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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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With a Huge Smile and Never Ending Enthusiasm, Austin Opsahl is All Star Student [VIDEO]

With an enthusiastic sense of humor and a huge smile, there’s hardly anyone who doesn’t know 1st grader Austin Opsahl at Mississippi Heights Elementary. Austin has down syndrome and is a student in the essential living skills programs. One of his favorite parts of school is getting to see friends and play football.

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John Dough's in Sauk Rapids. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
John Dough's in Sauk Rapids. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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John Dough’s Pizza in Sauk Rapids Looking to Open Next Week [VIDEO]

After months of preparation and remodeling, a popular Melrose pizza restaurant is hoping to open its new location in Sauk Rapids next week. John Dough's Pizza is at 319 North Benton Drive and has been operating in Melrose for around 10 years.

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Stearns Electric Solar Panels (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
Stearns Electric Solar Panels (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
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Sauk Rapids Temporarily Block Solar Garden Use With The City

Sauk Rapids is putting a ban on solar gardens in the city – at least for the moment. During tonight’s (Monday) city council meeting, the council unanimously approved a solar moratorium that would block any solar use within city limits.

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Alex Svejkovsky, WJON
Alex Svejkovsky, WJON
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Authorities Respond to Sauk Rapids House Fire [VIDEO]

Authorities responded to a house fire in Sauk Rapids. The home is at 3135 Quarry Road Northeast, near Molitor's. The fire started some time between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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The foundation of a home in Sauk Rapids awaits demolition as part of the "3 Up the Hill" project. Photo: Isaac Schweer, WJON.com
The foundation of a home in Sauk Rapids awaits demolition as part of the "3 Up the Hill" project. Photo: Isaac Schweer, WJON.com
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Demolition to Begin on Sauk Rapids Homes

Demolition crews will begin tearing down vacant houses Tuesday as part of the "3 Up the Hill" project in Sauk Rapids.

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Sartell to decide if they want to put up the money to make this rail crossing a quiet zone. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
Sartell to decide if they want to put up the money to make this rail crossing a quiet zone. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
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UPDATE: Sauk Rapids Railroad Crossings Opened After Repair

Several railroad crossings in Sauk Rapids after open after being closed for maintenance. Sauk Rapids Public Works Director Peter Eckhoff says the 10th Street crossing by Municipal Park, Fisher's crossing and the Southbound lane on 2nd Avenue are now open.

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Tom Souvannaphong, Photo courtesy of the Benton County Jail
Tom Souvannaphong, Photo courtesy of the Benton County Jail
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St. Cloud Man to be Charged in Fatal Sauk Rapids Crash

A St. Cloud man is scheduled to be arraigned on charges stemming from a fatal crash in Sauk Rapids Saturday night.

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Minnesota Department of Human Services, Facebook
Minnesota Department of Human Services, Facebook
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Staff Members at Two Sauk Rapids Group Homes Cited For Emotional Abuse

Staff members at two group homes for vulnerable adults in Sauk Rapids have been cited for three incidents of emotional abuse. An investigation memorandum from the Minnesota Department of Human Services says the incidents involved facilities at 1856 and 1852 Eastern Star Loop in Sauk Rapids prior to May 26th.

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Getty Images
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Sauk Rapids City Council Approves Increased Fines For Problem Properties

Residents in Sauk Rapids will face a stronger penalty for properties that are not cleaned up. The Sauk Rapids city council unanimously approved amending a new ordinance that will increase fines for neglected buildings and junked vehicles on private properties.

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The Sauk Rapids Balloon water tower (left) is the the process of a face lift (right). (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
The Sauk Rapids Balloon water tower (left) is the the process of a face lift (right). (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
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Behind the Scenes: What’s Going On With The Sauk Rapids Balloon Water Tower [VIDEO]

This week in our "Behind the Scenes" series on WJON, we find out what's going on at the Sauk Rapids balloon water tower. The signature balloon water tower has been getting a face lift over the last month, for the first time since 1996.

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