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 -- A few days ago, Mel Platt began the countdown, on one hand, of his last days at the helm of Worthington Regional Hospital.
WORTHINGTON -- A hush fell over the boardroom at Worthington Regional Hospital Wednesday afternoon as officials bent their heads to the task at hand -- the signing of the documents finalizing the sale of the city-owned hospital to Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D.
SLAYTON -- If they quilt it, people will come. That's the basic premise for the annual Quilt Auction and Show at Shetek Lutheran Ministries. Although the event has been going for 22 years, area residents don't seem to tire of viewing and purchasing handmade quilted items. It's the camp's biggest annual fundraiser and is still going strong. "It's just unbelievable," said Kathy Peterson, development director at Shetek and primary organizer of the auction.
WORTHINGTON -- At the same time papers are signed to transfer ownership of Worthington Regional Hospital from the city to Sanford Health, the paperwork will be completed to transfer $5.415 million from the hospital to Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation Inc. (WRHCF). The funds result from the sale of Southwest Minnesota Radiation Center as well as an additional $2 million allocated from the hospital sale proceeds by the Worthington City Council. WRHCF is a nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, governed by a nine-member volunteer board.
WORTHINGTON -- As we stood in the early dawn Wednesday and waved goodbye as a busload of German visitors pulled out of the parking lot, I experienced déj? vu. Hadn't I done this before? Ah, yes -- the year was 1981, and I was a senior in high school (go ahead, do the math). It was the second leg of the first choir exchange between Worthington and sister city Crailsheim, Germany. I and my fellow choir members visited Crailsheim the previous spring and spent the previous week renewing acquaintances and entertaining our counterparts.
WORTHINGTON -- It's a rare occasion when Hardy Rickbeil takes the elevator at The Meadows senior complex where he lives or in any other building. He prefers the stairs and demonstrates for a visitor how he makes the most of both the ascent and descent, taking each step deliberately to stretch and hone his muscles. It's just one example of how Hardy continually exercises -- body, mind and soul -- and perhaps the secret behind his longevity. Today Hardy celebrates his 100th birthday. "I'm living much longer than I expected," he reflected.
WORTHINGTON -- The delegation from Crailsheim, Germany, includes two "first-generation" exchange students from Germany -- Roland Hilt, who lived in Worthington from 1964-1965, and Guenter Metzger, 1967-1968. They have both returned several times to Worthington in the interim; Hilt last visited in 1980 and Metzger in 1993. "It's very impressive to come back to my hometown," said Metzger, who plans to return again in September for his 40th Worthington High School class reunion at King Turkey Day. "Very quickly, you feel at home." "It's exciting to experience the spirit here," Hilt said.
WORTHINGTON -- Cowboys and Indians. Pioneer life and vintage trains. The delegation from Worthington's sister city, Crailsheim, Germany, got a glimpse of what life was once like on the prairie during visits to several southwest Minnesota historical sights Tuesday. The visitors started the day at the End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum in Currie, where they took a ride on the only manually operated train turntable in Minnesota. "One more time, please," shouted one of the Germans as the half-revolution was completed.
WORTHINGTON -- A balloon inadvertently released during the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival was found 520 miles away, near Lake City, Mich. Aileen Davenport called Monday morning to report that she and her husband, Keith, found the balloon Saturday on their farm about 75 miles east of Lake Michigan in Missaukee County, Mich. The balloons were handed out at the Daily Globe tent at the festival beginning on Thursday. Filled with helium, they were easily yanked by the wind from children's hands and carried high into the sky.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees met for a final time Monday afternoon.