The town has grown from around 4,600 people in 2000 to just under 7,000 now. The population growth has led to several new businesses and developments (like a community center and new government building).
After over 50 years of teaching cosmetology students, Regency Beauty Institute is closing all 79 of their campuses: including its location in Waite Park. Regency Beauty says declining numbers of cosmetology students led to their decision.
The parking lot in front of the new St. Cloud Chick-fil-A is lined with colorful tents and lawn chairs. Dozens of people are camping out waiting for the doors of the new restaurant to open on Thursday morning.