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 -- In its first two years, the Motorcycle Rally at Solid Rock Assembly, 1730 Diagonal Road in Worthington, "exceeded expectations," according to Pastor Scott Peterson. And this year, with a dynamic speaker and an added wow-factor -- the Team Faith Extreme Freestyle Jump Show -- the event should far surpass the original concept. "There were some individuals who had been talking about a bike blessing, and one thing grew into another," recalled Peterson about the rally's origins.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Chad and Joan Estebo wouldn't be at all surprised if their son, Evan, grew up to become a purveyor of vacuum cleaners.
Fishes, suspicious, delicious, pernicious ... there are many words that could potentially rhyme with Aloysius (al-low-ish-us), but none seemed quite right when it came to naming a musical group. Aloysius was the working name for a project created by Noah Hoehn and Keith Nystrom. They liked the quirkiness, but wanted something that would rhyme with the old-fashioned moniker and add a rock 'n' roll flavor. "Aloysius is my father's middle name," explained Noah, the son of Joe and Carol Hoehn of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Spring is a busy time of the year at Jim Dahl's place of employment. He's kept busy mixing paint and selling lawnmowers at Patzer's Hardware Hank in Marshall. But he doesn't neglect his vocation, either. By day he's a hardware store paint manager, but the rest of the time, he's an artist. "My life changed after I got divorced," explained Dahl, who lives in Cottonwood. "It's probably more important to make money now. It would be nice to make enough money with my art, then I wouldn't have to work so hard.
WORTHINGTON -- The artwork currently lining the walls in the Fine Arts Building at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus, is a visual travelogue of Italy.
Lorie Line is a brunette, not a blonde, and the female pianist and recording artist wouldn't liken her life to a fairy tale, but she can relate to the fictional story of Goldilocks. "I've had the most beautiful career of anybody I know," she said. "It's been just right for me. It's like the story with the three bears and the three beds -- it hasn't been too big or too small. It's been just right." Billed as "America's Favorite Female Pianist," Line has released 25 CDs, with sales exceeding 5 million copies, and released 20 complete books of music.
WORTHINGTON -- Americans take for granted the clean water that flows from their taps. In other parts of the world, clean water is a much rarer commodity, and the water that comes out of the taps can contain a multitude of contaminants that can cause sickness and even death. That harsh reality was learned firsthand by several members of Worthington's Westminster Presbyterian Church who took part in a mission trip to install a clean water system in Guatemala.
WORTHINGTON -- When Julie Stevenson moves from Worthington later this year, she will leave her mark on the community. During the 9 years she's lived in Worthington, Stevenson has been involved with the American Red Cross, where she was previously employed as executive director of the Southwest Minnesota Chapter; and Minnesota West Community and Technical College, where she is currently employed as the campus marketing-community liaison and an adjunct faculty member. But her efforts have extended well beyond the requirements of employment, benefiting organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sis
WORTHINGTON -- By the time the inaugural Midwest Speed Quest concluded in October of last year, 35 windsurfers had tested their ability to go fast on the race track that is Lake Okabena. Chris Lock, a windsurfer from Plainview, posted the top time of 38.8 mph and took home the $500 grand prize. By the time this October rolls around, organizers anticipate that many more sailors will have taken up the challenge and a new top speed will have been posted. This time, the winner will receive $1,000. But for the windsurfers, it's not really about the money.
WORTHINGTON -- Blueprints and computer-generated drawings are helping officials at Worthington Regional Hospital, as well as the general public, envision how the Radiation Oncology Center will fit onto the hospital campus. Such drawings, supplied by HGA Architects of Minneapolis, detail how the center will be attached onto the northwest end of the facility. "It's really going to fit onto the campus very nicely," commented WRH Chief Executive Officer Mel Platt at the April 17 meeting of the hospital's Board of Trustees. "We certainly picked the right architect.