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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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.
WORTHINGTON -- There's not a lot of snow on the porch this year -- or on the deck, the sidewalk, the driveway or the ground -- but the show must go on. "Snow on the Porch: Around the World in 80 Laughs" will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, 814 13th St., Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- "My wish came true!" That was Jacoba Nagel's emotional reaction when she was informed that her house had been designated earlier this week as the best holiday lighting display in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- They walked a short distance, from St. Mary's Catholic Church to First Lutheran Church a few blocks away. But the effort paid homage to a longer and much more significant journey that took place more than 2,000 years ago -- the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. The local Hispanic community gathered Monday night for the third night of Las Posadas, a Hispanic tradition celebrated every night from Dec. 16 to 24. In Spanish, "Posada" simply means shelter or lodging, and the participants re-enact the search for shelter on the very first Christmas.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Area YMCA received a present a week in advance of Christmas. Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sioux Valley Hospital and Health System in Sioux Falls, S.D., announced Monday night that Sioux Valley will donate $300,000 to the YMCA's capital campaign, which is under way to build a new YMCA facility in Worthington. The donation is intended to match the $300,000 pledged to the YMCA by Worthington Regional Hospital, which is part of the Sioux Valley system, even though it is municipally owned. The gift came as a surprise to both WRH executives and the YMCA b