Here's a WJON FlashBriefing for August 22, 2017.

 

 

POWDER FOUND -- Powder found in a letter sent to the Stearns County Courts Facility. Federal postal officials think it's just corn starch, but authorities are treating it as a possible simulated weapon of mass destruction.

 

LAKE WOBEGON TRAIL EXTENSION -- Ground broken today on a 3-point-2 mile extension of the Lake Wobegon recreation trail from St. Joseph to Waite Park. The nearly $5-million dollar project is expected to be done by May.

 

NEW COBORN'S STORE -- St. Cloud city officials giving the okay to Coborn's for a new grocery store on Northway Drive. The 21-thousand square foot Marketplace store and gas pumps will open sometime next year in the old YMCA location.

 

SOUTH ST. CLOUD GROCERY DEVELOPMENT -- St. Cloud Council members have approved rezoning at County Road 136 and 33rd Street South. That'll allow a 45-thousand square foot grocery store, car wash, gas pumps and drive through. AND day care, retail and bank buildings. Specific tenants -- not named yet.

 

NEW BREWERY -- Another brewery and taproom, coming to St. Cloud. City officials have approved zoning to allow "Pantown Brewing" to set-up shop at 408 37th Avenue North. No word when they'll open.

 

33RD STREET SOUTH WIDENING -- St. Cloud officials moving up to next year the widening of 33rd Street South from Southway Drive to Heritage Drive. Four lanes, privacy fencing, sidewalk, recreation trail, street lights.

 

STEARNS HUMANS SERVICES -- A new Human Services Administrator for Stearns County. Melissa Huberty replaces Mark Sizer, who retired.

 

ST. JOSEPH POLICE -- St. Joseph is adding a ninth police officer to its force. Trying to meet the needs of the growing town.

 

POWERBALL CLIMBS -- The Powerball jackpot -- now the second largest in US history at $700-million. You have until 9 Wednesday night to buy a ticket. Your chances of winning -- 1 in 292-million.