Here's a WJON FlashBriefing for September 8, 2017.

 

 

GRANITE GAMES -- Some 2,000 elite athletes from around the world are in St. Cloud this weekend for the 2017 Kill Cliff Granite Games. The 3-day event at St. Cloud State -- designed to push each athlete mentally and physically.

MORE: http://wjon.com/2000-athletes-from-across-the-globe-compete-in-granite-games-video/

 

BUS-SEMI CRASH -- Nine people were hurt, after a bus carrying Air Force airmen crashed with a semi on I-94 west of Albertville. The State Patrol says the crash between Albertville and Monticello caused the semi to go in the ditch and for the bus to roll and to hit two other vehicles.

MORE: http://wjon.com/westbound-i-94-in-albertville-closed-due-to-crash/

 

DRUG BUST -- A Pierz woman faces drug and other charges after a traffic stop in Benton County. 26-year-old Kendra Englehart, jailed after police found drug paraphernalia, marijuana, methamphetamine and other items in the car.

MORE: http://wjon.com/pierz-woman-faces-multiple-charges-after-drug-arrest/
 

VOTER FRAUD CHARGES -- Jeffrey Spanier of Sartell is in trouble with the law again. Convicted of a felony for a gambling violation in 2014, he now faces felony charges for allegedly registering to vote -- and voting -- even though he legally couldn't.

MORE: http://wjon.com/sartell-man-facing-voter-fraud-charges/

 

MACHETE ARREST -- An Annandale woman, arrested after chasing a man with a machete in Fair Haven Township. Police say it happened as 27-year-old Stephanie Tomann of Annandale and two others were trying to take a vehicle tried to take a vehicle from a home and was confronted.

MORE: http://wjon.com/stearns-county-machete-chase-results-in-arrest-video/
 

 

BASKETBALL FUND SWINDLE -- The former treasurer for the Albany Girls Basketball Association has pleaded guilty to three counts of theft-by-swindle, stealing thousands of dollars from the organization. 51-year-old Kimberly Ritzer of Avon to be sentenced in December.

MORE: http://wjon.com/avon-woman-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-basketball-funds/

 

HIGHWAY 23 SAFETY AUDIT -- MnDOT's released a report on safety on the Highway 23 corridor between Foley and Milaca. It calls for adding left turn lanes, centerline buffers, rumblestrips and roundabouts as a transition from rural to urban sections. A public meeting on the report, scheduled for Monday night at Foley city hall.

MORE: http://wjon.com/mndot-releases-hwy-23-safety-audit-ahead-of-monday-meeting/

 

HURRICANE RELIEF -- Some 20 Red Cross relief workers from Minnesota, deployed to the southeast US in advance of Hurricane Irma. They'll join hundreds of other relief workers, preparing to deal with expected destruction from the most powerful Atlantic ocean storm ever recorded.

MORE: http://wjon.com/minnesota-red-cross-volunteers-heading-toward-irma-donations-needed/

 

AMAZON HEADQUARTERS -- Minnesota's going to try to land Amazon's second headquarters. The Seattle based e-commerce giant announced today it's looking to build a second headquarters. Amazon says it'll spend 5-billion dollars on a second headquarters that could create up to 50-thousand jobs.

MORE: http://wjon.com/minnesota-prepares-to-fight-for-amazons-2nd-headquarters/

 

DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENTS -- The downtown St. Cloud street project is ALMOST done, but will take a few days longer than originally thought. City officials now expect 5th Avenue to re-open to traffic Monday, September 25th.

MORE: http://wjon.com/st-clouds-5th-avenue-project-nearing-completion-opening-date-set/

 

ST. MARY'S BLOCK PARTY -- St. Mary's Cathedral in downtown St. Cloud, throwing their annual block party fundraiser Saturday. Bingo, music and carnival games -- all benefiting the cathedral.

MORE: http://wjon.com/17th-annual-st-marys-block-party-saturday/

 

LITTLE FALLS ARTS AND CRAFTS -- Little Falls is about to get a whole lot bigger! The big Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair happens this weekend with 10-thousand people expected to attend this year.

MORE: http://wjon.com/the-weekender-bernicks-fall-outdoor-concert-the-5-browns-little-falls-art-and-craft-fair-and-more/

 

PARAMOUNT - TED TALKS -- St. Cloud's Paramount Theater will host the first Ted Talks St. Cloud edition. Four speakers on the schedule:P Sally Koering Zimney, Ayan Omar, Kari Turkowski and David Vee.

MORE: http://wjon.com/tedx-coming-to-the-paramount-center-for-the-arts/

 

FALL COLORS -- The DNR says Minnesota is on target to have a great year for fall colors. Lots of rain and sun this summer will help create vibrant fall colors. The DNR is updating its fall color map each Thursday to show where the fall colors are peaking.

MORE: http://wjon.com/dnr-predicts-perfect-fall-leaf-season/