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The Pony Express

Juniors Ryo Davis, Olivia Decorsey and Lauren Nelson are on their phones scrolling on Pinterest and Snapchat rather than socializing or interacting with peers. Because of social medias negative addicting effect. Social media has a significant effect on students mental health when talked about in school and the stigma and seriousness of mental health.

Social media has significant effect on students mental health

Ava Aspengren, Business Editor December 13, 2023

Social media has a significant effect on student's mental health when talked about in school and the stigma and seriousness of mental health. ABC news mentions the addiction of social media and the issue...

Cannabis plants being grown naturally in greenhouses. Cannabis plants are ready to harvest after 10 weeks.

Legalization of marijuana is questioned

Ella Belland, Online Editor-Photographer May 31, 2023

The legislative passed the legalization of recreational use of marijuana by a vote of 34-33 on April 28. The final bill has now made its way to Governor Tim Walz’s desk to be signed  before becoming...

The Minnesota State Capitol Building sits regally in the sun in St. Paul, Minn. Each day representatives, voted into office to make Minnesota a better place, meet and discuss policies that could help Minnesota citizens.

Democrat trifecta reflects the views of Minnesota voters

Michael Fredericks, Graphics Editor April 10, 2023

Only every few years does a rare political state trifecta appear. These trifectas could only happen if one party in the government controls the governor's seat, the State Senate and the State House. In...

Chess requires a checkmate to win. Take advantage of the opponents faults and prevail.

Chess Club prepares students for tournaments

William Cadenhead, Political Cartoonist March 4, 2023

Chess Club was formed on October 6th. Freshman Jonah Bailey was founded to delve deeper into the game. The club takes place every Friday in room C209 Math Teacher Torry Kraftson advises it. The game...

Ali Rustad- Junior

New AP African American studies course becomes largely restricted in Florida

Bailey Holmes, Photography, Copy Editor February 22, 2023

AP African American studies has been restricted by Florida's Department of Education after Governor DeSantis claimed that it is an unnecessary addition to education that promotes political ideologies....

A golden ticket kiosk is located in the White Pony Center with a sign, stamp and blank tickets.

“Golden tickets” prove effective, reduce tardies

Sydney Rodd, Layout Editor-in-Chief October 21, 2022

Sitting in detention is never fun for anyone involved. However, students have been serving detentions just for being late to class. Many have mixed reactions to the tardy ticket policy, even when it...

Maus by Art Spiegelman has come into public interest as schools begin to ban the book that details the horrors of the Holocaust. Maus is one of many books that have come under recent criticism in regards the subject they cover and their appropriateness of the content for students

Staff Editorial: School reading lists must diversify

Pony Express Staff March 2, 2022

Throughout history, English classes have challenged students to look deeper at the texts that surround them, analyzing the stories that form our world; but for some, this analysis only brings discomfort...

Members of Stillwaters Young Democrats make cookies for the Vice Presidential debate. The Young Democrats watched the debate to be educated and learn more about their candidates Vice President. It is important to stay educated on politics by watching, reading, or listening to the news.

Transfer of presidential power necessary for peace

Luci Miller and Calli Dierkhising November 20, 2020

America’s future is riding on the election results of Nov. 3 and the direction our leaders will take. Many Americans believe with the division the country is experiencing, that a peaceful transition...

The previous Supreme Court Justices on Nov. 30, 2018. In the front row, second from the right is Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away recently. Her seat is waiting to be filled. Front row L-R: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Back row L-R: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh.

Trump nominates new Supreme Court Justice

Morgan Delaney, Online Editor October 29, 2020

With the recent passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding her seat on the Supreme Court and who should choose who gets to fill her seat. Current President Donald J....

Schoology holds all  assignments and attendance for the school day. Students are required to log in and complete assignments for each class as they would on a normal day. Teachers are doing their best to make everything seem familiar for the students.

Pros and cons of distance leaning vs. traditional school

Libby Shepperd, Online Editor April 25, 2020

Towards the end of this year, schools had no choice but to shut down due to the global pandemic known as the COVID-19; this leaves students to responsibly complete their work online on a day to day basis....

Spanish teacher Christen Smithbergs class communicates through a Flipgrid. This is one of the many was the class communicates.

Distance learning foreign language on a computer

Annabel Lantz, Photographer April 19, 2020

Since schools have been shut down because of COVID-19, all learning has gone online. Many of the classes structure almost stay the same, where others have become more challenging. Foreign language classes...

This detailed graph shows the Nitrogen dioxide emissions in China in Jan. and Feb. before and after the coronavirus outbreak. The picture in Feb. had a drastic reduction in Nitrogen dioxide levels in the air due to people being quarantined.

Coronavirus quarantine causes positive benefits for environment

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-Chief March 26, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has caused a halt on many public events, sports, and even schools. With the spread of the virus across the states, people have been quarantined in their homes for weeks to help...

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