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Teens saving for college suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Taco Johns has had to move to drive through only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have had to lay off workers leaving them jobless because they do not have enough jobs with nobody able to come inside due to new rules set in place by the government.

Sam Elletson, Podcast Reporter

May 11, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many teens who were actively saving for college are now unemployed. The pandemic changed their financial plan greatly. Minnesota offers an unemployment benefit except it is only applicable to people who have held a job for a period over five years, which makes it especially...

Youth group aims to aid struggling students through faith

Young Life posted a promotional for their zoom meetings. Young Life uses Instagram stories to connect with students.

William Raymond, Podcast Reporter

May 3, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the lives of religious followers. The nonprofit, Christian organization Young Life aims to assist their members. The program is working with their youth groups to give support to students by different forms of social distancing and distance worshipping. The goal of the group ...

Global pandemic takes toll on nonprofit organizations

The Camp Odayin office remains quiet due to the stay at home order issued by Governor, Tim Walz. Staff will be working from home until further notice.

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

With unemployment rates through the roof, thousands hospitalized and businesses temporarily shut down, everyone, everywhere is being affected by COVID-19. Nonprofit organizations are highly affected from the pandemic as they are struggling to raise money, and overall trying to keep their organization runn...

Social distancing necessary for progress

When going to grocery stores, the CDC has advised staying six feet apart from others. Many stores have implemented systems to intentionally separate groups of people when shopping.

Julia Bennett, Social Media Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way many people live their day-to-day lives. While it may be difficult, the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to social distance as much as possible. Unnecessary contact with others will continue the spread of the virus and further alter the road to norma...

Nurses forced on frontlines amid pandemic

Nurses prepare for a surgery amid the COVID-19 crisis. Surgeons and many other members of the healthcare industry have been furloughed due to many hospitals cutting certain services.

Drew Jurek, Layout Editor

April 30, 2020

Many Americans have been fortunate to find themselves at home over the previous weeks, but healthcare professionals have been unable to find such security. Their profession has forced them to make many sacrifices in the name of the greater good. “There’s a lot of change, a lot of uncertainty, a lot of thi...

Families making the most throughout this rough time

Families bond during these uncertain times. Many are doing projects together or learning more about one another.

Maria Supan, Business Editor

April 26, 2020

COVID-19 has affected many households throughout the district. Families have had to stay in their homes without contact with anyone but each other. Although these times are uncertain, families are becoming closer through this difficult time.  As Governor Tim Walz pushed back the stay at home order to May 4...

Sabrina McCombs fights COVID-19 symptoms

Sabrina McCombs is on strict quarantine watch due to her 'red flag' symptoms of COVID-19. McCombs is only allowed to be outside on her patio.

Tyrina McCombs, Distribution Reporter

April 25, 2020

“I did have a feeling COVID-19 was going to be all around the world eventually, but knowing it is like the flu but worse, and that it could kill you, is scary,” eighth grader Sabrina McCombs said.  McCombs is like any other middle schooler, reaching the end of her middle school career and pr...

Canadian worker recovers from coronavirus

Although there is no vaccine for the coronavirus, there are ways to prevent it from spreading. People who practice good hygiene have a better chance of not contracting the virus than those who do not.

Emma Wagner, Copy Editor

April 17, 2020

The idea of contracting the corona virus is terrifying for many people. The harsh symptoms and the possibility of death has led to a nationwide lock-down and a new era of social distancing. One person who has come down with the virus, has decided to share his story with the public on what it is like t...

Valerius overcomes challenges in his first year as BPA student

Stillwater graduate Ben Valerius ('19) attends his virtual Ballet One class. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Valerius has had to have his classes for his Bachelor of Performing Arts degree online.

Charlie Valerius, Online Editor

April 15, 2020

The saying “the show must go on” has been a traditional term in the theatre culture for a long time. During a global pandemic, Stillwater graduate Ben Valerius ('19) is bringing this term to life while achieving his Bachelor in Performing Arts (BPA) degree at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. ...

Distance learning: a new way of engaging in school

Mya Brainard is a seventh grader at Oakland Middle School. Mya kicks off the day right by getting her distance learning done for the day.

Alexis Brainard, Online Editor

April 13, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, distance learning delivers a new way of learning and will continue until the end of the school year. Students have mixed responses to the distance learning compared to traditional learning.  Distance learning started when Governor Tim Walz declared  Minnesota was on ...

Alumni’s time in Italy cut short

2018 alumnus Sintra Nichols strolls down the streets of Florence, Italy. In late February, Nichols was forced to return home to Minnesota due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor

April 6, 2020

"It was like going up on a roller coaster and you're going up to the highest peak, you're so excited to see from the top and that fun experience of going down. Then with about 20% left the ride just stops and you have to go back down," said first year student at Marist University and 2018 Stillwater graduate Sintra Nichols. A passion for tra...

Paramedics handle COVID-19 with care

Every morning, paramedics check the ambulance. Wade Watson checks the monitor and does a defibrillator test to ensure it is working properly.

Ava Hoezel, Photography Editor

April 2, 2020

Long hours, weird schedules, little sleep, busy days, slow days and stressful intense work-- these are experiences paramedics encounter day to day. Now that COVID-19 has entered the United States, the job of paramedics has become even more difficult.  Like everyone else, paramedics' lives have c...

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