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 -- 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.
WORTHINGTON -- The Harvey boys -- not to be confused with the Hardy Boys of teen sleuth fame -- have been reunited under one roof. Roger Harvey, owner of Harvey's Upholstery for the last 21 years, has moved his business from its longtime East 12th Street location to the former Martin's Antiques building on Kragness Avenue on the east beltline of Worthington. Joining him at the location is brother Rod Harvey, who owned and operated Harvey's Signs until selling the business in 2002. "I've been in California and Minneapolis, the last couple of years in Minneapolis.
WORTHINGTON -- Thanks to online tracking of her application, Jody Johnson knew she would receive her invitation to join the Peace Corps on Nov. 29, 2004. It arrived, as expected, via overnight courier. "I rip it open, and it says, 'Congratulations. You've been invited to serve as a youth volunteer in the Philippines,'" Jody recalled about that momentous occasion. "I thought, 'The Philippines?
WORTHINGTON -- For a number of years, Dawn Kinsman has put her music ministry on the back burner. There just really hasn't been time for much other than the occasional church performance or retreat. Married since 1991, she and husband Dave have five children -- all boys. Dave is director of Catholic Life Outreach at Worthington's St. Mary's parish, while Dawn is employed part-time as director of the Faith Formation program. Dawn's primary focus has been her family. "Being at home, taking care of the kids, brought about a real change in my spiritual life," she reflected.
PIPESTONE -- The late Betty Rickerman had retired and moved away from Pipestone before the Pipestone Performing Arts Center existed. But because she was an avid supporter of the arts, her niece, Deeann Griebel, has started an endowment in her memory to benefit PPAC. "Betty Rickerman was a lifelong Pipestone resident. She worked at First National Bank and was vice president at the time she retired," explained Dennis Hansen, PPAC managing director, adding that Rickerman moved to Hawaii in her retirement.
WORTHINGTON -- Most Wednesday nights at this time of the year find Chris Nowatzki in the Fine Arts Building at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus. For the last three years, he has taught a ceramic class during the spring semester. This Wednesday, he will take a little time off from that class to attend a showing of his own work in the Fine Arts Building gallery. "There are a few pots there. There are a few paintings there," Nowatzki detailed.