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.
St. Cloud Musher Ready for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Race
Some of the best mushers in the country will be heading to the north shore this weekend, and among them will be a St. Cloud man. Mike Bestgen is one of about 60 competitors in the various races during the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.
STRIDE Academy Gets 5 Year Contract With New Authorizer
Less than a year after a St. Cloud charter school announced they would be closing for good, they now have a much brighter future. STRIDE Academy just received approval from its new authorizer Pillsbury United Communities for a five-year contract.
Brainerd Ice Fishing Tourney Draws Thousands, International Media
Thousands of people will be heading up north to the Brainerd lakes area this weekend for the 28th annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza.
Sheriff: Fish House Burglaries On the Rise
There has been a rash of burglaries of fish houses in Sherburne County. The sheriff's office says they have received a number of complaints on both Briggs Lake and Julia Lake.
Super Bowl’s Crew 52 Ready for ‘Minnesota Nice’, Even to Eagles Fans
When the Super Bowl 52 events kick off this weekend a team of 10,000 volunteers known as "Crew 52" will be there to help guide visitors coming from across the country.
Organizers: Hockey Day Minnesota Draws Over 25,000 People
The Hockey Day Minnesota weekend in St. Cloud proved to be a very popular event. Spokesman Brian Schoenborn says the mild weather brought out some huge crowds.
SCSU Students Hosting ‘Saudi Night’ Educational Event
You have the opportunity to learn more about the cultures of Saudi Arabia this weekend. The Saudi Student Club at St. Cloud State University is hosting "Saudi Night" on Sunday.
Farm to Table Dining is the Goal of Central Minnesota Non-Profit
Farmers markets are very popular in central Minnesota, but they are hard to find this time of the year. The non-profit organization Sprout hosts an indoor growers and makers marketplace once a month up in Little Falls.
Two Sun Country Planes Rerouted to St. Cloud During Monday’s Snowstorm
A long trip home got a lot longer Monday for some weary travelers. Two Sun Country Airlines planes that were supposed to land at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport got rerouted here to St. Cloud Regional Airport, due to the snowstorm in the Twin Cities.
Volunteers to Count Minnesota’s Homeless on Wednesday
On Wednesday hundreds of volunteers will spread out across the state in an attempt to count as many homeless people as possible. The Point-In-Time Count happens every year in Minnesota.