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Sgt. Kellan Hemmesch keeps an eye on boaters in the area. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Sgt. Kellan Hemmesch keeps an eye on boaters in the area. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Stearns County Water Patrol Keep Lakes Safe During Summertime [VIDEO]

With summer in full swing, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol is out making sure everyone is safe on the water. The water patrol enforces rules on the water and also educates the public on boat safety. Sergeant Kellan Hemmesch says they typically have eight people out on the water during the weekend and holidays.

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July 4th 2015 Fireworks Shows In And Near St. Cloud

The 4th of July is literally around the corner and since it's my favorite holiday, I had to take a look to see what there was for fireworks shows in Central Minnesota.  Here are a few that look pretty cool to me!

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Mississippi River in Clearwater
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Study Finds Drug Contamination in Minnesota’s Lakes, Rivers

A new study by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has found widespread contamination by pharmaceutical drugs and other chemicals in the state's lakes and rivers.

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Barry Flanders (top) separates the males and females they collected in their nets to take back to the hatchery. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Barry Flanders (top) separates the males and females they collected in their nets to take back to the hatchery. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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Behind the Scenes: Keeping the Fish Population Bountiful in Minnesota Lakes [VIDEO]

This week in our "Behind the Scenes" series on WJON, we head out with the Minnesota DNR to help repopulate the area lakes with fish. Consider them natures middle man when it comes to making sure area lakes are stocked with fish.

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No Wake Sign in the Cold Spring/Richmond. (Dan DeBaun, WJON News)
No Wake Sign in the Cold Spring/Richmond. (Dan DeBaun, WJON News)
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Stearns County Lifts “No Wake” Advisory on Area Lakes [AUDIO]

Boaters may finally be able to get on the lakes this weekend.

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No Wake Sign in the Cold Spring/Richmond. (Dan DeBaun, WJON News)
No Wake Sign in the Cold Spring/Richmond. (Dan DeBaun, WJON News)
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Another Area Lake Added to No Wake Advisory

Another Area Lake Added to No Wake Advisory

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July 4th 2014 Fireworks Shows In And Near St. Cloud

I know it's a bit early to be thinking about the 4th of July and fireworks, but it's my favorite holiday so I couldn't resist checking out what was going on the area that day.

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No Wake Sign in the Cold Spring/Richmond. (Dan DeBaun, WJON News)
No Wake Sign in the Cold Spring/Richmond. (Dan DeBaun, WJON News)
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More Area Lakes Added to No Wake Advisory

The Stearns County Sheriffs Office has added more area lakes to the no wake advisory.

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No Wake Sign in the Cold Spring/Richmond. (Dan DeBaun, WJON News)
No Wake Sign in the Cold Spring/Richmond. (Dan DeBaun, WJON News)
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High Water Creating Dangerous Conditions in Central Minnesota [AUDIO]

The high water in Central Minnesota continues to be a concern for law enforcement agencies.

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People beat the heat at Warner Lake Park. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
People beat the heat at Warner Lake Park. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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For Water Safety: Watch, Wear and Learn

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is urging residents to stay safe while swimming or playing around bodies of water this summer.

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