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Stillwater moves to online graduation

Newspaper editors-in-chief John Franklin and Hazel Flock gather on a final Zoom call. They dressed up in their cap and gown to signify the virtual graduation.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2020

After weeks of planning, the Stillwater Graduation Committee finally came to an tentative agreement for hosting this year’s graduation at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Although the planning had yet to be sorted, the group agreed it was the best idea. Then on May 8, Governor Walz signed an exec...

Extraordinary staff and students make FFA plant sale happen

The SAHS greenhouse is full of plants that are ready to sell. You can purchase these plants at a social distancing sale on May 8 or 9.

Brianne Johnson, Layout Editor

May 2, 2020

Like many things the FFA Plant Sale has had some changes thanks to coronavirus (COVID-19) The annual FFA plant sale is still going to happen thanks to some extraordinary staff and students. This year, there are two options for the sale: an online order form with a pick up time or a small sale in the c...

Stimulus bill signed to help struggling economy

Around 80-85 percent of Americans qualify for federal stimulus checks. These checks hope to provide financial security for those struggling to stay afloat.

Joseph Devins, Business Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began many people are out of work or working from home. This has severely impacted the United States and world economy. Due to this, Congress has conducted a bill to provide stimulus checks for citizens who are severely affected by the pandemic. The stimulus bill was signed into law on March 27, it consists of $2.2 trill...

Wyffels dad’s company transforms into PPE maker, distributor

Workers assemble the newly-created

Mairin Torgerson, Photographer

April 29, 2020

As COVID-19 rages across the country, life has changed as people knew it. Some of the most affected include business owners who have had to shut down and lose income that keep their businesses alive. Whereas others, like junior Tori Wyffels father, Chris Wyffels, have adapted to the crisis and transform...

COVID-19 closures force music auditions online

Sophomore Madelyn Puhrmann practices her violin at home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all musicians are forced to stay home and practice alone, making coordination between the members of the entire music group difficult.

Austin Fierro, Online Editor

April 25, 2020

Following the stay at home order by Governor Tim Walz, all public schools were asked to close until May 4. This caused many school-sanctioned activities to be modified or canceled, including music auditions. While the band program had largely completed auditions for the 2020-2021 school year before spri...

Stay at home keeps many awake

Since distance learning has started students are spending more time looking at their computer screens and have not been moving around as much. This can be detrimental to one’s sleep because it has become easier to not be active and lose track of the time.

Mylana Nederloe, Business Editor

April 18, 2020

It has become a part of our daily lives to talk and read about how quarantine has been affecting daily lives. However, many may not realize how much it affects one not getting enough sleep. A large number of teenagers have not been getting enough sleep since school went online. There are different rea...

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 ...

Members of the community reach out to their neighbors and friends

Jess Buck started sewing masks by request of her neighbors that are healthcare workers. They are very thankful that she has made them feel safer at work.

Elaina Mankowski, Layout Editor

April 5, 2020

COVID-19 has left everyone feeling lonely and distanced from those we care about. Many are feeling helpless because they cannot do much to help everyone when they are not working on the front lines. In Bayport, many community members have begun to reach out to help their neighborhoods and communities in ...

ACT postponed due to COVID-19

Photo by Ella Gag

Ella Gag, Social Media Editor

March 29, 2020

¨I believe that the biggest effect on the Class of 2021 is the emotional impact of the uncertainty that comes with tremendous change,¨ Assistant Principal Chris Otto said.  As the global pandemic COVID-19 has taken its course, events are being canceled or postponed. The ACT was scheduled for Marc...

Coronavirus causes different reactions in teens

A tourist on a bus wears a mask to try to stop the spread of germs.

Annabel Lantz, Photography Editor

March 29, 2020

Coronavirus, which started in China, has now spread to other countries, including the United States. The virus has flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever and in some more severe cases, pneumonia. The virus is spread through coughing, sneezing, sharing food and drinks, not washing your hands and saliva...

The show must go on; how theatre addresses tragedy

Musical theatre students bond during a break for their rehearsals for the “Beauty and the Beast.” The group worked hard for weeks, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show is now cancelled.

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter

March 26, 2020

A great performance takes time to prepare. With daily rehearsals and a practically nonstop schedule for the last month, the theatre department was working tirelessly to put together the final show of the year, "Beauty and the Beast". Through this process many theatre students learn that things do not always...

The day the music died

Sophomore Katie Liss practices Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto no. 1.” Concert Orchestra director, Zach Sawyer, due to distance learning constraints, will now have students input their goals for daily practice routine in a virtual practice journal.

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter

March 26, 2020

Amidst a worldwide health crisis and a quarantined nation, a lot is lost to self isolation. With schools closed and distance learning in place, the arts and music departments are at a standstill. At their core, the music and theatre departments revolve around in-person learning, collaboration and eve...

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