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.
Don’t be Alarmed: St. Cloud to Test Outdoor Sirens
Don't be alarmed if you hear the outdoor warning sirens in St. Cloud Friday. The city will be testing the sirens as they finish maintenance repairs on about nine of them.
Patrol: Wrong Way Driver Causes Crash on Highway 10 Near Little Falls
Two people on a motorcycle were hurt when a wrong way driver caused a collision. The Minnesota State Patrol says it happened at about 3:30 p.m. Monday on Highway 10 in Little Falls Township in Morrison County.
Holdingford Looking for Volunteers, Tools for Playground Build
Holdingford is getting ready for the community build of their new Dream Catcher II playground. They are looking for volunteers and tools to help with the project.
St. Cloud Compost Site Closed Tuesday
St. Cloud's compost site will be closed Tuesday for the 4th of July. The compost site will reopen on Thursday at noon.
Update: Division Street Reopens After Police Talk to Suicidal Man
A section of Division Street near downtown St. Cloud was closed for about an hour Thursday night as police talked to a suicidal man. WJON reporter Justin LaBounty says Division was closed from 8th Street to 12th Street. Also, 10th Avenue below the bridge is closed from 1st Street to 4th Street.
Wind Gust Blows Semi Off the Interstate
A wind gust blew a semi off the interstate early Wednesday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says it happened just after 4:00 near Monticello in Wright County.
Becker Police Officer Hurt While Making Arrest
A Becker police officer was hurt while trying to arrest a man. The incident started at about 7:30 p.m.Tuesday when police were called to a medical emergency at a home in the 11000 block of 25th Avenue Southeast.
A Few Showers, Thunderstorms Possible
Some redevelopment of storms is expected this afternoon as a cold front passes. Severe weather is possible with the afternoon activity, primarily from northern IA across southeast MN and central WI (areas #2 and #3 on the map).
Paramount Creating Art Classes for Residents with Memory Loss
A new art program is being created to help people in the St. Cloud metro area suffering from memory loss. It's called "Art Sparks!" and it is being organized by the Paramount Center for the Arts.
State Fair Job Fair Looking to Fill 600 Positions
If its always been your dream to work at the Great Minnesota Get Together, here's your chance. The Minnesota State Fair, along with several vendors, are hosting a State Fair Job Fair Wednesday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m.
2 Hurt in Collision with Tractor in Todd County
Two people were hurt when the car they were in collided with a tractor in Todd County. The Sheriff's Office says it happened just before 12:30 p.m. Monday near Eagle Bend.
Worker Shortage Preventing St. Cloud Businesses from Expanding
There's a growing demand for more workers in the St. Cloud metro area. Tammy Biery is the Executive Director of the Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council. She says just one example is CentraCare where they have as many as 800 jobs they're trying to fill on any given day.