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 -- Members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington have become very familiar with images of hands in recent weeks. Their pastor, the Rev. Jim Krapf, has encouraged them to look more closely at their own hands and contemplate the hands of Jesus throughout this Lenten season in a series of sermons called "Hands of Lent." "Lent is a time of self-examination, and we've been looking at how we use our hands and how we see the hands of Jesus being used as our model," he explained.
VENICE, Calif. -- More than two years ago, Lynn Hanson was broached about opening her Venice residence for a feature in Cottage Living magazine. Although she had some qualms, Lynn acquiesced, and the magazine sent a team to photograph her home, inside and out, for two days in the spring of 2004. "Then I never heard from them," she explained. "They interviewed me from Birmingham (Alabama) over the telephone.
SIOUX VALLEY --Each year prior to Christmas, Sioux Valley Lutheran High School presents a live Nativity to stress the significance of the biblical Christmas story. When organizers decided they wanted to do something similar for the Easter season, they came up with the concept of the Holy Week Festival of Scripture and Church Music. "This worship service focuses on the events and happenings of the first Holy Week in scripture and music," explained the Rev.
WORTHINGTON -- Comedies draw larger audiences. That was one of the motivating factors in choosing "Said the Spider to the Spy," a comic farce by Fred Carmichael, for the latest theatrical offering from Grassroots Community Theater and the Minnesota West Theater Department. The play also features a slightly larger cast -- nine principal players -- than some other recent productions, according to director Mary Jane Mardesen. "This had sort of generic ages -- they could be older, they could be younger -- so we could use students and community members," she said.
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 -- 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 -- 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.
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.