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.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Stopped in St. Cloud Sunday
Another celebrity sighting at the St. Cloud Regional Airport. He wasn't in town long, but Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson did stop long enough for a quick picture with members of the Waite Park police department.
28 People Apply for Open Sauk Rapids-Rice Superintendent Position
Over two dozen people have applied to be the next superintendent of the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district. Interim Superintendent Bruce Watkins says 28 people are hoping to be the next superintendent at Sauk Rapids-Rice.
Some ‘A’ List Celebrities Came Through St. Cloud Sunday
Some high priced jets from all over the country have been coming and going all weekend long at the St. Cloud Regional Airport. They're bringing passengers to Minnesota for the events surrounding the Super Bowl in downtown Minneapolis.
Annual Robotics State Championship in St. Cloud this Weekend
One of the largest robotics competitions in the nation will be right here in St. Cloud this weekend. The Vex Robotics State Championship is Friday and Saturday at the River's Edge Convention Center.
One Minnesota Herberger’s Store Among 42 Parent Company Closings
Department store chain Bon-Ton has identified 42 stores that it will be closing following years of declining sales, including one in Minnesota.
Stub Hub: Demand for Super Bowl Tickets at an All-Time High
With just a few days to go before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, demand for tickets is higher than any other event ever. Stub Hub spokesman Cameron Papp says, even after our Vikings got eliminated, demand for tickets is strong.
Banaian: St. Cloud Unemployment at 17-Year Low, 7,000 Open Jobs
We learned Tuesday that Electrolux will be shuttering its freezer making plant here in St. Cloud at the end of 2019.
Over 40 Corporate Jets Will Land in St. Cloud for the Super Bowl
Look for a lot of extra traffic in the skies over St. Cloud the rest of this week. St. Cloud Regional Airport Director Bill Towle says, as of Monday, over 40 planes have confirmed they're coming here for the Super Bowl. And, he says a few more should trickle in the rest of this week.
St. Cloud Police Officers, Sergeants Part of Super Bowl Security
As we get closer and closer to Super Bowl Sunday more security is needed in and around downtown Minneapolis. The St. Cloud Police Department is one of many agencies around the state that has signed on to help with security.
Electrolux to Close St. Cloud Plant in 2019
Electrolux announced Tuesday they are planning to close their plant here in St. Cloud. The freezer maker says production is expected to continue through the end of 2019.