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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.
John Dough's Pizza, Facebook
John Dough's Pizza, Facebook
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John Dough’s Pizza Coming to Sauk Rapids

A popular Melrose pizza destination is coming to Sauk Rapids. John Dough's Pizza will be moving into the former Pizza Hut on 319 North Benton Drive. John Dough's has been operating in Melrose for nearly 10 years. Owner Leon Pierskalla says they hope to open in Sauk Rapids in the early summer.

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Childhood Reading Program Expanded to Give Kids Books in the Summer

The District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation (LEAF) is partnering with the St. Cloud Rotary Club to expand a childhood reading program. A $15,000 gift from the St. Cloud Rotary Club and an additional $10,000 grant from LEAF will expand the Parents and Kids Reading Aloud Together program.

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New Deli Style-Pizza Spot “Sliced on College Avenue” Planned For St. Joseph

A new deli style-pizza shop is being planned in St. Joseph. Sliced on College Avenue will serve pizza and deli style American contemporary food. The project includes a late night pizza by the slice service window

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U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, photo by Chad Dahlberg Stearns County Attorney's Office
U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, photo by Chad Dahlberg Stearns County Attorney's Office
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Minnesota U.S. Attorney: St. Cloud Somali Leaders Great to Work With Preventing Terror Recruitment

U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger says there isn't much concern about terror recruitment in Central Minnesota, compared to the Twin Cities. Luger says he's met with Somali leaders in St. Cloud and that they have been great to work with to prevent local terror recruitment.

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Justin Ostendorf and Nico Marasco working at the Collegeville Community Credit Union branch. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Justin Ostendorf and Nico Marasco working at the Collegeville Community Credit Union branch. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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SJU Student Run Credit Union Branch Provides Hands On Experience [VIDEO]

In school and education-it’s tough to beat a hands on learning experience. The Collegeville Community Credit Union is a perfect example by having the first student run branch on a university campus in Minnesota. The branch location is small (Only 120 square feet) but President Mark Douvier says it provides a convenient location for students.

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Sartell-St. Stephen District Looking For Feedback on Community Survey

The Sartell-St. Stephen School District is starting its annual community survey on Wednesday. The survey will collect feedback from district families and community members about the performance of the school district.

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St. Joseph Considering Buying Former Kennedy Building for Community Center

The St. Joseph city council had a closed discussion on Monday night to discuss possibly buying the Colts Academy building for a community center. The former Kennedy School is at 124 1st Avenue Southeast. No action to was taken by the council during the closed meeting

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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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