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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JACKSON -- When Heather Newkirk heard about Mike and Deena Van't Hul and their work with children in orphanages in China, it touched her heart. She soon became convinced God was calling her to go to China and help with this mission. Within a short time, she'd also convinced three friends -- Nick Frodermann of Heron Lake, Joseph Wagner of Lakefield, and Leah Eaton of Jackson -- to join her in the mission venture.
WORTHINGTON -- The projected opening date for the Southwest Minnesota Radiation Center on the campus of Worthington Regional Hospital is 11 weeks away, but Dr. Thomas Hegarty, radiation oncologist, is already on the job. Hegarty and his wife, Mary Jo "M.J.," and daughter Brighid, 9, moved from California to Minnesota in January and have taken up residence in rural Rushmore.
WORTHINGTON -- An elegant invitation adorned by images of watercolor Easter eggs sits on the kitchen table at Gary Olson's home. It reads: Laura Bush invites you and up to three guests to the opening of the 2007 Easter Egg Artist display on Tuesday morning, April 3, 2007, at eight-fifteen o'clock. Due to financial considerations, Olson wasn't able to attend the first lady's soiree, but he was tickled to be invited. And he was proud to have one of his creations be part of the White House Easter Egg Display.
WORTHINGTON -- In keeping with the Easter season, Mike and Rhonda Hibma have decked their home on Miles Drive with tiny bunnies, eggs and chicks, done up in bright pastel hues. A large wooden cross draped with purple cloth stands in the front window, a symbol of the couple's deep religious faith. Although Rhonda anticipates Sunday's celebration of Jesus' resurrection, her thoughts are focused on Christmas, more than eight months away.
WORTHINGTON -- For entry in the Nobles County Art Center's Area Art Show, Avis Davis (yes, that's her real name, although acquired through marriage) brought three paintings from her Spirit Lake, Iowa, studio. There are two abstracts, done in acrylic, and one realistic painting, a watercolor. Although they only constitute a minute portion of her work, they are indicative of her overall style and direction.
WORTHINGTON -- When some of the choir members at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Worthington first heard about a Diocese of Winona choir trip to Rome, Italy, they joked about joining the excursion. "Bobbie Snow's our liturgist, so she got this flier and asked if anyone was interested," related Marilyn Nieland. "I kind of kiddingly said 'We should go.'" After some contemplation, however, the women decided to take the trip seriously. Nieland, Glenis Marsh and Peggy Herrig, all of Worthington, talked Snow, of Sibley, Iowa, into joining the St. Mary's delegation. Marsh teaches at St.
WORTHINGTON -- Clifton "Cliff" Karhu, 79, of Kyoto, Japan, one of the most successful contemporary artists to work in the Japanese woodblock form, died early Saturday in Kanazawa, Japan, where he maintained a studio. He had been diagnosed with liver cancer. Born in 1927 in Duluth, the son of Arne and Anne Karhu, he moved with his family to Worthington and graduated in 1946 from Worthington High School. Karhu first became intrigued by Japan during the late 1940s, when he was stationed at an American army base there.
WESTBROOK -- Isabel Nibbe can't hear well, and her eyesight is failing, too, but she can obviously tell by the vibrations and timbre of her husband's voice that he's reciting poetry. Huldrich Nibbe doesn't miss a beat as he speaks the entirety of "The First Snow Fall," a poem by Brahmin poet James Russell Lowell, his voice taking on a theatrical quality: The snow had begun in the gloaming, And busily all the night Had been heaping field and highway With a silence deep and white. Every pine and fir and hemlock Wore ermine too dear for an earl, And the poorest twig on the elm-tree Was r
WORTHINGTON -- Renowned photographer Jim Brandenburg is best known for his prints, images of wildlife in particular. But the Luverne native, once a staff photographer for the Daily Globe who went on to work for National Geographic, has also created documentaries that have been broadcast around the world.
WORTHINGTON -- Last year, Jeff Meyer sat in the audience and enjoyed the variety of local talent showcased in the first edition of "Gone Country: A Salute to the Grand Ole Opry" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center in Worthington. For "Salute to the Grand Ole Opry II," scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Meyer will be up on the stage, sharing his own singing talents with the assembled crowd. "I tried out last year and didn't make it," Meyer explained. "This year, they're giving me a chance. ...