Here's a WJON FlashBriefing for July 21, 2017.



SEVERE WEATHER -- Strong to severe storms are still possible later Friday evening and overnight. Especially in west central Minnesota, including Willmar and St. Cloud. More severe weather and heavy rainfall possible again Tuesday afternoon through Thursday.


FALLEN SOLDIER -- The recently-identified remains of a fallen Holdingford soldier -- killed aboard the USS Oklahoma during the Pearl Harbor attack -- are coming home. Navy Fireman First Class Elmer Kerestes was one of 400 soldiers whose remains were unidentified until DNA analysis confirmed it earlier this year. Services next Saturday.


MISSING MINK -- Police say around 14,000 mink are still unaccounted for in the Eden Valley area. Released by vandals at the Lang Farm. So far, they've found 11,000 mink alive -- and another 15,000 dead.


SCSU GRANT -- The National Science Foundation's giving St. Cloud State University almost $5-million in grant money to retain and support students in STEM fields -- science, technology, engineer and mathematics.


742 - SCHOOL OF BUSINESS -- The St. Cloud Area School District is looking at buying the former Minnesota School of Business building in Waite Park for the district offices. The school board votes next week on spending $5.6-million for the building.


CSB PRESIDENT -- College of St. Benedict President Mary Dana Hinton -- chosen as the next board chair for the Minnesota Private College Council and Minnesota Private College Fund. The council represents 17 private schools in Minnesota.


FRIENDS BAR -- The owner of MT's on 8th and his son are expanding their holdings. Kevin Freihammer and his son Colin have bought Friends Bar in Waite Park. The name will stay, but the bar will close for a few days at the beginning of August for some minor renovations and menu changes.


HIGHWAY 23 CRASH REDUCTION -- Looks like the Minnesota Highway 23 Crash Reduction Project is working. The project aims to reduce fatal crashes along Highway 23 between St. Cloud and Milaca. So far this year, the number of total crashes is down 44%. Crashes with injuries are down 55%. And there've been NO serious injury or fatal crashes.


ROAD WORK -- Roadwork on Highway 23 in two areas will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction next week. Evening and overnight work on 23 between Lincoln and Cooper Avenues and between Highway 15 and 28th Avenue in Waite Park.


ST. CLOUD RIVERWALK -- Plans for individual features of a Riverwalk along the Mississippi River in St. Cloud are getting slotted on a development timeline. The Riverwalk would connect the Beaver Island Trail and the future extension of the Lake Wobegon Trail at Hester Park.


STATE BUS ROADEO -- St. Cloud Metro Bus Dial-a-Ride drivers Todd DeZurik and David Peacock finished first and second at the state bus roadeo in the small bus division. That means DeZurik -- last year's top driver in the national competition -- will have a chance to defend his title next year.


BEST WARRIOR -- Minnesota National Guard Staff Sergeant Daniel Sebo has won the National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ripley. He'll now compete in the "All-Army" competition in October. The competition included weapons skills and physical fitness.

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