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 -- A string of recent water main breaks is nothing out of the ordinary, according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain. City crews had to deal with breaks on McMillan Street and Nobles Street earlier in the week, and a third break happened early Wednesday near Worthington Middle School. "For all of 2012, we had a total of 17," reported Hain Wednesday morning. "Since October, the start of winter, we've had eight, according to the water department guys.
By the time you read this, the contestants for Super Bowl XLVII will have been decided (that wasn't the case as of the writing). But to many of us, the teams just don't matter -- especially with the Vikings out of the picture. We're more concerned about what we're going to eat during the big game on Feb. 3 than who will actually be on the field. I'm always on the lookout for easy-to-feed-a-crowd recipes for occasions such as Super Bowl Sunday, and Southwestern Beef is just such a dish.
WORTHINGTON -- 1,996 miles. That's the as-the-crow-flies distance between Worthington and San Marcos, Guatemala -- the region of Central America from which many of Worthington's newest immigrants hail. Breaching those many miles is the goal of Abuelos y Nietos Juntos -- Grandparents and Grandchildren Together -- a project that will allow American-born children of Guatemalan ancestry the opportunity to visit the country of their origin and meet their extended families. The idea was born about a year ago, when Lisa Kremer, then Faith Formation director at St.
One year ago Juan and Kerry Cuate reopened their business, Panaderia Mi Tierra Bakery, on Worthington's 10th Street. The bakery had been closed since last October while Juan, the primary baker, recovered from surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his right arm. Richard Shrubb, president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, said he was "pretty optimistic" about the college's chances to get bonding money this year to renovate and expand the Worthington campus field house. Gov.
WORTHINGTON -- To her friends and family, Jaden Nickel is a rock star --an 8-year-old (soon to be 9) girl with a laidback personality who is their own personal medical miracle. But by the time spring rolls around, a much wider audience will recognize Jaden's face and know her story. Jaden, the daughter of Jeff and Tina Nickel of Worthington, has been selected to be one of the faces for the American Heart Association's upcoming campaign.
WORTHINGTON -- With the temperature hovering around the 10-degree mark, it was hardly an ideal day to take a dip in the waters of Lake Okabena. Yet, on Saturday afternoon, 47 stalwart souls did just that in order to raise money for a worthy cause. The 2013 Deep Freeze Dip, in conjunction with Worthington's Winterfest celebration, involved a quick plunge through a hole in the lake ice for those who were brave -- or foolish? -- enough to give it a try.
WORTHINGTON -- Rosie Rogers didn't really know what she was getting into when she applied for a job with the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority some 28 years ago. She had just returned from a trip to Germany with the Worthington High School choir and found a letter in her mailbox from friend Nancy Gruchow. "She had clipped out the advertisement and included a note that said, 'I could see you in this job.
WORTHINGTON -- With high school behind them and the world before them, three 2010 graduates of Worthington High School (WHS) are among those who decided to expand their horizons and further their cultural educations last semester. Traveling to diverse locales -- Ghana, Denmark and Hawaii -- these students each spent at least four months studying outside their comfort zones, gaining independence, confidence and insight in the process.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- "You don't see ads for girdles anymore." That is Marguerite Bothof's first observation as she looks over several decades' worth of clippings of advertisements for the store that bears her name. "Now they're called Spanx," noted longtime employee Teresa Beving with a laugh. Bothof saw a lot of changes in women's fashions during her lengthy career in the retail clothing business -- more than 50 years. She owned and operated Marguerite's women's shop in Sibley for 31 years, before selling it to her niece, Amy Van Marel.
WORTHINGTON -- Each year, Maynard Townswick's Christmas decorating job gets a bit tougher. That's because what he is decorating gets taller. Maynard spends a couple days decorating the trees in the front of the home he shares with wife Jeanene, much to her delight. "We have lived in Worthington since 1976," explained Jeanene. "When we moved to this site, there were no trees.