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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 Possibly Buying St. Augusta Property

The St. Cloud Area School District discussed the possibility of buying 185 acres of property in St. Augusta. The land is about one mile south of Interstate 94 and would cost $750,000 ($4,054 per acre). The property was originally considered as a possible location for a new Tech High School.

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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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Colts Academy building in St. Joseph. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Colts Academy building in St. Joseph. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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St. Cloud District Approves Sale of Colts Academy Building to St. Joseph

The St. Cloud Area School District has approved the sale of the Colts Academy building to St. Joseph for $2.3 million. The building used to be the Kennedy Community School and is at 124 1st Avenue Southeast. St. Joseph wants the building for a possible community center.

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Colts Academy building in St. Joseph. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Colts Academy building in St. Joseph. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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St. Joseph Moves to Buy Colts Academy Building For Community Center

St. Joseph is moving to buy the Colts Academy building from the St. Cloud Area School District for a possible community center. The building used to be the Kennedy Community School and is at 124 1st Avenue Southeast. District 742 will review selling the building to the city for $2.3 million on Wednesday night.

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St. Cloud Man Taken to Hospital After Rollover

A St. Cloud man was taken to the hospital after a rollover on Saturday. Police say the incident happened just after 5:00 a.m. at the intersection of Cooper Avenue North and 3rd Street North. An SUV being driven by 22-year-old Keith Walker of St. Cloud was driving southbound in the 300 block of Cooper Avenue North when he lost control of the vehicle.

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Alex Svejkovsky, WJON
Alex Svejkovsky, WJON
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St. Cloud New York Gyro Expanding to Former McCann’s Building

A popular south St. Cloud gyro destination is expanding with a new location this summer. New York Gyro is opening a new spot in the former McCann's building at 3310 3rd Street North. Qamar Shahid is the owner of New York Gyro, he says they will be able to serve more customers with another location on the north side of town.

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Robert Coleman, Daqairus Edwards Williams and Xavier Slaughter. (Stearns County Jail)
Robert Coleman, Daqairus Edwards Williams and Xavier Slaughter. (Stearns County Jail)
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Three Arrested, One Tased on St. Cloud State University Campus

Three men were arrested on the campus of St. Cloud State University earlier this week. According to a St. Cloud State campus advisory sent to staff and students, the incident happened just after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the G-Lot between Halenbeck Hall and the tennis courts.

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Paul Neubauer (Submitted Photo: Foley Public Schools)
Paul Neubauer (Submitted Photo: Foley Public Schools)
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New Superintendent Coming to Foley Public Schools

Foley Public Schools will have a new superintendent leading the way next school year. Paul Neubauer will be taking Darrin Strosahl's place as superintendent. Strosahl has served six years in the position and will be going to the St. Cloud Technical and Community College as a Dean of Students.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
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Improvements Coming to Popular St. Joseph Downtown Building

A popular building in downtown St. Joseph will see some updates in the near future. The old Loso building at 25 Minnesota Street West is home to the Minnesota Street Market, Closet to Closet and the Artisan Naan Bakery. A balcony will be added to the front of the building and will feature historical photographs. Other improvements include repainting the building facade, adding more lighting and reconstructing the roof overhang.

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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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