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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"Hola, les habla Jesus Vega. Para hacer la invitación a todo el p?blico a escuchar esta su estación 104.3 FM la grande esperamos sea de su gusto con ustedes la Gran D." Those Spanish words -- basically an invitation to listen -- were the first uttered, at about 10:10 a.m. Monday, on Worthington's newest radio station, KIMZ 104.3 FM, nicknamed "La Gran D." The station, owned by John Daniels of Sioux City, Iowa, will cater to the area's Hispanic population. Daniels has been involved in radio for many years, starting his first station in Iowa City in the early 1970s.
Torben Schafer and his girlfriend, Maria Essen, arrived in Worthington just in time to celebrate Independence Day on July 4. It was a timely arrival, since Schafer experienced his own sense of independence when he spent the 2005-2006 school year in Worthington as an exchange student from Worthington's sister city, Crailsheim, Germany. "I am pretty sure I have changed," due to the exchange student experience, Schafer reflected. "You have host families, but you are mostly on your own, so you become more mature, more independent.
WORTHINGTON -- During the short time he's been in this part of the country, Sebastiao Pereira has encountered a tornado, delivered meals to shut-ins, picked strawberries and completed two paintings. Except for the painting, those were fresh experiences for Pereira, a native of Brazil who now lives in Phoenix, Ariz. Traveling to Worthington offered a respite from the intense summer heat of Arizona, as well as a new audience for Pereira's vibrant watercolor creations, which are currently on display at the Nobles County Art Center.
ASHTON, Iowa -- Recent developments have cancelled hopes of a new post office in Ashton. Ashton Mayor Melvin Tiedemann recently received a letter informing the community that the town's temporary postal location would likely be remodeled in lieu of building a new facility. "They are going to talk to the owners of the existing building and see what they want to do," Tiedemann reported Monday. Ashton has been without a permanent post office since March 2005, when the former location was deemed unfit.
WORTHINGTON -- Celebrating diversity is what Worthington's International Festival is all about, and its organizers have come up with an amazingly diverse selection of entertainment to support that theme.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Sunny weather may have affected the turnout for the Sibley-Ocheyedan all-school reunion music practices. "I heard a rumor that a couple of tenors and basses decided to go golfing instead," reported Floyd Slatterback, Class of 1968. Slatterback, a professor of music at Northern Michigan University, was the director of the all-school reunion choir, which practiced Saturday morning at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in advance of the evening's all-school reunion program.
WESTBROOK -- The main source of groceries for Westbrook area residents -- Maynard's Grocery Store, located at 627 First Ave. -- was consumed by fire Saturday afternoon. According to Westbrook Fire Chief Curtis Madson, the blaze was reported at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday, while the store was open for business. Customers and employees all reportedly got out safely. "There was a lot of smoke and flames shooting out of the east side," which is the back end of the store, Madson detailed. Cardboard is baled in the general area in which the flames and smoke were first noticed, Madson confirmed.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Just a few years ago, Worthington residents could watch hometown girl Liz Collin anchor the morning news show on KDLT-TV out of Sioux Falls, S.D. Now, with two more stations under her belt and a wealth of broadcast journalism experience, Liz has returned to her home state and viewing territory. Local TV watchers can once again tune in and see Liz on WCCO-TV out of the Twin Cities. "I started here June 4," detailed Liz during a recent phone interview.
WORTHINGTON -- The villain will be greeted by boos and hisses, and the hero will get cheers and whistles. That's the standard formula of audience participation for a melodrama such as "Fireman, Save My Child," which will be performed at 11 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Friday during the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July at Worthington's Pioneer Village. In the program for the melodrama, Richard Liapis is listed as both the "manly hero," Chester Quingle, and the show's producer. "I started (acting in the melodrama) in 1993," Liapis said.
WORTHINGTON -- Sanford Health Network made its presence known Tuesday, the first day of operation for Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington.