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 -- The neutral landscape in the corridors of the Fine Arts Center at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus, is currently being enlivened by large, colorful oil paintings and smaller -- but still vivid -- watercolor and mixed-media pieces. These are the works of Cat Abbott, a resident of rural Marshall and somewhat full-time artist. She also works part-time as an office assistant at the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council office and waitresses in a coffee shop-café.
SLAYTON -- Need to lose a few pounds? Jim Green may have the diet plan for you: Spend a couple months in Antarctica and you can drop 30 pounds. There are a few drawbacks. You must sleep in a tent on top of the ice, go for long hikes while carrying up to 100 pounds in a backpack and subsist on foods long past their expiration date. "I don't think I could have eaten enough to not lose weight," Jim reflected about living and working in Antarctica.
WORTHINGTON -- Since the band was formed more than 10 years ago, Skillet has released seven albums. In 2004, the single "Savior" from the album "Collide" garnered the group a prestigious Grammy Award nomination and put Skillet at the forefront of the Christian music scene.
WORTHINGTON -- The Rev. Mike Zaske figures he receives at least a pamphlet in the mail each day, as well as phone calls and e-mails, promoting some program or another that aims to enrich his congregation at American Lutheran Church in America. Although he's sure there's merit in many of the presentations, they largely get ignored, just because of the sheer volume. But a pitch for a program called Letters from Dad struck a chord with Zaske, prompting him to pursue it further.
WORTHINGTON -- A talented musician and teacher, dedicated promoter of music and all the arts, gracious hostess and civic-minded grand lady. Those are some of the legacies left behind by Florence Vance, 92, who died Saturday at Worthington's South Shore Care Center, where she had been recuperating from surgery to repair a broken leg bone. "She was a singular personality," described her niece, Andrea Mahlberg, on Monday.
WORTHINGTON -- Beginning early in December, employees at Intervet in Worthington set out to make the holiday season a little brighter for a couple of area families in need. By the time the company's service project was wrapped up on Dec.
WORTHINGTON -- Currently on display at the Nobles County Art Center is "Minnesota Printmakers," a 1970 competitive exhibition that was originally co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Council and the art department at the state college in St. Cloud. The juried competition was open to all Minnesota printmaker artists, and 20 prints were selected and purchased with appropriated funds. The resulting exhibit was circulated to various galleries for two years and then presented to the Nobles County Art Center.
WORTHINGTON -- It began with a kiln. Martin and Jean Bunge have played an active role in the local arts scene for more than two decades and have been co-directors of the Nobles County Art Center in Worthington since the early 1980s. How did that interest develop? They admit to being intrigued by art throughout their lives. For instance, Martin recalls going with an aunt to the Minneapolis Art Institute at age 10 -- an outing that made a big impression on the young farm boy. But outside of taking in the occasional art exhibit, Martin didn't delve further into the art world.
WORTHINGTON -- A few days before Christmas, Rosemary Pilatti called her parents, Bob and Marion Cashel, to let them know that she and her son, Thomas, were coming to Worthington for the holidays. The call, however, came from Luverne, and the Pilattis live in Alaska. They had flown into Sioux Falls, S.D., rented a car, and pulled off a grand Christmas surprise for the Cashels. "It's been 15 years since I was here for Christmas," explained Rosemary. "The summer of 2000 was the last time I was in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- With a due date of Jan. 11, Amber Schwarz thought she had a shot at delivering the New Year's baby at Worthington Regional Hospital. But Schwarz went into labor early, bringing Mason James Wallace Larson into the world at 10:26 p.m. on Christmas Day and achieving a different sort of milestone at WRH. Little Mason, weighing 6 pounds 1 ounce, was the 400th baby born in 2006 at WRH. The hospital hasn't had that many births in 15 years. Mason's parents, Schwarz and James Larson, both of Slayton, didn't find out that their baby was No.