News Director: I’m a lifelong resident of this great state of Minnesota. I grew-up in the small west central community of Maynard. I began my professional radio career working nights at KDMA in Montevideo. Then, after a 10 year stint in Redwood Falls working at KLGR, I moved to St. Cloud. I’ve been working here at WJON since 2005, and have been the news director since 2007. The main beats that I cover include: politics, education, and local government. I'm also the early morning news anchor on WJON, and I host the News @ Noon show weekdays on WJON.
Thunderstorm Watch Until 1:00 a.m. Saturday
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 1:00 a.m. Saturday for central and northern Minnesota, including Stearns, Benton and Shurburne Counties.
Work on New Pleasantview in Sauk Rapids to Start this Fall
It has been nine months since the voters in the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district approved a bond referendum to replace Pleasantview Elementary. Since that time district officials have been busy working on design plans.
Mighty Axe Hops Near Foley Closing this Fall
The largest hops farm in the upper Midwest is shutting down operations. Mighty Axe Hops of Foley has announced that they'll wrap up operations and close this fall.
Empty Barns, Midway and Grandstand on the Fairgrounds
This week was supposed to be the 106th annual Benton County Fair in Sauk Rapids, but like most other large events this summer, it has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sauk Rapids Park Project Taking Shape Along the River
Two Sauk Rapids parks along the Mississippi River have been closed all summer as a multi-million dollar construction project takes shape.
Princess Kay Coronation, Butter Sculpting to Continue
Even though the Minnesota State Fair will not be happening this year, the crowning of the next Princess Kay of the Milky Way will go on.
Interstate 94 Closed in Maple Grove
A crash at the I-94 and 494 split in Maple Grove caused backups for several hours Thursday morning.
Minnesota Zoo Reopening on Friday
The Minnesota Zoo is opening again. The zoo in Apple Valley will start allowing guests back to their indoor and outdoor trails Friday.
NWS: Funnel Clouds Possible Tuesday Afternoon
The National Weather Service says funnel clouds are a possibility Tuesday afternoon for central Minnesota.
St. Cloud Passes Face Mask Ordinance, Effective Immediately
St. Cloud is the latest city in Minnesota to require face masks in public. The council voted five to two to pass the temporary ordinance. Many of the council members said they all received hundreds of comments from the public about the issue.