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WORTHINGTON -- As a married couple and co-pastors at Worthington's First Covenant Church, John and Kris Stewart know that communication can be key to a healthy and productive relationship. The Stewarts discovered some strategies for improving their communication through "The Five Love Languages," developed by Gary Chapman. "He does marriage enrichment seminars," explained Pastor John Stewart. "They're Christian-based.
NORTH BRANCH -- Last Saturday, Jeff and Tina Nickel and their young daughter, Jaden, spent the day at the Mall of America, participating in the American Heart Association's annual Heart Walk and raising money for a cause they feel strongly about. Next Saturday will be the observance of an even more momentous occasion -- Jaden's 2nd birthday -- an event that will no doubt be celebrated with much fanfare and doting on the part of her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
LAKEFIELD -- The Shed -- a commercial building on Minnesota 86 in Lakefield that once housed various businesses and agricultural implements -- now serves as a base of Christian fellowship for area teens. From 40 to 50 youths gather there each Sunday evening for the "NiteLife," program, sponsored by The Narrow Path (TNP) youth ministry. The Shed will greatly expand its audience and its impact during Snowjam 2006 on Saturday.
WORTHINGTON -- A barn scene painted without a brush. A plaster mask that represents a character named "Lulu." A collage that relates feelings about Jesus dying on the cross. A whimsical portrait of a young boy. Those are just a few of the diverse works that will be featured in a exhibit opening Friday evening at the Nobles County Art Center, 407 12th St.
WORTHINGTON -- Although he currently lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota, that's not where Paul Peterson finds his main source of artistic inspiration. Peterson is more inclined to depict the prairies of southeast South Dakota in his paintings. "I grew up on the farm and loved it, but there's this oversentimentalized idea of rural life in art sometimes," he explained. "Growing up on a farm is more complex than what's usually depicted, than the father and son walking the corn rows during the pheasant season. ... There's a lot of heartbreak, a lot of pain.
WINDOM -- Maria Schneider lives and works in New York City, but her profession takes her to venues around the world. She won a Grammy, not just any Grammy, but one that was a first in the music business. And although she hasn't lived there for many years and no longer has any family living there, Schneider calls southwest Minnesota -- specifically the small city of Windom -- home. "I love Windom," she stated emphatically during a phone interview from her New York abode. "It's great. The whole platform of my life is there. ...
This is the third story in a three-part series focusing on students enrolled in District 518's Area Learning Center. WORTHINGTON -- Ryan White has a pretty basic wardrobe.
JACKSON -- Both Ron Harder and Jeff Johnson hope there will be a packed house for the 15th Music of the Church festival Sunday at the JCC Performing Arts Center in Jackson. A large crowd will mean more people to appreciate the talents of the musicians slated to perform at the event as well as more money to be donated in support of troops from southwest Minnesota. The festival begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jackson's new auditorium facility.
WORTHINGTON -- Psssst! Just a reminder to anyone who hasn't noticed the approaching date on the calendar or the prevalence of red and pink and heart themes: Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Traditional -- and predictable -- items for Valentine's Day gifting include roses, candy and heart-shaped jewelry. But local merchants have a few ideas for shoppers who want to venture beyond the predictable this year. "You can never go wrong with diamonds," advised Cheryl Fornoff, a sales associate at Johnson's Jewelry in downtown Worthington.
WORTHINGTON --With a thick layer of ice still coating most of Lake Okabena, it's difficult to imagine the shoreline crowded with an eclectic mixture of windsurfers, musicians and local residents. But the 2006 Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival is just four months away, slated for June 9-11, and organizers are preparing to make the event bigger and better than ever as it goes into its seventh year. "It truly is a total community happening, giving us the opportunity to stage a wonderful event on one of our greatest natural assets, beautiful Lake Okabena," said Dennis Hall, inco