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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WADENA -- Greg Amundson doesn't remember how or where he heard about the Colgate Country Showdown talent contest, but entering it has proved fortuitous for the young Worthington man. Amundson recently won a local Country Showdown event sponsored by radio station KKWS in Wadena and will advance to the state competition, which will be Sept. 1 in Hallock. The regional event follows Oct. 28 at Royal River Casino in Flandreau, S.D.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- It was just a few days before Cortney Schmidt was due to leave for Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., and the Ocheyedan teen could hardly contain her enthusiasm. "I'm so excited," she bubbled, a huge smile lighting up her face.
WORTHINGTON -- Patients and visitors to Worthington Regional Hospital will be confronted by some parking changes in coming weeks. "Our construction project for the Radiation Oncology Center will begin Aug. 1," said WRH Administrator Mel Platt. "Due to that, we're going to have to make some modifications -- some permanent, some temporary -- to the parking lot at Worthington Regional Hospital." The handicapped parking area has already been revamped and is now located along the Sixth Avenue entrance (from 10th Street) in front of the main entrance.
WORTHINGTON -- Johnson Builders & Realtors Inc.'s new headquarters on Oxford Street is part office, part showcase. It not only provides ample space for both the realty and construction aspects of the business, but also gives customers an idea of what can be accomplished in their own projects. Johnson Builders and Realtors has been located in the same spot at 1114 Oxford St. for close to 20 years, according to owners and brothers Steve Johnson and Mike Johnson.
MAPLE GROVE -- As a sales manager for various television stations, Dave Baker has sold lots of advertising slots during the evening news.
WORTHINGTON -- Don Habicht realizes that the exact workings of the city's diesel generation plant are a little too complicated for a layperson -- especially someone who is not mechanically inclined -- to understand.
This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Oh, give thanks to the Lord for He is good; For His steadfast love endures forever! -- Psalm 118:24, 29 WORTHINGTON -- Local students Kristi Kuhl and Kyle Fleming may have given up almost a month of their summer vacation to the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir, but they both felt the experience was well worth the sacrifice. "My brother had been in it before, and he said it was the greatest experience of his life," said Kuhl, the daughter of Burdell and Jolene Kuhl of rural Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- On Tuesday morning, the lobby was full at Worthington Regional Hospital, but the congestion wasn't because of any medical emergency. Friends, family, co-workers and even a few former patients were on hand to honor registered nurse Audrey Reisdorfer as she was named the 2006 Minnesota Outstanding Older Worker in the Experience Works Prime Time Awards Program. She had previously been a finalist in the program in 2002, but this year received the top honor. She will be honored in September in St.
WORTHINGTON -- Derek Ahlberg is the cream of the crop! The king of the hill! The cat's meow! At least that's what the folks at Jones Soda have told him repeatedly. The premium soft-drink maker solicits photographs from the public and has a stringent process for determining those that get imprinted on its labels, which change monthly. Several of Derek's photos have been selected for label status. "The first one was really my aunt's photo, but I submitted it," explained Derek, the son of Bernie and Sandy Ahlberg and a recent graduate of Worthington High School.
WINDOM --Windom's American Lutheran Church congregation suffered a huge blow when a fire ignited in the church on Jan.