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 -- It's a Tuesday morning, and Jason Roy is relaxing on the couch at his home in Clarksville, Tenn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.