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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JACKSON -- Both Ron Harder and Jeff Johnson hope there will be a packed house for the 15th Music of the Church festival Sunday at the JCC Performing Arts Center in Jackson. A large crowd will mean more people to appreciate the talents of the musicians slated to perform at the event as well as more money to be donated in support of troops from southwest Minnesota. The festival begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jackson's new auditorium facility.
WORTHINGTON --With a thick layer of ice still coating most of Lake Okabena, it's difficult to imagine the shoreline crowded with an eclectic mixture of windsurfers, musicians and local residents. But the 2006 Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival is just four months away, slated for June 9-11, and organizers are preparing to make the event bigger and better than ever as it goes into its seventh year. "It truly is a total community happening, giving us the opportunity to stage a wonderful event on one of our greatest natural assets, beautiful Lake Okabena," said Dennis Hall, inco
WORTHINGTON -- Psssst! Just a reminder to anyone who hasn't noticed the approaching date on the calendar or the prevalence of red and pink and heart themes: Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Traditional -- and predictable -- items for Valentine's Day gifting include roses, candy and heart-shaped jewelry. But local merchants have a few ideas for shoppers who want to venture beyond the predictable this year. "You can never go wrong with diamonds," advised Cheryl Fornoff, a sales associate at Johnson's Jewelry in downtown Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- It's a typical day at school for Alie Paine -- well, almost a typical day. Two things have changed her routine: She's telling her life story to a writer from the newspaper, excusing her from the last class of the day; and it's her 18th birthday.
WORTHINGTON -- Looking to nature for her subject matter is instinctive for artist Bonnie Hale. "I have a real passion for gardening," she said. "I've gotten into collecting dwarf conifers. I try to put some of that into my artwork, because you spend so much time in the winter when you can't garden." Hale, a high school art teacher from Sioux Falls, S.D., is currently exhibiting her work in the Fine Arts Building at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus. The show will open with a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- As missionaries, John and Gioconda Armstrong were naturally interested in the recently released feature film, "End of the Spear," which relates the story of missionaries who were killed by the people they intended to evangelize in the jungle of Ecuador and the tribe's later reconciliation with the men's relatives. But the movie was of special interest to the Armstrongs because they have connections to some of the characters who are central to the story. Gioconda was born in Shell, Ecuador, which was home base for Nate Saint's family. "I grew up in a village called Makuma, abo
NEW YORK (AP) -- Far from home, five American missionaries died in brutal fashion: speared and hacked to death by tribesman in the dense jungles of Ecuador. That nightmare moment 50 years ago evolved into a remarkable example of reconciliation, and one of the most influential incidents in 20th century Protestant mission lore. Now the saga is being retold in "End of the Spear," a moving feature film about redemption in the jungle with a bigger budget ($17 million) and broader release than many films of this genre.
WORTHINGTON -- Both Dan Sorensen and Wayne Thompson hail from Swea City, Iowa. But that's not the only thing the two men have in common. They are both artists -- Sorensen a potter and Thompson a painter and sculptor -- and retirement has given each man an opportunity to more fully explore his favored mediums.
BY BETH RICKERS DAILY GLOBE WORTHINGTON -- In the last few years, Ransom Ministries' annual Super Bowl party has grown from a small gathering for youths from Grace Community Church to a large community affair. And this year, it's even bigger and better, in more ways than one. There's not just one party, but two -- one for youths and one for adults at separate locales -- and not just one, but four ministry groups coordinating the effort.
WORTHINGTON -- In the summer of 2004, when Lisa Kremer was preparing to compete with the U.S. Junior Olympic Windsurfing Team at the world championships in Belgium, her team coach, Charles Ivey, foresaw the local windsurfer someday competing in the Olympic Games. "I see the potential to do whatever she decides she wants to do," he stated in a Daily Globe article printed June 7, 2004. "If she can maintain her focus and her drive, I don't think (the Olympics) are out of the realm of possibility." Almost two years later, Lisa is one step closer to that Olympic possibility.