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A bill was proposed to legalize the possession and recreational use of marijuana in Minnesota on Jan. 22. Politicians hope to turn to the people for vote on this potential law.

Minnesota voters prepare to see marijuana on ballots

Dylan Stormoen , Copy Editor January 30, 2019

Minnesota politicians prepare for a bill that legalizes recreational marijuana use to pass their desks and potentially appear on the 2020 ballot. State Rep. Raymond Dehn recently proposed a bill Jan. 22,...

A woman from the American Federation of Government employees (AFGE) labor union displays a sign on a Styrofoam plate. She is participating in a silent protest at the Hart Senate building, where the AFGE assembled and dedicated 33 minutes of silence for every day the government was shut down at that point.

Government shutdown deepens bipartisanship

Elsa Persson, Online Editor January 26, 2019

The controversial border wall issue has stricken the country with bipartisan turmoil once again, this time taking a hit at the paychecks of federal workers. After debate in Senate over its funding, a decision...

There is a lot of scepticism surrounding President Trump in regards to the multiple investigations he is involved in, as well as him forcing the government into the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

Trump recieves historically low approval rating

AJ Gunderson, Podcast Reporter January 25, 2019

President Trump was responsible for the 35-day government shutdown this past January and it did not help his overall approval rating, according to the polls. Trump’s approval rating had already been...

People protest abortion in St. Paul, some agreeing with it and some disagreeing. Since the passing of the new law in New York on Jan. 22, there has been lots of controversy on if the law is just or not.

New abortion law causes controversy in New York

Haley Nelson, Online Editor January 25, 2019

“Today [Jan. 22] I signed the #ReproductiveHealthAct, protecting women’s reproductive rights no matter what the federal government does,” New York governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted, just hours after...

Kelly worked as the Secretary of Homeland Security for half a year.  He was appointed Chief of Staff within his last few days of Secretary of Homeland Security.

John Kelly finally resigns as White House Chief of Staff

Michael O'Gorman, Business Editor January 18, 2019

Former Chief of Staff John Kelly was supposed to bring stability to the White House when he replaced Reince Priebus as the White House Chief of Staff. Kelly has resigned and is leaving Mick Mulvaney to...

Senior Jameson Stahl is an Online Editor-in-Chief for the Pony Express.

EIC Column: vaping epidemic overshadows drug problem

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief January 5, 2019

With the recent federal “crackdown” on vaping, JUUL in particular, the vaping epidemic is no secret. The school administration has been very vocal about the problem in our school over the past few...

Sophmores Emma Villarreal and Camryn Hartwig study for a chemistry test. They stay after school for extra help for multiple classes to understand their  work to their best ability.

Mental health issues rise in teens

Maria Supan, Business Editor January 5, 2019

Throughout the teen population, mental health has become a worldwide problem. Anxiety and stress can affect a teenager's daily lives, relationships with others and above all, physical health. An increasing...

Death penalty for cop murderers unjustified

Death penalty for cop murderers unjustified

Issy Boegel, Copy Editor December 20, 2018

  The United States grants certain criminals with a death sentence everyday. President Donald Trump mentioned in his 2016 election that he would sign a executive order forcing those convicted...

Junior Allie Smith listens to Grandes new song. It has been at the number one spot of the Top 100 Billboard Charts for two consecutive weeks.

‘Thank U, Next’ by Ariana Grande promotes self love

Julia Bennett, Busines Editor December 17, 2018

Ariana Grande’s new hit song, Thank U, Next, got her to the number one slot of the Top 100 Billboard Charts for the first time in her career.  Celebrities everywhere are applauding her for releasing...

Junior and sophomore boys bring in food to help support the food drive hosted by NHS. Alex Wiegel, Ethan Hall, Andy Constant and Caleb Catt-Hall brought five items each so their first hour class could win the bagel party.

Fundraising for fundamentals teaches skills for life

Issy Boegel, Copy Editor December 15, 2018

From gift wrap paper to Girl Scout cookies, kids are subjected to tremendous amounts of fundraising. As children, they were lured in by knowing they could win different toys depending on how much they...

The district wide dress code sets the standards for a safe learning environment for all. This year, a new policy regarding hoodies was put in place.

Hoodies spark dress code controversy, policy necessary

Amy McElin, Online Editor December 14, 2018

The absence of a hood or cap is often expected in public settings as a sign of respect. The topic of allowing teens to cover their head during school hours is an argument that has lasted for years. Recently,...

The school board needs to implement another levy, but to make sure that they get the outcome that they want, there needs to be more information released to the public before they vote.

Voter-approved levy required after $2.5 million deficit

Emma Kostroski-Polucha, Print Editor-in-Chief December 9, 2018

 The Stillwater Area School Board has encountered decisions they have not had to make for many years. The board will have to make cuts in many different departments from all around the district because...

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