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 -- It's the time of year when college students begin to head to their respective campuses, ready to crack the books and study for future vocations. But Worthington's Lisa Kremer won't return to Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she is studying nursing -- at least not for a few months and hopefully even longer. Instead, she's California-bound to prepare for a chance to compete in the 2008 Olympics in China. "I'm taking the first term off to train full-time," Lisa explained.
WORTHINGTON -- The local winds were uncharacteristically mild for the 2003 United States Windsurfing National Championships in Worthington, but the windsurfing contenders and officials were blown away by the community's enthusiasm for their sport and hospitality. Thus, Worthington has been granted a chance to impress once again -- and for the winds to gust heartily across Lake Okabena -- as the host site for the 2008 National Championships.
WORTHINGTON -- Last year, Katy Efner created several designs for the King Turkey Day button and submitted them to the King Turkey Day Board of Directors. "I just thought I'd give it a shot," she recalled. "I didn't know how they looked for (the button artwork), so I just mailed some in." Efner's concepts didn't mesh with last year's musical emphasis, but they weren't cast aside.
PIPESTONE -- Nowadays, just about everyone owns a digital camera and can produce a satisfactory photograph almost instantaneously. But David Rambow prefers to do things the old-fashioned way, using a process that harkens back to the 1800s. He's one of perhaps a dozen people in the United States proficient in the wet plate photography technique. "It's a hassle every time you do one of these," he admitted about the process. "But if you're patient enough to put up with it, the process produces a photo that is almost streamlined. The images are flawless.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- If it's anything like the last several years, about a quarter of a million people will gather in praise, worship and celebration during the 10th anniversary LifeLight music festival during the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 in Sioux Falls. And more than a few people from southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa will be among the congregation at Wild Water West.
WORTHINGTON -- As is expected during the summer, July was a slow month in the medical and surgical areas at Worthington Regional Hospital, but there were some pleasant surprises in several other departments. The behavioral health unit, swing beds and outpatient visits were above budget for the month, WRH Financial Officer Bruce Viessman reported at Monday's meeting of the WRH Board of Trustees and Finance Committee.
My husband loves signs with squiggly lines -- the ones that indicate curves in the road ahead. The squigglier the line, the bigger Bryan's grin grows as we approach it. The abundance of such signs is one of the reasons we elected to go to Wisconsin this summer on our annual Jeeping vacation.
WORTHINGTON -- I must preface the sharing of this recipe with the admission that I am not an ice tea fan. I will accept it when offered, may drink it when there's nothing else around, but would never consider ordering it in a restaurant. I don't mind tea -- I just don't love it. In my mind, it is somehow akin to coffee. I never developed the java habit, and I'm not about to start now. I'm more of a soda fan, although since I've realized how many calories lurk in the regular version and have gone diet, I don't even drink that very much.
WORTHINGTON -- With the theme of "The Great Outdoors Adventure," the King Turkey Board of Directors knew there could be no better speaker option for this year's festivities than Babe Winkelman, the fishing-hunting guru of television fame. After seeking support from area outdoor sporting organizations, the KTD board was able to secure Winkelman's services, and he will take the podium Sept.
The distinctive clank of metal meeting metal echoed throughout the park in Round Lake for most of the day on Saturday, audible evidence of a horseshoe tournament. Other activities surrounded the horseshoe pits -- concessions, volleyball tournament, even the parade -- but the horseshoe players were intent on surveying the competition and scoring another ringer. Sixteen teams from around the area took part in the horseshoe tournament Saturday as part of Sun & Fun Day in Round Lake.