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.
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.
St. Cloud City Council Pushes Back Timeline for Tobacco Ordinance Discussion
The St. Cloud city council has voted to hold a study session in October on the possibility of changing the tobacco buying age, instead of holding a public hearing.
Downtown St. Cloud’s 5th Avenue to Reopen Tuesday Evening
An official ribbon cutting ceremony will reopen downtown St. Cloud's 5th Avenue to traffic. The event will take place on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. outside the Metro Transit Station on the corner of 1st Street South and 5th Avenue South.
Geringhoff Manufacturing Planning Expansion, Adding Jobs
Geringhoff Manufacturing wants to add a new product line, and with that some more high paying jobs. They've been making corn harvest headers for combines since they opened the St. Cloud plant in 2013.
Little Rock Lake Association Pinning Hopes for Cleaner Water on a Draw Down Next Summer
A Benton County lake has long been known for its green colored water. However, the Little Rock Lake Association has been working to cleanup its image for several years, reducing the phosphorus, nitrogen, and soil erosion levels. Their biggest effort yet could be coming next summer.
St. Cloud Considering Raising the Age to Buy Tobacco to 21
St. Cloud could be the next city to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. During Monday night's meeting the city council will set a public hearing for October 9th to discuss the issue.