 3:30 p.m., kicking off the announcement of the door prizes.

Tickets for the Expo are available in advance at the Daily Globe office, Minnesota West, Sanford Worthington Clinic and Sanford Worthington Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Visit to print a coupon and save $1 on admission.

“This is our seventh year for this event, and we are thrilled to continue to have new, exciting seminars celebrating women!” said Daily Globe Publisher Joni Harms. “There will definitely be something for everyone with another wide variety of educational, informative and fun exhibitors, culminating with three very happy grand prize winners.”

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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