Here's a WJON FlashBriefing for May 4, 2017.



LIFE LINK SERVICE AREA -- The Life Link Three medical helicopter service is expanding to the Brainerd Lakes area. And that means Northern Stearns, Benton and Morrison Counties will now have a 15-minute or less response time, serviced by a new Life Link helicopter base.


SAFETY CAMPAIGN BUSTS -- St. Cloud police -- trying to heighten awareness on pedestrian safety -- handed out safety information and made 42 traffic stops during a three-hour window Wednesday at St. Cloud State. They issued 17 tickets for all sorts of violations.


CLEANING LADY THEFTS -- A cleaning lady from Cold Spring faces falony theft charges, accused of stealing prescription drugs from homes she was cleaning. 45-year-old Nichole Zachow was employed by "Over the Top Cleaners."


BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION THEFT-BY-SWINDLE -- An Avon woman's charged with theft-by-swindle, accused of stealing over 8-thousand dollars from the Albany Girls Basketball Association. The charges allege 51-year-old Kimberly Ritzer admitted taking the money for personal expenses, agreed to pay them back and resigned from her job as the group's treasurer.


SMOKING AGE BILL -- A bill introduced in the state legislature today would bump the minimum age to buy tobacco in Minnesota from 18 to 21. That after Edina became the first Minnesota city to increase the legal age for smoking to 21.


HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA -- St. Cloud is hosting Hockey Day Minnesota in early 2018, and the clock is ticking for organizers. A local committee has a lot of ideas for the event to celebrate hockey in St. Cloud and Minnesota, but there are a lot of details to be ironed out. Organizers held a kick-off event Wednesday.


ROSANNE CASH SHOW -- And Grammy Award winner Rosanne Cash stops in St. Cloud this weekend for shows Saturday and Sunday at the Paramount Theatre.

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