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10th Women's Expo draws a crowd

WORTHINGTON -- From spicing up meals to sprucing up wardrobes, the 10th annual Daily Globe Women's Expo Health and Home Show offered delicious eats and special treats Saturday to a steady crowd at the Minnesota West Community and Technical Colleg...

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Sue Doeden gets a helping hand from Winterfest Queen Madie Cummings as she prepares a gluten-free Chinese dish. (Tim Middagh / Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON - From spicing up meals to sprucing up wardrobes, the 10th annual Daily Globe Women’s Expo Health and Home Show offered delicious eats and special treats Saturday to a steady crowd at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus in Worthington.

Cookbook author, nutrition coach and culinary instructor Sue Doeden has been a featured presenter at every single expo, luring in audience members who haven’t missed her cooking demonstrations since the first one in 2008.

With 2017 Winterfest Queen Madie Cummings at her side, Doeden led morning attendees through the preparation of a health-conscious zesty broccoli sesame noodle bowl. As the smells of sizzling garlic and ginger wafted through that room, the gym was filled with attendees sampling sweet treats like cookies and cakes - and a few healthy drinks as well.

New to the expo this year was Valentus consultant Karla Kvaale, marketing a healthy coffee that supports weight loss. Developed three years ago in Canada, the company recently moved its home office to Sioux Falls, S.D.

Valentus markets flavor packets of all-natural weight loss ingredients - one added to hot water for a healthy coffee, another added to bottled water for a refreshing afternoon drink.

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“The weight loss ingredients help you control your cravings for carbs and sugar and, really, within about 15-20 minutes of drinking your coffee, you can really just tell it’s giving you more energy, lifting your brain fog and just helps control your appetite,” Kvaale said.

After a month of use, some clients report weight loss of 10 to 12 pounds, she added. The company has immune boost and energy packets as well.

Katie Meyer was also new to the expo, offering an array of savory and sweet dips at a booth showcasing her home-based business, Dipsy Daisy. The Ruthven, Iowa, woman launched the business seven years ago after losing her job and deciding to focus on seasoning mixes she’d been experimenting with - what her husband called her “pretend business.”

Meyer has since produced three cookbooks featuring her more than 50 dip mixes - from pasta salad dressings to meatballs and fruit pizzas. She is opening a restaurant in Ruthven this summer.

“I love to cook and I was looking for healthier versions for my family without all of the additives and preservatives,” Meyer said of the dips. She also offers a Tipsy Daisy line of wine slushie mixes, including appletini and bahama mama to mango mojito and strawberry margarita.

While Meyer markets her dip mixes at craft shows and events such as the Women’s Expo, the products can also be found in select retail stores and online.

The Meadow Sweet Boutique was among several crowded booths as mother-daughter duo Sandy Sammons and Lisa Kuhns showcased clothing designed to flatter the female figure. The Sioux Falls, S.D., women started their online boutique two years ago, relying on their combined 40 years of retail experience and flair for fashion to launch the business.

Though their clothing is available online, the two often participate in craft shows and events to showcase their offerings.

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“It’s been fun,” Kuhns said of the Women’s Expo.

Attendees also found The Porch on Main to be a popular booth with their selection of home decor, boutique clothing, candles, purses and jewelry. Julie Ackerman owns the Sibley, Iowa-based retail store, which is celebrating its 17th anniversary this year.

“We brought a little bit of everything we have at the store, except we are also an ice cream parlor and we didn’t bring ice cream,” Ackerman said. Her daughter, Allison, joined her Saturday with her line of boutique clothing. “It’s been fun visiting with people. We’ve been pretty busy. Hopefully we can get people to come to Sibley and see the whole (store).”

The expo featured nearly 50 booths and included more than half a dozen seminars plus mini workshops.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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