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‘Bumblebee’ film release has audience buzzing

‘Bumblebee’ film release has audience buzzing

Nick Parent, Podcast Reporter

November 20, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion, TV & Film Reviews

The new movie Bumblebee from Transformers comes out Dec. 21 and it has people buzzin'. This will be the seventh movie related to the Transformers series. This features the famous well-known character Bumblebee, a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle, but also in the film everyone can clearly see some of his friends like...

Perception of novels changes over time

Perception of novels changes over time

Antonio Garcia, Distribution Reporter

November 20, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion, TV & Film Reviews

The concept of perception is something that dictates every life on Earth. Perception affects how one interprets something, which leads to an opinion of that particular thing. An individual's perception is formed by their past experiences, attitudes, motives, etc. Adolescence is an important time for...

School calendars not religiously biased

School calendars not religiously biased

Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter

November 20, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion

 The school calendar is not religiously biased toward Christianity. Public schools all across the country have to make decisions based on many different and sometimes difficult factors, when they add religion to the mix, things can get tricky. According to a poll, in the United States alone,...

Afton Lakeland Elementary demonstrates civic efficacy

Afton Lakeland Elementary demonstrates civic efficacy

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief

November 17, 2018


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column, Political Opinion

As his class flipped through the brand new pocket constitutions they had just received, one boy recited the preamble to their very own Constitution, “We the P.I.E.sters, in order to form a more perfect fifth grade, establish leadership, ensure learning, provide for our classmates, promote kindness...

Students take ACTion, ACT prep course offerings

Students take ACTion, ACT prep course offerings

Elise Truman, Online editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion, TV & Film Reviews

  An all-out academic battle, where only the strongest survive, and even fewer thrive. The ACT is a standardized test that the majority of the midwestern and southern students take during their junior or senior year. The ACT is comprised of 5 timed sections, math, reading, English, science and a...

Hydro Flask water bottles introduce new hydration systems

Hydro Flask water bottles introduce new hydration systems

Paige Sanders, Photographer

November 16, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion, TV & Film Reviews

Keeping water cold on a hike across the mountains, or keeping hot chocolate hot while playing in the snow is everyone's goal to accomplish. A new bottle, the Hydro Flask, is famous for its insulation and has everybody in awe. Its ability to keep beverages at the same temperature for several hours has in...

Grading policies varies, consistency encouraged

Grading policies varies, consistency encouraged

Ashlynn O'Connor, Social Media Editor

November 13, 2018


Filed under Editorial

The hot topic that is lingering throughout the schools hallway is the grading system. The grading system is not a gentle subject because of the fact that there are so many different opinions. The middle schools grading system is the 80 percent summative, 20 percent formative rule all around. The m...

Youtube, educational ally in classrooms

Youtube, educational ally in classrooms

Paige Speedling, Distribtion Reporter

November 12, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion

All over the United States Youtube has been an educational ally. Youtube lets people upload entertaining, educational, informative, or just really interesting videos. A large number of videos on Youtube are for educational purposes. Students and staff should be able to access Youtube in and out of sc...

Nektar juice bar opens in Woodbury

Nektar juice bar opens in Woodbury

Emma Stansbury, Distribution Reporter

November 12, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion, TV & Film Reviews

Nektar is a local juice-bar chain offering specialty drinks and cleansers opened in Woodbury. Nektar, located right off of Valley Creek Road on Queens drive, opened in 2018 and offers many drinks including juices, smoothies and cleanses. The juice bar focuses on healthy fruits and vegetables for their drinks. "The location of the juice bar wasn't very nice. It was a little hard to access and they're very busy roads around it," sophomore Mirisa Lunzer said...

1:1 computer access increases academic performance

1:1 computer access increases academic performance

Marlee McGuire, Social Media Editor

November 10, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion

Applying the use of technology in educational settings is an expectation in schools today. One to one implies that each full-time student is issued a laptop for both home and school use. Some may purely think that having a computer for school work is convenient. The bigger question is, how accessible are...

Minnesota, highest for political ad spending

Minnesota, highest for political ad spending

Grant Erickson, Podcast Reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

If Minnesotans have turned on the television at any point this month, they have almost certainly seen some of the many political advertisements bombarding them. They may have seen House candidate Dean Phillips comparing opponent Erik Paulsen’s elusiveness to that of Bigfoot. Alternatively, they may see...

‘A Star is Born’ tugs at heartstrings of viewers

‘A Star is Born’ tugs at heartstrings of viewers

Ellsa Ohmann, Layout Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Political Opinion, TV & Film Reviews

“Jack: Can I tell you a secret? [Ally looks over to him] Jack: I think you might be a songwriter. And don't worry, I won't tell anybody. But I'm not very good at keeping secrets.” A Star Is Born starts off when booming rock star with severe alcohol abuse, Jack (Bradley Cooper), spots a young woma...