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 -- To prepare for their roles in the latest production of Grassroots Community Theatre, the cast members only had to turn on their TV sets. "Contempt of Court" is a comedy based on reality courtroom television programs. "It's a spoof of 'Judge Judy,' the 'People's Court' format," explained director Mary Jane Mardesen. "There are a lot of chances for audience participation.
WORTHINGTON -- While floating in a boat on the sea of Galilee, they envisioned the sight of Jesus walking on water. They collected rocks from the Valley of Elah, the place where David slew Goliath. In the waters of the Jordan River, they were baptized. They prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. A group of 22 pilgrims -- most from the local area -- recently returned from their sojourn to the Holy Land and are still basking in the memories they collected there.
My fascination with Red Velvet cake started when I saw the movie "Steel Magnolias." Aficionados of that flick (I have a couple of friends who can recite whole stretches of dialogue) will recall that the groom's cake at Shelby's wedding was Red Velvet made into the shape of a giant armadillo. Before that, Red Velvet cake wasn't in my consciousness. That's probably because it's considered a Southern thing, although some historical references cite that it was created at New York's famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Somewhere along the line, Southerners claimed it as their own.
WORTHINGTON -- An electrician by trade and artist at heart, Jerry Deuschle has managed to combine his two vocations by teaching in the electrical program and ceramic classes at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Jackson Campus. Additionally, Deuschle runs his own electrician business in Luverne, where he lives. All those endeavors plus an hour-long commute four days a week leave little time to work on his own pottery. But a chance to exhibit his work at a venue midway between work and home was a good impetus.
PIPESTONE -- Bernice Dykstra never attended the District 35 school, nor did any members of her immediate family. But living just down the road, she became attached enough to the structure to buy it. "It came up for auction, and I just decided that I'd like to do something with it," explained Dykstra. Located in Sweet Township, Pipestone County, the District 35 school was in operation from 1881 to 1959 and then used for many years as a township hall.
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. -- It's been 45 years since Art De Groot served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Despite the passage of time, the memories of what he experienced and witnessed there are still vivid. After many years of debating the wisdom of doing so, Art wrote down those memories and recently published a book, "Bu Ku Kilo: One Vietnam Vet's Reflections." Art's intent was to write a no-holds-barred account that was different from others that he had read. "I wanted to write this book to really tell about what I had seen happen in the war, my experiences," he explained.
WORTHINGTON -- After hopping around on the other side of the world for several months, Singapore Sam got quite the welcome home party Friday afternoon from Nancy Johnson's first-grade class at St. Mary's Catholic School in Worthington. Sam accompanied Johnson's niece, Melissa Saigh, her husband AJ and their young daughter, Linna, to Singapore last August while the Saighs were living there for AJ's job.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- By the time area farmers are gearing up for spring planting, a new fertilizer facility should be up and running at the Co-Op Elevator Association's Ocheyedan location. CEA -- which also has locations in Sibley, Harris, Hartley and Lake Park, Iowa -- is a full-service elevator offering grain, agronomy, lumber and feed divisions. The fertilizer plant project came about because of demand, according to Ocheyedan location manager Greg Atherton. "Our buildings have been outdated for the capacity that we've been doing for a while here," Atherton said.
WORTHINGTON -- The local network of volunteers is gearing up for the beginning of tax season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income taxpayers, especially those who are age 60 and older. "There are certain exclusions," explained Chuck Magyar, the volunteer coordinator of the local Tax-Aide program. "We don't do farm taxes, depreciation, things like that. ... But if they have basic taxes to file, we can help.
WORTHINGTON -- A veritable potpourri of merchandise awaits prospective buyers at Worthington's newest business. Paul's Place opened Friday at 203 10th St. Owned by Paul Witzel, it features a variety of brand-new tools, hunting and fishing equipment, housewares, toys and even clothes, as well as high-quality consignment items. "I like shopping for people, basically," explained Witzel, who's been the go-to guy among his friends and family when they were looking to purchase specific items. "It's my passion.