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 --Throughout its 50 years of existence, food has played an important role in the Worthington Area Professional Home Economists organization.
ADRIAN -- Nan Hoffenkamp admits to a weird sense of humor -- and perhaps a unique way of viewing things that happen in her life. "If God hadn't hit me with the pickup door, we wouldn't have known I had cancer," said the Adrian woman, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2002. "It was a miracle. If that hadn't happened, we probably wouldn't have caught it until it was much farther along." With a family history of cancer, Nan has always been diligent about breast self-exams and mammograms, but the discovery of her cancer came about as the result of that incident.
WORTHINGTON -- Focused on the immediate health concerns of his infant daughter, Jeff Nickel at first ignored the signs that there was something wrong in his own body. "I wasn't worried about myself. I was worried about her," reflected Jeff. Jaden Nickel, daughter of Jeff and Tina, was born March 11, 2004, with a heart defect, discovered while Jaden was still in the womb. At the time, the Nickels were living in North Branch, north of the Twin Cities, and Jaden received specialized care through the University of Minnesota hospital system.
In May, Sy Schaap from Edgerton -- a physical therapist at Worthington Regional Hospital -- lived out a dancing dream through the ABC "Good Morning America" Dancing with the Moms contest. Nominated by her husband, Howard, Sy was one of 10 contestants initially chosen from more than 10,000 entries for the chance to compete online.
WORTHINGTON -- There is no formal course of study -- no textbook, no pop quizzes, no college credits -- to become a race director for a windsurfing regatta. So Kevin Gratton and Jeff Hegwer created their own curriculum, and it will be put to the test this weekend during the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta. "Together, we set up the criteria to become a race director," Hegwer explained.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
WORTHINGTON -- Dave Anderson only caught the tail end of a program on the A&E cable TV network, but it sparked a new hobby for the Worthington man. The show featured Patrick Acton, an Iowan who built models out of matchsticks.
WORTHINGTON -- When members of the First Covenant Church Youth Mission group began looking for a way to serve their local community, they didn't have to go far to find a worthy project. First Covenant Church is located on South Shore Drive in Worthington, just across the road from Lake Okabena, and the youths resolved to make the shoreline a cleaner place. "The idea popped up in group meetings when we were trying to figure out what we could do in the community," explained Youth Mission member Alex Ling, 17. John and Kris Stewart -- married pastors of First Covenant -- and their family live
WORTHINGTON -- A few customers have been surprised to see Dave Hartzler behind the counter at Pizza Ranch. "I've had a lot of 'Aren't you in the wrong place?' or 'Isn't that the wrong uniform?'" he recounted. Hartzler recently began his duties as manager of the Worthington Pizza Ranch, 1132 Oxford St., after six years in quality control management at Swift & Co.
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.