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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.
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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Pope Francis receiving the final volume of The Saint John’s Bible at the Vatican on April 17. Pictured with Pope Francis (left to right) Abbot John Klassen, OSB, Saint John’s Abbey, Michael Hemesath, president of Saint John’s University, Donald Jackson, artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible, and Katharine and Dan Whalen. (Photo: L’Osservatore Romano)
Pope Francis receiving the final volume of The Saint John’s Bible at the Vatican on April 17. Pictured with Pope Francis (left to right) Abbot John Klassen, OSB, Saint John’s Abbey, Michael Hemesath, president of Saint John’s University, Donald Jackson, artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible, and Katharine and Dan Whalen. (Photo: L’Osservatore Romano)
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Final Volume of Saint John’s Bible Presented to Pope Francis [VIDEO]

The final volume of The Saint John's Bible was presented to Pope Francis on Friday by the Papal Foundation and Saint John's University. Pope Francis received Letters and Revelation, the last completed volume of the St. Peter Apostles Edition of The Saint John's Bible, signed by Donald Jackson, the Bible's artistic director.

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New Charter School Emphasizing Health and Athletics Proposed in St. Cloud

A new charter school is being proposed in south St. Cloud. Athlos Academies is proposing a 87,000 square foot single story building at 3135 County Road 136, nearby where a proposed new Tech High School would potentially be built.

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Kruse, Kelley of J.F. Kruse Jewelers Win Small Business Award

Founder Jim Kruse and President Melissa Kelley of J.F. Kruse Jewelers in St. Cloud, have been named the Minnesota Small Business Persons of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The store started with two full-time and two part-time employees. J.F. Kruse Jewelers now have 17 employees.

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