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 -- It was standing-room only -- a crowd estimated to exceed 200 -- Monday night in the Farmers Room of the Nobles County Government Center for a special Worthington City Council meeting and public forum regarding the offer from Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D., to buy Worthington Regional Hospital. Mayor Alan Oberloh conducted the meeting, advising the crowd that this was the first time the council was formally hearing the hospital evaluation and Sanford proposal as a group. "We're going to get through as many questions and comments as we can," Oberloh said.
WORTHINGTON -- Since Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D., presented its proposal to buy Worthington Regional Hospital on Nov. 19, a number of concerns have been voiced by local residents. On the Daily Globe Web site, comments have been posted regarding loss of local control; how the sale will affect hospital employees' retirement benefits; the effect on doctors who are currently employed at the adjacent Avera Health-owned clinic and have privileges at the hospital; and increases to local health care costs.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- Passersby in downtown Spirit Lake may be intrigued to see a clay artist at work through the window of one of the storefronts. "I purchased a building in downtown Spirit Lake last summer and spent the winter -- without any heat -- rehabbing and rearranging the interior," explained artist Hank Hall. "Then we opened last May, which has really been interesting. We have lots of traffic past our place every day, because it's right across from the post office and public library, so a lot of people go by.
WILMONT -- Parishioners attending Mass Saturday night at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Wilmont were greeted by more than 50 multicolored quilts draped over the pews. "Everybody said when they came in, 'Is it cold in church? Do we need blankets?'" recounted OLGC member Carolyn Penning. The quilts, created by members of the Wilmont Council of Catholic Women's quilting group, weren't there because of any heating problem.
WORTHINGTON -- At the conclusion of a special meeting Monday, the Worthington Regional Hospital Trustees each voiced a vote on whether to recommend the sale of the hospital.
WORTHINGTON -- When I reflect on the Christmases of my much younger years, it's not too surprising that the memories are dominated by food. After all, my mother, the late Dorthy Rickers, was always seeking out new recipes for the readers of her Mixing and Musing column in the Daily Globe.
MORA -- Ryan and Lora Jacobson were heartbroken, at a dead end both emotionally and financially, when they had to abandon fertility treatments and the chance of conceiving a baby. "We did all the tests, took all the medications, went through the entire process, and one of the treatments Lora received almost ended up putting her in the hospital, put her life in jeopardy," recalled Ryan. "We thought enough is enough." The Jacobsons decided to take another path and began looking at adoption.
WORTHINGTON -- In addition to hearing the initial proposal from Sanford Health to buy Worthington Regional Hospital, the WRH Board of Trustees adopted the facility's 2008 budget at its monthly meeting on Monday. As presented by Bruce Viessman, WRH chief financial officer, the rate increase for the hospital in 2008 is projected to be 5.9 percent. That will give the hospital an estimated 3.32 percent return on operations and assumes a 44 percent reduction to revenue due to contractual allowances.
WORTHINGTON -- Citing a desire to "enhance" its relationship with the Worthington community, officials from Sanford Health presented an initial purchase proposal to the Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees Monday. The WRH board unanimously decided to explore the opportunity and will take the proposal under review before formally making a recommendation to the Worthington City Council. Becky Nelson, Sanford Health System senior vice president and chief operating officer, Ed Weiland, president of the Sanford Health Network, WRH Chief Executive Officer Mel Platt and WRH Board of Trus
WORTHINGTON -- During the 1970s and 1980s, Bob Artley's cartoons -- political and otherwise -- graced the pages of this newspaper.