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 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
WORTHINGTON -- Three new members were appointed to the Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees at Monday's meeting. Tom Lavelle will fill the unexpired term of Jason Turner, who resigned due to other commitments, effective Dec. 31.
WORTHINGTON -- Three new members were appointed to the Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees at Monday's meeting. Tom Lavelle will fill the unexpired term of Jason Turner, who resigned due to other commitments, effective Dec. 31. Kelly Monthei and Gary Kellen were appointed for initial three-year terms, filling the expired terms of Gary Hoffmann and Grant Sorenson. The board also approved the slate of officers for 2007: David Jueneman, chairman; Steve Robinson, vice chairman; and John Widboom, secretary-treasurer.
OKABENA -- On Tuesday morning, Jan Hartman added the finishing touch to the tally sheet that has hung on the side of her refrigerator for several weeks. A succession of figures had been scribbled and then crossed off, each bigger than the last. Writing down the final number was the culmination of more than a month of mixing and baking.
PHOENIX -- On his Web site, Craig Stellpflug has a section that he calls "Almost Famous Quotes" that contains some of his life philosophies. "I'm really not that original," he explains about the page. "Everything I know and say and do I have learned or borrowed from somewhere." A quote he likes but that isn't posted on this page is certainly apropos to Craig's own life. "One of the things I like to say is, 'If you want something done, give it to a busy person,'" he related.