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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FULDA -- On a recent afternoon, Earl Jackson strolled the halls of Maple Lawn Nursing Home and the attached assisted living facility, stopping every once in a while to "chat" with one of the residents. Earl isn't a stranger to the facility, but he isn't a resident, either. He's a visitor -- a canine visitor, a LARGE canine visitor -- and Maple Lawn is just one of several stops he makes each week as a therapy dog. Accompanied by his human caretakers, Terry and Dorothy Westerbur of rural Dovray, Earl also pays regular visits to the Westbrook Good Samaritan Home, Royal C.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Regional Hospital Auxiliary is looking for a few good women -- and men, too. The volunteer service organization needs to bolster its ranks to keep providing a variety of services to the hospital.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington is quite well represented in "A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel: My Journey in Photographs," a book recently published by National Geographic. On pages 8-9, there's photo of a horse-drawn farm wagon making its way through the fields outside of Worthington. A woman participates in a stretching class at a Worthington retirement home on page 41.
Phyllis Bruns and Kathi Duerr don't get offended if people don't recognize them at first glance. In fact, they take it as a compliment. Substantial weight losses have transformed the two women, body and soul. "I sent my sister-in-law, who lives in Florida, a picture of me now, and she said, 'I got this picture in the mail, and I don't know this woman,'" Phyllis shared gleefully. Phyllis and Kathi are members of the Fulda TOPS -- Take Off Pounds Sensibly -- group.
At the tender age of 14, Larry Brixius decided he wanted to devote his life to the church. "I told the priest before I told my parents," recalled Brixius, who grew up on the family farm near Wells, the oldest of six children. "He was coaching baseball, and we were on our way back from a game. I was the last one in his car, and I told him, 'I think I want to be a priest.'" The priest helped Brixius break the news to his parents, and he was soon on his way to seminary in LaCrosse, Wis.-- straight out of grade school. "It was not the norm to go at 14," Brixius said. "I'm called a lifer.
By Beth Rickers Daily Globe WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees agreed to pay the initial 25 percent -- $74,375 -- of the cost of updating a bank of elevators at its Monday meeting. According to WRH Chief Executive Officer Mel Platt, after 57 years of service, the elevators that were installed with the original building have some repair issues that need to be addressed promptly. Furthermore, state law requires that within five years of Jan. 1, 2007, all elevators need to be upgraded to meet state codes.
WORTHINGTON -- Wife, mother of four children. Full-time advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Full-time student at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Community volunteer. Thi Synavone obviously has a lot on her plate, but she insists that her life really isn't as chaotic as it seems. "It has a lot to do with taking care of yourself," she said, "being able to have a balance of home and work." Born in Laos, Thi lived with her parents and siblings in a refugee camp in Thailand before the family immigrated to the United States in 1979.
WORTHINGTON -- For most congregations, tire tracks on the carpet inside the sanctuary would be a disconcerting sight. But at Solid Rock Assembly, the tracks left behind are considered memorabilia of the church's annual motorcycle rally. "We still have tire marks on our carpet from last year," said Pastor Scott Peterson. "When members of Team Faith rode in last year, one did a wheelie ...
WORTHINGTON -- A poker benefit for the Josh and Wanda Kes family will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at the A&T Tap, 107 12th St., Worthington. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. The Minnesota Poker League plays on Mondays and Thursdays at the A&T Tap, according to organizer Buddy Stafford, and the Keses used to play in the league. Their son, Blake, had medical complications at birth and died when he was 11 days old. Funds raised by the tournament will help the family with those medical expenses. "This isn't just a poker league, it's like a family," Stafford said.
WORTHINGTON -- About 10 years ago, Amy Riihl received an invitation to a party -- a rubber stamp party -- that put her on the path to a new hobby and eventually a business. "I enjoyed making cards, and I'm a creative person anyway," said Riihl, who lives in Mountain Lake. "After the party, I decided I was going to try to make my own stamps. People thought I was crazy, but that probably made me more determined. I had to prove that I could do it." With a little ingenuity and some Internet research, Riihl found a source that could turn her drawings into rubber stamp designs.