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Your Central Minnesota’s Guide To Memorial Day Weekend Events

Here is a list of a few things you and your family can do around Central Minnesota to celebrate Memorial Day weekend and honor our fallen hero's.

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Richard Leguil, WJON
Richard Leguil, WJON
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Central Minnesota Organizing Against Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is an everyday problem that affects thousands. Here in central Minnesota, it is the subject of several area organizations.

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Justin LaBounty WJON
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Ruck Brings Awareness of Veteran Suicide To St. Cloud [VIDEO]

A group of people from all over the state gathered in St. Cloud to bring awareness to Veteran Suicide.

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Joseph Maier eating lunch with little brother Cole. (Chrissy Gaetke, WJON)
Joseph Maier eating lunch with little brother Cole. (Chrissy Gaetke, WJON)
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Help Build “Mighty Trees”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota is hosting its annual Magic Moments Gala.

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Halfway Jam via Facebook
Halfway Jam via Facebook
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Halfway Jam To Take Year Off, Expected Back in 2018

Central Minnesota's biggest rock music festival is taking the year off.

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Firearms Enthusiasts Practice Shooting At Gun Range
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Waite Park Gun Shop Sees Spike of Interest in Rifles

Conversations have been swirling at the U.S. Senate this week about proposed legislation to block people on the no-fly list from buying guns. A Waite Park gun shop says the national conversation on gun control has led to a growing interest from the Central Minnesota community for modern sporting rifles.

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Pleasantview Elementary School. (Lee Voss, WJON)
Pleasantview Elementary School. (Lee Voss, WJON)
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Task Force: Sauk Rapids District Should Build New Elementary and Replace Pleasantview

A community task force will recommend in June that the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District build a fourth elementary school and replace Pleasantview Elementary with a new building. Sauk Rapids-Rice is grappling with space concerns due to growing enrollment numbers (the district has grown by 800 students within the last six years).

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WJON In Depth – Behind the Blinds: Sex Trafficking in Central MN [VIDEO]

Sex trafficking is a growing industry among gangs and drug dealers who use women to make them money by selling sex. It's a crime syndicate that operates in the shadows of every city big and small and Stearns County is no different.

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Spencer Platt, Getty Images
Spencer Platt, Getty Images
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Report: Homeless Numbers Increase in Central Minnesota

While the number of people suffering from homelessness is dropping statewide, they're increasing in Central Minnesota. The Wilder Foundation released numbers on Monday, showing the number of homeless people in Minnesota has dropped since 2012.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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Foley Teenager Looks to Qualify For Olympic Trials This Weekend

A Foley High school student is hoping to take a step towards competing in the Olympics this weekend. 17-year-old swimmer Kasey Milstroh is competing in the Speedo Sections in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

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