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Joshua Akkerman

I grew up in southern Minnesota near the town of Austin. There I worked for a video production company, and my love for video just grew from there. I attended St. Cloud State University majoring in Mass Communications. After graduating in 2011, I moved to Duluth to take a job as a director at The Northlands Newscenter. I spent three years there, and finally decided that it was time to move back to St. Cloud, and that is how I ended up here at Townsquare Media. Outside of work I enjoy fishing, riding motorcycle, playing bass guitar, and camping with my family.
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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A Gymnastics Great, Ethan Gonzalez is an All-Star Student [VIDEO]

WJON's All-Star Student of the Week participated in all of the events at the Minnesota Men's State Gymnastic Championships. He ended up taking third place in the all-around, and first place on one of his favorite events. His coach says it's great having him on the team.

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2012 Sidewalk Poetry Contest winner has work displayed along 25th Avenue South. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
2012 Sidewalk Poetry Contest winner has work displayed along 25th Avenue South. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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Entries Being Accepted for St. Cloud’s “Poetry in Sidewalks” Contest

Now is your time to have your poem imprinted on St. Cloud sidewalks. The St. Cloud Arts Commission is now accepting entries for the "Poems in Sidewalks" contest. The deadline is May 22nd.

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Michael Stone during practice at North Crest Activity Center. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Michael Stone during practice at North Crest Activity Center. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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A Gymnastics State Champion, Michael Stone is an All-Star Student [VIDEO]

North Crest Activity Center's Gymnastics team is home to two state champions. This week's All-Star Student is one of those champions, who has become a level eight gymnast. His coach says his skills go beyond an athlete because he has become a role model to the younger gymnasts.

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GREAT Children's Theater presents Tarzan. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
GREAT Children's Theater presents Tarzan. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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The Weekender: Last Weekend of Tarzan, A Train Show, & More

The high flying aerial effects of Tarzan hit the stage for a final weekend of performances. There are two shows around the area this weekend for both work working enthusiasts, and train enthusiasts. Finally the artwork of CSB and SJU seniors goes on display for your enjoyment.

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Ethan receiving the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Medalist Award. (Photo Courtesy: Christie Zink)
Ethan receiving the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Medalist Award. (Photo Courtesy: Christie Zink)
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Acts of Kindness, Ethan Zink Is An All-Star Student [VIDEO]

This week's All-Star Student is known for being energetic, and has a love for helping other people. Second Grader Ethan Zink ran with his mom in last year's Time to Fly 5K raising money for EB research. His efforts earned him a nomination for the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award.

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Great River Chorale
Great River Chorale
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The Weekender: The Music of Broadway & Sinatra, Plus More

The Weekender is full of music from your favorite Broadway hits, as well as hits from Frank Sinatra. Also highlighting our weekend is the 22nd Annual Spring Pow Wow at SCSU, a dinner theater in Little Falls, and two special musicians performing with the CSB/SJU Orchestra.

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Maddie with her confirmation mentor, Cindy Fitzthum. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Maddie with her confirmation mentor, Cindy Fitzthum. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Cleaning the Environment, Maddie O’Rourke is an All-Star Student [VIDEO]

This week's All-Star Student is leading a city wide park clean-up project in Sartell. Maddie O'Rourke had many ideas for her confirmation service project, but landed on helping the environment in her community.
She, along with her mentor Cindy Fitzthum, and other volunteers will be cleaning up Sartell Parks on April 18th.

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(Photos Courtesy: Pioneer Place)
(Photos Courtesy: Pioneer Place)
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The Weekender: Opening Art Exhibits, Music, and More

There are a few new art exhibits opening up at SCSU, and the Stearns History museum. John Gorka will be performing at BoDiddley's, and The Veranda Lounge has three free concerts. Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks also return to the Pioneer Place stage with their latest show.

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Mitchell Dockendorf 
 (Photo: Yvette Dockendorf)
Mitchell Dockendorf (Photo: Yvette Dockendorf)
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Breaking Records, Mitchell Dockendorf is the All-Star Student of the Week [VIDEO]

Sartell-St. Stephen sophomore Mitchell Dockendorf had one goal in mind going into the section and state meets. It was to swim fast. In fact he swam so fast he broke the school record in the 100 backstroke not once, but twice.

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