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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SIBLEY, Iowa -- Sunny weather may have affected the turnout for the Sibley-Ocheyedan all-school reunion music practices. "I heard a rumor that a couple of tenors and basses decided to go golfing instead," reported Floyd Slatterback, Class of 1968. Slatterback, a professor of music at Northern Michigan University, was the director of the all-school reunion choir, which practiced Saturday morning at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in advance of the evening's all-school reunion program.
WESTBROOK -- The main source of groceries for Westbrook area residents -- Maynard's Grocery Store, located at 627 First Ave. -- was consumed by fire Saturday afternoon. According to Westbrook Fire Chief Curtis Madson, the blaze was reported at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday, while the store was open for business. Customers and employees all reportedly got out safely. "There was a lot of smoke and flames shooting out of the east side," which is the back end of the store, Madson detailed. Cardboard is baled in the general area in which the flames and smoke were first noticed, Madson confirmed.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Just a few years ago, Worthington residents could watch hometown girl Liz Collin anchor the morning news show on KDLT-TV out of Sioux Falls, S.D. Now, with two more stations under her belt and a wealth of broadcast journalism experience, Liz has returned to her home state and viewing territory. Local TV watchers can once again tune in and see Liz on WCCO-TV out of the Twin Cities. "I started here June 4," detailed Liz during a recent phone interview.
WORTHINGTON -- The villain will be greeted by boos and hisses, and the hero will get cheers and whistles. That's the standard formula of audience participation for a melodrama such as "Fireman, Save My Child," which will be performed at 11 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Friday during the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July at Worthington's Pioneer Village. In the program for the melodrama, Richard Liapis is listed as both the "manly hero," Chester Quingle, and the show's producer. "I started (acting in the melodrama) in 1993," Liapis said.
WORTHINGTON -- Sanford Health Network made its presence known Tuesday, the first day of operation for Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- A few days ago, Mel Platt began the countdown, on one hand, of his last days at the helm of Worthington Regional Hospital.
WORTHINGTON -- A hush fell over the boardroom at Worthington Regional Hospital Wednesday afternoon as officials bent their heads to the task at hand -- the signing of the documents finalizing the sale of the city-owned hospital to Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D.
SLAYTON -- If they quilt it, people will come. That's the basic premise for the annual Quilt Auction and Show at Shetek Lutheran Ministries. Although the event has been going for 22 years, area residents don't seem to tire of viewing and purchasing handmade quilted items. It's the camp's biggest annual fundraiser and is still going strong. "It's just unbelievable," said Kathy Peterson, development director at Shetek and primary organizer of the auction.
WORTHINGTON -- At the same time papers are signed to transfer ownership of Worthington Regional Hospital from the city to Sanford Health, the paperwork will be completed to transfer $5.415 million from the hospital to Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation Inc. (WRHCF). The funds result from the sale of Southwest Minnesota Radiation Center as well as an additional $2 million allocated from the hospital sale proceeds by the Worthington City Council. WRHCF is a nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, governed by a nine-member volunteer board.
WORTHINGTON -- As we stood in the early dawn Wednesday and waved goodbye as a busload of German visitors pulled out of the parking lot, I experienced déj? vu. Hadn't I done this before? Ah, yes -- the year was 1981, and I was a senior in high school (go ahead, do the math). It was the second leg of the first choir exchange between Worthington and sister city Crailsheim, Germany. I and my fellow choir members visited Crailsheim the previous spring and spent the previous week renewing acquaintances and entertaining our counterparts.