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Jim Maurice

I’m a lifelong resident of this great state of Minnesota. I grew-up in the small West Central Community of Maynard.  After graduating from the Brown Institute of Radio Broadcasting, I began my professional career working nights at KDMA radio in Montevideo back in 1988.  In 1995, I moved to Redwood Falls and worked as the sports director for KLGR radio.  I eventually became their morning show co-host and program director. I’ve been working here at WJON in St. Cloud since 2005, and have been the news director since 2007.  The main beats that I cover include: politics, education, and local government. People often ask me, “What’s the best part of my job?”  The answer is that I get to meet a lot of great people, see a lot of cool places, and I never know from one day to the next what my day is going to bring. When I’m not tracking down the latest news story, you can most likely find me doing anything outdoors, whether it’s camping or boating in the summer, or snowmobiling in the winter.
Photo by WJON.com's Isaac Schweer
Photo by WJON.com's Isaac Schweer
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Former Sauk Rapids Bar Getting New Life As Office Space

GATR Truck Center in Sauk Rapids has bought the former JP's Grill and Bar building. A company spokeswoman says the heavy and medium truck dealer has been growing rapidly and needs more office space, so they bought the building across the street from their current location.

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Fire Causes $300,000 in Damage to Waite Park Business

Fire crews were called to a fire at a business in Waite Park early this (Tuesday) morning. Waite Park Fire Chief Jim Aleshire says the fire call came in just after 4:30 a.m. at 337 34th avenue South at Emerald Companies Incorporated. Aleshire says there is at least $300,000 in damage to the warehouse and equipment inside.

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Eden Prairie Ice Castle, Photo Courtesy of the Eden Prairie Ice Castle Facebook Page
Eden Prairie Ice Castle, Photo Courtesy of the Eden Prairie Ice Castle Facebook Page
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News @ Noon: Eden Prairie Ice Castle Offers A Little Outdoor Winter Fun

We're on the back half of winter, but there's still time to check out the Ice Castle in Eden Prairie. Creator Brent Christianson says they're open seven days a week, but they offer special fire performances on the weekends.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON News
Dan DeBaun, WJON News
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Central Minnesota Schools Awarded ‘Safety Routes To Schools’ Grants

A handful of local schools have been awarded grant money for their "Safe Routes To Schools" program. MnDOT made the announcement today (Tuesday) that awarded $2,500 each to Rice Elementary, Pleasantview in Sauk Rapids, Sartell police department, and Melrose police department.

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Image courtesy of the Moorhead Police Department
Image courtesy of the Moorhead Police Department
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Police Looking for Car in Surveillance Video in Tom Bearson Investigation [AUDIO]

A few new details in the Tom Bearson murder investigation have been released. A news conference was held this (Monday) afternoon at the Moorhead Police Department. Moorhead police Lieutenant Brad Penas says the case remains unsolved.

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