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.
Caribou Coffee Planned for Gateway Motel Redevelopment Project
The plan to tear down the Gateway Motel in east St. Cloud and replace it with a new retail building is moving forward, and we now know at least one potential tenant for the new building.
New COVID-19 Cases Down Sharply from Previous Day
The statewide COVID-19 numbers recorded Thursday are much better than the day before.
Mail In Voting Running Very High in Stearns County
Primary election day is coming up on Tuesday but thousands of Stearns County residents have already cast their ballots.
Thunderstorm Watch Until 1:00 a.m. Saturday
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 1:00 a.m. Saturday for central and northern Minnesota, including Stearns, Benton and Shurburne Counties.
Stearns Electric Trust Passes $2.5 Million in Donations
Stearns Electric's Operation Round-Up program has written out over $2.5 million in checks to local non-profits. The company says since the program was started in 1993 they've donated $2.55 million to nearly 4,900 organizations.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Remain Stable in Minnesota
Minnesota has reported 622 new cases of the coronavirus. The Minnesota Department of Health says there were 14 new cases in Stearns County Sunday, 11 in Sherburne County, and two in Benton County.
7-Eleven Acquires Speedway Convenience Stores
7-Eleven has announced that it has bought Speedway convenience stores from Marathon Petroleum Corporation.
Princess Kay Coronation, Butter Sculpting to Continue
Even though the Minnesota State Fair will not be happening this year, the crowning of the next Princess Kay of the Milky Way will go on.
St. John’s Prep Offering In-Person Classes this Fall
St. John's Prep has announced they will be offering in-person classes this fall.
Rescheduled Earth Day Run Weekend Now Canceled
The rescheduled Earth Day Run weekend in St. Cloud is now canceled. Race Director Evin Haukos says the events scheduled for September 4th and 5th will not be happening.
St. Cloud Passes Face Mask Ordinance, Effective Immediately
St. Cloud is the latest city in Minnesota to require face masks in public. The council voted five to two to pass the temporary ordinance. Many of the council members said they all received hundreds of comments from the public about the issue.
Now You Can Rent A Ferris Wheel for a Day
Unfortunately, this summer we're not able to go to our local county fair or city celebration and take in the carnival rides, but you can bring the rides to you -- or at least the Ferris wheel.