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Spelling Bee winners Grant Cohrs (left) and Braden Martini (right) hold up their trophies. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Spelling Bee winners Grant Cohrs (left) and Braden Martini (right) hold up their trophies. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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Sauk Rapids-Rice Student Knocked Out of State Spelling Bee

An eighth grade Sauk Rapids-Rice student has been eliminated from the Multi-State Regional Bee. Braden Martini, who won the Central Minnesota Regional Spelling Bee, lost in the first round of today's (Monday) contest held in Fergus Falls.

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Photo courtesy of Kris Moran
Photo courtesy of Kris Moran
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Report: No Clear Cause Of Sauk Rapids Plane Crash Into House

Federal investigators have been unable to determine why a small plane crashed into a house in Sauk Rapids last year, killing the pilot and a German foreign exchange student who was a passenger.

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No More Candy Bars: Local Schools Embrace Healthy Fundraisers [AUDIO]

When it comes to fundraisers, local schools are phasing out unhealthy activities like selling candy bars or bake sales for fun runs and walk-a-thons.

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Spelling Bee winners Grant Cohrs (left) and Braden Martini (right) hold up their trophies. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Spelling Bee winners Grant Cohrs (left) and Braden Martini (right) hold up their trophies. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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UPDATE: Sauk Rapids-Rice Student, Three Others Advance to State Spelling Bee [AUDIO]

Forty-six young spellers put their vocabulary skills to the test today (Thursday) at the Central Minnesota Regional Spelling Bee. Students from grades 5th through 8th gathered at Resource Training and Solutions for a chance at a trophy and to compete at the National Spelling Bee.

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Virchow preparing part of her entree during team practice. 
 (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Virchow preparing part of her entree during team practice. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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A Career in Cooking, Madelaine Virchow is an All-Star Student [VIDEO]

WJON's All-Star Student of the Week once again comes from the ProStart Culinary Program at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. Madelaine Virchow has decided to pursue a career in culinary and hospitality. She was a member of the second place state culinary team last year. As a senior she hopes to make it to nationals.

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John Lelwica (Photo: Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools)
John Lelwica (Photo: Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools)
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Sauk Rapids-Rice Teacher Candidate For Minnesota Teacher of the Year

A Sauk Rapids-Rice High School science teacher is a candidate for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. John Lelwica teaches anatomy, physiology and 10th grade biology and has been with the school since 2000.

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Megan Schmelz (Photo: Sauk Rapids Police Department)
Megan Schmelz (Photo: Sauk Rapids Police Department)
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UPDATE: Missing Sauk Rapids Woman Found Safe

A missing Sauk Rapids woman has been found safe. The Minnesota BCA has canceled the missing person alert for 33-year-old Megan Schmelz, who was missing since Monday.

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Madison Waseca searing the scallops for her appetizer. 
 (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Madison Waseca searing the scallops for her appetizer. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Cooking Towards A Career, Madison Waseca is the All-Star Student of the Week [VIDEO]

WJON's All-Star Student is kick starting her career of owning her own restaurant by participating in the culinary program at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. Madison Waseca is the captain of the management team, and was a member of last years' second place state culinary team. She says her experience here is helping set her up for the future.

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(Photo: Jim Maurice, WJON News)
(Photo: Jim Maurice, WJON News)
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Sauk Rapids-Rice to Study Facilities Due to Increasing Enrollment [AUDIO]

Increasing enrollment in the Sauk Rapids-Rice district is leading to potential space crunches in their buildings. The district recently approved the process to hire an architect to study its buildings.

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Supermarket Registered Dietician Ashley Kibutha shows us what to look for when grocery shopping. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Supermarket Registered Dietician Ashley Kibutha shows us what to look for when grocery shopping. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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Fitness Friday: Knowing What’s On the Label Is Half the Battle Grocery Shopping [VIDEO]

This week in our "Fitness Friday" series on WJON, we find out what to look for when shopping at a grocery store.

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