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WCCO shines its spotlight on Worthington

While a film crew documents the process, WCCO meteorologist Lauren Casey pulls up the sail during her first windsurfing lesson with veteran sailor Roger Jackson on Friday at Worthington’s Sailboard Beach. (Beth Rickers/Daily Globe)1 / 2
A large crowd gathers Friday night around the food vendors and picnic area during the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival. (RYAN McGAUGHEY/DAILY GLOBE)2 / 2

WORTHINGTON — WCCO-TV’s Liz Collin and Lauren Casey were only in Worthington for a couple of days, but they covered a lot of ground in that short time.

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Anchorwoman Collin, a Worthington native, and meteorologist Casey were the on-air personalities for WCCO’s visit to Worthington for its “Goin’ to the Lake” series. They did live broadcasts on Thursday and Friday from the shore of Lake Okabena in conjunction with the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival, but also focused their cameras on some of Worthington’s unique attractions. Additionally, WCCO Radio’s John Williams did a three-hour live broadcast Friday from BenLee’s Cafe in downtown Worthington.

“It’s really been fun,” said Collin. “I’ve learned a lot about my hometown.”

Among the sites WCCO visited were the Historic Dayton House, Spomer Classics Museum of Automotive Memorabilia and PIoneer Village. Collin and Casey also made stops at Collin’s childhood home, the KWOA radio station, where Collin had her first broadcast job as a high school student, and gave windsurfing a try.

Both women had trepidations about the windsurfing lessons. Collin was first to climb aboard under the tutelage of veteran sailor Roger Jackson and admitted she couldn’t get comfortable with the process.

“I just couldn’t let go of my fear,” she said, watching from the shore as more advanced sailors flew past on their rigs. “They make it look so effortless and easy.”

But Casey ventured a bit farther out into the water and seemed intrigued by the sport.

“I would go again for sure,” she said. “I would go again right now if I didn’t have to worry about my hair for the 5 and 6 o’clock broadcasts.”

Both women remarked about the hospitality they’d been shown throughout their stay in Worthington. For Collin, a highlight of the trip back home was cruising down Oxford Street in Marv

Spomer’s classic red convertible (previously owned by the late LaVonne Lillie) that features seats signed by notable politicians such as Hubert H. Humphrey and Robert F. Kennedy during their appearances at King Turkey Day.

The “Goin’ to the Lake” segments from Worthington can be viewed online at

Beth Rickers

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  

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