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Women's Expo is Saturday

Food Columnist Sue Doeden (left) entertained as she informed large audiences during her two seminars at the Women's Expo Health and Home Show Saturday at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington. Assisting Doeden was Jessica Lynn. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- This year's Daily Globe Women's Expo Health and Home Show looks to be the biggest and best yet, with more than 80 exhibitors, a variety of seminars, exciting door prizes and fun for all attendees.

After all, how can a day of food, wine, shopping and giveaways be anything but fun?

The Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening at 8:30 a.m., in the gymnasium and annex at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus.

For the third year, the Expo will be filled with booths and seminars that cater to a woman's interests, but that doesn't mean men wouldn't enjoy the event.

Exhibit booths will showcase the wares and services of a multitude of regional businesses.

The title sponsors of the event are Avera Worthington Specialty Clinics, First State Bank Southwest, Sanford Worthington and Minnesota West.

Minnesota West has hosted the Expo all three years, according to Daily Globe Publisher Joni Harms.

"Minnesota West is great to work with, and it is nice to be able to showcase the campus," Harms said. "I hope everyone who walks in the doors says 'thank you' to the title sponsors. Without their help, we couldn't put out an event like this."

"The title sponsors are the ones that make this possible," agreed Dona Ellerbroek, Daily Globe advertising manager.

These sponsors are also the ones who bring in the speakers for the seminars, which cover women's health issues, the dangers of methamphetamine, spring cooking and entertainment, online safety, wine tasting and more.

Kay Sauck of Sauck Media Group will present "Every Woman Has a Story." She publishes magazines that include Womeninc, Caregiving in America and, in the future, Minnesota Rivers.

"First State Bank Southwest is excited about bringing Sauck in to speak," Harms stated.

Sanford is sponsoring several seminars: Dr. Tom Stys of the Sanford Cardiovascular Institute will present "Cardiovascular Disease in Women"; Amber Freese will present "Nurse Navigator: The Stormy Seas of Back Pain"; physical therapist Melissa Kreun will present "You DO Have Time for Exercise"; and Erika Freking and Lynn Dierks will present "Self Breast Examination: What Every Woman Should Know."

Avera is sponsoring Julie Linsenmeyer's seminar, "Frankly Speaking-Meth and its Dangers," along with "Online Safety for Parents & Children," presented by Worthington Police Department's Captain Chris Dybevick and Officer Bob Fritz. Also sponsored by Avera is a wine-tasting event titled "Wine Doesn't have to be Expensive to be Good!"

Food columnist Sue Doeden, sponsored by the Daily Globe, will present "Hop into Healthful Spring Cooking and Entertaining."

"Sue has such a great personality, and people just gravitate toward her," Harms said. "She also loves to interact with people, so be sure to ask plenty of questions."

The exhibit booths have grown in number, from 56 the first year to 84 this year. They will run the gamut from the practical, such as water conditioning, banking, insurance and realty, to the fanciful, such as jewelry, candles, handbags and apparel. Also included are booths featuring health, fitness, caregiving, travel and products for the home.

The Avera booth will have free non-fasting lipid screening and blood glucose testing, while Sanford will offer free testing for cholesterol, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and heel ultrasound.

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, sponsored by the same three businesses for all three Expos, include a $500 gift certificate to the Worthington Hy-Vee, a $1,300 diamond necklace from Johnson Jewelry and a $1,275 four-piece bedroom suite from Slumberland Furniture.

New this year, served by Early Risers Kiwanis, is a food court from BenLee's Café. Breakfast, lunch and treats will be available.

Avera will also use the Expo to kick off the Community Weight Loss Challenge 2010, in which teams can come in, register their teams and get weighed in. Team members attending the Expo just for the purpose of weighing in need not pay admission.

Tickets for the Expo are available in advance at the Daily Globe office, Sanford Regional Hospital Gift Shop, First State Bank Southwest, Sanford Clinic Worthington, Hy-Vee Food Store and Minnesota West. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Visit to print a coupon and save $1 on admission.

"Spend the day or come and go as you please," Ellerbroek said.

"We have everything in place for a very successful event," Harms stated. "All we need is you."