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 -- Just about every day after school, Mihiret Abrahim can be found at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, located in the former West Elementary School building. If it's a Wednesday, she's probably there for Dynamic 507, a group that promotes volunteerism. On Mondays and Thursdays, she rehearses with Six Steps Hip Hop, a youth-led dance group.
WORTHINGTON -- Rambunctious. Stacy and Kari Sauerbrei agree that's the perfect word to describe their 2½-year-old son, Triston. "We usually make it about three minutes into a church service," said Stacy. "If you're not watching him every second, well -- you've got to watch him every second." Although they may get exasperated by Triston's toddler antics, the Sauerbreis revel in every minute, every second of watching him grow and learn and discover and progress.
WORTHINGTON -- The weather has yet to be ideal for the Motorcycle Rally at Solid Rock Assembly, but congregants have faith that eventually it will be -- perhaps this weekend? "Each year, it's grown, even though the weather -- well, we've yet to hit a really beautiful day," said Pastor Scott Peterson. "We're still waiting. This will be the year." The advance forecast from the National Weather Service does offer that possibility -- partly cloudy with highs in the upper 70s -- for the rally scheduled Sunday at the church, located at 1730 Diagonal Road.
MINNEAPOLIS -- For a second time, Noah Hoehn has been awarded a $25,000 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians for his harmonica performance. Hoehn, the son of Joe and Carol Hoehn of Worthington and a 1998 graduate of Worthington High School, first received the fellowship in 2003. This year, the competition drew more than 150 applicants, with the field narrowed to nine finalists who were chosen to perform in competition for four grants. "You can't apply every year, but my time came up again, and I said, 'Let's do it,'" Hoehn explained during a recent telephone interview.
WORTHINGTON -- Persistence paid off for 9-year-old Ashley Hoefker just before lunchtime on Saturday. After numerous frustrating attempts to get her kite airborne -- and many nosedives into the ground -- the blue and teal kite finally soared high for more than a few seconds. The annual Kite Fly, planned and organized by local Girl Scout Troop 89, was deemed a success for a second year, as a few novices came out to try kite flying for a first time and were joined by a number of veteran fliers at the soccer fields adjacent to Prairie Elementary School in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- After an unseasonably cold weekend last year for the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival, organizers are hopeful that the weekend of June 8-10 will bring sunny skies, warm temperatures and lots of wind. That optimism is reflected in the design for this year's T-shirt, which depicts a smiling sun holding a tiki torch and a pair of flip-flop sandals.
WORTHINGTON -- Joyce, Brenda and Sara have a lot in common. They share the same vocation, work in the same facility and even on the same floor.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Some people have a good sense of direction in their lives, while other people may need guidance to find their way. Organizers of a new program in Osceola County, Iowa, hope an ATLAS will help individuals who find themselves lost, for one reason or another. ATLAS stands for Attaining Truth, Love and Self-control and is described as a "Christ-centered, non-profit, community organization." The concept was pioneered in nearby Sioux Center, Iowa, and has now spread to at least eight other communities. John Van Diepen and Bill Pearson, both of Sibley, are two of the ATLAS of Osceo
Let's go fly a kite Up to the highest height! Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring Up through the atmosphere Up where the air is clear
WINDOM -- It was the advice of a nun that put Jane Becker on the path to piano lessons. "I was a hyperactive kid, and one of the Notre Dame nuns at the parochial grade school I attended, she told my mother I needed something to do. I had too much energy and needed a horse to ride or a piano to bang on, something to channel all the extra energy," related Jane. "We got a piano and a horse." Jane grew up on the family farm in rural Heron Lake, not far from Talcot Lake, where she did ride the horse, but the piano proved to be a more successful diversion over the long term.