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 -- The Worthington Turkey Race Team wants to regain its dominance. The Cuero, Texas, team is hoping for a three-peat. To that end, both sides are talking tough in advance of Saturday's first heat of the supreme test of fowl fleetness, the Great Gobbler Gallop. "Ruby and Ruby's team have won five heats in a row, and that ties a record that goes back to the early '90s," boasted Erik McCowan, a handler on the Cuero team and creator of "Ruby's Town," a documentary that profiles the Texas turkey and Cuero's festival history.
WORTHINGTON -- They rip telephone books and license plates as if they were pieces of paper. They smash blocks of ice and concrete. They can blow up hot water bottles like balloons, and snap baseball bats like twigs. It sounds as if the members of The Power Team are bent on destruction, but through school assemblies and church programs, their intention is to encourage people to live a life of excellence and challenge them to be the best they can be. The Power Team -- a group of world-class athletes who perform exhibitions of power, strength and speed -- will conduct secular assemblies in 11
WORTHINGTON -- As a young teen growing up in Worthington, James Smestad recalls traveling to the Twin Cities to take a career aptitude test. He hoped to become an architectural engineer. "When the results came back two weeks later, we sat down with this lady, and she said, 'You'll have a hard time getting through engineering school.' She was pretty straight about that. She said, 'You'll probably make a pretty good history teacher,'" he recounted. Smestad did study history in college, but instead of becoming a teacher, he chose to document moments in history through photographs.
WORTHINGTON -- Erik McCowan has shared his film, "Ruby's Town," with audiences in Minneapolis, New York City, San Antonio, Texas, and the documentary's primary setting, Cuero, Texas. Now it's Worthington's turn. "Ruby's Town" will make its Worthington premiere in conjunction with King Turkey Day during free showings at 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday in the Fine Arts Theater at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus. McCowan looks forward to watching the Worthington audiences' reactions. "It will be funny to see how people up there react to this film," he said.
WORTHINGTON -- While Clayton Johnson was in the midst of a massive genealogy project, his late wife, Jean, gave him a page torn from a word-a-day calendar.
WORTHINGTON -- It's the time of year when college students begin to head to their respective campuses, ready to crack the books and study for future vocations. But Worthington's Lisa Kremer won't return to Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she is studying nursing -- at least not for a few months and hopefully even longer. Instead, she's California-bound to prepare for a chance to compete in the 2008 Olympics in China. "I'm taking the first term off to train full-time," Lisa explained.
WORTHINGTON -- Last year, Katy Efner created several designs for the King Turkey Day button and submitted them to the King Turkey Day Board of Directors. "I just thought I'd give it a shot," she recalled. "I didn't know how they looked for (the button artwork), so I just mailed some in." Efner's concepts didn't mesh with last year's musical emphasis, but they weren't cast aside.
WORTHINGTON -- The local winds were uncharacteristically mild for the 2003 United States Windsurfing National Championships in Worthington, but the windsurfing contenders and officials were blown away by the community's enthusiasm for their sport and hospitality. Thus, Worthington has been granted a chance to impress once again -- and for the winds to gust heartily across Lake Okabena -- as the host site for the 2008 National Championships.
PIPESTONE -- Nowadays, just about everyone owns a digital camera and can produce a satisfactory photograph almost instantaneously. But David Rambow prefers to do things the old-fashioned way, using a process that harkens back to the 1800s. He's one of perhaps a dozen people in the United States proficient in the wet plate photography technique. "It's a hassle every time you do one of these," he admitted about the process. "But if you're patient enough to put up with it, the process produces a photo that is almost streamlined. The images are flawless.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- If it's anything like the last several years, about a quarter of a million people will gather in praise, worship and celebration during the 10th anniversary LifeLight music festival during the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 in Sioux Falls. And more than a few people from southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa will be among the congregation at Wild Water West.