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 -- Cyril "Cy" Welter is a man of few words. It's obvious from even a brief conversation that he'd rather do something than talk about it. Perhaps that's what makes Welter an asset to local organizations such as the American Legion, RSVP and Senior Dining. Welter's recent announcement that he is moving to Pipestone left such groups lamenting the loss of a stalwart volunteer. But a move to Pipestone is really a return home for Welter. He was born in Pipestone County and grew up in Woodstock, where his dad was a businessman.
WORTHINGTON -- Paul Swanson didn't have any trouble selecting his entries for this year's Area Art Show at the Nobles County Art Center. "After seeing my body of work, it was clear it was these three," he said, referring to a pen-and-ink drawing, a mixed media painting and an oil painting that were ready to be hung in the art center gallery. The annual Area Art Show serves as venue for area artists to showcase works in a variety of artistic mediums.
WORTHINGTON -- Angel Dean is an up-and-coming artist in the world of Christian music. But he was also once a confused and troubled youth, and he wants to make sure that God's message of love and grace comes through loud and clear in his music ministry, so he can reach those who might be in a similar situation. "I began my music ministry with the desire to relate to troubled youths and give them the same hope and love I have received," he said in his biography at www.angeldean.com .
Spring hasn't exactly sprung in our part of the world, although there are signs that it can't be far away ... The growing flocks of waterfowl on area lakes ... Residents' increasing lack of tolerance for the occasional snowy, blustery day ... And the appearance of new fashions in local clothing stores. And what fashions they are this season. Local retailers are definitely enthusiastic about what they have to offer and with good reason. There are styles to cater to a wide variety of tastes, personal preferences and body types this season.
WORTHINGTON -- Brother Jon Watson only has to open his mouth to give away that he doesn't originally hail from these parts. His speech has a distinctive southern drawl, and he addresses people as "ma'am" and "y'all." "I tell people now that I'm from southern Minnesota," he said with a grin, "but I'm originally from the panhandle of Texas, 70 miles east of Amarillo, where all those wildfires have been." He may not speak like a native of southwest Minnesota yet, but Watson and his family are feeling quite at home in their new environment.
WORTHINGTON -- Pizza, apple turnovers and brownies were the hot commodities Saturday among the spectators at Worthington Middle School, one of several sites for the Wild Turkey Shootout Boys Basketball Tournament. Serving up those favorites, as well as wide variety of other food items, were members of VOKK -- Volunteer Optimist Kiwanis Kids -- a community service-oriented organization for students in sixth through eighth grades. The club was organized almost two years ago, chartered by the local Early Risers Kiwanis and Optimist Clubs.
DUNDEE -- What's the secret to concocting a delectable batch of Mulligan Stew? The answer doesn't necessarily lie in the list of ingredients -- an extremely long list that has evolved over the years -- according to members of the Dundee Rod and Gun Club. They say there isn't one secret ingredient-- it's more of an amalgamation of many flavors. Perhaps the secret to success for the organization's longtime fund-raiser is in the utensil. Throughout the 55 years that the club has hosted its Mulligan Stew event, the stew has been stirred with a wooden paddle.
WORTHINGTON -- It's a new and improved Jeff Berger. He's happier. He's healthier. He has more energy. He has more stamina. He just feels better about himself. He's also thinner. Considerably thinner. Since undergoing gastric bypass surgery in December 2004, Jeff has dropped more than 160 pounds. "It's life-changing, no doubt about it," Jeff said.
WORTHINGTON -- For the Rev. James Sickmeyer, joining the Civil Air Patrol was a way to continue to serve his country as a civilian. "I was active duty Air Force for 10 years," he explained. "I left active duty in 1992 to pursue the seminary. The year before I got my master's of divinity degree, I became involved with the Civil Air Patrol. In May 1996, I applied for appointment as an Air Force auxiliary chaplain. The Civil Air Patrol is the only official sanctioned auxiliary of the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Orville Appel built countless homes in Worthington, but most area residents will probably remember him best for his larger-than-life personality and the water ski shows he engineered several decades ago. Appel, 77, died Sunday at Sunset Cottage hospice facility in Worthington after a battle with cancer. Appel lived in the Worthington area all his life, except for a stint serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. "He drove Jeep for Dwight D. Eisenhower at Fort Riley, Kan.," recounted son Steve Appel.