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Dan DeBaun

Became a member of the WJON crew during the summer of 2013. Reporting on education, local business, Cold Spring and St. Joseph. Reach out to me with your story ideas and feedback: Dan@wjon.com or 320-257-7205. Always love hearing from listeners and the community. Outside of news I enjoy running outdoors, reading a good book, watching the Twins and Vikings break my heart, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Recent St. Cloud State graduate.
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St. Cloud Area School District Discusses 2016 Strategic Spending

Hiring a bullying prevention specialist, reducing class sizes and more staffing are included in just over $1.6 million of proposed District 742 strategic plan spending for next year. The funds would represent a small portion of the projected $124.6 million budget for the district in the 2016 fiscal year. The bullying prevention specialist would focus on North and South Junior High Schools. The district says their highest levels of bullying happen at the middle schools.

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The proposed design for the St. Joseph aquatic center. (City of St. Joseph)
The proposed design for the St. Joseph aquatic center. (City of St. Joseph)
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St. Joseph to Start Fundraising for Proposed $6.1 Million Aquatic Center

St. Joseph is starting initial fundraising for a proposed $6.1 Million aquatic center project. The city wants to see what kind of sponsorship and money could be available for the project. Mayor Rick Schultz says a portion of the project costs will need to be covered by fundraising. The proposed aquatic center includes a lazy river, lap pool, splash pool, zero depth entry pool, climbing wall and a zip line.

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Sartell Business of the Year Award: Dr. Kimberly Christensen, Amanda Amundson, Dr. David Smith, Jill Smith, Sartell Chamber President Jessica Houle, Lois Fritz and Kari Behling. (Sartell Chamber of Commerce)
Sartell Business of the Year Award: Dr. Kimberly Christensen, Amanda Amundson, Dr. David Smith, Jill Smith, Sartell Chamber President Jessica Houle, Lois Fritz and Kari Behling. (Sartell Chamber of Commerce)
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Sartell Chamber Honors Citizen, Senior Volunteer and Business of the Year [PHOTOS]

Over 100 Sartell business leaders and citizens came to honor the Sartell citizen, senior volunteer and business of the year last week. The citizen of the year was awarded to Joe Schulte, the retired volunteer of the year was given to Jim Wasdyke and Sartell Pediatrics was presented the business of the year award. The banquet also raised $2000 to go towards four scholarships.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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Changes Coming to Rolling Ridge Wedding and Event Center in St. Joseph [VIDEO]

Change is coming for the historic Rolling Ridge Wedding and Event Center and Scenic Specialties location in St. Joseph. Owner Randy Schmitz says they have had increasing requests to use the property for special events like weddings over the past few years. Schmitz bought the historic 1896 farm in 2001. It's located at 31101 County Road 133.

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(Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
(Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
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SCSU Students Raising Money for Nepal Earthquake Victims

St. Cloud State University students are fundraising for victims of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday. The group Helping Nepal International is asking for donations inside the Atwood Memorial Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Residents speak their thoughts on a proposed outdoor aquatic center project in St. Joseph. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Residents speak their thoughts on a proposed outdoor aquatic center project in St. Joseph. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Mixed Emotions Voiced on Proposed $6.1 Million St. Joseph Aquatic Center

A jam-packed room of people voiced their thoughts and opinions on a proposed $6.1 million outdoor aquatic center in St. Joseph. The proposed aquatic center includes a lazy river, lap pool, splash pool, zero depth entry pool, climbing wall and a zip line.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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Early Childhood Center Could be Built on Clark Field

The St. Cloud Area School District is considering options for a new early childhood center building, including one that would place it at Clark Field. Designs revealed by the district say the building on Clark Field would cost around $25.3 million. The proposed three level building would have 95,000 square feet of space and a 250 space parking lot.

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ShyAnn Jamison and LisaMarie Thomas being honored before the city council meeting. (Submitted photo-city of St. Joseph)
ShyAnn Jamison and LisaMarie Thomas being honored before the city council meeting. (Submitted photo-city of St. Joseph)
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St. Joseph City Officials: 4-Year-Old Girl Saved Apartment Building

St. Joseph recognized a four-year-old girl who they say saved an apartment from being burned down.The incident happened back on February 24th. St. Joseph Police Chief Joel Klein says a grease fire started in the apartment with 4-year-old ShyAnn Jamison inside.

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