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 -- Former city councilman and staunch community supporter Lloyd Standafer, 86, died Wednesday afternoon at Sunset Cottage in Worthington.
JACKSON -- Come as you are. That simple statement applies to more than just the dress code at Fellowship Church, 1229 N. Highway, Jackson. "We love people regardless of where they're at, where they're from," emphasized Pastor Jacob Wallace. "If there's one thing that I can stress the most, it's that we accept everybody and anybody, no matter what your background is. ...
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- "Demonstrated exceptional ability and initiative." "... a valuable asset to the Aircraft Generation Branch." "... willingly accepts responsibility above his pay grade without hesitation." "... an outstanding leader and technician." " ... the epitome of an NCO and sets an outstanding example for all." Those are just a few of the comments that were made about Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Craig von Holdt during his recent retirement ceremony at Edwards Air Force Base.
WORTHINGTON -- In its first two years, the Motorcycle Rally at Solid Rock Assembly, 1730 Diagonal Road in Worthington, "exceeded expectations," according to Pastor Scott Peterson. And this year, with a dynamic speaker and an added wow-factor -- the Team Faith Extreme Freestyle Jump Show -- the event should far surpass the original concept. "There were some individuals who had been talking about a bike blessing, and one thing grew into another," recalled Peterson about the rally's origins.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Chad and Joan Estebo wouldn't be at all surprised if their son, Evan, grew up to become a purveyor of vacuum cleaners.
Fishes, suspicious, delicious, pernicious ... there are many words that could potentially rhyme with Aloysius (al-low-ish-us), but none seemed quite right when it came to naming a musical group. Aloysius was the working name for a project created by Noah Hoehn and Keith Nystrom. They liked the quirkiness, but wanted something that would rhyme with the old-fashioned moniker and add a rock 'n' roll flavor. "Aloysius is my father's middle name," explained Noah, the son of Joe and Carol Hoehn of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Spring is a busy time of the year at Jim Dahl's place of employment. He's kept busy mixing paint and selling lawnmowers at Patzer's Hardware Hank in Marshall. But he doesn't neglect his vocation, either. By day he's a hardware store paint manager, but the rest of the time, he's an artist. "My life changed after I got divorced," explained Dahl, who lives in Cottonwood. "It's probably more important to make money now. It would be nice to make enough money with my art, then I wouldn't have to work so hard.
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.