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 -- 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.
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 -- 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.
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
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.
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.
WORTHINGTON -- Both relationships started with drive-by courtships. Bob Jans was driving down the street when he first spied wife-to-be Eleanore, who was walking with a friend. Dorothy Hay was sitting on the church steps with a friend when her future husband, Lowell, happened by in an automobile. Those incidents occurred more than 70 years ago and resulted in marriages that have lasted 65 years. Bob and Eleanore Jans celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Sept. 28. Lowell and Dorothy Hay are anticipating their 65-year milestone on Oct. 15.
WORTHINGTON -- When the members of Girl Scout Troop 89 organized a kite fly last spring in Worthington, they divided up the duties so that every aspect of hosting such an event was covered -- advertising and promotions, budgeting, activity planning, purchasing supplies, food preparation, volunteer recruitment. But when the big day finally rolled around, a sunny Saturday in May, they forgot one vital thing -- sunscreen.
WORTHINGTON -- "How do you say it again, Antonio?" the Rev. Jim Krapf asks. "Fortaleceos en el Se?or," replies Antonio Colinders. "Fortaleceos en el Se?or. Be strong in the Lord. Fortaleceos en el Se?or," repeats Krapf. The verse is from Ephesians 6:10, a passage that talks about putting on the armor of God.
LAKE IDA -- It's 9:30 a.m. on a weekday morning, and the fish just aren't biting on Jeff Bergs' line. "I've been out here since the sun came up, and it's cold," he reported during an interview via cell phone from a fishing boat in the middle of Lake Ida, just north of Alexandria. The middle of a lake is where Jeff spends a lot of time when he's not working, and sometimes even when he is. Jeff makes his living mostly as an impressionist and comedian, but he also hires out his services as a fishing guide and occasionally as a bartender.