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 -- When Kathy Reker began her career in the corrections field more than 35 years ago, she had an idea of what to expect. Her dad, Al Reker, was a probation officer in Nobles County for many years, so she was familiar with what it entailed. "I knew probably more about that job than other people do, although he basically worked with juveniles, and I don't," explained Kathy. Born in Luverne and raised in Worthington, Kathy was the second oldest of the nine children of Al and Marge Reker, now both deceased.
WORTHINGTON -- The good times are rolling right now in New Orleans, as the southern city prepares for the culmination of its annual Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday -- Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday will also be celebrated in southwest Minnesota, albeit a few days early. The tri-parish of St. Ann in Slayton, St. Columba in Iona and St. Mary in Lake Wilson will host a Mardi Gras party from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton. The event got started more than 10 years ago at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Slayton. "Father Jim Berning came (to St.
LOS ANGELES -- When Micah McFarlane's career brought him to Minnesota for a few days, he took the opportunity to reconnect with some former classmates from Worthington. Those longtime friends not only got a chance to reminisce with McFarlane, but also to meet his current client, country music star Dwight Yoakam, when Yoakam performed recently at Jackpot Junction Casino in Morton.
ELLSWORTH -- Members of the Friends in Fellowship group from Bethel Reformed Church aren't sure how many years they've been organizing the annual "Night of Music," but it's become a church -- and community -- tradition that they wouldn't think of discontinuing. "We'd have a lot of people complain if we didn't have it," said Nancy Drenth, who co-chairs this year's Friends in Fellowship effort along with her husband, Lyndon. "Night of Music," a showcase for area vocal talent, will begin at 7 p.m.
EVERLY, Iowa -- Jean Tennant took on the editor's role for "Walking Beans Wasn't Something You Did With Your Dog," an anthology about growing in the Midwest. Even though she's a prolific and well-published writer, Jean was disqualified from including one of her own stories in the book -- because she grew up in San Diego. "My family moved to Everly when I was a junior in high school," she explained. "I went from a class of 600 students to a graduating class in Everly of 26. "It was a very smart decision on my parents' part," Jean added.
WORTHINGTON -- There was a prevalence of tragic news to report in the Feb. 6, 1984, edition of the Daily Globe. The banner headline reads "Brutal storm kills 9 in region." An accompanying story is titled "Search under way for 10th person." A fire that destroyed two buildings on Worthington's 10th Avenue -- certainly the top story on any other day -- gets lesser billing, and the final story on the front page reads "Ivanhoe fire kills two; Slayton home burns." The storm had struck two days previously, on Saturday evening, Feb. 4, 1984.
WORTHINGTON -- Real Estate Retrievers may be a new name in the Worthington business community, but its office will be filled with familiar faces.
WORTHINGTON -- Shawna Wedeking's artwork is highly reflective of her personality -- vibrant, creative and, well, more than a bit kooky. An exhibit of her latest creations, titled "A Pipecleaner's Dream," is on display through March in the Remick Gallery in Windom. "I had a name for it before I had the second piece done," said Shawna about the show, which features a wide assortment of items covered and decorated with pipecleaners, along with photographs, paintings and a few mixed media pieces.
WORTHINGTON -- Some of the subjects in Carolyn Johnson's paintings will be immediately recognizable to local folks: the Historic Dayton House, a scene from the Butterfield Threshing Bee, an old windmill flanked by the more modern version. But Carolyn doesn't live locally -- didn't even grow up in the area -- and after many years living in Utah now calls Stevens Point, Wis., home. Her ties to the region come through her husband, James Johnson, who is a native of the St. James area and is nephew to Etta and Dave Schroeder of rural Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Ponder, for a moment, the cheese that comes perched atop your Big Mac or Whopper, depending on personal preference for McDonald's or Burger King. It's a good possibility that the milk that goes into creating that ooey-gooey yellow slice of goodness came from cows that live on the outskirts of Worthington. Just south of the city, on Nobles County 57, lies Ocheda Dairy, an enterprise owned and operated by the Vander Kooi family -- Dave Vander Kooi and son Joe Vander Kooi.