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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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 "Our buildings have been outdated for the capacity that we've been doing for a while here," Atherton said.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.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- After more than 23 years behind bars, Gayl Tutje has finally gotten paroled. In this case, the parole is the result of retirement. Gayl has fully served out her sentence as a dispatcher-jailer for Osceola County and officially begins her retirement today. "I don't know what I'm going to do," she admitted on one of her final days of work. "Everybody keeps asking me that. I guess I'll do what I've always done -- go to all the school activities, drink a lot of coffee at The Lantern, maybe play some cards." Gayl's law enforcement career began in September 1989.
WORTHINGTON -- A string of recent water main breaks is nothing out of the ordinary, according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain. City crews had to deal with breaks on McMillan Street and Nobles Street earlier in the week, and a third break happened early Wednesday near Worthington Middle School. "For all of 2012, we had a total of 17," reported Hain Wednesday morning. "Since October, the start of winter, we've had eight, according to the water department guys.
By the time you read this, the contestants for Super Bowl XLVII will have been decided (that wasn't the case as of the writing). But to many of us, the teams just don't matter -- especially with the Vikings out of the picture. We're more concerned about what we're going to eat during the big game on Feb. 3 than who will actually be on the field. I'm always on the lookout for easy-to-feed-a-crowd recipes for occasions such as Super Bowl Sunday, and Southwestern Beef is just such a dish.
WORTHINGTON -- 1,996 miles. That's the as-the-crow-flies distance between Worthington and San Marcos, Guatemala -- the region of Central America from which many of Worthington's newest immigrants hail. Breaching those many miles is the goal of Abuelos y Nietos Juntos -- Grandparents and Grandchildren Together -- a project that will allow American-born children of Guatemalan ancestry the opportunity to visit the country of their origin and meet their extended families. The idea was born about a year ago, when Lisa Kremer, then Faith Formation director at St.
One year ago Juan and Kerry Cuate reopened their business, Panaderia Mi Tierra Bakery, on Worthington's 10th Street. The bakery had been closed since last October while Juan, the primary baker, recovered from surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his right arm. Richard Shrubb, president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, said he was "pretty optimistic" about the college's chances to get bonding money this year to renovate and expand the Worthington campus field house. Gov.