Michele Jokinen – Portfolio

Aliesha Glidden receives an American flag during the graveside services for her husband Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester, Minn. Also pictured, clutching Dickhut’s dog tags is his little brother David Carson, 9. Dickhut became the first Minnesota casualty in Afghanistan in 2012 when his unit came under enemy fire and he was shot.
Bill Habedank – the Pumpkin Man of Red Wing – is pictured with his creations in front of his Red Wing, Minn. home.
Michelle and Tim Sykora, of Kenosha, eat dinner with their sons, from left, Jacob, 4, Jesse, 2, Johnny, 5, Jayden,1, and Joey, 5, before showtime at the Keno Family Outdoor Theatre in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Joey and Johnny are twins.
Bride Katie gets set to burst her new husband Paul’s bubble while the Baron of Bubble looks on at Father Hennepin Bluff Park in Minneapolis, Minn. The Baron was kind enough to let the couple try out his bubble making equipment.
Members of the Somali community comfort each other following the guilty verdict against Hawo Mohamed Hassan and Amina Farah Ali, both of Rochester, outside U.S. District Court in downtown Minneapolis, Minn. A federal jury returned guilty verdicts on all 16 counts for the two Rochester women accused of conspiring to support a terrorist organization in Somalia.
Igor Vovkovinskiy, the tallest person living in America, speaks with WCCO reporter Holly Wagner about his new custom made size 24 Reebok Shoes at the Rochester Athletic Club in Rochester, Minn. Vovkovinskiy, who is 7 feet 8.33 inches tall, was given three pairs of shoes from Reebok, each sporting IGOR logos.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Team fly in the delta formation past stunt performers, from front, Sean Tucker, Mike Goulian and Matt Losacker over Milwaukee, Wis. Tucker and Goulian are both solo performers, while Losacker is one of four members of the Red Baron Pizza Squadron Team.
Braden Lowe, 5, right, and his brother Jakeb, 3, of Austin, wait between events at the Mower County 4-H Horse Show at the Mower County Fairgrounds Horse Arena. The youngsters were there to watch their cousins competing in the show.
The best man cuts it up on the dance floor at Jen and Aaron’s 2015 wedding reception at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville, Minn.
A group of teenagers play pick up hockey on one of two outdoor skating rinks available for use at the John Withers Sports Complex in Rochester, Minn.
Tim Wilkemeyer snoozes while his sons Andrew, 3, right, and Sampson, 1, take over his lap. Tim, his wife Karen, and their four young children live in a FEMA trailer in Rushford, Minn. while recovering from the August 18th flood that destroyed their home and daycare business. Along with participating in a state funded temporary jobs program for displaced workers, Tim works as a substitute bus driver for the Rushford-Peterson school system and babysits for former daycare clients.
Maren and Brad Valentine welcome their son Larsen Robert following his birth at their Milwaukee home, with the assitance of midwife Lucky Tomaszek. Larsen’s birth, at 11:31 p.m. Aug. 9, is the 136th that Tomaszek has attended since she began working with pregnant and birthing women.

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