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 -- Although she's worked with disabled individuals throughout her career, attending The Arc convention recently in Rochester was an "eye-opener" for Rosie Rogers. "It was truly amazing for me to see these people open up their hearts," she said. "Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief -- they were all one and the same, giving of themselves." Rosie was at the convention to accept Arc's Inclusive Housing Award.
WORTHINGTON -- Many people find their passion for a vocation in college. Brett Lehman, a Windom native, found his when he took a sabbatical from higher education and began working with people with disabilities. "I wanted to quit college and needed a job," he admitted, somewhat sheepishly, "so I took a job at a (group) home in Windom. That was the catalyst. From that, I realized I wanted to work with people, so I went back to college and finished a degree in social work." With a degree from Moorhead State University, Brett practiced as a social worker in Jackson County for three years.
WORTHINGTON --How does a Worthington guy come to be an expert about a bridge in Minneapolis? One tiny little paragraph in an historical account put Ray Lowry on the path to uncovering the history of the bridge known as "Hill's Folly." "Back in about 1985, I was finishing up my undergrad work at the University of Minnesota, and I had to come up with a senior thesis," recalled Lowry. "I wanted to uncover something that had been lost in time, and I thought something on James J.
WORTHINGTON -- When I graduated from Worthington High School more than a couple decades ago, I planned to leave here and never look back, except maybe for a short visit. I certainly never intended to live here again. But circumstances brought me back to Worthington, and during my short stint away, I realized that I had grown to appreciate my hometown and the advantages of small-city life. Now, I can't imagine living anywhere else.
WORTHINGTON -- The members of the Worthington Ambulance Service received a big pat on the back recently. At the regional Minnesota Emergency Medical Service Association meeting, the Worthington crew was named the Ambulance Service of the Year. "It's nice to get some recognition," said Dave McNab, Worthington Regional Hospital ambulance manager. "These days, a lot of times, with the new patient privacy regulations, you don't get to find out much about how a situation turned out, so you don't get that feedback. ...
WORTHINGTON -- Tom Lemke's first ambulance run as an emergency medical technician was a memorable one -- not due to any horrific emergency situation but because of a glitch. "I was very nervous," he recalled. "This was before enhanced 911. We were dispatched to a nursing home where this person had resided, but when we got out there, we found out she'd moved back home. Turned out, she was only about a block from the hospital.
WORTHINGTON -- It didn't take long for Nancy Losacker's students to get into the swing of a mirror mosaic project.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees agreed Monday to a proposal that would secure naming rights for the wellness center at a new Worthington Area YMCA facility.
CUERO, Texas -- It was too little too late for Paycheck on Saturday. Worthington's racing turkey got off to a slow start Saturday morning in the second heat of the Great Gobbler Gallop, and despite a late surge, Paycheck could not overtake Cuero's Ruby Begonia. Ruby posted a time of just more than 54 seconds in the second leg, and Paycheck followed with 1 minute 47 seconds.
WORTHINGTON -- There was a lot of talking and laughing, along with pizza, soft drinks and sweets -- elements that are common to just about any pajama party. But the purpose of this party wasn't to stay up all night and giggle about boys. At the eighth annual Pajama Party Saturday at the American Reformed Church in Worthington, the business at hand was making pajamas for a worthy cause -- the Worthington Community Christmas Basket program. By the end of the day, about 60 volunteers would have constructed more than 100 pairs of pajamas from scratch.