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 -- Jeanene Townswick's mother advised her against marrying a musician, but she didn't heed that advice. She met future hubby Maynard Townswick -- an accordion player -- when he came to Albert Lea to audition for her father's dance band, The Scandinavians. "My mom said, 'Don't marry a musician, because I've sat home by myself every New Year's Eve,'" Jeanene related. "Then she said, 'You can marry Maynard, but only if he doesn't play with your dad.'" So Maynard and Jeanene got hitched, and Maynard only played on rare occasions with The Scandinavians.
EDGERTON -- After a couple weeks of anxious anticipation, Sy Schaap was finally able to size up her competition on Tuesday morning. Sy is one of 10 finalists in the ABC "Good Morning America" Dancing With the Moms competition, a contest based on the network's "Dancing With the Stars" reality show.
ST. LOUIS PARK -- Shanna Hoffman Peyton never harbored any aspirations to work in the movie business, either in front of or behind the camera. Nevertheless, her name is listed under the title of producer for a film that will air in May on the Sci Fi Channel. "I'm a lab technician in the microbiology department of an infectious disease lab for a private company," detailed Shanna about her occupation during a recent phone conversation. "The film is kind of a side project.
WORTHINGTON -- The tale of two turkeys -- Paycheck and Ruby Begonia -- and their annual race to determine the Turkey Capital of the World is well known to residents of Worthington and Cuero, Texas, where the two heats of the epic battle take place each year. But for the most part, the rest of the world is oblivious to the Great Gobbler Gallop and just what it means to two communities more than 1,000 miles apart. Erik McCowan wants to change that.
ADRIAN -- When there's snow on the ground, the small, white-painted building almost blends into the landscape at the corner of Nobles County 35 and Oklahoma Avenue in Adrian. There's not much to identify the simple structure, except for a modest sign that states "First Baptist Church: Ministering to Families for God's Glory." Although it can't boast of the historical architecture or large membership that distinguish the community's most prominent church, St.
Today finds Danielle Rogers upon the waters of Lake Phalen in the Twin Cities. She and her teammates will climb into a sleek boat, grab oars and test their prowess and speed in the sport of crew, otherwise known as rowing, against teams from the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, University of Iowa and Oregon State University. Currently a junior at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Danielle, the daughter of Paul and Deb Rogers of Reading, has been a member of Drake's rowing team since she was a freshman.
JACKSON -- When Heather Newkirk heard about Mike and Deena Van't Hul and their work with children in orphanages in China, it touched her heart. She soon became convinced God was calling her to go to China and help with this mission. Within a short time, she'd also convinced three friends -- Nick Frodermann of Heron Lake, Joseph Wagner of Lakefield, and Leah Eaton of Jackson -- to join her in the mission venture.
WORTHINGTON -- An elegant invitation adorned by images of watercolor Easter eggs sits on the kitchen table at Gary Olson's home. It reads: Laura Bush invites you and up to three guests to the opening of the 2007 Easter Egg Artist display on Tuesday morning, April 3, 2007, at eight-fifteen o'clock. Due to financial considerations, Olson wasn't able to attend the first lady's soiree, but he was tickled to be invited. And he was proud to have one of his creations be part of the White House Easter Egg Display.
WORTHINGTON -- The projected opening date for the Southwest Minnesota Radiation Center on the campus of Worthington Regional Hospital is 11 weeks away, but Dr. Thomas Hegarty, radiation oncologist, is already on the job. Hegarty and his wife, Mary Jo "M.J.," and daughter Brighid, 9, moved from California to Minnesota in January and have taken up residence in rural Rushmore.
WORTHINGTON -- In keeping with the Easter season, Mike and Rhonda Hibma have decked their home on Miles Drive with tiny bunnies, eggs and chicks, done up in bright pastel hues. A large wooden cross draped with purple cloth stands in the front window, a symbol of the couple's deep religious faith. Although Rhonda anticipates Sunday's celebration of Jesus' resurrection, her thoughts are focused on Christmas, more than eight months away.