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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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.
As a relative unknown on the Twin Cities theater scene, Peter Simonson was put through his paces before landing the part of Enjolras in the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' current production of "Les Miserables." "It was quite a drawn-out process," he recalled of the auditions. "Being somebody they knew nothing about, since I'd only done a few things up here, they were very skeptical. It was a pretty elaborate call-back process. I'd sing for them, and I could tell they liked it, but they just weren't going to commit. Then I got a call ...
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- As he prepares to become a nonagenarian (his 90th birthday being Sunday), Bob Artley refers to himself -- with a chuckle -- as "mostly retired and exhausted." But evidently Bob has not yet exhausted the storehouse of remembrances that he has delved into frequently over the years for his "Memories of a Former Kid" series of cartoons. He is currently working on a new tome for Pelican Publishing called "Memories of a Farm Kitchen." "My youngest son is going to help me finish it," Bob explained via telephone from his home in Winter Haven, Fla.
WORTHINGTON --The word "dosimetrist" doesn't turn up in a search of the Merriam-Webster online dictionary -- not even after clicking on the specialized medical dictionary option. "No entries found that match dosimetrist," pops up on the computer screen. But if the powers-that-be decide to include dosimetrist in a future edition of the dictionary, perhaps they should include a picture of Sherry Weaver-Lauer next to the definition. Sherry is the person who carries the title of dosimetrist -- as well as that of radiation center manager -- at the new Southwest Minnesota Radiation Center, locate
WORTHINGTON -- "Ruby's Town," a documentary by filmmaker Erik McCowan about the history of turkey raising in Cuero, Texas, and the subsequent rivalry for the title of "Turkey Capital of the World" between Cuero and Worthington, is garnering interest at film festivals across the nation. The film debuted in April at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival; is being shown today at the San Antonio, Texas, Underground Film Festival; will make its "world premiere" July 14 in Cuero; then heads to New York City for the Rural Route Film Festival on July 21.
WORTHINGTON -- A layer of plastic covers the carpet in the waiting room, while a worker installs the flooring farther down the hall. Notes taped to doors warn, "Don't you dare step on this floor," in an attempt to protect newly applied finishes. Outside, workers on ladders apply final touches to the awning above the doorway while sprinklers spread a gentle mist over recently planted landscaping. Such was the scene this week at the Southwest Radiation Center on the Worthington Regional Hospital campus, as preparations were under way for its grand opening festivities.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- As the new executive director of the Sibley Chamber of Commerce, Shantry Dake admits to being nervous about the weather and a bit harried as she ties up all the loose ends associated with putting together a community celebration. Sibley's Good Ole Summertime celebration gets under way on Friday. "I'm just excited to have the weekend over with and be a success," she said Tuesday. Committees were formed to oversee various aspects of the festival, but there are always a few details left to be done at the last minute, Dake explained.