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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WINDOM -- Despite the forecast of extremely cold temperatures, the Rev. Stephen Norby is anticipating a large and exuberant crowd Sunday at Windom's American Lutheran Church. Sunday will mark the first time the congregation has been able to worship inside its own sanctuary since fire devastated the structure more than a year ago "Even though it's predicted to be below zero, it's going to be nice and toasty in here," he predicted. The fire occurred in the early hours of Jan.
WORTHINGTON -- Camp experiences paved the way to a career in youth ministry for Amy Lein. First off, going to camp influenced her choice of college -- Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. "I always went to Bible camp at Luther Park, and the counselors told me all about the college," recalled Amy, who grew up near Chippewa Falls, Wis. "I went there and just fell in love with the place. When I was a freshman in high school, I said, 'I'm going to Luther College.
WORTHINGTON -- The neutral landscape in the corridors of the Fine Arts Center at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus, is currently being enlivened by large, colorful oil paintings and smaller -- but still vivid -- watercolor and mixed-media pieces. These are the works of Cat Abbott, a resident of rural Marshall and somewhat full-time artist. She also works part-time as an office assistant at the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council office and waitresses in a coffee shop-café.
OKOBOJI, Iowa -- Despite the looming prospect of braving the elements on a blustery January day, the mood was festive Saturday morning at the Okoboji Expedition Co.
SLAYTON -- Need to lose a few pounds? Jim Green may have the diet plan for you: Spend a couple months in Antarctica and you can drop 30 pounds. There are a few drawbacks. You must sleep in a tent on top of the ice, go for long hikes while carrying up to 100 pounds in a backpack and subsist on foods long past their expiration date. "I don't think I could have eaten enough to not lose weight," Jim reflected about living and working in Antarctica.
WORTHINGTON -- Since the band was formed more than 10 years ago, Skillet has released seven albums. In 2004, the single "Savior" from the album "Collide" garnered the group a prestigious Grammy Award nomination and put Skillet at the forefront of the Christian music scene.
WORTHINGTON -- The Rev. Mike Zaske figures he receives at least a pamphlet in the mail each day, as well as phone calls and e-mails, promoting some program or another that aims to enrich his congregation at American Lutheran Church in America. Although he's sure there's merit in many of the presentations, they largely get ignored, just because of the sheer volume. But a pitch for a program called Letters from Dad struck a chord with Zaske, prompting him to pursue it further.
WORTHINGTON -- A talented musician and teacher, dedicated promoter of music and all the arts, gracious hostess and civic-minded grand lady. Those are some of the legacies left behind by Florence Vance, 92, who died Saturday at Worthington's South Shore Care Center, where she had been recuperating from surgery to repair a broken leg bone. "She was a singular personality," described her niece, Andrea Mahlberg, on Monday.
WORTHINGTON -- Beginning early in December, employees at Intervet in Worthington set out to make the holiday season a little brighter for a couple of area families in need. By the time the company's service project was wrapped up on Dec.
WORTHINGTON -- It began with a kiln. Martin and Jean Bunge have played an active role in the local arts scene for more than two decades and have been co-directors of the Nobles County Art Center in Worthington since the early 1980s. How did that interest develop? They admit to being intrigued by art throughout their lives. For instance, Martin recalls going with an aunt to the Minneapolis Art Institute at age 10 -- an outing that made a big impression on the young farm boy. But outside of taking in the occasional art exhibit, Martin didn't delve further into the art world.