Say her name — Ruth Raich — and people throughout the area react the same way. "Mmmmmmm," they say. "I love her Icelandic almond rolls ... Norwegian health bread ...cardamom rolls." Raich has been enticing Goodhue, Pierce and Pepin County folks with her specialty baked goods for going on 30 years — even before her name became synonymous with the tasty offerings.
When he left the farm, Todd Otteson didn't expect to find himself in a career that is every bit as demanding when it comes to work schedules. Just as farming requires a 365-days-a-year commitment, so does working as a funeral director. But Otteson, who has been with Mahn Family Funeral Home since late-1993, has no regrets. To him, working in the death care industry is rewarding — just as his college adviser promised.
Shakespeare it’s not. Or is it? The Improvised Shakespeare Company’s past performances of “Macdeath” and “As Your Mom Likes It” were filled with “thees” and “thous,” comedy and tragedy, rhyming couplets, iambic pentameter and sundry characters that could — and perhaps should — have been created by the Immortal Bard. The Chicago-based improv company, which is coming to the Sheldon Theatre on Jan. 18, does its own creating of characters and stories in Shakespeare’s Elizabethan style. The troupe takes suggestions from the audience for the title of a play that has yet to be written.