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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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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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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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Report Warns of Contaminated Central Minnesota Groundwater

A new report says up to 60 percent of the groundwater monitoring wells sampled across central Minnesota are contaminated with nitrates well above the safe drinking water standard.

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Photo of the dogs injuries. (Stearns County Sheriff's Office)
Photo of the dogs injuries. (Stearns County Sheriff's Office)
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Dog Shot Six Times, Authorities Looking For Who’s Responsible [VIDEO]

Stearns County authorities are looking for answers after finding a dog that was shot multiple times. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says they were called Monday just before 9:00 a.m. by a resident who lives one mile north of Avon.

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Photo: Collegeville Properties
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St. Joseph Three Story Retail-Loft Building Expecting November Completion

A new three-story retail and residential loft building is expected to arrive in downtown St. Joseph in November. What was formerly known as the "Bayou Alley Flats" in downtown St. Joseph has been renamed the "24 North Lofts on College Avenue".

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Two Vulnerable Adults Allegedly Exposed to Illegal Drugs in Annandale Facility

An Annandale foster home had its license revoked last Friday, after evidence of drug use was allegedly found in the building. Rita Rudnitski Adult Foster Care is in the 14,000 Block of State Highway 24. It's a two-story home in a rural area.

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Sartell Man Escapes Burning Vehicle Unhurt

A Sartell man was able to escape without being hurt after the vehicle he was driving started on fire. The incident happened at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday on Stearns County Road 1, south of Stearns County Road 5 in Brockway Township (Three miles north of Sartell).

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