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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.
Patrick Bleth (Submitted photo: Stearns Electric Association)
Patrick Bleth (Submitted photo: Stearns Electric Association)
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Stearns Electric Association Names New CEO

Stearns Electric Association has named Patrick Bleth as their next CEO. Bleth holds a bachelor's in industrial technology and manufacturing management from Bemidji State University and was selected for the position after a national search. He will take over on July 1st.

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Education: Tower of Books
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School Board Discusses Possible $160 Million Bond Referendum For New Tech and Updated Apollo

The St. Cloud area school district took it's first look at a possible referendum for a new Tech High School and updated Apollo High School. The referendum was described in three parts on Wednesday night. The first ballot question asks for $153.3 million for a new Tech and to update Apollo High School.

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District 742
District 742
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Six Finalists Selected for Open St. Cloud School Board Seat

Six finalists have been selected for the open seat on the St. Cloud area school board. Hudda Ibrahim, Peter Hamerlinck, Hassan Yussuf, Shannon Haws, Scott Andreasen, and Debbie Erickson were selected as finalists by the school board on Wednesday night.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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Survey: Voters Would Likely Support Bond Referendum For New Tech and Apollo Upgrades

A new survey says a majority of voters would likely support a bond referendum to build a new Tech High School and update Apollo High School. The survey was revealed to the St. Cloud school board on Wednesday night. 625 randomly selected St. Cloud School District residents participated in the survey.

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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 Purchase Agreement to Sell Colts Academy

The St. Cloud area school district has approved a purchase agreement with St. Joseph for the sale of Colts Academy. The district is selling the building to St. Joseph for $2.3 million. St. Joseph could use the building for a possible community center or new city government center.

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Madison Elementary in St. Cloud (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Madison Elementary in St. Cloud (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Madison Elementary to Undergo $980,000 in Renovations

More classrooms, special education rooms and lunchroom space will be added to Madison Elementary this summer. The St. Cloud area school board awarded a bid to a contractor for $980,815 for renovations and additions to the building. The project is being paid for through the District fund balance.

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Photo from the scene on Tuesday. (Josh Akkerman, WJON)
Photo from the scene on Tuesday. (Josh Akkerman, WJON)
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UPDATE: Police Investigating Probable Homicide at East St. Cloud Apartment

St. Cloud Police are investigating a probable homicide after finding a man dead with a gunshot wound on Tuesday morning. Officers responded just after 10:45 a.m. at the Lancaster Place Apartments at 1200 Division Street and found a man dead in his apartment.

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Todd Eisenschenk (Stearns County Jail)
Todd Eisenschenk (Stearns County Jail)
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Man Arrested For Alleged Attempted Burglary in St. Cloud

A man was arrested after allegedly trying to break into a woman's home in St. Cloud on Saturday. Police say the incident happened just before 3:15 a.m. in the 2900 Block of Maine Prairie Road. A 57-year-old woman called police to report that a man was trying to enter her home.

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