News Director: I’m a lifelong resident of this great state of Minnesota. I grew-up in the small west central community of Maynard. I began my professional radio career working nights at KDMA in Montevideo. Then, after a 10 year stint in Redwood Falls working at KLGR, I moved to St. Cloud. I’ve been working here at WJON since 2005, and have been the news director since 2007. The main beats that I cover include: politics, education, and local government. I'm also the early morning news anchor on WJON, and I host the News @ Noon show weekdays on WJON.
Two Teens Hurt In Crash in Richmond
Two teenagers were hurt in a crash Wednesday morning in Richmond. The Minnesota State Patrol says it happened at 8:00 a.m. the intersection of Highway 23 and Highway 22.
Bicyclist Hospitalized After Being Hit By A Car
A bicyclist was taken to the hospital after being hit by a car. The Minnesota State Patrol says it happened just after 7:00 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 12 in Delano.
More Rain on the Way
We get one day to dry out today before rain returns from the southwest tonight. Rain chances will continue into Saturday, though the heaviest and most widespread rain is expected Friday afternoon into Saturday morning from south central MN into western WI.
Dutch Maid Bakery Planning Move to Sauk Rapids
The owner of the Dutch Maid Bakery in east St. Cloud is looking at moving to Sauk Rapids. The Sauk Rapids Planning Commission will consider a site plan approval Monday.
Florida Resident Says ‘Thank You’ to Foley Man Who Sent Truckloads of Water After Irma
Immediately after Hurricane Irma tore through Florida a Foley man responded to pleas for help and sent truckloads of water. Now the Floridians who received that desperately needed shipment are saying thank you.
Flash Flood Watch Issued with Heavy Rain Likely
Rounds of showers and thunderstorms will develop today and tonight along a front. 1 to 3 inches are likely within that corridor which could lead to localized flooding.
Moving Dirt this Week, Preparing for Hockey Day Minnesota
We're still about 3 1/2 months away from Hockey Day Minnesota, but work is underway this week to get the rink ready. Volunteers will need to build a hockey rink in Eastman Park, next to Lake George, for the games that will be played that weekend.
St. John’s Student Convincing His Friends, Classmates to Shave Their Heads
Between classes and studying, a student at St. John's University has been spending his free time this fall getting ready for a big fundraiser. Sophomore Austin Hingtgen is organizing the event to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Workers Wanted: What State, Federal Lawmakers are Doing to Address the Skills Gap
We continue today with our week long series called "Workers Wanted", a look at local efforts to close the skills gap in central Minnesota. There is a bipartisan effort at both the state and federal level to address the issue.
Supporters Of Raising the Tobacco Buying Age Ready for the Debate to Begin
Supporters of a push to raise the tobacco buying age from 18 to 21 are excited about the upcoming debate in St. Cloud. Jodi Gertken is the Director of Wellness for the CentraCare Health Foundation. She says it aligns with their mission to improve the health of central Minnesotans.
Minnesota Twins On The Brink of Post Season Play
The Minnesota Twins are on the verge of making history. Their magic number to clinch a wild card spot is down to one. When they clinch, they will become the first team ever to lose 100 games the previous year, then make the playoffs the following year.
Update: 12-Year-old Boy Hit While Walking Across the Highway Has Died
An update to a story we first told you about on Monday. The Minnesota State Patrol says a 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car in Elk River.