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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.
Rhythmic Circus
(Photo: www.rhythmiccircus.com)
Rhythmic Circus (Photo: www.rhythmiccircus.com)
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The Weekender: Tap Dancing Fun, Tribute to Rock N’ Roll, and More

Enjoy a fun show filled with tap dancing, and a full big brass band this weekend, Rhythmic Circus is back in town. There are also a few concerts in the area, one of which is a tribute to a great Rock N' Roll band. Finally, Gallery Saint Germain has a new exhibit for you to check out.

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The former Verso Paper Mill during deconstruction. (Jan. 2015) 
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
The former Verso Paper Mill during deconstruction. (Jan. 2015) (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Public Art Work Pays Tribute to Former Verso Paper Mill [VIDEO]

Almost three years after the Verso Paper Mill fire in Sartell, a group of artists are getting closer to paying tribute to the mill, and its workers. Public art projects, using the paper mill's original pieces, are currently being built, and are set to go into Watab Park, and Val Smith Park this summer. The projects range from silhouettes of the mill, to park benches, and bike racks. Lead Artist Heidi Jeub tells us more about the project.

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Lisa Volkers  
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Lisa Volkers (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Serving Her School and Conference, Lisa Volkers is an All-Star Student [VIDEO]

The All-Star Student of the Week is serving both her school, and the school's conference. Lisa Volkers is a member the the ROCORI High School student senate, and serves as treasurer on the Central Lakes Conference Executive Board. She says she enjoys serving her fellow students in these roles.

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Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON
Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON
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St. John’s Cantius Neighboorhood Looking to Add Art and Safety [AUDIO]

St. John's Cantius Neighborhood is looking to add art and safety to the area. They want to add crosswalks, some of which would be art crosswalks created by a local artist, to make the community more accessible to walkers, and make it easier to get to local attractions. The neighborhood is also working on a Gateway project to help give the community an identity.

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Reynold Philipsek 
(Photo: reynold.com)
Reynold Philipsek (Photo: reynold.com)
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The Weekender: A Tribute to a Great Duet, A Color Play Reception, and More

Another filled weekend of music in the St. Cloud area. Reynold Philipsek returns for another show, plus there's a tribute to a great duet. A unique artist's reception is happening up in Little Falls that you can't miss, and much more on The Weekender.

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Third Street Brewhouse's newest Beer, Cool Beans, features coffee beans from Muggsy Lauer.  
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Third Street Brewhouse's newest Beer, Cool Beans, features coffee beans from Muggsy Lauer. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Third Street Brewhouse Staying Local with New Beer [VIDEO]

Third Street Brewhouse is celebrating their third year with brand new specialty beers. The first one is ready to hit the shelves. It's an Imperial Coffee Porter that uses the coffee beans of a local coffee bean roaster.

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Spencer with Volunteers 
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Spencer with Volunteers (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Albany’s Red Kettle Campaign Reaches Its Goal

One of our recent All-Star Students of the Week has been running the Red Kettle Campaign in Albany for the last two years. This year he had a goal of doubling donations from last year. After counting up the money, he realized the goal was reached, plus some.

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Aedyn Colville 
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Aedyn Colville (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Trying Out Broadway Aedyn Colville is an All-Star Student [VIDEO]

Eleven year old Aedyn Colville has taken central Minnesota by storm. Her performance of "Quite" from Matilda earned her an audition on Broadway. We caught up with our All-Star Student of the week to find out what her experience was like while on Broadway.

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Max Wojtanowicz and Sheena Janson performing in Fruit Fly: The Musical. 
(Photo: Courtesy of Max Wojtanowicz, taken by Dan Norman)
Max Wojtanowicz and Sheena Janson performing in Fruit Fly: The Musical. (Photo: Courtesy of Max Wojtanowicz, taken by Dan Norman)
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The Weekender: Art Exhibits, A Fairy Tale Favorite, and More

Join two Twin Cities actors for a day of learning the life of an actor, followed by their performance, Plus, there's a new exhibit featuring Minnesota Artists in town, Peter Pan takes flight out in St. Joseph, and a few other performances to check out.

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GREAT Theatre Presents Peter Pan.   
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
GREAT Theatre Presents Peter Pan. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Peter Pan Takes Flight at the College of St. Benedict [AUDIO]

GREAT Theatre presents the high flying action production Peter Pan. This adaptation written locally by director Dennis Whipple is fun for all ages. Actors will fly through the air leading up to the final battle of Captain Hook and Peter Pan. Check out this interview with Whipple about the performance that hits the stage tonight.

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