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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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Residents Escape Without Injury During House Fire in Haven Township

A fire damaged a home in Haven Township on Sunday night. Sauk Rapids fire chief Jason Flemming says the call came in just after 5:30 p.m. at a farm at 4760 45th Avenue Southeast. The family was able to escape from the home and nobody was hurt in the incident.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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After 70 Years in Business, El Paso Closing Down This Fall

El Paso Sports Bar and Grill has become an icon in St. Joseph after a nearly 70 year history. The building is well known for its year-round fish frys, volleyball leagues and for hosting weddings and other events in it's banquet hall. Owner Carole Tamm says it's all sadly coming to an end in late September.

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SWAT Team and Helicopter Called Out After Report of Suicidal Man With Rifle

A State Patrol Helicopter and area SWAT team were called out Friday morning in Benton County, after a report of a suicidal man with a rifle. The Benton County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened at about 1:00 a.m. at a home on 85th Avenue Northeast in Gilmanton Township.

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Marawan Selim (Photo: Stearns County Jail)
Marawan Selim (Photo: Stearns County Jail)
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Minneapolis Man Arrested in Sartell For Allegedly Stealing Items From Vehicle

Sartell Police arrested a Minneapolis man early Friday morning for allegedly taking items from a vehicle. The incident happened just after 1:45 a.m. in a parking lot in the 1200 block of 15th Street South. Police responded to a report of four males pulling on vehicle door handles to see if they were unlocked.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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In Honor of Internet Cat Video Festival: WJON Reporter Interviews Cats [VIDEO]

The Internet Cat Video Festival was held Wednesday night in St. Paul's Lowertown. In honor of the festival and to support local cat adoption, WJON reporter Dan DeBaun went to the Tri-County Humane society to interview some cats.

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(Photo courtesy of dollargeneral.com)
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Dollar General Store Opening in Rice This Fall

A Dollar General store is planning to open in Rice this fall. The store will be off of Highway 10 at 12564 Fromelt Loop. The total building will be 9,000 square feet with a 7,300 square foot sales floor. The store will hire 6 to 10 employees, including three full-time positions.

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Becker Police Arrest Man For Allegedly Having $24,000 Worth of Drugs

A Minnetonka man was arrested for allegedly having over $24,000 worth of drugs on him. Police responded to a disturbance at a business in the area. After investigating, they arrested 35-year-old Casey Bakken for having numerous drugs in his possession.

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Motorcyclist Hurt After Hitting Truck in St. Cloud

A motorcyclist is hurt after hitting a pickup in St. Cloud on Tuesday. The incident happened just after 4:15 p.m. at the intersection of Roosevelt Road and 22nd Street South. Police say 32-year-old Chad Olson from St. Cloud was driving a truck southbound on Roosevelt Road and attempted to make a left turn at the intersection.

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Wenner's Best Hardware in Cold Spring. (Photo: Google Maps)
Wenner's Best Hardware in Cold Spring. (Photo: Google Maps)
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$10 Million Retail Project Could Come to Cold Spring

A new $10 million retail project along Highway 23 is being pitched to Cold Spring. The city council heard the plan on Tuesday night, which calls for a new Wenner Do it Best Hardware and Rental at the corner of Highway 23 and County Road 2.

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Students show off their mobile apps on the last day of the summer camp. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Students show off their mobile apps on the last day of the summer camp. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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St. Cloud Area Students Spend Part of Summer Creating Mobile Apps [VIDEO]

A group of St. Cloud area middle and high school students have been hard at work recently developing their own Android mobile apps. Students spent five days last week developing, testing and downloading their apps on mobile devices. Instructer Frank Ayers says this is the first time that he's taught a summer camp like this

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