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 -- 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 -- It's a Tuesday morning, and Jason Roy is relaxing on the couch at his home in Clarksville, Tenn.
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.
WORTHINGTON -- A close relative recently called me with just one question on his mind: "What's the kind of plant that comes back year after year?" Because I have some limited garden knowledge and a pretty good mastery of words, I was able to reply that the answer to his query was a perennial, as opposed to an annual, which dies in the fall and has to be replaced year after year.
WORTHINGTON -- Things have changed -- and yet stayed still very much the same -- at Demuth Agency, 1234 Oxford St. Bob Bristow recently took over full ownership of the insurance agency from Robert "Bob" S. Demuth, whose father, Robert J. Demuth, founded it in 1957. "I started here in 1992 and started buying shares from him in 1994," Bob Bristow explained about the agency's perpetuation plan. "In January, I bought the majority and remaining shares. It was all planned. Five years ago, we sat down and agreed on a date the ownership would change.
WORTHINGTON -- Drawings, paintings, photography, sculptures, mixed media, clay, jewelry, fibers -- each year, the annual Area Art Show at the Nobles County Art Center draws artists from the region working in a wide array of mediums. The exhibit offers a venue for professional and amateur artists alike to display their work and receive feedback about their efforts. Two such artisans are Lola Geisendorfer and Greta Postma.
WORTHINGTON -- A dinner theater last year featuring Theater for the Thirsty was such a success that organizers at First Baptist Church in Worthington are doing it again. The event will begin -- with dinner, of course -- at 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the church, located at 1000 Linda Lane. "The original reason for doing it last year -- it was going to be a fundraiser," explained Sue Simonson, a member of the event committee.