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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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Cold Spring Looks to Extend Boucher’s Police Chief Contract

The Cold Spring City Council is planning to make a decision in two weeks on extending the contract for Police Chief Chris Boucher for another year. Boucher was hired as chief last May. He previously served as interim chief after the retirement of Phil Jones in 2013.

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Christenson emphasizes that life without geometry would be pointless. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Christenson emphasizes that life without geometry would be pointless. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Sauk Rapids-Rice 5th Grade Teacher Retiring After Working in District Since 1971 [VIDEO]

A Sauk Rapids-Rice teacher is retiring this spring after working in the district since 1971. Colleen Christenson is a 5th grade teacher at Mississippi River Elementary School. Christenson says she knew she wanted to be a teacher at an early age and that things have changed drastically in the classroom since she started.

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Inside the new Pizza Hut on 5th Avenue. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Inside the new Pizza Hut on 5th Avenue. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Pizza Hut Featuring Full Bar Open in St. Cloud [VIDEO]

A new Pizza Hut-Wingstreet on 5th Avenue in St. Cloud is having its grand opening on Monday. The Pizza Hut is at 305 5th Avenue South, the building previously held a campus bookstore. The restaurant will also feature a full bar and sports bar atmosphere with several large TV's.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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ROCORI District Still Hoping for Pre-Labor Day Start to School

The ROCORI school district is hoping they can start school before Labor Day in the fall. Labor Day lands on September 7th this year, which is the latest it can land. ROCORI Superintendent Scott Staska says the district made a request to the state to start on September 1st, but is now in limbo

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St. Cloud School Board Looks to Fill Open Seat Left by Harner

The St. Cloud area school board is starting the process of filling an empty seat left by Cindy Harner. Harner was arrested on May 13th on suspicion of 4th degree DWI and 3rd Degree Test Refusal. There will be an open application process for the open seat.

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St. Cloud School District Approves 2015-2016 Budget

The St. Cloud Area School District approved their 2015-2016 budget on Thursday night. The overall budget, including food services, community services, building construction, debt service and dental and health insurance, totals $185 million for 2015-2016.

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St. Cloud School Board Approves 5-Cent Increase on School Lunches

School lunch prices will be slightly more expensive starting in the 2015-2016 school year. Lunches will cost 5-cents more. Elementary lunches will cost $2.55, secondary lunches would go up to $2.75 and Adult lunches will be $3.90. State and Federal law requires schools to charge a minimum weighted average price for paid lunches.

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James Anderle and Eric Sargent-Lupine Brewing Co. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
James Anderle and Eric Sargent-Lupine Brewing Co. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Lupine Brewing Expanding, Opening Taproom in Delano

The Lupine Brewing Company in St. Cloud is expanding its reach by opening a taproom in Delano this summer. Lupine started operating late last year and brews out of the former O'Hara's building at 3310 Third Street North. Their beers are available at local bars and restaurants.

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