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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LUVERNE -- It's been almost a year since Southwestern Minnesota Habitat for Humanity had a groundbreaking ceremony for its latest project --a single family dwelling on East Bishop Avenue in Luverne. Then nothing happened.
WESTBROOK -- Carolyn Van Loh has never found mother-in-law jokes funny -- she just doesn't get the joke.
PIPESTONE -- Firefighters battled a blaze at a Pipestone warehouse through Monday night and into Tuesday morning. The fire, at a warehouse located in an alley between Second and Fourth streets in Pipestone, was reported at 9:25 p.m. Monday, according to Pipestone Fire Chief Corey Popma. He said the building is owned by Ron and Tom Willy. "It was probably about a third engulfed when we got there," reported Popma. "But it didn't take long for it to be fully engulfed, within 10 minutes. It never really broke through the roof until about an hour after the call.
BOSTON -- The emotional high of watching his wife complete the Boston Marathon quickly vanished when Kyle Feit learned about the finish-line tragedy at the event Monday afternoon. Kyle and Amy Feit, of Luverne, were in Boston Monday so Amy could compete for the first time in the prestigious marathon. They were joined by Kyle's sister, Tori, and her husband.
There are bakers out there who turn up their noses at using packaged mixes and insist on making everything from scratch. I am not one of them. In my pantry, there's usually at least one box of brownie mix and maybe a cake mix or two. The rare times I make a cake from scratch are for the benefit of this food forum or when I mix up my favorite chocolate Crazy Cake -- a make-it-in-the-pan recipe that's actually easier than a cake mix.
WORTHINGTON -- The Tap is back. The establishment originally known as the A&T Tap is up and running once again and has returned to the short version of its former name. After a change in ownership last summer the place was called Boondocks, but new owners Rick and Heather Steele of Worthington have decided to call it The Tap. The bar-restaurant was closed for a couple of months during the transition, but now is open for business seven days a week. "We're just trying a new adventure," explained Rick Steele. "I owned a trucking company for 15 years. ...
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- At age 11, Sam Wessels has already hobnobbed with a lot of important political figures -- all the presidential candidates in the last two elections -- but he's quick to quash any speculation about a future in politics. "I don't think I'm going to be a politician when I grow up," he offered without even being asked the question. "I'm into politics, but it's too tough for me." Sam's campaign trail stumping has all been on behalf of people with autism -- people like himself.
WORTHINGTON -- Brandi Williams is a relative newcomer to the halls of Worthington High School and its Class of 2013. Growing up in rural Brewster, Brandi -- the oldest of Ken and Marcy Williams' three daughters -- first attended the Brewster school system before she made the choice to pursue an alternative method of schooling. "I actually went to Brewster through seventh grade, then for eighth grade through the first half of 10th grade, I went to Connections Academy, an online school," she explained. According to its website, Connections Academy "provides a new form of free public school t
WESTBROOK -- When a new café, The Recipe, opened its doors in January in Westbrook, it fulfilled both a community need and its owner's dream of running a restaurant. "It was the bowling alley-café when it closed seven years ago," explained Angie Knakmuhs Horkey about the space that now houses her restaurant, The Recipe. "So other than eating at the bar, there was not a place.
OKOBOJI, Iowa -- According to the Brewers Association, 174 craft breweries opened in the United States in 2011. One such establishment is located in this neck of the woods -- Okoboji Brewing Company in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Situated on U.S.