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 -- For a number of years, Dawn Kinsman has put her music ministry on the back burner. There just really hasn't been time for much other than the occasional church performance or retreat. Married since 1991, she and husband Dave have five children -- all boys. Dave is director of Catholic Life Outreach at Worthington's St. Mary's parish, while Dawn is employed part-time as director of the Faith Formation program. Dawn's primary focus has been her family. "Being at home, taking care of the kids, brought about a real change in my spiritual life," she reflected.
WORTHINGTON -- Jamie Wright, a member of the 2006 and 2007 Turkey Race Teams from Cuero, Texas, is renowned for racing down Worthington's 10th Street without any shoes on his feet during the King Turkey Day celebration. But there were no bare feet for Wright when he and his girlfriend, Michele Pargmann, visited Worthington over the weekend. The activities they were involved in required snowboots and bowling shoes.
PIPESTONE -- The late Betty Rickerman had retired and moved away from Pipestone before the Pipestone Performing Arts Center existed. But because she was an avid supporter of the arts, her niece, Deeann Griebel, has started an endowment in her memory to benefit PPAC. "Betty Rickerman was a lifelong Pipestone resident. She worked at First National Bank and was vice president at the time she retired," explained Dennis Hansen, PPAC managing director, adding that Rickerman moved to Hawaii in her retirement.
WORTHINGTON -- Most Wednesday nights at this time of the year find Chris Nowatzki in the Fine Arts Building at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus. For the last three years, he has taught a ceramic class during the spring semester. This Wednesday, he will take a little time off from that class to attend a showing of his own work in the Fine Arts Building gallery. "There are a few pots there. There are a few paintings there," Nowatzki detailed.
HERON LAKE -- For Joleen Plotz Koopman, baking isn't just an enjoyable pastime or a means of keeping her family and friends in delectable treats. It's therapy. "It helps keep the stress away," she said. "I'm in my own world then. My world is baking and cooking." For years, Joleen has been plagued by double vision, a disability that resulted from brain traumas earlier in her life.
WORTHINGTON -- Country singer Rick Monroe has performed across the country and around the world, including three tours to Europe as well as visits to Russia, Honduras, Cuba, Hong Kong, the Bahamas and many points in between. He performed the national anthem at a ceremony in Vietnam celebrating the re-opening of diplomatic relations and did a command performance for former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. And on Friday night, he'll perform for southwest Minnesota folk at Stephanie's Lounge in the Travelodge, 2015 N. Humiston Ave.
WORTHINGTON -- Loren Marsh has never measured the miles he's put on as a mail carrier, although his predecessor estimated the daily hoofing distance as seven miles. Loren has hiked the same route for 20 years. Working five days a week, with 52 weeks in a year and allowing two weeks off annually for vacation, Loren has walked approximately 35,000 miles on behalf of the U.S. Postal Service. That's not counting the miles he logged before he got a regular route. But those walking days are over for Loren -- at least as far as work goes. He retired Feb.
WORTHINGTON -- During a recent trip to South Africa, a group of southwest Minnesota residents witnessed many distressing circumstances: multitudes of children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic; the lingering effects of apartheid; pervasive poverty. But they returned home with a prevailing image of hope. The trip came about through an extension of the companion synod relationship between the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the South-Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Southern Africa.
WORTHINGTON -- The next Northwest Iowa Artisans Road Trip won't take place for eight months -- Oct. 4-5 -- but local residents can get a glimpse of what the event is all about at an exhibit opening Sunday. The Artisans Road Trip (A.R.T.) exhibit will open with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Nobles County Art Center, 407 12th St., Worthington. The exhibit features selected works by artists involved in A.R.T. A.R.T. is an annual tour of studios and galleries featuring more than 40 northwest Iowa artists representing seven counties. "A.R.T.
WORTHINGTON -- Didn't I take down the Christmas tree just a couple weeks ago? Don't I still see wreaths, albeit quite brown wreaths, adorning the fronts of local homes and businesses? How can it be that the Lenten season begins next Wednesday -- yes, Feb. 6, that Wednesday?