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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By the time February rolls around each year, I’m ready for a healthy dose of sunshine. While we may not be able to bask in the rays outdoors, we can...
WORTHINGTON — Over the course of the next couple of weeks, a miniature city will take shape in the lower level of Worthington’s War Memorial Building. This model will be a depiction of Worthington, but it will be a cityscape that most current residents wouldn’t recognize. It hearkens back to Worthington’s past, a time when ice was harvested from the lake; Charlie Wong ran a laundry service adjacent to the town’s mercantile store; a two-story bathhouse along the lake offered recreation for residents; and children were educated in a hexagon-shaped schoolhouse.
HOUSTON, Texas — Ryan Lien’s feet are firmly planted on the ground, but his day-to-day work is involved with what goes on 250 miles above the earth. Lien, who spent the early years of his life in Worthington, is currently employed by NASA as the increment manager for the International Space Station.
WORTHINGTON — Worthington Fire Department members are rekindling an old tradition. It used to be that an annual dance at Worthington’s Coliseum Ballroom was the WFD’s biggest fundraiser each year,...
When Greg McFarlane went to a hospital emergency room with a broken toe, he never expected to get a diagnosis that would completely change his life. Even though his older brother, Wain McFarlane, had been diagnosed earlier with major health issues resulting from chronic high blood pressure, Greg never thought the same thing could happen to him. Greg was wrong. The doctor who attended to his toe injury soon spotted a much bigger issue.
WORTHINGTON — 10,000 — a number roughly equal to Worthington’s population count over the last several decades. That’s the estimate of how many babies Dr. Ed Seisler delivered in his...
WORTHINGTON — Each year, mother and daughter Sharon Davis and Shari Davis travel back to their home territory in Illinois to volunteer with Special Olympics. “I have two nephews and...
JACKSON — As a young girl, Judy Wiedemeier wanted to grow up to be a cowboy. Today, she still is much enamored of the cowboy way of life. By day, Wiedemeier works in the front office of a chiropractic office, but in her free time she leads the Minn-Iowa Chapter of Cowboys for Christ.
WORTHINGTON — As a teacher in Worthington School District 518, Mary Beth Blegen reached out and impacted many students’ lives. As the 1995 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and 1996...
Ice runs through Tim Graf’s veins, but that’s not to imply that he’s a callous fellow. His grandparents, Alvin and Marget Graf, once ran the Worthington Ice Co., harvesting tens of thousands of pounds of frozen blocks from Lake Okabena each winter. Even though Tim was too young to remember the spectacle of such an endeavor, he’s become an authority on the history of the local ice industry and does demonstrations of the process in the Twin Cities where he now lives.