Gyrox and Norman Surplus visit Worthington

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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.


Worthington Trap Shooting Team qualifies for State Tournament

It was a successful day Friday for the Worthington Trojan Trap Shooting Team.

The Worthington High School Trap Shooting team competed in the 2015 Championship Shoot in Alexandria on Friday, June 12th.

Nathan Patten was recognized for his 3rd highest average score during the 2015 season for conference 5 in Class 2A and the Team was awarded the conference championship.


Big South All-Conference Baseball Team

The Big South Conference has released their 2015 All-Conference Baseball Team

Big Division
All-Conference
Roque Soto, SR, Worthington
Torey Rogers, JR, Worthington
Spencer Chirpich, SR, Fairmont
Tyler Tennyson, JR, Fairmont
Jack Waletich, JR, Fairmont
Matt Lytle, JR, Fairmont
Parker Monsen, SR, Fairmont
Ben Abel, SR, Fairmont
Clayton Maakestad, JR, Fairmont
Drew Hmielewski, JR, Marshall
Noah Winkelman, SR, Marshall
Conner Winkelman, SR, Marshall
Dylan Criquet-Danielson, SO, Marshall
JT Hoffmann, SO, New Ulm
Wyatt Peterson, SR, New Ulm
Sam Wenner, SR, St. Peter


Big South All-Conference Softball Team

The Big South Conference has released their 2015 All-Conference Softball Team

All-Conference
Big Division
All-Conference
Betsy Thompson, SR, Worthington
Katie Rogers, JR, Worthington
Kylie Ahl, SR, Blue Earth Area
Tieryn Arens, JR, Fairmont
Michaela Gochanour, SR, Fairmont
Taylor Nuss, SR, Fairmont
Miranda Fischer, SR, Marshall
Tori Botten, SR, New Ulm
Brittany Denn, JR, New Ulm
Briana Sieve, SR, New Ulm
Nikki Dittrich, JR, New Ulm
Kayla Brandes, SO, New Ulm
Emily Carpenter, JR, St. Peter
Olivia McCabe, FR, St. Peter
Sidney Welp, JR, St. Peter
Kelli Hanson, SO, St. Peter


Big South Boys Tennis All-Conference Teams

The Big South Conference has released their 2015 Boys Tennis All-Conference Teams

West Division
All-Conference
Andrew Johnson, SR, Worthington
Nick Newman, SR, Worthington
Erik Wohnoutka, JR, Luverne
Jacob Jarchow, JR, Luverne
Chris Jelken, SO, Luverne
Dalton Schoeneman, SO, Luverne
John Foss, SR, St. James Area
Sandin Skow, SO, St. James Area
Tyler Hagen, JR, Redwood Valley

Honorable Mention
Bryan Doeden, JR, Worthington
Cory Stroeh, SR, Luverne
Aaron Pluym, JR, St. James Area
Cameron Giese, SO, St. James Area
Cole Skow, SR, St. James Area


Big South All-Conference Golf Teams

The Big South Conference has released their all-conference boys and girls golf teams

Boys Golf:
All-Conference
Will Mulder, SR, Worthington
Tyler Van Hove, JR, Worthington
Jacob Prunty, FR, Worthington
Ben Koepsell, FR, Worthington
Joe Brinkman, SR, Jackson County Central
Austin Olson, SR, Jackson County Central
Jack Brinkman, 7th Grade, Jackson County Central
Coy Gonnerman, FR, Luverne
Jon Wyffels, SR, Marshall
Jacob Baker, SR, Marshall
Spencer Aufenthie, SR, Marshall
Jonah Cooper, SR, New Ulm
Colin Huffman, SR, New Ulm
Ethan Kraus, JR, New Ulm


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.


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.


Round Lake Vineyards & Winery is ready to pour

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ROUND LAKE – During a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Scott Ellenbecker of Round Lake Vineyards & Winery said the event was a monumental day for them, joking that with wine, nothing happens quickly.

Scott and Jenny Ellenbecker started planting grapes in 2007 and have 18 acres on the estate in Round Lake and others in various locations in the area for a total of 27 acres, Scott said. It all came about because he learned in 2006 that grapes could be grown in Minnesota with irrigation to protect them from frost.


Worthington District 518 High School Principal resigns

WORTHINGTON – Worthington District 518 High School Principal Paul Karelis tendered his resignation Monday, according to Superintendent John Landgaard.

The resignation will be formally accepted by the school board at their next meeting, Landgaard said, but Karelis has chosen to accept another position.

Landgaard said Karelis has done a great job within District 518 and will be hard to replace. The district appreciates all of his hard work and dedication, Landgaard said and they do not like to see him go.