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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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- If it's anything like the last several years, about a quarter of a million people will gather in praise, worship and celebration during the 10th anniversary LifeLight music festival during the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 in Sioux Falls. And more than a few people from southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa will be among the congregation at Wild Water West.
WORTHINGTON -- As is expected during the summer, July was a slow month in the medical and surgical areas at Worthington Regional Hospital, but there were some pleasant surprises in several other departments. The behavioral health unit, swing beds and outpatient visits were above budget for the month, WRH Financial Officer Bruce Viessman reported at Monday's meeting of the WRH Board of Trustees and Finance Committee.
My husband loves signs with squiggly lines -- the ones that indicate curves in the road ahead. The squigglier the line, the bigger Bryan's grin grows as we approach it. The abundance of such signs is one of the reasons we elected to go to Wisconsin this summer on our annual Jeeping vacation.
WORTHINGTON -- I must preface the sharing of this recipe with the admission that I am not an ice tea fan. I will accept it when offered, may drink it when there's nothing else around, but would never consider ordering it in a restaurant. I don't mind tea -- I just don't love it. In my mind, it is somehow akin to coffee. I never developed the java habit, and I'm not about to start now. I'm more of a soda fan, although since I've realized how many calories lurk in the regular version and have gone diet, I don't even drink that very much.
WORTHINGTON -- With the theme of "The Great Outdoors Adventure," the King Turkey Board of Directors knew there could be no better speaker option for this year's festivities than Babe Winkelman, the fishing-hunting guru of television fame. After seeking support from area outdoor sporting organizations, the KTD board was able to secure Winkelman's services, and he will take the podium Sept.
WORTHINGTON -- Most pen pals never expect to meet -- especially childhood pen pals who correspond for a short period of time. Such was the case with Martha "Marnie" Cashel McCarthy and Kerttu Seikkenen Karkkainen, who were young girls living in Minnesota and Finland, respectively, when they exchanged letters, in two languages, 60 years ago. But their brief relationship all those years ago was the spark that brought about the connection between Worthington and Crailsheim, Germany.
They came to town and wreaked havoc -- robbing the train, leading the effort to steal the records from the courthouse -- but the Midwest Mounted Re-enactors were a welcome addition to the events celebrating Murray County's Sesquicentennial Saturday in Currie. Under the leadership of Tom Jones, founder and coordinator of the group, a contingent of meticulously trained cowboys and other characters brought a key event in Murray County's history -- the battle for the county seat -- to life Saturday evening at the End-O-Line Railroad Park in Currie.
The distinctive clank of metal meeting metal echoed throughout the park in Round Lake for most of the day on Saturday, audible evidence of a horseshoe tournament. Other activities surrounded the horseshoe pits -- concessions, volleyball tournament, even the parade -- but the horseshoe players were intent on surveying the competition and scoring another ringer. Sixteen teams from around the area took part in the horseshoe tournament Saturday as part of Sun & Fun Day in Round Lake.
Katherine Hedeen can picture the curtain on the stage of the Sioux City, Iowa, auditorium where, as a young girl, she saw her first theatrical production. The play was "The Barretts of Wimpole Street," which depicted the real-life romance between poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. It starred Katharine Cornell and Brian Aherne. "I just loved that," Katherine recalled. "I can still see it, even the curtain on the stage, which was kind of purple in the center.
WORTHINGTON -- Four mornings a week, Tuesday through Friday, Richard "Dick" Brake opens up his barber shop at the corner of Oxford Street and Grand Avenue. He attends to the hair needs of his customers while keeping abreast of all the latest local news (insert gossip) and entertaining with his own array of stories and jokes. It's a daily ritual that he's performed for six decades, as Dick is now in his 59th year of barbering. "Right out of high school, I started barber school -- Lee's Barber School," he reminisced.