Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.
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WORTHINGTON -- Out of his wallet, Dr. Greg Hoversten pulled a souvenir of his recent trip to Zimbabwe -- a $50 billion note -- a symbol of that African country's incredible inflation rate of more than 1,000 percent a day. "You need a stack of these to buy just a loaf of bread," he said, explaining that Zimbabwe is in the midst of political and economic turmoil that has resulted in the hyper inflation. Hoversten, the director of the emergency room at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington, spent almost a month in Zimbabwe, leaving the third week in August.
WORTHINGTON -- The train was late, but its tardiness didn't diminish the crowd that gathered at Worthington's train depot Wednesday morning. Hundreds of people maintained their vigil along the tracks, looking for the first signs of the steam locomotive's arrival as it rounded the bend. The Union Pacific Railroad's Challenger No. 2958, the world's largest operating steam locomotive, made a whistle stop in Worthington as part of a five-state, 1,700-mile tour celebrating railroad heritage. After an overnight stay in St.
WORTHINGTON -- Talking about the chain of ownership at the Demuth Agency can get a bit confusing. The insurance agency was founded by Robert "Bob" J. Demuth, who turned it over to his son, Robert "Bob" S. Demuth, who eventually took in a partner, Robert "Bob" Bristow, who recently bought the remaining shares and took full ownership. Whew. That's a lot of Bobs. The first two Bobs -- from here on referred to as Bob Sr. and Bob Jr. -- recently sat down to talk about the history of the agency and the end of an era.
FARGO, N.D. -- For the second time in three years, Worthington native Greg Amundson will represent Minnesota in the regional competition of the Colgate Country Showdown after winning at the state level. The son of Bruce and JoAnn Amundson of Worthington, Amundson is currently a student in the pharmacy program at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Although he's been playing guitar and singing since he was young, performing and songwriting is more of a recent pursuit for Amundson, who goes by the stage name Gregory Michael Bruce.
WORTHINGTON -- It's a bittersweet anniversary. The Manna Food Pantry is observing its 30th year of providing vital foodstuffs to people in need within the Worthington area. Unfortunately, the need is greater than ever. "This is a really scary thing," said Gene Foth, coordinator of the food shelf located on the lower level of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 230 Clary St. "It is costing us a little over $5,000 a month to purchase all the food we need, what with the increased food costs and the increased demand in this community. We serve almost 500 families a month.
WORTHINGTON -- Lisa Kremer was a bit skeptical that anything would come out of her application to be part of a TV series called "The Real Winning Edge." But the Worthington windsurfer and Olympic hopeful will indeed be featured in an upcoming episode of the reality series that debuts today. Lisa, the daughter of Glenn and Barb Kremer of Worthington, first heard about the series being produced by Challenger films from Bill Keitel of Worthington, who currently serves on the U.S.
MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Marvin and Yvonne Gerdes recently bought a house in town, but they plan only to spend winters there, returning to the farm they've called home for most of their lives during the warmer weather months. "If it weren't for the Minnesota winters," Marv lamented. "We've got a half-mile driveway, so snow does get to be a problem." The Gerdes family farm was acknowledged as a Century Farm last month at the Cottonwood County Fair.
WORTHINGTON -- In Lew Hudson's office in his Baxter home, there's a framed cover from the Dallas Morning News Sunday magazine. Dated Nov. 24, 1974, it features a picture of Hudson wearing a natty ensemble -- bright red running shorts, tank top, black socks and short boots -- and shooing a turkey down the street with his cowboy hat in hand. The scene, of course, is from the early days of the Great Gobbler Gallop -- this particular leg of the race in Cuero, Texas, Worthington's rival for the title of Turkey Capital of the World. In St.
WORTHINGTON -- Oh, the pressure. Both the Worthington and Cuero, Texas, Turkey Race Teams are determined to run the best race possible during the two heats of the Great Gobbler Gallop and secure the title of Turkey Capital of the World for their respective community. That's a big responsibility. And if that's not enough weight on their shoulders, this year they will race under the close scrutiny of a plethora of their predecessors -- the race team members who have come before.
WORTHINGTON -- A whole flock of turkeys has hatched in recent weeks in Brian Almberg's rural Rushmore workshop. Almberg, a taxidermist by trade and member of the King Turkey Day Board of Directors, has created 150 small statues to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Great Gobbler Gallop. The idea and ability to create such a souvenir evolved out of Almberg's work with polyurethane, particularly in re-creating antlers. "I've done a lot of molding work," Almberg explained, presenting scenarios when a model set of antlers is needed.