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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.
Haley Harmon and Brianna Corey 
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Haley Harmon and Brianna Corey (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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The Bulldogs Pitching Duo are the All-Star Students of the Week [VIDEO]

Becker Bulldogs Softball has had a season to remember and they were led by the pitching duo of Senior Haley Harmon and Sophomore Brianna Corey. The two are WJON's All-Star Students of the Week. The girls discussed their season together as they look to make a push towards the state tournament, as well as what the future holds for their softball careers.

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Memorial Day Ceremonies Planned Around St. Cloud Area

There are plenty of events and ceremonies in honor of Memorial Day this weekend. The National Moment of Remembrance will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday. All Americans are encouraged to take a moment of silence in honor of the men and women who have died in service to the United States.

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Zakia Aden 
 (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Zakia Aden (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Dolphin TV’s Zakia Aden is an All-Star Student

This week's All-Star Student helps set up for the morning announcements every school day. She either helps run the camera, or sits up to the microphone to do the reading, which happens to be her favorite part. From there Dolphin TV is streamed to the rest of the students via their smart boards in the classroom.

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(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Construction Begins at the Paramount Theater

The old seats at the Paramount Theater are being removed in place of more seating. The work will cause 9th/10th Avenue between 1st Street S. and 1st Street N. to be reduced to one lane. Paramount Theater's Executive Director Bob Johnson spoke about the work being done at the theater.

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Austing warming up on the pitching mound during practice. 
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Austing warming up on the pitching mound during practice. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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A Passion for Baseball, Dominic Austing is an All-Star Student [VIDEO]

This week's All-Star Student is a senior at Cathedral High School. He is a pitcher and second baseman with the Crusaders Baseball team, and is looking forward to ending the season the way they did last year. This ball player is also looking forward to continuing his baseball career right here in St. Cloud.

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The Happy Days Gang 
 (Courtesy: Hennepin Theatre Trust, Photo Credit: Unser Imagery)
The Happy Days Gang (Courtesy: Hennepin Theatre Trust, Photo Credit: Unser Imagery)
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The Weekender: Happy Days, Music, & Art

There's a little bit of a drive to see Happy Days: A New Musical, but it's worth it to see the popular TV series come to life. Join The Fonz and the rest of the gang as they try to save their local hangout. As for here in St. Cloud, Aimee Lee pays tribute to The Carpenters with other musicians, and The Wild Spirit Band hits the stage.

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(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
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Students Talk Diversity at Chalk Talk Art Display [VIDEO]

Chalk Talk works with students from diverse backgrounds to address social issues, as well as helping students get to know each other. Their artwork from the one day workshop is on display at the St. Cloud Public Library. Some of the Becker students spoke about their experience.

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