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 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.
WORTHINGTON -- The mood was both joyous and solemn Friday morning as ground was finally broken for the Freedom Veterans' Memorial Park project at Freedom Shore Park on the south shore of Lake Okabena. The project's committee members, including some military veterans, were joined by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, as they took up shovels for a short, formal ceremony. "This has been a long time coming," said committee chairman Mike Kuhle as he briefly addressed the gathering. "This has really been a testament to Nobles County and Worthington. ...
NORTHFIELD -- In the dictionary, limestone is described as "a common sedimentary rock consisting mostly of calcium carbonate, CaCO3, used as a building stone and in the manufacture of lime, carbon dioxide and cement." The Limestones, however, is a group that's far from common, with a sound that defies description. Although there is some musical chemistry involved, it consists not of calcium carbonate but of seven students from St. Olaf College in Northfield. Among them is Jeremy Berger, son of Jeff and Janice Berger of Worthington and a 2004 graduate of Worthington High School.
WORTHINGTON -- In recent years, many local residents have made the 120-mile round trip to the LifeLight Festival, a three-day concert featuring more than 100 Christian music artists performing on six stages near Sioux Falls, S.D. Now, LifeLight is coming to Worthington. LifeLight Tour 2006, featuring two up-and-coming Christian bands, Casting Pearls and Remedy Drive, as well as speaker Alan Greene, the founder of LifeLight, will be at 7 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- When Libby Little began contemplating possible entries for the student art exhibit at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus, she shunned her most recent works -- watercolors created during the current semester. "My entries are all from last semester," she explained. "I did the acrylics last term, and that was a new experience for me, and I'd had time to get to know the work since then. ...