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 -- The term "commercial fisherman" conjures up images of well-weathered guys wearing yellow slickers on the Eastern seaboard or perhaps a scene from the Discovery Channel's popular "Deadliest Catch" series, filmed in Alaska. It's not an occupation associated with the prairies of the Upper Midwest. But for 40 years, southwest Minnesota has boasted its very own commercial fisherman -- Jim Larson of Fulda.
WORTHINGTON -- Dr. Bassel Bardan, a pediatrician with Avera Worthington Specialty Clinics, was named the Doctor of the Year during the sixth annual Doctor's Day celebration Thursday at Worthington Regional Hospital. The criteria for the award spell out DOCTOR: Develops relationships: Offers leadership and availability; Communicates well; Treats skillfully and compassionately; Observes policies; Respects staff. Bardan has practiced in Worthington for almost 11 years. He and his wife, Monika, live in Worthington and have one son, Nazir, 16.
The Easter Bunny arrived early Saturday morning -- in the guise of dozens of Optimist Club volunteers -- at Worthington's Prairie Elementary School. Beginning at 7 a.m., the club members began their tasks of burying more than 7,000 candy filled eggs in mounds of shredded paper arranged on the gym floor. When the doors opened at 9:45 a.m., the scene was set for an Easter egg hunt of grand proportions. About 500 children, accompanied by parents and sometimes grandparents, filed into the school, where they were handed numbered tickets.
Having been recently hospitalized herself, JoAnn Nyholm has firsthand knowledge of the level of care provided at Worthington Regional Hospital. "It just reaffirms to me how comforting it is to be close to home and have caregivers who want to provide the best care possible," reflected Nyholm, who was recently treated for an infection at WRH. As the director of nursing at WRH for the last seven years, Nyholm has played a key role in maintaining that system of care.
WORTHINGTON -- Go to youtube.com, the Internet video-sharing site, and type the name Richard Lupkes in the search box. Up will pop two videos, each featuring a match during the 1988 World Arm Wrestling Championships in Sweden. Both film clips show Lupkes in action, deftly defeating each opponent in a split second. Twenty years ago, Rich was in the heyday of his arm-wrestling career.
WORTHINGTON -- Today is Maundy Thursday; tomorrow is Good Friday; and Sunday is Easter Sunday. Christians who attend church regularly are certainly familiar with those terms, but where do those unique names comes from and what do they mean? Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples. The word "Maundy" is derived from the Latin mandate meaning "command," a reference to Christ's commandment to love one another, made at the Last Supper (the day before the crucifixion) when Jesus washed the disciples' feet.
WORTHINGTON -- For 59 years, members of the Worthington Garden Club have gathered -- winter, spring, summer and fall -- to share a common passion for working the soil.
WORTHINGTON -- I'm pretty sure there's not a drop of Irish blood in my body, although genealogical research by some distant relative has turned up a Scottish laird on the family tree on my mother's side, disabusing the notion that I am one-fourth English. So maybe there's an Irishman lurking back there, too. Nevertheless, I've always been willing to be Irish for a day, wear green and hoist a pint of green ale to St. Patrick. But this year, there seems to be some confusion as to what date the "wearin' of the green" and "drinkin' of the green" should take place. St.
WORTHINGTON -- It was the fall of 1974, and Keith Towne was prepared to sign a contract to practice medicine in Red Wing. But a trip to visit his grandmothers -- and interview in Worthington to justify the trip to southwest Minnesota -- changed his mind. "Both my grandmothers lived in Garvin, and I wanted to visit, but I was dirt poor at the time, and it was a way for somebody else to pay for the trip," he said of his initial visit.
WORTHINGTON -- In the midst of talking about World Vision, a Christian relief organization he supports as part of his ministry, Jason Gray throws in this little tidbit about one of his lesser-known talents. "I can blow balloons up with my nose," he said. "It comes in handy at camp. You get a lot of respect if you can blow balloons up with your nose." In fact, on his Web site Gray claims to be able to blow up two balloons at a time with his nose. Impressive as that may be, Gray's true talent is in sharing his faith through words and music as a Christian singer-songwriter.