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.
Patrol: Distracted Driver Rolls Her Vehicle
The Minnesota State Patrol says a woman who was distracted by her phone rolled her vehicle. The incident happened just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 55 in Maple Lake Township in Wright County.
St. Cloud Planning Mississippi River Drawdown this Week
If you are planning on spending some time on the Mississippi River, be aware that St. Cloud is going to be doing a two-foot drawdown of the river.
Update: Demolition Work Starting On Vacant East St. Germain Buildings
An update on the plan to redevelop the 400 block of East St. Germain Street in St. Cloud, which we first told you about Thursday. Demolition of the former Holiday Gas Station store has begun. That property is now owned by Kwik Trip.
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.