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 -- Among the ranks of the many volunteers who help each year with the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival, there are a few windsurfers -- not a lot -- but a few who occasionally test the wind and waters of Lake Okabena. One such is Marc Janssen, although his volunteer effort has little to do with the windsurfing. Each year, Marc, with a small band of intrepid helpers, constructs the stage that serves as a platform for the performing musicians, sundry announcements and other festival happenings. Windsurfing was an interest Marc picked up as a young man.
WORTHINGTON -- Dave Vander Kooi may have been a bit reluctant to spearhead the 100th anniversary committee at the Worthington Christian Reformed Church -- it involved 14 months of planning to get to this weekend's celebration -- but he really was the perfect guy for the job. After all, the congregation was founded around his grandparents' kitchen table. "They were a young married couple who had just moved to Worthington from the Orange City, Iowa, area, but had recently come from Holland -- he old country," he related about his grandparents. "They were living on Burlington Avenue.
WORTHINGTON -- The tents are up, many of the food vendors have arrived and the musical stage has been erected.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Today's children generally run around in a uniform of T-shirts and jeans -- a mode of dress reflective of the casual society in which we live. Wardrobes of past generations of youngsters can give similar insights into what life was like in those times. The McCallum Museum in Sibley is featuring an exhibit, "Children's Fashions of the Past," throughout the month of June. For the museum's curator, Jan Stofferan, putting together an exhibit of children's clothing has been a particularly intriguing venture, as she has a special interest in historic clothing.
WORTHINGTON -- Attendees at this year's Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival will see a lot of green along Sailboard Beach. Besides the venue's grass being a brilliant emerald thanks to recent rains, the 2013 Regatta T-shirt is an even more shocking lime hue. The eye-catching color was exactly what was envisioned by its designer, Elizabeth Luke. The recent Worthington High School graduate came up with the design as part of a school project. "I was in an independent study, Graphics 3, with Mrs. (Gail) Holinka," explained Luke.
LUVERNE -- A cool blustery wind and the occasional stray raindrop couldn't dampen spirits at the area's first big festival of the summer season -- Luverne's Buffalo Days. The parade went on as planned mid-morning Saturday, and then eager festival-goers headed over to the city park, where more than 100 vendors of food, crafts and other assorted goods awaited them. In one of the park's shelters, Melanie Wehrmacher and Stephen Pearce, actors employed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in St.
WORTHINGTON -- Jo Haugan never set out to be a librarian. It was more of an accidental career, something she fell into but resolved to make the best of for the duration -- which turned out to be more than 36 years. She joined the staff of the Nobles County Library on Sept. 20, 1976, and will officially retire on the last day of this month. "I'm the last one of the original (employees) who were here when I started," said Jo, recalling a time when a longtime colleague retired after a mere 30 years on the job.
WORTHINGTON -- Tuesday evening's Band Bash featuring the Worthington High School Trojan and Middle School bands ended on an especially high note -- the presentation of a plaque honoring one of the band program's most beloved past directors, the late Glenn K.
WORTHINGTON --A big change is under way at Worthington's Real Estate Retrievers office -- although it's not something that's visibly noticeable to the general public. This change is behind the scenes. Sarah Hayenga, who has been a real estate agent with the company for more than five years, is now also one of its owners. "I'm a business owner again," said Hayenga, who operated Sarah's, a women's clothing store in downtown Worthington, before becoming a stay-at-home mom for a few years and then going into real estate. "There are three of us who are owners.
This is the final story in a four-part series profiling students from Worthington High School Class of 2013. WORTHINGTON -- In less than a week, Megan Cavanaugh will join her classmates, clad in caps and gowns, as they march across the stage and receive their diplomas. That ritualistic exodus from Worthington High School is a moment Megan anticipates with great excitement -- although she admits to a bit of trepidation, too. There are some aspects of high school that she will miss. "I like the part where I can see my friends every day," she said.