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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This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Oh, give thanks to the Lord for He is good; For His steadfast love endures forever! -- Psalm 118:24, 29 WORTHINGTON -- Local students Kristi Kuhl and Kyle Fleming may have given up almost a month of their summer vacation to the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir, but they both felt the experience was well worth the sacrifice. "My brother had been in it before, and he said it was the greatest experience of his life," said Kuhl, the daughter of Burdell and Jolene Kuhl of rural Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- On Tuesday morning, the lobby was full at Worthington Regional Hospital, but the congestion wasn't because of any medical emergency. Friends, family, co-workers and even a few former patients were on hand to honor registered nurse Audrey Reisdorfer as she was named the 2006 Minnesota Outstanding Older Worker in the Experience Works Prime Time Awards Program. She had previously been a finalist in the program in 2002, but this year received the top honor. She will be honored in September in St.
WORTHINGTON -- Derek Ahlberg is the cream of the crop! The king of the hill! The cat's meow! At least that's what the folks at Jones Soda have told him repeatedly. The premium soft-drink maker solicits photographs from the public and has a stringent process for determining those that get imprinted on its labels, which change monthly. Several of Derek's photos have been selected for label status. "The first one was really my aunt's photo, but I submitted it," explained Derek, the son of Bernie and Sandy Ahlberg and a recent graduate of Worthington High School.
WINDOM --Windom's American Lutheran Church congregation suffered a huge blow when a fire ignited in the church on Jan.
WORTHINGTON -- How does a person go about packing for an anticipated yearlong stay abroad? Such is the dilemma that faced Toni Ingenthron this week as she prepared to depart for Worthington's sister city, Crailsheim, Germany. Toni will spend the next year in Crailsheim -- staying with host families, attending school, soaking up the culture, learning to speak the language and further strengthening the bonds that connect the two communities. By the time this is read, Toni will already have arrived in Germany.
WORTHINGTON -- This Independence Day -- commonly referred to as the Fourth of July -- marks the 230th birthday of the United States and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and area residents have planned a variety of events to mark the occasion. In Worthington, it's the 19th year for the Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration at Pioneer Village, the historical attraction located adjacent to the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. Special events are planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
LISMORE -- The roar of motorcycle engines pierced the small-town tranquility in Lismore on Saturday. But the revving engines were welcomed by local residents and organizers of the third annual Steve Lenz Memorial Fund Run because they indicated a good turnout for the event. In 2005, more than 100 people participated in the ride, and more were expected to take part in 2006.
OKABENA -- Although there's some dispute over who robbed the First State Bank of Okabena on May 19, 1933, many people believe it was the famous duo of Bonnie and Clyde -- Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, glamorized robbers who traveled the central U.S. during the Great Depression. And they'll do it once again on Tuesday, during Okabena's Fourth of July celebration.
WORTHINGTON -- John Widboom -- temporarily -- hung up his cloak and mustache this year. The local farmer and veteran villain of the annual melodrama production during the Pioneer Village Old-Fashioned Independence Day celebration relinquished the role this year, instead diving into assignments as the show's recruiter and producer. But he shall return. Widboom is not ready to retire from his dastardly deeds quite yet. "This is the 18th play," he said of Tuesday's upcoming production, "She Was Only a Farmer's Daughter." "I've seen every one.
OKABENA -- There was a time when Lloyd Ruthenbeck knew everybody in Okabena, and everybody in Okabena, in turn, knew him. After all, he was mayor of this small southwest Minnesota burg for 34 years. But times change, towns change -- some residents leave, and others die. People have moved into town that Ruthenbeck doesn't know, and he's not as active as he once was. "I'm the only old duffer left," he said. "I'm the oldest guy in town." Still, whether they know his name or not, Ruthenbeck is a familiar sight as he traverses the streets of Okabena on his motorized scooter.