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 -- There is no formal course of study -- no textbook, no pop quizzes, no college credits -- to become a race director for a windsurfing regatta. So Kevin Gratton and Jeff Hegwer created their own curriculum, and it will be put to the test this weekend during the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta. "Together, we set up the criteria to become a race director," Hegwer explained.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
WORTHINGTON -- Dave Anderson only caught the tail end of a program on the A&E cable TV network, but it sparked a new hobby for the Worthington man. The show featured Patrick Acton, an Iowan who built models out of matchsticks.
WORTHINGTON -- When members of the First Covenant Church Youth Mission group began looking for a way to serve their local community, they didn't have to go far to find a worthy project. First Covenant Church is located on South Shore Drive in Worthington, just across the road from Lake Okabena, and the youths resolved to make the shoreline a cleaner place. "The idea popped up in group meetings when we were trying to figure out what we could do in the community," explained Youth Mission member Alex Ling, 17. John and Kris Stewart -- married pastors of First Covenant -- and their family live
WORTHINGTON -- A few customers have been surprised to see Dave Hartzler behind the counter at Pizza Ranch. "I've had a lot of 'Aren't you in the wrong place?' or 'Isn't that the wrong uniform?'" he recounted. Hartzler recently began his duties as manager of the Worthington Pizza Ranch, 1132 Oxford St., after six years in quality control management at Swift & Co.
WORTHINGTON -- Just about every day after school, Mihiret Abrahim can be found at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, located in the former West Elementary School building. If it's a Wednesday, she's probably there for Dynamic 507, a group that promotes volunteerism. On Mondays and Thursdays, she rehearses with Six Steps Hip Hop, a youth-led dance group.
WORTHINGTON -- Rambunctious. Stacy and Kari Sauerbrei agree that's the perfect word to describe their 2½-year-old son, Triston. "We usually make it about three minutes into a church service," said Stacy. "If you're not watching him every second, well -- you've got to watch him every second." Although they may get exasperated by Triston's toddler antics, the Sauerbreis revel in every minute, every second of watching him grow and learn and discover and progress.
WORTHINGTON -- The weather has yet to be ideal for the Motorcycle Rally at Solid Rock Assembly, but congregants have faith that eventually it will be -- perhaps this weekend? "Each year, it's grown, even though the weather -- well, we've yet to hit a really beautiful day," said Pastor Scott Peterson. "We're still waiting. This will be the year." The advance forecast from the National Weather Service does offer that possibility -- partly cloudy with highs in the upper 70s -- for the rally scheduled Sunday at the church, located at 1730 Diagonal Road.
MINNEAPOLIS -- For a second time, Noah Hoehn has been awarded a $25,000 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians for his harmonica performance. Hoehn, the son of Joe and Carol Hoehn of Worthington and a 1998 graduate of Worthington High School, first received the fellowship in 2003. This year, the competition drew more than 150 applicants, with the field narrowed to nine finalists who were chosen to perform in competition for four grants. "You can't apply every year, but my time came up again, and I said, 'Let's do it,'" Hoehn explained during a recent telephone interview.
WORTHINGTON -- Persistence paid off for 9-year-old Ashley Hoefker just before lunchtime on Saturday. After numerous frustrating attempts to get her kite airborne -- and many nosedives into the ground -- the blue and teal kite finally soared high for more than a few seconds. The annual Kite Fly, planned and organized by local Girl Scout Troop 89, was deemed a success for a second year, as a few novices came out to try kite flying for a first time and were joined by a number of veteran fliers at the soccer fields adjacent to Prairie Elementary School in Worthington.