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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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.
WORTHINGTON -- In addition to hearing the initial proposal from Sanford Health to buy Worthington Regional Hospital, the WRH Board of Trustees adopted the facility's 2008 budget at its monthly meeting on Monday. As presented by Bruce Viessman, WRH chief financial officer, the rate increase for the hospital in 2008 is projected to be 5.9 percent. That will give the hospital an estimated 3.32 percent return on operations and assumes a 44 percent reduction to revenue due to contractual allowances.
WORTHINGTON -- Citing a desire to "enhance" its relationship with the Worthington community, officials from Sanford Health presented an initial purchase proposal to the Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees Monday. The WRH board unanimously decided to explore the opportunity and will take the proposal under review before formally making a recommendation to the Worthington City Council. Becky Nelson, Sanford Health System senior vice president and chief operating officer, Ed Weiland, president of the Sanford Health Network, WRH Chief Executive Officer Mel Platt and WRH Board of Trus
WORTHINGTON -- During the 1970s and 1980s, Bob Artley's cartoons -- political and otherwise -- graced the pages of this newspaper.
COLLEGEVILLE -- Annette Atkins was driving through Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis around the time of Memorial Day this year when a certain gravestone caught her eye. "I drove by Callum DeVillier's tombstone," she related.
WORTHINGTON -- Born with the name Lance Nielsen in September 1972 in Sioux Falls, S.D., Angel Dean came by his stage persona while attending college in Colorado. "They called me 'Angel' because I didn't hide the fact that I was a Christian, and the 'Dean' tag came from my friend who also knew I had the heart of a rebel, like the movie star James Dean," Angel shared. "I chose to perform and record under this name to remind me that I am both spirit and flesh -- a work in progress.
LUVERNE -- Although it was more than 60 years ago, Evelyn Satre Cox still remembers deciding to serve her country during World War II. She was working as an assistant librarian at the Illinois Institute of Technology at the time. "Gertrude Smith (a friend) and I were living in Chicago -- enjoying all the benefits of knowing the right people," she recalled in a written biography. "Because of the war, rationing of many products was in effect, and we had all the sugar, cigarettes, gasoline and shoes that we wanted. ...
WORTHINGTON -- Albania, Bolivia, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Fiji, Guyana, Haiti ... Those are just a few of the places where shoebox gifts collected in this area could end up as part of this year's Operation Christmas Child.
WORTHINGTON -- Imagine living with constant swelling in arms or legs, limiting the ability to move freely and causing constant discomfort. Such is the plight of a person with lymphedema, an abnormal buildup of fluid that develops when lymph vessels or lymph nodes are missing, impaired, damaged or removed. There is no cure for lymphedema, but it can be treated and controlled. Beth Wiertzema-White, an occupational therapist at Worthington Regional Hospital, recently became a certified lymphedema therapist after completing an intensive course of study in the Twin Cities.
WORTHINGTON -- Shelley Cords-Swanson has retired from teaching in the geography department at Minnesota State University, but her primary subject matter -- cartography -- is still woven into the day-to-day fabric of her life. Cartography -- the art and technique of maps -- is incorporated into her textile creations. "I wanted to spend time doing my artwork," she explained about her decision to leave the education field.