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 -- During a recent trip to South Africa, a group of southwest Minnesota residents witnessed many distressing circumstances: multitudes of children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic; the lingering effects of apartheid; pervasive poverty. But they returned home with a prevailing image of hope. The trip came about through an extension of the companion synod relationship between the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the South-Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Southern Africa.
WORTHINGTON -- The next Northwest Iowa Artisans Road Trip won't take place for eight months -- Oct. 4-5 -- but local residents can get a glimpse of what the event is all about at an exhibit opening Sunday. The Artisans Road Trip (A.R.T.) exhibit will open with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Nobles County Art Center, 407 12th St., Worthington. The exhibit features selected works by artists involved in A.R.T. A.R.T. is an annual tour of studios and galleries featuring more than 40 northwest Iowa artists representing seven counties. "A.R.T.
WORTHINGTON -- Didn't I take down the Christmas tree just a couple weeks ago? Don't I still see wreaths, albeit quite brown wreaths, adorning the fronts of local homes and businesses? How can it be that the Lenten season begins next Wednesday -- yes, Feb. 6, that Wednesday?
WORTHINGTON -- Financially speaking, Worthington Regional Hospital ended 2007 on a low note, with a loss from operations for December of $244,316, compared to a budgeted profit of $98,935. At Monday's WRH Board of Trustees meeting, WRH Chief Financial Officer Bruce Viessman reported the loss resulted from several factors. "Volume was OK, but our write-offs were up, our reductions to gross revenue were up," he explained in advance of the meeting. "Charity care was way up, and that is a service that we need to provide. ...
WORTHINGTON -- The name, Boredom Buster Hobbies, leaves room for a lot of possibilities. That's exactly why Jason Dobrenski chose it when he decided to open a new enterprise in Worthington's Northland Mall. "The name was a hard thing to come up with," he explained. "We had six different possibilities and finally chose this one.
WORTHINGTON -- For the Worthington business community, the annual Chamber banquet is the ultimate way to mix business and pleasure. The 77th annual meeting of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau will be Friday at the Travelodge, 2015 N. Humiston Ave. The agenda includes socializing, a meal, annual reports and entertainment. "We mix business with fun," said Darlene Macklin, executive director of the Chamber. "The evening will begin with a social hour for our members to network with one another and share information on their business.
MARSHALL -- Joseph Amato and David Pichaske have been colleagues at Southwest Minnesota State University for more than two decades. Now a professor emeritus, Amato specializes in history and rural and regional studies. Pichaske is a professor of English at SMSU, but he also has an acute interest in regional studies.
WORTHINGTON -- Plan ahead. That was the most common piece of advice provided by vendors during the 2008 Daily Globe Bridal Fair Sunday at Worthington Country Club.
WORTHINGTON -- As Andrew Oleske prepared to graduate last year from Minnesota State University in Mankato, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his newly earned degree in social studies and education. To teach or not to teach? -- pondered the now 24-year-old son of Matt and Cheri Oleske of Worthington. Graduate school was also a possibility. When a professor suggested he could teach in Irapuato, Mexico, it seemed like a good opportunity to Andrew, who already had an interest in Latin American studies, sparked by academic trips to Costa Rica and Mexico.
WORTHINGTON -- A few people carried signs protesting the sale of Worthington Regional Hospital to Sanford Health, but there were no outbursts or negative reactions during the proceedings of the special Worthington City Council meeting Monday night on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus. More than 200 people filled the seats of the college's Fine Arts Theatre, with only a few open seats visible, and a few people stood in the back for the duration of the hour-and-20-minute meeting.