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 -- After Dave Kinsman hung up posters promoting Teen Summit 2007, he began to get queries from some of his youth group members. "When they saw the poster, a couple of them said 'So where's this at?' and I said, 'Well, it's here,'" Kinsman related. It seems the teens didn't expect such an event to take place in their own city. "I've taken some of the young people different places -- Minneapolis, Colorado -- for youth functions like this," explained Kinsman. "One of my philosophies is if it can happen in Minneapolis or one of the larger cities, it can happen here.
WORTHINGTON -- The first affirmation of Mary Frances Judge's artistic talent came when she was a young girl, then a student in the Worthington school district. "My art was supported as a very little kid, probably kindergarten through fourth grade," she recalled. "I remember that some of my things were sent off to an art contest." Now Mary Frances is a well-received artist who lives and works primarily in New York City, although she also spends a lot of time abroad.
WORTHINGTON -- Leonardo da Vinci painted "The Last Supper," in the 15th century for his patron, Duke Lodovico Sforza, and his duchess, Beatrice d'Este.
WORTHINGTON -- When he was growing up on a farm south of Worthington, Paul Nystrom had a couple of aspirations. First of all, he knew that some day he would become a medical doctor. "Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to be a doctor," he asserted. But like many young guys, Paul also yearned to live a life of adventure -- perhaps as a member of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs? "I had always been interested in the Navy, probably because of the SEALs," he reflected.
WORTHINGTON -- In the world of Native American art, Gary Bigbear's works are something of an anomaly. He doesn't generally paint Indians dressed in tribal garb or base works on traditional symbols. His paintings are impressionistic, splashes of color -- often vivid -- applied to canvas, forcing each person to provide his or her own interpretation. "I think a lot of Native American artists make it too easy on the viewer," he reflected.
WORTHINGTON -- After more than two days of snowing and blowing, cancellations and postponements, the weekend brought sunny skies and a sense of normalcy to the region's residents. Retail outlets reopened for business, and those who had weathered the storm with their doors open saw a fresh influx of customers, eager to escape the confines of their homes. Traffic returned to most of the area's highways, although caution was still urged for travelers. The Minnesota Department of Transportation termed driving conditions as "difficult" throughout the weekend, continuing until Sunday morning.
WORTHINGTON -- When most people are still deep in the throes of slumber, Sherry Benton is wide awake, dreaming up schemes to spark the imagination of a bunch of first-graders. Sherry is an early riser, and not just because she's a dedicated member of the Early Risers Kiwanis Club. She's out of bed sometimes by 3 a.m. -- 4 a.m. is sleeping in -- and gets her best ideas and work done in those wee hours. And Sherry's not just awake -- she hits the ground running. "On a typical day, I get up at 4 o'clock and do my floor exercises, then I decide what I'm going to do with the kids this week.
WORTHINGTON -- Although dangerous weather conditions still persisted, the region's residents slowly began to dig out Friday following one of the largest snowstorms in recent years. The sounds of snow blowers, plows and shovels were the prevalent noise throughout the day in every neighborhood. At the Worthington Wastewater Treatment Plant on the north side of the city, the official recording station for the city, 14 inches of new snow were recorded by Friday morning, with occasional snow showers throughout the day adding to the storm's total.
WORTHINGTON -- What was being touted as the first actual blizzard in almost 10 years blew into the region on Thursday, canceling countless events and plunging others into a state of limbo. Virtually everything planned for Thursday afternoon and evening was cancelled or postponed, including the Daily Globe-sponsored Taste of Home Cooking School at Memorial Auditorium in Worthington.
WINDOM -- As Karen Skarphol began to give a visitor a tour of the revitalized American Lutheran Church in Windom, it quickly became evident that it isn't just a place where she comes to work. It's her workplace, but it's also her church and a place that's near and dear to her heart. "It's our home away from home," she emphasized. Karen and her husband, Jim, are the custodians at American Lutheran Church, and they have proudly maintained the facility for more than 22 years. When the Skarphols received a call in the early morning hours of Jan.