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This blue spruce tree on the 11th hole at Worthington Country Club was uprooted by high winds late Monday night.
This blue spruce tree on the 11th hole at Worthington Country Club was uprooted by high winds late Monday night.

High winds down trees at Worthington Country Club

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Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

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WORTHINGTON -- Bob Wethor figured it would be a typical day at work early Tuesday morning.

"I didn't know until I stopped to get coffee and the guys were talking about it," said Wethor, the golf course superintendent at Worthington Country Club. "Then I got here and said, 'Oh, oh.'"

Wethor was greeted at around 6 a.m. Tuesday by a combination of downed trees and a variety of debris that were remnants of high winds the previous night. He estimated that six or seven trees were complete losses, while countless others had branches torn from them and strewn across fairways, sand traps and putting greens.

"We've put everything else on the backburner," Wethor said shortly after 8 a.m., explaining that regular course maintenance would have to wait. "Right now, the women's league is going to playing at 10, so we're trying to get the front nine ready."

Wethor's regular crew of eight individuals were out clearing the course, and an e-mail had been sent out earlier that was soliciting volunteers for later in the day. People working on the course didn't have to look far to see some dramatic damage.

"On (hole) three, there's a tree that snapped down; a spruce was pulled out by its roots on 14 and other cottonwood snapped on 14," Wethor said. "Eleven and 16 ... there's a lot (of damage) over there."

WORTHINGTON -- Bob Wethor figured it would be a typical day at work early this morning.

"I didn't know until I stopped to get coffee and the guys were talking about it," said Wethor, the golf course superintendent at Worthington Country Club. "Then I got here and said, 'Oh, oh.'"

Wethor was greeted at around 6 a.m. today by a combination of downed trees and a variety of debris that were remnants of high winds Monday night. He estimated six or seven trees were complete losses, while countless others had branches torn from them and strewn across fairways, sand traps and putting greens.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Daily Globe print edition and www.dglobe.com

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