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Young Republicans and Democrats hold first debate

Young Republicans and Democrats hold first debate

Olivia Weirtz, Print Editor-in-Chief
October 25, 2016
Filed under Activities, News, Showcase

There has been an increase seen in the political involvement of students, and this can be attributed largely to the emergence of the Young Democrat and Young Republican clubs last year. Created to educate members about political opinions and beliefs, these clubs have drawn interest from a vast population...

Attendance policy reinforced to improve attendance

Attendance policy reinforced to improve attendance

Kayla Gjerde, Social Media Reporter
October 13, 2016
Filed under News

This year the administration has made a more strict attendance policy. Students receive an orange warning slip if they are tardy once, and after two tardies they receive 30 minutes of detention after school. Stillwater had the third most absences in Minnesota last year, which is the main reason for...

District seeks public opinion in naming middle schools

District seeks public opinion in naming middle schools

Kalley Lewis, Copy Editor
October 12, 2016
Filed under News

At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, there will be a large district wide transition between grades. The freshman will be moved to the high school and the sixth graders will be moved to the junior high schools. Along with those changes, the two Stillwater Area Junior High Schools will h...

Construction impacts local businesses

Construction impacts local businesses

Evan Klein, Social Media Reporter
September 23, 2016
Filed under News

Earlier this year, the public found out that the new bridge spanning the Saint Croix River will not be completed until next fall. The delays certainly will not help traffic in downtown Stillwater, but it should give the city time to prepare for the change the new bridge will bring. By the end of construc...

Plan for senior living facility near Liberty passed

Plan for senior living facility near Liberty passed

Kathleen Billingsley, Copy Editor
May 12, 2016
Filed under Local News, News

Stillwater continues to innovate as they pass the plan for a senior living facility to be built near the township of Liberty in Stillwater, MN. As the baby boomer generation continues to reside in Stillwater, more space is needed for their care. Stillwater city council passed a $60 million bill to b...

Spanish students journey to Central America

Spanish students journey to Central America

Megan McGuire, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 11, 2016
Filed under Local News, News, Photo Slide Shows

A select group of Spanish students will say "adios" to Stillwater and travel to Guatemala and Belize this summer. From June 6 to June 16, 72 students will have the opportunity to explore Spanish speaking culture, further their language knowledge and gainn experiences of a lifetime. Students...

24 Hour Play Festival immerses students in theatre

24 Hour Play Festival immerses students in theatre

Liv Krusinski, In-Studio Video Team Director
April 27, 2016
Filed under Local News, News

One way to get a taste of theatre is to audition for a show and take a few months and really get to know the way things work around there. This year, the theatre department decided to put a new twist into the recruiting of new members. The 24 Hour Film Festival is the key to getting completely immersed in ...

Alum faces ‘Real World Challenge’

Alum faces ‘Real World Challenge’

Hannah Anderson, Social Media Managing Editor
April 7, 2016
Filed under News

From Super Bowl athletes to famous jazz musicians, Stillwater has no shortage of notable alumni. Recently, another graduate, Mitch Reid, hit the big time when he competed in the MTV 'Real World Challenge', a long-running reality game show on MTV. Reid has recently competed in the "Battle of Bl...

Partnership Party raises money to enhance District 834

Partnership Party raises money to enhance District 834

Sam Hudachek, Video Team
April 6, 2016
Filed under Local News, News

The Partnership Plan is an education fund for Stillwater Area Public Schools. Their main goal is get the community to join in on their support for the education and well being of students. This year, the Partnership Plan created a fundraiser to bring in new resources, known as the Partnership Party, ...

Canoe building teaches ALC students new skills

Canoe building teaches ALC students new skills

Sam Begin, Print Editor-in-Chief
March 18, 2016
Filed under Local News, News, Showcase

A canoe may be a mere sailing craft for most, but to the kids at the St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center, the humble craft represents much more. Through the spring, 12 ALC seniors will be constructing the "Wilderness Traveler 17," a 17-foot long canoe, with the aid of Matt Ecklund from a program called ...

The Shire Literary Center inspiring creativity

The Shire Literary Center inspiring creativity

Megan McGuire, Editor-in-Chief
March 18, 2016
Filed under Local News, News, Photo Slide Shows

ArtReach St. Croix offers a new, valuable resource for students to connect with teachers, mentors, writers and each other at The Shire Literary Center. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in many classes based on a variety of writing styles and techniques that will challenge their w...

High turnout for Stillwater’s college fair

High turnout for Stillwater’s college fair

Sarah McCarthy, Photographer
March 17, 2016
Filed under Local News, News, Photo Slide Shows, Read & Watch, Showcase

Stillwater Area High School hosted one of the largest college fairs in the Midwest in the gym. The fair featured over 110 different post secondary schools, and offered a range of opportunities for every kind of student. The College Fair occurred on March 8, and it hosted both two and four year colleg...

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