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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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Two Taken to Hospital After Crash on Division Street in St. Cloud

Two people were taken to the hospital after a three vehicle crash in St. Cloud on Wednesday. St. Cloud Police say the incident happened just before 4:45 p.m. in the 1800 block of Division Street West/Highway 23. An SUV driven by 52-year-old Allen Sexton of Rockville and a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Gregory Duea of St. Cloud were both stopped in traffic in the eastbound lane.

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Blattner Energy Expanding Avon Headquarters

Blattner Energy Inc. is investing $6.2 million to expand and renovate its headquarters in Avon. Blattner Energy is planning a two-story, 20,296 square-foot expansion. It's expected to create 12 new jobs at the site. The project includes adding 75 new offices and work stations.

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Robert Derosier, Benton County Jail
Robert Derosier, Benton County Jail
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Sauk Rapids Man Arrested After Chase, Had 15-Month-Old Daughter in Back Seat

A Sauk Rapids man was arrested after leading police on a chase with his 15-month-old daughter in the back seat. St. Cloud Police responded to a threats complaint just before 5:00 a.m. on Thursday in the 100 block of 20th Avenue North. A caller told police they were threatened by a man with a stick.

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Alana Emmerich preparing coffee in the Spice of Life Tea Shop. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Alana Emmerich preparing coffee in the Spice of Life Tea Shop. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Downtown Tea Shop Thriving Under New Name and Ownership [VIDEO]

A downtown St. Cloud tea shop now has a new name and ownership. What used to be Willow Tea is now Spice of Life Tea at 820 West St. Germain Street. Terri Emmerich is the new owner and says she jumped at the opportunity to own the shop. Spice of Life offers numerous teas by the cup or in bulk, coffee, herbs and spices.

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Naveed prepares a gyro at the Campus Kabob restaurant. Amer Mian owns Campus Kabob and says they will have similar foods at Gyro Express. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Naveed prepares a gyro at the Campus Kabob restaurant. Amer Mian owns Campus Kabob and says they will have similar foods at Gyro Express. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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New Gyro-Mediterranean Restaurant Coming to St. Cloud

A new gyro-Mediterranean restaurant is opening in St. Cloud soon. Gyro Express will be in the strip center at 33rd Avenue North and 3rd Street. Amer Mian is the owner of Gyro Express and also Campus Kabob in town, he says they hope to open sometime next week.

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Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News
Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News
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Cold Spring Looks to Extend Boucher’s Police Chief Contract

The Cold Spring City Council is planning to make a decision in two weeks on extending the contract for Police Chief Chris Boucher for another year. Boucher was hired as chief last May. He previously served as interim chief after the retirement of Phil Jones in 2013.

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Christenson emphasizes that life without geometry would be pointless. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Christenson emphasizes that life without geometry would be pointless. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Sauk Rapids-Rice 5th Grade Teacher Retiring After Working in District Since 1971 [VIDEO]

A Sauk Rapids-Rice teacher is retiring this spring after working in the district since 1971. Colleen Christenson is a 5th grade teacher at Mississippi River Elementary School. Christenson says she knew she wanted to be a teacher at an early age and that things have changed drastically in the classroom since she started.

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Inside the new Pizza Hut on 5th Avenue. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Inside the new Pizza Hut on 5th Avenue. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Pizza Hut Featuring Full Bar Open in St. Cloud [VIDEO]

A new Pizza Hut-Wingstreet on 5th Avenue in St. Cloud is having its grand opening on Monday. The Pizza Hut is at 305 5th Avenue South, the building previously held a campus bookstore. The restaurant will also feature a full bar and sports bar atmosphere with several large TV's.

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