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One Act play competes annually

One Act play competes annually

Ava Hoelzel, Photography Editor

January 10, 2020

Every year, the One Act cast competes between different schools in the district, and then at state level. The have about one month to put the production together. The cast/crew consists of no more than 20 members (students and advisors).  “I always learn so much in these competitive environ...

Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ brings history to the screen

Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ brings history to the screen

Tyrina McCombs, Distribution Reporter

January 10, 2020

The Crown is a Netflix Original Series about Queen Elizabeth II who is still the queen of England today. The series does not tell just the story about the queen herself or the throne, but it also tells the story of England during the time of the 1940s, including the royal family and the British gov...

Minnesota Orchestra brass section holds new concert at St. Andrew’s Church

Minnesota Orchestra brass section holds new concert at St. Andrew’s Church

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 8, 2020

The Minnesota Orchestra recently held a new holiday concert, “Holiday Brass.” The brass section of the MNO performed at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis Dec. 6 and 8. "The librarians are great. They gave me a whole bunch of arrangements. ...

Disney loses fans’ trust with ‘Star Wars’

Disney loses fans’ trust with ‘Star Wars’

Drew Miller, Video Editor

December 28, 2019

Disney recently acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and has made mistakes at every turn with "Star Wars". Disney's last movie "Solo: A Star Wars Story" did terrible at the box office. Now is a better time than ever to prove Disney wants to tell entertaining "Star Wars" stories and not just use it as an easy way t...

Timeless classic ‘Little Women’ receives 8th film adaption

Timeless classic ‘Little Women’ receives 8th film adaption

Kathleen Pothen, Copy Editor

December 23, 2019

Director Greta Gerwig's  second film "Little Women" comes out Dec. 25. The film boasts a distinguished list of actors, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern and Emma Watson. Along with the film's score composer Alexandre Desplat, they ensure thi...

The heartwarming story of ‘Frozen 2’ takes the chill out of winter

The heartwarming story of ‘Frozen 2’ takes the chill out of winter

Ella Nelson, Copy Editor

November 22, 2019

To say Disney's "Frozen 2" ironically warms your heart would be an understatement. People of all ages flooded into theaters as the well-awaited 'Frozen 2' was released Nov. 22, six years after the original 'Frozen' came out in 2013. This endearing sequel emphasizes togetherness, sisterhood and love. Th...

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ creates high expectations

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ creates high expectations

Jack Taverna, SNO Sports Center and Social Media Editor

November 15, 2019

Tom Hanks is starring in the new film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" as the legendary Fred Rogers. The movie opens Nov. 22. This movie is highly anticipated due to its nostalgia and the popularity of the original children's program. "I think it will portray [Mr. Rogers] in a good way. I d...

‘Jojo Rabbit’ has an amazing story to tell with little people to tell it to

‘Jojo Rabbit’ has an amazing story to tell with little people to tell it to

Libby Shepperd, Online Editor

October 23, 2019

'Jojo Rabbit' is a film that touches on the history of World War II, and what life was like during the 1940s. Jojo is a German boy with an imaginary friend, known as Adolf Hitler, who follows him throughout the movie. Jojo finds out his mom is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Through this experien...

Neil Gorsuch’s book misses its own points

Neil Gorsuch’s book misses its own points

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 21, 2019

When asked in 1787, while leaving the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a bystander what type of government the founders created. Franklin replied, “a republic, if you can keep it.” Two hundred and thirty two years later, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch believes that...

’88rising’ up in the music charts

’88rising’ up in the music charts

Julie Xiong, Cartoonist

October 20, 2019

Music organization 88rising promotes worldwide up and coming artists. Located in New York, 88rising’s appearance on music charts explode throughout the world, especially in the United States and Asian countries. In utilizing collaborations of diverse artists, issues involving language barriers are...

‘Stranger Things’ season four teaser has fans on edge

‘Stranger Things’ season four teaser has fans on edge

Drew Miller, Video Editor

October 6, 2019

With this new season of "Stranger Things", fans are wondering if it is going to be well thought out or just a continuation of a popular show for the sake of renewing it. The past few seasons have been great, and the season four teaser definitely supports the hype. "Stranger Things" is a very popular ...

‘Joker’ movie creates controversy

‘Joker’ movie creates controversy

Kathleen Pothen, Copy Editor

October 4, 2019

'Joker' premiered at the Venice Film Festival Aug. 31 earning acclaim from critics including an eight minute standing ovation. Praise swiftly morphed into criticism. Controversy has brewed around 'Joker' and its relationship with mass shooters.  The film is set within chaotic and dirty Gotham City, which draw...

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