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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A salad without dressing is really just a pile of lettuce, which just doesn't have much flavor. Dressing is an important component to any salad -- be it greens, pasta, fruit or whatever. The dressing is what ties all the different ingredients together and adds additional flavor. In my refrigerator, there is always a bottle or two of purchased salad dressing (usually ranch, used more as a dip than a dressing), but more often than not, I make it from scratch.
Let's hang on to what we've got Don't let go, girl; we've got a lot Got a lot of love between us Hang on, hang on, hang on to what we got Dooh doo, dooh doo, dooh doo ... In the video posted on YouTube, that classic 1965 song by The Four Seasons plays while a woman giggles and sways to the music. Although the lyrics are significantly poignant, the woman doesn't sing along. She can't, because dementia has impaired her speech. The woman is Elaine Morrison, and the guy behind the video camera is husband Terry.
GEORGE, Iowa -- The community of George stretched out holiday festivities by turning its annual Fourth of July celebration into a weekend affair called Freedom Days. "We've always had a Fourth celebration, and we've talked for years about trying to get it on the weekend for flexibility and scheduling and to allow families to travel here for the weekend," explained Scott Heibult, the George Chamber of Commerce president. Calling the celebration Freedom Days also coincided with a special project the community has undertaken: being part of the statewide Freedom Rock Tour. The Freedom Rock was
JACKSON -- The first Rhythm of the River festival was part of Jackson's Sesquicentennial celebration in 2006. Since then, it's been staged in conjunction with the community's Town & Country Days. But this year, Rhythm of the River tries to make it on its own, with events slated for Thursday through Saturday this week. "This is the first year it's a stand-alone event," explained Kathy Fransen, one of the committee members.
WORTHINGTON -- Bernadine and Madeleine have never met face to face. They have never even talked on the phone. The two women live 4,600 miles apart: Bernadine Kunze in Worthington, Madeleine Egloff-Schwarz in Basel, Switzerland. And yet, their friendship runs deep. They've shared their joys, fears, triumphs, losses and faith for 59 years, all through letters and packages. Bernadine was a sophomore in high school in Ocheyedan, Iowa, when the students were assigned pen pals.
WORTHINGTON -- It's been 100 years since several families of Dutch heritage formed a congregation in Bigelow that eventually became Worthington's American Reformed Church, but that Hollander heritage is still very evident among the congregation members. Take, for instance, the church's pastor, the Rev. Irwin Van Leeuwen, or the chairwoman of its centennial committee, Beth Van Hove.
TRACY -- June 13, 1968. It's a date that has both haunted and fascinated Scott Thoma for most of his life. Thoma was 9 years old that day when the first recorded F5 tornado in Minnesota history tore through his hometown of Tracy, killing nine people, injuring 125 others and destroying nearly one-fourth of the town's structures. "Our house got turned off the foundation," described Thoma. "They had to tear it down. It twisted the beams. We had to crawl out of the basement. We saw the tornado going out of town.
WORTHINGTON -- Long before her shift begins atop Worthington's Hy-Vee Food Store on July 2, Worthington Police Officer Jacki Bomgaars will have already logged many hours toward the third annual Cop on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota. Bomgaars coordinates what has now become an annual event --soliciting donations, organizing the logistics and cajoling her fellow police officers into contributing their time.
WORTHINGTON -- Although he didn't have much time to dawdle, Ken Brass couldn't resist a stop in his hometown earlier this week. Brass, now of California, was en route to the Twin Cities for The Great Race, a collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally, which this year will take its competitors on a course from St. Paul, following the Mississippi River down to Mobile, Ala.
WORTHINGTON -- It's 10 years until Indian Lake Baptist Church's sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) and 15 years past its quasquicentennial (125th), but the congregation felt it was important to acknowledge the church's milestone of 140 years with some sort of celebration. "Some of us are getting a little older," noted Mike Earll, currently church chairman, "so it's not going to be a huge celebration, but we thought it was important to reflect on the milestone." "Actually, there was a 135th celebration," added Pastor Jonathan Larson, "but there have been some huge changes since then, so th