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Villages of Creekside (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky)
Villages of Creekside (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky)
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Proposed Apartment Complex Has Sauk Rapids Neighborhood Speaking Up [AUDIO]

A proposed apartment building has caused an uproar in one Sauk Rapids neighborhood. Kuepers Architects and Builders wants to construct two apartment buildings south of the entrance for the Villages of Creekside.

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Members of the Sauk Rapids Community gather at the Alzheimer's Visioning Meeting. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Members of the Sauk Rapids Community gather at the Alzheimer's Visioning Meeting. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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Leaders Hope to Make Sauk Rapids A Dementia-Friendly Community [AUDIO]

A local organization is wanting to make Sauk Rapids a Alzheimer's friendly community. Today (Wednesday) members of the ACT on Alzheimer's group held a community visioning meeting to help others understand about this growing disease.

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South Benton Drive
Photo by Lee Voss, WJON
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Construction 2015: South Benton Drive

Sauk Rapids is putting the finishing touches on a plan to reconstruct about a half-mile of South Benton Drive this spring.

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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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