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 -- Christmas is still almost two months away, but the holiday spirit is already in full swing for organizers of Operation Christmas Child. Touted as "the world's largest Christmas project," Operation Christmas Child is an effort of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham. "This is a great opportunity, not only to bring hope and joy to a hurting child's life, but to also teach children in this country about generosity and compassion," said Graham.
WORTHINGTON -- Taste by taste, spoonful by spoonful, guests at a fundraising luncheon ate their way through 48 dishes Saturday at Worthington's First United Methodist Church, taking careful note of the ones they enjoyed the most to perhaps re-create in their own kitchens. PEO Chapter EJ's Autumn Sampler luncheon has been a local tradition for 17 years, raising funds for PEO projects while giving attendees a chance to try some new fare and glean a wide selection of recipes.
WORTHINGTON -- Sanford Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Lynn Olson was pleasantly surprised and encouraged when almost 30 people showed up for a recent presentation about the hospital at the Round Lake Senior Center. "They came prepared with questions," he shared. "It showed that they were very engaged in health care. It showed they were concerned and know what's going on. What I heard from them, loud and clear, is they want services locally, they expect that.
WORTHINGTON -- Many kids grow up with a pet or two around the house -- a dog, a cat, perhaps a fish or even a hamster. But for Emily Donahue, age 15, the pet population at home has always been a bit more exotic -- monkeys, snakes, a Geoffrey's cat (South American leopard), sugar gliders. "I remember lots of animals," reflected Emily. "There have always been so many around that I can't remember specific ones." Emily's parents, Randy and Lorna Donahue, began taking in exotic animals before Emily was born. "It's kind of her parents' fault," admitted Lorna.
WORTHINGTON -- What's it going to take to successfully relaunch the Long Branch, Worthington's infamous downtown bar and dance hall? A team effort, says the saloon's new proprietor, Raul Godinez, who is committed to returning the facility to the bustling establishment it was in the past. Godinez's team includes former Long Branch owner Bob Henderson, who has agreed to serve as manager for a year; Joel Krommendyk, an experienced bartender who is returning to the Long Branch for a fourth tour of duty, this time as assistant manager; and Rick Steele, who will lease the kitchen operation. Once
WORTHINGTON -- If Marvin Luinenburg had known how much fun he'd have playing the accordion, he might have started making music a whole lot sooner.
WORTHINGTON -- Don't be startled if you find a pirate or two -- and maybe even a ninja -- lurking on your front doorstep come Wednesday evening. These swashbucklers are indeed looking for booty, but with a good cause in mind instead of any dastardly deeds. Pirates for the Pantry 2008, an effort organized by the Worthington Area Youth Ministers Association, sends local youths out on a mission, dressed like pirates and other assorted characters, to collect food items for the local food shelves.
WORTHINGTON -- A handful of local outdoors enthusiasts turned up for a "town hall meeting" Wednesday evening hosted by Sportsmen for Change, a state organization promoting dedicated funding for clean water and habitat, at the Southwest Bowbenders headquarters south of Worthington. Garry Leaf, executive director of Sportsmen for Change, explained that when Minnesotans go to the polls on Nov.
WORTHINGTON -- After an eight-year career in banking, Allison Furby decided to pursue an entirely different vocation -- therapeutic massage. It was a field that had interested her for a number of years. "Since my first massage in high school," she recalled. "I can remember leaving the therapist's office and thinking, 'I wish I could do that for people.'" Furby and her husband, Devin, moved to Worthington from Loveland, Colo., two years ago, and it was at that time, with her husband's support, that she decided the time was right to pursue education in therapeutic massage.
WORTHINGTON -- Out of his wallet, Dr. Greg Hoversten pulled a souvenir of his recent trip to Zimbabwe -- a $50 billion note -- a symbol of that African country's incredible inflation rate of more than 1,000 percent a day. "You need a stack of these to buy just a loaf of bread," he said, explaining that Zimbabwe is in the midst of political and economic turmoil that has resulted in the hyper inflation. Hoversten, the director of the emergency room at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington, spent almost a month in Zimbabwe, leaving the third week in August.