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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MARSHALL -- Joseph Amato and David Pichaske have been colleagues at Southwest Minnesota State University for more than two decades. Now a professor emeritus, Amato specializes in history and rural and regional studies. Pichaske is a professor of English at SMSU, but he also has an acute interest in regional studies.
WORTHINGTON -- Plan ahead. That was the most common piece of advice provided by vendors during the 2008 Daily Globe Bridal Fair Sunday at Worthington Country Club.
WORTHINGTON -- As Andrew Oleske prepared to graduate last year from Minnesota State University in Mankato, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his newly earned degree in social studies and education. To teach or not to teach? -- pondered the now 24-year-old son of Matt and Cheri Oleske of Worthington. Graduate school was also a possibility. When a professor suggested he could teach in Irapuato, Mexico, it seemed like a good opportunity to Andrew, who already had an interest in Latin American studies, sparked by academic trips to Costa Rica and Mexico.
WORTHINGTON -- A few people carried signs protesting the sale of Worthington Regional Hospital to Sanford Health, but there were no outbursts or negative reactions during the proceedings of the special Worthington City Council meeting Monday night on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus. More than 200 people filled the seats of the college's Fine Arts Theatre, with only a few open seats visible, and a few people stood in the back for the duration of the hour-and-20-minute meeting.
WORTHINGTON -- There have been a couple of major changes for Worthington's H&R Block office -- new owner, new location -- but everything else will be status quo for the upcoming tax season and seasons to come. Larry and Vida Iten have owned and operated the local H&R Block for 25 years, previously located on Second Avenue, just east of the downtown area.
WORTHINGTON -- New Year's Eve revelers may get a ride tonight from a police officer, but the officer won't haul them off to jail. For the eighth year, the Safe Cab program will be offered on New Year's Eve in Worthington, providing free rides home from bars or other celebration locales. The Safe Cab program is also utilized during Worthington's King Turkey Day celebration. "We'll have three cabs, with two driven by off-duty police officers, and the third by Worthington Taxi owner Randy Junker," explained Nobles County Chief Deputy Chris Heinrichs, who coordinates the effort.
WORTHINGTON -- At 1932 Lilliputian Lane, Christmas is celebrated year-round: Brightly colored lights twinkle along the roofline; evergreen wreaths adorn the doors; gaily-wrapped presents await opening under a decorate tree; Christmas dishes are set on the dining room table; stockings hang from the stairway railing; and a fire glows brightly in the fireplace hearth. But this structure is home to only imaginary people -- tiny imaginary people at that. It's a dollhouse that sits in the (real-sized) living room of Paul and Barb Hagen, 1938 Driftwood Ave.
WORTHINGTON -- 'Tis the season of giving, and employees at local companies have done their part this Christmas to make it brighter for people who are less fortunate. Charity efforts have become a holiday tradition at companies such as Bedford Industries, Farley's & Sathers Candy Co., Intervet and Prairie Holdings Group. At Prairie Holdings, the holiday charity campaign began last year with Prairie Dazzle, a lighting display. Employees monitor the company's grounds on U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Just in time for last-minute holiday shopping, a new store opened its doors in Worthington's Northland Mall. Liquidation Outlet is located in the JC Penney wing, next to Vanity. Owner Patrick Nelson, a native of Windom, decided to open the store after moving back to the area from Arizona. "I spent 20 years in Duluth," he explained. "When I quit doing flooring, I moved to Arizona to do swap meets. But I hated Arizona." The high cost of living -- particularly the cost of having a booth at a swap meet -- was one of the reasons Nelson decided to move back to home territory.
WORTHINGTON -- With Christmas just (gasp!) three days away, this weekend will probably be a flurry of shopping, baking and other last-minute preparation tasks for many area residents. Of course, there are those people in the world who wrap each present as they buy it, and even some people who shop and wrap throughout the year in preparation for Christmas. But there are also procrastinators who are shopping up until the last minute and can be found wrapping presents at midnight on Christmas Eve.