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 -- When most people are still deep in the throes of slumber, Sherry Benton is wide awake, dreaming up schemes to spark the imagination of a bunch of first-graders. Sherry is an early riser, and not just because she's a dedicated member of the Early Risers Kiwanis Club. She's out of bed sometimes by 3 a.m. -- 4 a.m. is sleeping in -- and gets her best ideas and work done in those wee hours. And Sherry's not just awake -- she hits the ground running. "On a typical day, I get up at 4 o'clock and do my floor exercises, then I decide what I'm going to do with the kids this week.
WORTHINGTON -- What was being touted as the first actual blizzard in almost 10 years blew into the region on Thursday, canceling countless events and plunging others into a state of limbo. Virtually everything planned for Thursday afternoon and evening was cancelled or postponed, including the Daily Globe-sponsored Taste of Home Cooking School at Memorial Auditorium in Worthington.
WINDOM -- As Karen Skarphol began to give a visitor a tour of the revitalized American Lutheran Church in Windom, it quickly became evident that it isn't just a place where she comes to work. It's her workplace, but it's also her church and a place that's near and dear to her heart. "It's our home away from home," she emphasized. Karen and her husband, Jim, are the custodians at American Lutheran Church, and they have proudly maintained the facility for more than 22 years. When the Skarphols received a call in the early morning hours of Jan.
WORTHINGTON -- The paperwork has been reviewed by legal counsel, and the Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees gave approval Monday for WRH Administrator Mel Platt to sign it, creating a limited liability corporation for the radiation oncology center currently under construction on the WRH campus. The corporation will be known as Southwest Minnesota Radiation Center, and WRH will maintain a 51 percent interest, with the remaining 49 percent split between other regional health care operations --Windom Area Hospital, Murray County Memorial Hospital and the Sanford Health- leased prope
WESTBROOK -- The date was July 9, 1948: A group of 19 women gathered in Westbrook to establish an association of nurses and nursing aides. After much discussion, they decided to call themselves the Clara Barton Club, named after the founder of the American Red Cross. On Monday -- almost 59 years later -- eight of the nine current members of the Clara Barton Club met at Peterson Estates, located adjacent to the Westbrook hospital.
HERON LAKE -- When Jeff Frodermann began booking acts for Snowjam 2007, the annual Christian music event sponsored by The Narrow Path (TNP) ministry, he planned on a lineup similar to years past, featuring mostly area, independent groups. But, through some networking, Jeff managed to attract a couple of well-known Christian rock groups to perform March 3 at the Heron Lake Community Center. "I started with a local band and contacted Daniel Lund, who's originally from Fulda and moved to Memphis to pursue a music career," explained Frodermann, who began TNP almost five years ago.
WILMONT -- When the four Henning sisters -- Nancy, Judy, Ginny and Norma, daughters of Clarence and Elsie Henning -- were growing up in rural Wilmont, it never really occurred to the girls that there was something unique about one of them. "Ginny was no different than we were," reflected Norma Balster. "Our folks raised us all the same. I don't think we realized --whatever I could do, Ginny could do. Now I think how hard that must have been for our parents." Ginny was only 2 years old -- then the youngest of three with baby Norma on the way -- when she contracted polio.
LOS ANGELES -- Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Taylor Lautner's first taste of stardom came in the martial arts arena. He started studying karate at age 6, soon began to win tournaments and was invited to train with seven-time world karate champion Mike Chat. At age 8, he represented his country in the 12 years and younger division in the World Karate Association, winning three gold medals. By the time he was 12 years old, he had three Junior World Championships under his black belt. But martial arts wasn't Taylor's only interest.
WORTHINGTON -- Arnold Motor Supply has been a fixture of the Worthington community since 1976. Its first store was located on Ninth Street in downtown Worthington, and the business moved to its current location, 704 Oxford St., in the 1980s. "Worthington was our 18th store, and we've grown now to where we're considered to be in the top 20 for largest company owned distribution chains for auto parts in the nation," boasted Dave Kimbell, marketing manager for the Merrill Co. and Arnold Motor Supply, headquartered in Spencer, Iowa. "We're really quite proud of our company.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's 10 a.m. on a Friday morning, and Wain McFarlane is in the same place he's been every Friday morning recently -- the DaVita dialysis unit in Minneapolis. Wain's health has deteriorated to the point where he requires dialysis three times a week, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for four hours. "It's my 10th time now.