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 -- 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.
JACKSON -- When her son elected to attend Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Loy Ann Nasby of Jackson had no idea his decision would have such a lasting impact on her own life. Decorah is also home to the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, the largest, most comprehensive museum dedicated to a single immigrant group -- the Norwegians. As such, Vesterheim is also a resource for the teaching and display of Norwegian folk arts, including rosemaling, a form of decorative painting.
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa -- For a lot of college students, thoughts of spring break evoke images of time spent on sun-soaked beaches in some tropical locale. But some students are taking advantage of that time off during the spring season to help their fellow man.
BREWSTER -- At 22 months old, twins Dylan and Tyson are typically rambunctious. They like to climb on the furniture, play outdoors on the slide and swings, occasionally wake Mom and Dad up in the wee hours of the morning and are vocalizing their opinions more each day. Such antics may wear out parents Stacey and Mark Ommen of rural Brewster, but they realize how lucky they are to have healthy children. The twins were born a little earlier than expected, but any major complications were avoided.
WILDER -- The sixfoot-high fences are the first indication that some atypical livestock are residing on land south of Wilder. Impressive shaggy heads -- yet to shed their winter coat but sprouting the beginnings of new antlers -- perk up as a vehicle approaches, no doubt giving pause to unsuspecting passersby. This is Taylor Elk Company, an enterprise owned and operated by Don and Sharon Olson. The Olsons have more than 300 head of elk in various pastures on this particular farm place.
WORTHINGTON -- Last year, members of First Covenant Church -- the youth group in particular -- spent four days, spread out over the course of the summer, cleaning up along part of the shoreline of Lake Okabena. They targeted the grade area between the Slater Park boat ramp and Sunset Park and collected about 700 pounds of trash throughout those separate outings. On Sunday, those faithful youths will head out once again, armed with gloves and trash bags, but this time their ranks will be bolstered by some additional manpower.
WORTHINGTON -- A device that looks like a space-age phone booth has taken up residence in a second-floor room at Worthington Regional Hospital. This machine won't be used for communications, but can evaluate how well a person's lungs work. WRH is now offering complete pulmonary function testing. "I started here in September last year, and I had done these tests in other hospitals before," explained Craig Goth, WRH respiratory therapy manager.
WORTHINGTON -- Some Worthington High School students experienced the sensation of déj? vu on Saturday evening, as they donned their formal wear for a second night in a row.
WORTHINGTON -- Five years ago, Worthington first played host to the U.S. Windsurfing National Championships in conjunction with the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival. This summer, Worthington has again been tapped for hosting duties of this premier windsurfing event on June 11-15.
WORTHINGTON -- Randy Davis attended prom last night, but he didn't have to rent a tux or buy a corsage. His date was his camera, utilized to capture the magic of the evening for viewers on Worthington Cable 3 and via live feed on the Internet. Along with many other community activities, the Worthington High School prom was just another night of work for Randy, who serves as sports producer and program director for the local cable access channel.