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Gyrox and Norman Surplus visit Worthington


Norman Surplus of Larne, County Antrim in Northern Ireland dropped into Worthington on Friday.

Well, he didn’t actually drop in. He skillfully landed his bright yellow gyrocopter, affectionately known as Roxy, and taxied up to the hangar, where a small group of people were waiting to greet him.

Surplus is on the U.S. leg of an official Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) world record attempt to become the first person to fly an autogyro or gyrocopter around the world. He left Portland, Ore. June 1 and is heading for Portland, Maine.

He has crossed France,...

June 16 news


WORTHINGTON - The Manna Food Pantry will be closed Wednesday to honor the memory of volunteer and board member Sandy Nelson. The pantry apologizes for any inconvenience. Normal hours will resume Friday.

WORTHINGTON – Producers from around the area will be selling locally grown food starting June 23 at Worthington Farmers Market in downtown Worthington. The Saturday Worthington Farmers Market will begin July 11 in the parking lot at Ace Hardware along Oxford Street.

People are invited to shop at the market and enjoy a wide variety of locally produced products including fruits...

June 15 news


WORTHINGTON – If the smiles, laughter and pure enjoyment on the faces of the people in attendance at this year’s Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival were anything to go by, then the event was a hit.

Music lovers flocked to see the various bands perform, windsurfers flew across the surface of the lake, children ran and played.

The lack of a fenced-in beer garden was a success, both in a trouble-free weekend and in a boost in sales compared to other regatta weekends. According to committee president Ken Moser, everyone respected the rules, keeping alcohol...

A look at Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival events


WORTHINGTON – Grab your lawn chairs or get ready to do some dancing when Todd Hurst hits the Sailboard Stage at 6 p.m. tonight at the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival, followed by Maiden Dixie at 8 p.m., and don’t forget the UV Splash Colordash once the sun goes down.

The beer tent opens at 3 p.m. today, and the food vendors opened for lunch and should be open until 8 p.m or later.

On Saturday, the fun continues with the Regatta Bike Ride. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Centennial Park, with the ride starting at 9 a.m. For the windsurfers, the Skipper’s...

June 12 news


WORTHINGTON – It is official – the new name for the old mall will be “Promenade on Oxford,” chosen by Jim and Iris Pierce.

Brian Pellowski of PBK Investments is the man behind the development that will take over the mall area,and back in April he decided the complex needed a new identity. He involved the community and held a contest, offering a $500 prize to the winner, which he chose himself.

The next question on everyone’s mind is, “What kinds of stores can we expect to see on the Promenade on Oxford?” Hopefully we’ll be getting some answers soon. In the meantime,...

June 11 news


WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to drive with caution in southwestern Minnesota due to forecasted heavy rains today.
Motorists are warned that roads may be closed or restricted without warning as flash flooding is difficult to predict. Watch for cones and barrels on the roadways as they indicate potential hazards.

Every flood is dangerous. If you must travel, expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere. Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.

If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the...

June 10 news


ADRIAN – The Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate 4th annual Cruise for Cancer leaves Adrian at 1 p.m. Sunday from Grove Park, according to organizer Lonnie Roloff.

Bikes, trikes and classic cars are welcome, and registration begins at noon. The run starts in Adrian, goes into South Dakota, stops at Grand Falls Casino, then heads back to Adrian, which is about a 100 mile trip. Back in Adrian, there will be a meal of sloppy joes, beans and potato chips.

The cost is $25 per rider, which includes the meal and a bandanna or can koozie. For those who don’t ride, you can stop in at Grove...

June 9 news


WORTHINGTON – From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, the Worthington Hy-Vee will donate 10 percent of the Market Café proceeds to the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival. Regatta Board members and Chamber staff will be in the lobby of the store to greet customers and hand out flyers with the Market Café promotion and a special bar code for a $1 donation to the Regatta.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday approved a request from the Lake Okabena Improvement Association to authorize a fireworks display on the evening of July 3 as part of the group’s...

Name released in fatal Heron Lake crash


JACKSON – The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of a woman killed in a crash Sunday in Heron Lake at the intersection of Minnesota 60 and Jackson County Road 9. Evelyn Behr, age 91 of Fulda, died when her 2014 Volkswagen Jetta collided with a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Charles Johnson, age 32, of Blaine.

Behr was southbound on County Road 9 at approximately 11:50 a.m., while the pickup driven by Johnson and occupied by three passengers was eastbound on Minnesota 60. Charles Johnson was not injured, Kristina Johnson, 30, received non-life threatening injuries. Two...

June 8 news


JACKSON – Two fatal crashes were reported in Jackson County over the weekend.

On Saturday, 26-year-old Leonard Busswitz of Jeffers was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Jackson County 17 near the intersection of 890th Street in Christiana Township when he swerved to miss an animal in the roadway and traveled into the southbound lane, colliding with a 2006 Dodge pickup driven by Jody Rossow, 49, of Lakefield. The Rossow vehicle came to rest in the east ditch.

Rory Johnson, 57, was driving a 1999 Harley Davidson, and Vaughn Corwin, 50, and a passenger,...