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 -- Bernadine and Madeleine have never met face to face. They have never even talked on the phone. The two women live 4,600 miles apart: Bernadine Kunze in Worthington, Madeleine Egloff-Schwarz in Basel, Switzerland. And yet, their friendship runs deep. They've shared their joys, fears, triumphs, losses and faith for 59 years, all through letters and packages. Bernadine was a sophomore in high school in Ocheyedan, Iowa, when the students were assigned pen pals.
WORTHINGTON -- It's been 100 years since several families of Dutch heritage formed a congregation in Bigelow that eventually became Worthington's American Reformed Church, but that Hollander heritage is still very evident among the congregation members. Take, for instance, the church's pastor, the Rev. Irwin Van Leeuwen, or the chairwoman of its centennial committee, Beth Van Hove.
TRACY -- June 13, 1968. It's a date that has both haunted and fascinated Scott Thoma for most of his life. Thoma was 9 years old that day when the first recorded F5 tornado in Minnesota history tore through his hometown of Tracy, killing nine people, injuring 125 others and destroying nearly one-fourth of the town's structures. "Our house got turned off the foundation," described Thoma. "They had to tear it down. It twisted the beams. We had to crawl out of the basement. We saw the tornado going out of town.
WORTHINGTON -- Long before her shift begins atop Worthington's Hy-Vee Food Store on July 2, Worthington Police Officer Jacki Bomgaars will have already logged many hours toward the third annual Cop on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota. Bomgaars coordinates what has now become an annual event --soliciting donations, organizing the logistics and cajoling her fellow police officers into contributing their time.
WORTHINGTON -- Although he didn't have much time to dawdle, Ken Brass couldn't resist a stop in his hometown earlier this week. Brass, now of California, was en route to the Twin Cities for The Great Race, a collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally, which this year will take its competitors on a course from St. Paul, following the Mississippi River down to Mobile, Ala.
WORTHINGTON -- It's 10 years until Indian Lake Baptist Church's sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) and 15 years past its quasquicentennial (125th), but the congregation felt it was important to acknowledge the church's milestone of 140 years with some sort of celebration. "Some of us are getting a little older," noted Mike Earll, currently church chairman, "so it's not going to be a huge celebration, but we thought it was important to reflect on the milestone." "Actually, there was a 135th celebration," added Pastor Jonathan Larson, "but there have been some huge changes since then, so th
The patch of rhubarb in our backyard is sorely neglected.
WORTHINGTON -- After working on various projects together over the years, John Cowan and Troy Rasmussen decided it was time to go into business together. The two computer technicians opened Computer Lodge in Worthington a few weeks ago and will launch a second site in Jackson in the weeks to come. "Both of us have been doing computer work for quite a while, and I'd been getting a lot of interest in Jackson in opening up a place, but I thought it would be nice to partner with someone," explained Rasmussen, who lives in Jackson. "We'd worked together, knew each other, from working on differen
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Rock Rapids' Heritage Fest will kick into high gear this weekend, but a few events are beginning earlier in the week. Artists can begin work on their entries in the Sidewalk Chalk Contest today and tomorrow; the drawings must be complete by noon Friday. The retail community is planning a special event on Thursday, according to Rock Rapids Chamber of Commerce Director Angie Jager. "We're going to be doing blue-light specials," she explained.
WORTHINGTON -- Among the ranks of the many volunteers who help each year with the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival, there are a few windsurfers -- not a lot -- but a few who occasionally test the wind and waters of Lake Okabena. One such is Marc Janssen, although his volunteer effort has little to do with the windsurfing. Each year, Marc, with a small band of intrepid helpers, constructs the stage that serves as a platform for the performing musicians, sundry announcements and other festival happenings. Windsurfing was an interest Marc picked up as a young man.