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 -- Almost all her life, Eunice Baumgard has lived conveniently close to the rural Grace Lutheran Church, located just off Jackson County 34 on 340th Avenue. She grew up just down the road, on what was then Highway 16, and after marriage lived two miles south of the ELCA church. "I've been a member all my life," said Eunice, whose maiden name is Janssen. "I was baptized here. ...
WORTHINGTON -- As manager of the Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center in Worthington, Margaret Hurlbut Vosburgh wears a lot of hats -- figuratively, not literally. On any particular day, she may be found promoting tickets for an upcoming production, on the phone trying to book an event, hosting a facility full of students, surveying patrons about their entertainment preferences, mopping floors backstage or any number of other activities that may or may not be encompassed by her job title. And she loves just about every minute of it, even though she sometimes has to remind herself of ho
WORTHINGTON -- The shores of Sailboard Beach will once again draw windsurfing enthusiasts and spectators, musicians and listeners this weekend for the seventh annual Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival. Events get under way quite early today, with windsurfers arriving, registration commencing at noon and musicians taking to the stage at 3 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Last Sunday, when the wind blew fiercely across Lake Okabena, Arnie Cleveland strapped on his gear and climbed aboard his surfboard. The wind soon carried him across the waves on one of the most exhilarating rides of his life. When it came to an end, Arnie checked the GPS unit strapped to his arm, sure that he'd recorded a personal best time. Alas, Arnie had forgotten to turn the unit on.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Chrissi Wiersma hopes several new events at this weekend's Good Ole Summertime Festival in Sibley will turn into annual ones. Wiersma was hired as director of the Sibley Chamber of Commerce last August, and in that role, she's tried to inject some excitement into the city's celebration. "We're trying to promote Sibley a little better than we have in the past," she said. "In past years, it's pretty much been just the parade and a couple of other things.
WORTHINGTON -- Throughout the first holiday weekend of summer, many graduation celebrations took place, marking a rite of passage for many students. But those observances took a backseat on Monday, as area communities honored a different group of people -- their deceased citizens -- especially those who died in service to their country. Such was the case in Round Lake, where a sign proclaiming the "Class of 2006" still hung behind the stage at the Round Lake School.
WORTHINGTON -- Just before he closed the book on his high school career, Tyler Benson added one more item to his list of accomplishments -- designing the T-shirt for the Windsurfing Regatta. Benson, a senior, graduated Friday from Worthington High School.
WORTHINGTON -- Somewhere out there, Ryan White knew he had a sister. Someday, he intended to find her. But she found him first, thanks to two articles that were published in the Daily Globe. Ryan, a student at District 518's Area Learning Center, was one of several students featured in an October 2005 article about the school's online newspaper, The Insider. Ryan was also the subject of a Daily Globe People feature on Feb. 18, one in a series of three that profiled ALC students. Through a relative, those articles were forwarded to Betty Levens, adoptive mother of Sara, Ryan's sister.
ROUND LAKE -- Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Amazingly, there are no Marys in the U & I Garden Club -- a Marilyn and a Marlis, but no Mary -- but it's to be assumed that all the members' gardens grow quite well. After all, the club has been in existence for more than 50 years, so its members -- although no charter members remain -- have been disseminating gardening tips, techniques, skills and expertise throughout the area for half a century.
WORTHINGTON -- Former city councilman and staunch community supporter Lloyd Standafer, 86, died Wednesday afternoon at Sunset Cottage in Worthington.