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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So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
WORTHINGTON -- After a closed executive session Monday evening to deliberate the topic, the Worthington City Council designated a special meeting on Jan. 7 to further discuss and make a decision on the bid by Sanford Health to buy Worthington Regional Hospital. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theater at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus.
WORTHINGTON -- Except for some casual conversation, there was no discussion of the Sanford Health bid to buy Worthington Regional Hospital at Monday's meeting of the WRH Board of Trustees. In response to a question regarding a reported letter to the Worthington City Council from Avera Health requesting a 30-day window to prepare its own bid on the hospital, WRH Chief Executive Officer Mel Platt said he was aware of the letter but had not been personally contacted by Avera.
WORTHINGTON -- When it comes to holiday baking, I always figure the simpler the recipe, the better. I tend to ignore the recipes that begin with the instruction to "Cream the butter and sugar ..." I could blame it on the lack of a stand mixer -- ours broke a while back and has yet to be replaced -- but it really just comes down to a lack of time and energy. In conversing with some of my co-workers and friends, I find that's a common dilemma. People just don't have the time and inclination to bake like they used to.
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.
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.
"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.