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Jim Maurice

News Director: 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.
Jennifer Mergen, photo courtesy of The Minnesota Traveler
Jennifer Mergen, photo courtesy of The Minnesota Traveler
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News @ Noon: Avon Woman Hosting TV Show About Minnesota

A new TV show promoting everything Minnesota has to offer premieres this weekend, and the host is a Stearns County woman. Jennifer Mergen is from the Avon/Farming area. She hosts "The Minnesota Traveler", which will debut this Sunday on Fox Sports North.

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Travis Tritt to Perform in Downtown St. Cloud

The Liberty Savings Block Park is returning to downtown St. Cloud. The event, part of the Granite City Days celebration, features the headliner country music star Travis Tritt. The Block Party has been held at various locations around the city over the years, but for the last several years its been at Whitney Park.

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Photo courtesy of the St. Cloud Coalition for Homeless Men
Photo courtesy of the St. Cloud Coalition for Homeless Men
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St. Cloud Group Wants to Use Tiny Houses for Homeless Men

An organization formed to fight homelessness in St. Cloud wants to use tiny houses, but first they'll need to change the city's codes. The "St. Cloud Coalition for Homeless Men" has acquired a small house on wheels, built by the "Central Minnesota Jobs in Training" program in Willmar.

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Forest History Center, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Forest History Center, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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Reporter’s Notebook: Forest History Center Brings Logging Days Back to Life

If you find yourself, and your family, looking for something to do while you're up in northern Minnesota this summer, the Forest History Center just outside of Grand Rapids is a great option. The site, run by the Minnesota Historical Society, features guided living tours of a reconstructed logging camp and how it would have looked in December 1900.

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