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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 Police Looking For Suspect in Attempted Robbery Case

St. Cloud Police are looking for a suspect after an attempted robbery. Police say the incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at a business in the 10 block of Wilson Avenue Northeast. A suspect entered the store and eventually approached an employee at the counter.

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Rice Man Taken to Hospital After Accidentally Shooting Himself in Leg

A Rice man was taken to the hospital after he accidentally shot himself in the leg. The incident happened on Sunday just after 9:45 p.m. at 9789 County Road 131 in Brockway Township. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office responded to a gunshot complaint and found 24-year-old John Smoley of Rice on the kitchen floor with a gunshot wound to his left leg.

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Harner Resigning From St. Cloud Area School Board

St. Cloud School board vice-chair Cindy Harner, who was arrested last week for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, resigned from her position on Friday. School board chair Dennis Whipple says he wasn't expecting the announcement from Harner and that the district will miss her contributions.

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Kathy Severson standing by a display in "Accents" in downtown St. Cloud. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Kathy Severson standing by a display in "Accents" in downtown St. Cloud. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Downtown St. Cloud Home Furnishings Store Closing This Summer

A unique home furnishings store in downtown St. Cloud will be closing its doors this summer. Accents is at 713 West St. Germain Street and opened in 2010. Owner Kathy Severson says she and her husband decided to close the store for personal reasons and to travel more.

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Sartell-St. Stephen School District Expecting Slower Future Growth

The Sartell-St. Stephen School District is expected to see continued growth but at a slower pace for the next 10 years. The district has seen enrollment increase by 25.9 percent for the past 10 years and now has 3,759 students enrolled in its schools, compared to 2,985 in 2005-2006.

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One Taken to Hospital After Two Vehicle Crash in St. Cloud

One person was hurt in a two vehicle crash in St. Cloud on Monday. The incident happened just before 11:00 a.m. at the intersection of University Drive South and Washington Memorial Drive. Police say a vehicle driven by 86-year-old Herbert Herold of St. Cloud was driving west on University Drive towards the intersection.

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Josh (4th Grade) and Abigail (6th grade) getting ready for a day of school online. (Photo: Lilly Rios)
Josh (4th Grade) and Abigail (6th grade) getting ready for a day of school online. (Photo: Lilly Rios)
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Online Public School a Growing Choice in St. Cloud

Attending online public school is a growing trend for students and families in St. Cloud. Around 100 students in the St. Cloud area are now enrolled in MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, an online school based in St. Paul. Students attend classes and interact with their classmates online. Work is done with teachers via email, live online lessons, text-based curriculum, webcasts and telephone conversations.

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Two Taken to Hospital After Rollover in Royalton

Two people were hurt in a rollover in Royalton early on Saturday morning. The incident happened just before 3:00 a.m. at 8791 192nd Avenue. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office says 17-year-old Gabrielle Yackel of Royalton was traveling north on 192nd Avenue when she swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

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Teaching at Tech for 45 Years: Robert Boatz Has Many Memories [VIDEO]

After teaching at St. Cloud Tech High School for the past 45 years, Robert Boatz says he gets mail almost every day from former students. Some of them in college may even reach out to him for help on a math problem. Boatz has taught nearly every math class at Tech High School and has taught calculus classes since the mid-90's.

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