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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As a relative unknown on the Twin Cities theater scene, Peter Simonson was put through his paces before landing the part of Enjolras in the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' current production of "Les Miserables." "It was quite a drawn-out process," he recalled of the auditions. "Being somebody they knew nothing about, since I'd only done a few things up here, they were very skeptical. It was a pretty elaborate call-back process. I'd sing for them, and I could tell they liked it, but they just weren't going to commit. Then I got a call ...
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- As he prepares to become a nonagenarian (his 90th birthday being Sunday), Bob Artley refers to himself -- with a chuckle -- as "mostly retired and exhausted." But evidently Bob has not yet exhausted the storehouse of remembrances that he has delved into frequently over the years for his "Memories of a Former Kid" series of cartoons. He is currently working on a new tome for Pelican Publishing called "Memories of a Farm Kitchen." "My youngest son is going to help me finish it," Bob explained via telephone from his home in Winter Haven, Fla.
WORTHINGTON --The word "dosimetrist" doesn't turn up in a search of the Merriam-Webster online dictionary -- not even after clicking on the specialized medical dictionary option. "No entries found that match dosimetrist," pops up on the computer screen. But if the powers-that-be decide to include dosimetrist in a future edition of the dictionary, perhaps they should include a picture of Sherry Weaver-Lauer next to the definition. Sherry is the person who carries the title of dosimetrist -- as well as that of radiation center manager -- at the new Southwest Minnesota Radiation Center, locate
WORTHINGTON -- "Ruby's Town," a documentary by filmmaker Erik McCowan about the history of turkey raising in Cuero, Texas, and the subsequent rivalry for the title of "Turkey Capital of the World" between Cuero and Worthington, is garnering interest at film festivals across the nation. The film debuted in April at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival; is being shown today at the San Antonio, Texas, Underground Film Festival; will make its "world premiere" July 14 in Cuero; then heads to New York City for the Rural Route Film Festival on July 21.
WORTHINGTON -- A layer of plastic covers the carpet in the waiting room, while a worker installs the flooring farther down the hall. Notes taped to doors warn, "Don't you dare step on this floor," in an attempt to protect newly applied finishes. Outside, workers on ladders apply final touches to the awning above the doorway while sprinklers spread a gentle mist over recently planted landscaping. Such was the scene this week at the Southwest Radiation Center on the Worthington Regional Hospital campus, as preparations were under way for its grand opening festivities.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- As the new executive director of the Sibley Chamber of Commerce, Shantry Dake admits to being nervous about the weather and a bit harried as she ties up all the loose ends associated with putting together a community celebration. Sibley's Good Ole Summertime celebration gets under way on Friday. "I'm just excited to have the weekend over with and be a success," she said Tuesday. Committees were formed to oversee various aspects of the festival, but there are always a few details left to be done at the last minute, Dake explained.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees enthusiastically accepted a check for $1 million at its meeting Monday and reluctantly accepted the announcement of the hospital administrator's impending retirement. Dale Ryen, chairman of the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation, presented the hefty check, which will go toward the Southwest Minnesota Radiation Center project.
FULDA -- A storm system moved through Murray County just shortly before the starting time for Fulda's annual Wood Duck Festival parade, bringing lightning, thunder and rain. But a few showers couldn't dampen the spirits of organizers and festival goers. "We could look over here and see blue sky," reported parade volunteer Kevin Raddle as the storm moved off to the east.
WORTHINGTON --Throughout its 50 years of existence, food has played an important role in the Worthington Area Professional Home Economists organization.
WORTHINGTON -- Focused on the immediate health concerns of his infant daughter, Jeff Nickel at first ignored the signs that there was something wrong in his own body. "I wasn't worried about myself. I was worried about her," reflected Jeff. Jaden Nickel, daughter of Jeff and Tina, was born March 11, 2004, with a heart defect, discovered while Jaden was still in the womb. At the time, the Nickels were living in North Branch, north of the Twin Cities, and Jaden received specialized care through the University of Minnesota hospital system.