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 Tom Bruns set out to capture images to display at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, he let his camera determine the exhibit's direction. "I'll go out and take a few pictures here, a few pictures there, see what I've got and where I'm leaning toward," he explained. "In this case, it turned out to be things that have been left behind, man-made things that have been left behind." The resulting exhibit opens Friday with a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will hang in the Fine Arts Building until Jan. 9.
ELLSWORTH -- Like many folks of a certain age, Edward and Faye De Boer of Ellsworth travel south for the winter months. They go, of course, to escape Minnesota's cold and snow, but in recent years, their journey has taken on new purpose. When the De Boers head to Texas in a month or so, their RV will be laden with 60 quilts that will eventually be delivered south of the border in Mexico, to people who literally don't have a blanket to sleep upon. An idea is born The De Boers have been married for 10 years, a second marriage for both.
WORTHINGTON -- The band that played at a recent dance for senior citizens in Worthington included two keyboards, a pocket trumpet, electric ukulele and violin. But there weren't five -- or even four -- musicians present. Those instruments were all played by one woman, Shirley Brandt of Ashton, Iowa. Shirley performs at area dances and other locales as Shirley's Big Band Sound. "I've had a five-piece group," she said about her band, "but it's hard to depend on anybody to show up.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. ... And all went to be taxed, everyone to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city called Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
WORTHINGTON -- Among Richard "Dick" Koeneke's keepsakes is a yellowed clipping from the Daily Globe dated Feb. 3, 1943. It shows Koeneke and 14 other young draftees as they departed Worthington to serve their country during World War II. Koeneke has a vague memory of that day, but he doesn't recall being particularly scared, even though his future was so uncertain. "There'd be plenty of time to get scared later," he reflected. If Koeneke had known what the next three years and 25 days would bring, he might have been quaking in his boots.
WESTBROOK -- Just one day shy of the actual milestone, members of Immanuel Baptist Church will celebrate "100 Years of God's Faithfulness" on Sunday. A Council of Recognition to make the new church official was convened Nov. 17, 1908, according to the church history, and a week later, Immanuel Baptist's first pastor, N.H. Byers, was unanimously called to lead the new congregation. Immanuel's current pastor, the Rev. Rob Adams -- 11th in the church's history -- has been part of the committee organizing the centennial efforts, which included the publication of a history booklet.
WORTHINGTON -- Area residents woke up to their first taste of winter on Friday morning, greeted by fresh blanket of white -- although wet and slushy -- snow. It was a pretty sight, but the reality of winter weather came when motorists hit the roads and highways. The Nobles County Sheriff's Office responded to several reports of vehicles in the ditch, but there were no serious accidents as of noon Friday. "It's usually right away in the morning when the guys are running to check on the cars in the ditch," said Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening.
WORTHINGTON -- When Ruth McCready looks at a fancy earring, she sees a chandelier, or perhaps a petite basket of fruit. If she has occasion to stay overnight in a hotel, she might take a picture of the carpet, hoping to duplicate the pattern in miniature. Before she discards an empty tube of toothpaste, Ruth salvages the top, knowing she can use it as a tiny flower pot. Ruth has a knack for "thinking outside the box," a skill she's honed during the last 20 years of furbishing dollhouses on a budget.
WORTHINGTON -- Initially, Steve Nowatzki is a tough nut to crack open. He's a quiet, introspective man, and talking about himself doesn't come easily. But as he begins to describe the process of printmaking -- zinc etching, to be exact -- Nowatzki's eyes begin to light up, and his voice and gestures become more animated. This is a man who enjoys what he does and is passionate about both the artistic process and the messages he conveys through his work. Since his dad served in the military, Steve spent many of his growing-up years in Europe.
WORTHINGTON -- "Communik8: Thriving, Not Just Surviving, the Parenting of Teenagers" is a free seminar begin offered Saturday morning in Worthington. Sponsored by Lifelight Student Ministries and the Worthington Area Youth Ministers Association (WAYMA), the informal session will be from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. at BenLee's Coffeeshop in downtown Worthington. "Lifelight is networking with probably about 32 communities in the tri-state area, and we're one of the satellite communities," explained Dave Kinsman, youth director at St. Mary's Catholic Church and WAYMA member.