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 -- When I graduated from Worthington High School more than a couple decades ago, I planned to leave here and never look back, except maybe for a short visit. I certainly never intended to live here again. But circumstances brought me back to Worthington, and during my short stint away, I realized that I had grown to appreciate my hometown and the advantages of small-city life. Now, I can't imagine living anywhere else.
WORTHINGTON -- The members of the Worthington Ambulance Service received a big pat on the back recently. At the regional Minnesota Emergency Medical Service Association meeting, the Worthington crew was named the Ambulance Service of the Year. "It's nice to get some recognition," said Dave McNab, Worthington Regional Hospital ambulance manager. "These days, a lot of times, with the new patient privacy regulations, you don't get to find out much about how a situation turned out, so you don't get that feedback. ...
WORTHINGTON -- Tom Lemke's first ambulance run as an emergency medical technician was a memorable one -- not due to any horrific emergency situation but because of a glitch. "I was very nervous," he recalled. "This was before enhanced 911. We were dispatched to a nursing home where this person had resided, but when we got out there, we found out she'd moved back home. Turned out, she was only about a block from the hospital.
WORTHINGTON -- It didn't take long for Nancy Losacker's students to get into the swing of a mirror mosaic project.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees agreed Monday to a proposal that would secure naming rights for the wellness center at a new Worthington Area YMCA facility.
WORTHINGTON -- There was a lot of talking and laughing, along with pizza, soft drinks and sweets -- elements that are common to just about any pajama party. But the purpose of this party wasn't to stay up all night and giggle about boys. At the eighth annual Pajama Party Saturday at the American Reformed Church in Worthington, the business at hand was making pajamas for a worthy cause -- the Worthington Community Christmas Basket program. By the end of the day, about 60 volunteers would have constructed more than 100 pairs of pajamas from scratch.
CUERO, Texas -- It was too little too late for Paycheck on Saturday. Worthington's racing turkey got off to a slow start Saturday morning in the second heat of the Great Gobbler Gallop, and despite a late surge, Paycheck could not overtake Cuero's Ruby Begonia. Ruby posted a time of just more than 54 seconds in the second leg, and Paycheck followed with 1 minute 47 seconds.
WORTHINGTON -- He made his acting debut as the "Great Brandini" during the local Youth Council Talent Show, but Branden Roth, the son of Darwin and Lindia Roth of Worthington, had been entertaining friends and family for many years before that momentous event. "I've always been up in front at church, singing," he reflected, "and I was in dance, too, when I was little." "When he was little, he was always running around in grandpa's cowboy boots ... always entertaining everybody," injected mom Lindia.
WORTHINGTON -- Come Monday, about 100 college students from across the state will descend upon Worthington to participate in the Minnesota Community and Technical Colleges Fine Arts Festival. The festival, sponsored by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is an annual event with hosting duties rotated among the campuses, according to Minnesota West Community and Technical College art instructor Bobbie Alsgaard Lien. "It's been happening for 25 years, and it's just hosted at different schools, always by community colleges, but it's sometimes held at resorts or four-year schoo
At age 8, Francis Kato Bbosa was selected to become a member of the second African Children's Choir. Before that, he'd had little education, because his parents didn't have enough money to care for him or provide an education. While on tour with the choir, he started his studies, and last year, he graduated with a diploma in radio, TV production and journalism. He recently worked on a camera crew for a film about former dictator Idi Amin, "The Last King of Scotland." Barbara Kayaga's father, a pastor, died before she was born.