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 he was growing up on a farm south of Worthington, Paul Nystrom had a couple of aspirations. First of all, he knew that some day he would become a medical doctor. "Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to be a doctor," he asserted. But like many young guys, Paul also yearned to live a life of adventure -- perhaps as a member of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs? "I had always been interested in the Navy, probably because of the SEALs," he reflected.
WORTHINGTON -- In the world of Native American art, Gary Bigbear's works are something of an anomaly. He doesn't generally paint Indians dressed in tribal garb or base works on traditional symbols. His paintings are impressionistic, splashes of color -- often vivid -- applied to canvas, forcing each person to provide his or her own interpretation. "I think a lot of Native American artists make it too easy on the viewer," he reflected.
WORTHINGTON -- After more than two days of snowing and blowing, cancellations and postponements, the weekend brought sunny skies and a sense of normalcy to the region's residents. Retail outlets reopened for business, and those who had weathered the storm with their doors open saw a fresh influx of customers, eager to escape the confines of their homes. Traffic returned to most of the area's highways, although caution was still urged for travelers. The Minnesota Department of Transportation termed driving conditions as "difficult" throughout the weekend, continuing until Sunday morning.
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 -- Although dangerous weather conditions still persisted, the region's residents slowly began to dig out Friday following one of the largest snowstorms in recent years. The sounds of snow blowers, plows and shovels were the prevalent noise throughout the day in every neighborhood. At the Worthington Wastewater Treatment Plant on the north side of the city, the official recording station for the city, 14 inches of new snow were recorded by Friday morning, with occasional snow showers throughout the day adding to the storm's total.
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.