Here's a WJON FlashBriefing for July 14, 2017.



SEVERE WEATHER THREAT -- It's going to get hot and humid Saturday -- and there's a chance of strong to severe storms from eastern Minnesota to Western Wisconsin. Stay tuned.


TRAIN FATAL -- Authorities say it was 54-year-old Dale Fries of Sauk Rapids who was hit and killed by a train in Sartell Friday morning. Benton County's Sheriff says Fries drove around "road closed" barriers, got his car hung-up on the tracks, and walked out in front of the train. The investigation continues.


SEMI- ROLLOVER -- A semi- roll-over in New London Friday morning has hurt a North Branch truck driver. 43-year-old Eric Elmstrand was southbound on Highway 23, swerved to avoid crashing into another vehicle stopped to make a left turn. Went off the road and rolled in the ditch. NON life threatening injuries.


BICYCLE-SUV CRASH -- Witnesses say a bicyclist rode his bike in front of an SUV, didn't yield to her right-of-way and caused a crash Thursday night in the 39-hundred block of Division Street West in St. Cloud. NON life-threatening injuries for the biker -- 25-year-old Robert Weber of St. Cloud.


MADISON ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL -- A leadership change at St. Cloud's Madison Elementary school. Principal Jean Clark resigned because she will have a long recovery period after a medical procedure. Talahi's Kate Flynn will take over at Madison and an interim principal to be named will replace Flynn at Talahi.


HISTORY MUSEUM CEO -- Stearns History Museum CEO Jim Davis has retired after leading the organization for three years. Chief Operating Officer Ann Meline will take over the job while the board of directors searches for a permanent replacement.


STATE BUS ROADEO -- Four St. Cloud Metro Bus drivers and a Tri-CAP driver from St. Cloud are competing in the statewide Bus Roadeo in Fergus Falls Saturday. Metro Bus drivers Michael Keller of Clearwater, Jerry Schmitz of Sauk Rapids, Todd DeZurik of Holdingford, David Peacock of Sauk Rapids and Tri-CAP's Juan Ortega among 38 drivers competing.


TICK SEASON -- State Health Department officials say even though we had an early start to the tick season, it hasn't led to more ticks OR more tick activity this summer., Still unknown -- whether there were more or fewer cases of tick-transmitted diseases.


HESTER PARK CONSTRUCTION -- Road construction on 6th Avenue North in the Hester Park and St. Cloud Hospital area. Flaggers have reduced traffic to one lane for both directions. That's from the railroad tracks downtown to 12th Street North until late August.


DOWNTOWN CONCERT WEEKEND -- Downtown St. Cloud businesses are banding together in the midst of a big, messy downtown infrastructure project. They're throwing a big party featuring 175 musicians on 15 stages at nine venues during one weekend. The Central Minnesota Common Roots Festival -- August 17th through the 19th.

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