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 -- "Good morning. It is now time to record your vital signs. Please step on the scale." Thus begins the daily voice message that greets users of a new home monitoring system being offered through the home care department at Worthington Regional Hospital. The HomMed device, manufactured by Honeywell, quickly collects and transmits data on five key vital signs: heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, temperature and weight. It will also ask a series of preprogrammed questions that help evaluate the patient's health.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Jackson Rangel, age 5, eagerly sat on Santa's lap and shared his Christmas request for a pirate ship. But no amount of coaxing could convince his younger sister, Brooklyn, 2, to go anywhere near the guy in the red suit. Even the promise of a package of M&Ms couldn't entice her to sit on Santa's lap and have her photo taken. Jackson's reaction to Santa's visit was the more typical one Saturday morning as the Sibley Rotary Club hosted its annual "Breakfast with Santa" event at the Pizza Ranch.
"Minnesota 150: The People, Places and Things that Shaped our State," by Kate Roberts, 2007, Minnesota Historical Society Press, www.mhspress.org . Hubert Humphrey, Bob Dylan, Paul Bunyan, Charles Lindbergh, F. Scott Fitzgerald -- most proud Minnesotans can detail those individuals' places in our state's history or at the very least recall the name from a high school state history class.
WORTHINGTON -- It was standing-room only -- a crowd estimated to exceed 200 -- Monday night in the Farmers Room of the Nobles County Government Center for a special Worthington City Council meeting and public forum regarding the offer from Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D., to buy Worthington Regional Hospital. Mayor Alan Oberloh conducted the meeting, advising the crowd that this was the first time the council was formally hearing the hospital evaluation and Sanford proposal as a group. "We're going to get through as many questions and comments as we can," Oberloh said.
WORTHINGTON -- Since Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D., presented its proposal to buy Worthington Regional Hospital on Nov. 19, a number of concerns have been voiced by local residents. On the Daily Globe Web site, comments have been posted regarding loss of local control; how the sale will affect hospital employees' retirement benefits; the effect on doctors who are currently employed at the adjacent Avera Health-owned clinic and have privileges at the hospital; and increases to local health care costs.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- Passersby in downtown Spirit Lake may be intrigued to see a clay artist at work through the window of one of the storefronts. "I purchased a building in downtown Spirit Lake last summer and spent the winter -- without any heat -- rehabbing and rearranging the interior," explained artist Hank Hall. "Then we opened last May, which has really been interesting. We have lots of traffic past our place every day, because it's right across from the post office and public library, so a lot of people go by.
WILMONT -- Parishioners attending Mass Saturday night at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Wilmont were greeted by more than 50 multicolored quilts draped over the pews. "Everybody said when they came in, 'Is it cold in church? Do we need blankets?'" recounted OLGC member Carolyn Penning. The quilts, created by members of the Wilmont Council of Catholic Women's quilting group, weren't there because of any heating problem.
WORTHINGTON -- At the conclusion of a special meeting Monday, the Worthington Regional Hospital Trustees each voiced a vote on whether to recommend the sale of the hospital.
WORTHINGTON -- When I reflect on the Christmases of my much younger years, it's not too surprising that the memories are dominated by food. After all, my mother, the late Dorthy Rickers, was always seeking out new recipes for the readers of her Mixing and Musing column in the Daily Globe.
MORA -- Ryan and Lora Jacobson were heartbroken, at a dead end both emotionally and financially, when they had to abandon fertility treatments and the chance of conceiving a baby. "We did all the tests, took all the medications, went through the entire process, and one of the treatments Lora received almost ended up putting her in the hospital, put her life in jeopardy," recalled Ryan. "We thought enough is enough." The Jacobsons decided to take another path and began looking at adoption.