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.
New Skate Park Could Cost Up To $1.5 Million with Added Amenities
Three design options for a new skate park in St. Cloud are expected to be narrowed down to one on Monday night.
Statue of Baby Jesus Stolen from Nativity Scene in St. Cloud
A nativity scene with a long tradition in St. Cloud is missing a very important piece. Someone has stolen the statue of the baby Jesus.
St. Cloud’s Shopko East Pharmacy Closing
One of the two Shopko pharmacies in St. Cloud is closing. Spokeswoman Michelle Hansen says Shopko's St. Cloud East Pharmacy will be closing. The pharmacy files will be transferred to CVS. A sign inside the store says their last day is January 2nd.
Grand Funk Railroad to Headline 2019 Liberty Block Party
Legendary classic rock band Grand Funk Railroad will be headlining next year's Liberty Block Party in St. Cloud. Liberty Bank Minnesota President Mark Bragelman talked about it Thursday morning on WJON.
Hutchinson Police Investigation Abduction Scam
Hutchinson Police are alerting residents to be aware of the information they received regarding a telephone scam involving an alleged abduction.
SCSU At 150: Life On Campus in the 1950s
St. Cloud State University is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. Once a month Archivist Tom Steman is on the News @ Noon Show to highlight some of the events from the university's past. Tuesday we talked about life on campus during the 1950s.
CentraCare Closing Passages, Expanding Recovery Plus
CentraCare is closing a residential facility for men recovering from chemical dependency. Director of Communications Wendy Jerde says the Passages facility is no longer accepting new clients.
Central Minnesota’s Annual Diaper Drive is Underway
You can help some of youngest residents again this year with the fourth annual "Operation Baby New Year". The diaper drive is underway now and runs through January 1st.
St. Cloud to Request $16.2 Million in Bonding Money for MAC Upgrades
The city of St. Cloud is planning to ask the Minnesota State Legislature for $16.2 million in bonding money to help renovate the Municipal Athletic Complex.
St. Cloud EDA: Herberger’s, Tech Buildings Top Priorities for 2019
St. Cloud's Economic Development Authority has some big projects to work on in the new year. Board Chair King Banaian says the now-vacant Herberger's building in downtown St. Cloud is a top priority.