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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Editor's Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of stories focusing on some of the upcoming graduates of Worthington High School.
WORTHINGTON -- After a career of writing music for TV commercials for clients including Target, McDonald's, Pepsi, Harley Davidson and Honda, Terry Esau is promoting a new product -- faith. The former jingle writer turned author will speak at the 16th annual Community Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Early Risers Kiwanis Club, at 8 a.m. April 4 at Solid Rock Assembly Church, 1730 Diagonal Road.
LAKEFIELD -- Did you know that there are 7½ million llamas and alpacas in Peru -- almost as many people as inhabit its capital city of Lima (8½ million)? Or that Peru is home to the International Potato Center, where scientists from all over the world come to study tuberous crops? Those are just a few of the tidbits of information that Marcy Costello is likely to share with visitors to her home. A native of Peru, Marcy now lives in Lakefield with husband Patrick Costello, their 17-month-old daughter, Isabella, and her son from a previous marriage, Christian, 13.
WORTHINGTON -- Soon to-be-sisters-in-law Sadie Updike and Amanda Severson had long been talking about going into business together. "But we didn't think it would be this business," said Updike. "We were thinking maybe a coffee shop." But a business-for-sale advertisement caught their attention instead, and now Updike and Severson find themselves owning and operating a scrapbook store, Forever in Time, recently relocated to 1014 Fourth Ave.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- As a senior at Augustana College majoring in business administration and accounting, Ashley Pike is immersed in her final year of studies. She's planning a wedding for June 2010 and preparing to take the Law School Admission Test. There's one other major distraction in her life right now -- cancer. Ashley, a 2005 graduate of Jackson High School and daughter of Dan and Jean Pike of Jackson, was diagnosed last fall with Stage 2A Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin's Lymphoma. "I didn't have any symptoms," recalled Ashley about the day her tumor was discovered.
WORTHINGTON -- On the latest episode of "As the Corn Grows," Aunt Minnie listens in on a suspicious telephone conversation between Cousin John and Prairie Ann. Could they be involved in (gasp!) a relationship? If that sort of drama isn't your cup of tea, you might want to check out Professor J. Von Tron as she travels back in time and visits with residents about historical events that have taken place in southern Minnesota, such as the 1902 opening of the Fairmont Opera House. For game show fans, there's "Name That Town," which gives at-home viewers a chance to win a valuable prize.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Jodene Kruse and John Flores share a love for chess, and their passion for the game has evolved into a mission to find other chess devotees and cultivate more players. Their first step was to start a chess club in northwest Iowa, and the Sibley Chess Club recently began meeting with a handful of players on Sunday afternoons at the Pizza Ranch in Sibley.
WORTHINGTON -- Many young stars shined brightly Saturday night on the stage at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Twenty-seven area students -- in 20 different acts -- took part in the annual Youth Talent show -- demonstrating their abilities to sing, dance, play instruments and even read dramatically. Sponsorship for the event changed this year from District 518 Community Education to the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, which opened the event up to include students from Worthington and the surrounding school districts of Adrian, Ellsworth, Fulda, and Round-Lake Brewster.
WORTHINGTON -- It's 2:55 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, and things are starting to heat up at our house. That's a literal statement; my husband, Bryan Namanny, has put a large pot of water on the stove and turned on the burner. From the basement freezer, he's brought up a box full of various grains, and he occasionally shakes the package of yeast that sits on the countertop.
WORTHINGTON -- The recent release of two documents from the Task Force for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Studies on Sexuality generated both support and opposition from organizations such as Lutherans Concerned/North America, WordAlone and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. On Feb.