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 -- "How do you say it again, Antonio?" the Rev. Jim Krapf asks. "Fortaleceos en el Se?or," replies Antonio Colinders. "Fortaleceos en el Se?or. Be strong in the Lord. Fortaleceos en el Se?or," repeats Krapf. The verse is from Ephesians 6:10, a passage that talks about putting on the armor of God.
LAKE IDA -- It's 9:30 a.m. on a weekday morning, and the fish just aren't biting on Jeff Bergs' line. "I've been out here since the sun came up, and it's cold," he reported during an interview via cell phone from a fishing boat in the middle of Lake Ida, just north of Alexandria. The middle of a lake is where Jeff spends a lot of time when he's not working, and sometimes even when he is. Jeff makes his living mostly as an impressionist and comedian, but he also hires out his services as a fishing guide and occasionally as a bartender.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees is forming a committee to study a request broached Monday on behalf of the Worthington Area YMCA. At Monday's WRH board meeting, Greg DeGroot, co-chairman of the YMCA capital campaign, formally asked the board to be part of the YMCA's building project.
WORTHINGTON -- Kris "Tooje" Tutje valiantly stayed at her post at parade headquarters, checking in entries, as the rain poured down steadily on last year's King Turkey Day celebration. With the parade eventually postponed for three hours, she returned home to dry out and wait out the rain delay. A longtime veteran of the celebration's parade committee, it was the first time Tooje remembers the parade not coming off at its designated time. "I got the drowned rat award that day," she recalled about the miserable weather.
WORTHINGTON -- The Turkey Race Team from Cuero, Texas, won't arrive in Worthington until this afternoon, but the trash talking regarding the upcoming turkey race has been flowing freely over the phone lines for several weeks. Worthington's team captain, Jim Von Holtum, fielded one such phone call from Cuero's team captain, Lloyd Copeland, just a few days ago. "Lloyd did call me over the weekend, wondering if they should be bringing long johns or a parka or that kind of stuff," related Von Holtum, referring to the recent trend toward cooler weather. "He asked if our 'chicken' was ready.
WORTHINGTON -- Waylon and Willie won't be there, but don't be surprised to see a few local country-western stars Sunday on the stage at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center in Worthington. First Lutheran Church has expanded the scope of its annual -- this year's the ninth -- Country Western Service by having it in a larger venue and including musicians from throughout the community. The service begins at 10 a.m. at the auditorium. "The congregation wanted to do something more community oriented," explained the Rev. Richard Ricker, pastor of First Lutheran.
WORTHINGTON -- King Turkey Day is a festival steeped in tradition, with some events dating back to the very first celebration in 1939. But each year, the KTD Board of Directors likes to change things up a bit, adding some new events into the mix. The celebration officially gets under way at 5 p.m. on Thursday, with the King Turkey Day Mixer set for a second year at Pioneer Village, adjacent to the Nobles County Fairgrounds.
WORTHINGTON -- It's been more than 20 years since Andre Kirkwood set foot in Worthington, the city he considers his hometown. Like many local alumni, he'll return this week to take in the community's King Turkey Day festivities. But for Andre, it's more than just a chance to reunite with old friends and acquaintances. He has been named as the King Turkey Day featured speaker. Andre came to the attention of the King Turkey Day Board of Directors after he was featured in a January Daily Globe article following his retirement after 30 years in the U.S.
OKOBOJI, Iowa -- Butterflies were the guests of honor at a special event Saturday in the Iowa Great Lakes. A new facility, Dee and Kate's Butterfly House, was dedicated Saturday morning at the Nature Center on 170th Street in Okoboji.
PIPESTONE -- Holly Vanden Berg doesn't know anyone who lives in Asia, but there are people there who know her music. She's sold quite a number of CDs via her Web site in Asian countries. "The first person to buy my CD online was from Korea," Holly related. Currently a student at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Holly recently released her debut CD of piano music, "Holly from the Heart." She celebrated the accomplishment with two CD-release parties over the summer -- a pool party in the Twin Cities and more recently, a gala evening event at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center.