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 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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.
WORTHINGTON -- Although his ministry is based in the Twin Cities area, Sammy Wanyonyi is no stranger to southwest Minnesota. "My ministry started in southwest Minnesota, in the communities of Minneota, Cottonwood, Marshall, Clarkfield -- all those sites," he said. "Back in 1998, I did vacation Bible school for kids in those little towns, and it picked up from there. It's been growing, and now it's international." Wanyonyi will bring that ministry -- SWIM, Sammy Wanyonyi International Ministries -- to Worthington Sunday as a guest speaker during the 10:15 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Three and a half years ago, Merle and Diane Rabenberg and their two daughters had moved into their new home, located on Minnesota 266, just east of Wilmont, even though it was bare-bones construction. Appliances had been hooked up in the kitchen area, but there were no walls, only studs. They had beds to sleep upon, but no closets in which to store clothes. Today, all the rooms have walls, and there's an arched pantry in the kitchen.
WORTHINGTON -- July 1 has been determined as the date when the ownership of Worthington Regional Hospital will transfer to Sanford Health. "It's going very well," reported Ed Weiland, president of Sanford Health Network, about the transition period during Monday's meeting of the WRH Board of Trustees. "There are just a thousand moving parts to get accomplished. ... We're feeling very good about the work of all the (involved) parties." After July 1, the Worthington facility will be called Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington, and a new logo has been developed to reflect that name.
WORTHINGTON -- For people with an interest in history -- state history, in particular -- this is a banner year. With Minnesota celebrating its sesquicentennial (150 years) this year, writers have been churning out a number of historical tomes. One such author is Steven Keillor, a professor of history at Bethel University in St. Paul, who has released "Shaping Minnesota's Identity: 150 Years of State History," through Pogo Press.
RUSHMORE -- On Jan. 1, 2004, Gary and Jennifer Bos received both some joyous news and some devastating news. The good news: Jennifer found out she was pregnant with their fourth child. The bad news: Gary was diagnosed with an incurable kidney disease. When Gary woke up that New Year's Day morning, he was sick to his stomach and had a terrible backache. Since he was never one to succumb to illness, Jennifer knew immediately that something was terribly amiss. "This is a guy who never goes to the doctor, who never even takes a Tylenol," she said.
WORTHINGTON -- When the curtain goes up Friday night on the latest installment of "Gone Country" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, a lot of new talent will be showcased -- along with new curtains. "One of the things that is going to be a direct result of the show is that there are new curtains, just bought by the Friends of the Auditorium," explained Margaret Hurlbut Vosburgh, auditorium manager. "A portion of the funds raised by the show will be used to pay for those curtains." "Gone Country III: Legends of the Grand Ole Opry" will be presented at 7:30 p.m.