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Sam Balfanz receives Eagle Scout Award

Photo by Lars StannardSam Balfanz has been a boy scout since he was young, but he was recently granted with his biggest achievement in the scouts yet: an Eagle Scout Award.  The award is something that takes copious amounts of time and effort working with the community in order to be earned.
Joe Rice, Layout Editor April 10, 2015

Sam Balfanz has been a boy scout since he was quite young, but he was recently granted with his biggest achievement in the scouts yet: an Eagle Scout Award. Balfanz has dedicated a lot of time and effort...

Raelynn Heintz leads the way for FFA

Photo by Rachel LemireSenior Raelynn Heinitz, was recently made the new leader of FFA, the Future Farmers of America club.
Oliver Parker, Online Editor April 9, 2015

FFA is lead by senior Raelynn Heintz who has been a member of the group for three years. The FFA team is one of the best in the state at what it does given its ample amount of members compared to rural...

Stephanie Swarthhouse, president of Anime Club

Photo by Anna Craggs Senior Stephanie Swarthhouse discusses with her Anime Club.  Clubs like Anime Club are overlooked because people think it is different, but different is a good thing.
Dan Justesen, Social Media Managing Editor April 8, 2015

There are clubs in high schools that are less known and talked about than things such as sports. Many of these clubs are creative and different than typical things society does. It gives creative people...

“Tony’s Delivery Service” broadens sense of school community

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Kayley Winkelman, Photography Editor April 3, 2015

Walking the halls during third period, an eager face can be seen pushing a cart labeled “Tony’s Delivery Service.” This friendly face belongs to Tony, a special needs student who along with his paraprofessional,...

Anderson sets school basketball record for total points

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Cory Spawn, Broadcast Managing Editor March 27, 2015

Senior Matt Anderson set a new record of 1166 total points scored by a player over his time on the basketball team during a game against Forest Lake on Feb. 6. He has been on the basketball team...

Students earned National Merit Scholarship Program

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Four seniors from Stillwater Area High School were chosen for the National Merit Program: Noah Ruh, Andrea Rustad, Alex Eitzman and Ryan Martin.  The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for both recognition and scholarships administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).   Rustad explained,
Emily Ness, Field Reporter March 26, 2015

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for both recognition and scholarships administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Each year, NMSC conducts two...

‘Star Tribune’ Rock Critic shares music knowledge with students

Photo by Rachel Steil Rock Critic for the Star Tribune, Jon Bream speaks to Stillwater Area High School newspaper students about the music business.  In 1974, Bream began writing about music for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  Since then, he has interviewed many musical artists including the King of Pop (Michael Jackson), the Queen of Soul (Aretha Franklin), Prince, Bob Dylan, U2, three Beatles, four Rolling Stones and all of Maroon 5.
Megan Aller, Visual Arts Managing Editor February 26, 2015

The Star Tribune is the largest newspaper in Minnesota for news, information and community events. It is read by 1.4 million adults every weekend. Jon Bream began writing about popular music for the Minneapolis...

Liz Nelson, helping students for plan for future

Photo by Mackenzie BottolfsonOne of Ms. Nelson's main jobs is to assist students in registering for the upcoming school year.
Clay Knoll, Distribution Reporter February 23, 2015

Counselors play an important role in students lives. From helping with social issues to scholarships applications, they do everything. High school counselor Liz Nelson has been a counselor at the high...

Staff couples tell their love stories

The Stippels' meeting was a chance one for sure, but as fate would have it, they met, started dating, and married  27 years ago. Roger Stippel explained,
Anna Craggs, Photographer February 14, 2015

The month of February reminds people if their loved ones. Valentine's Day is coming soon on Feb. 14. American culture is in love with love. Little girls grow up watching Disney movies about Prince Charming....

Breckheimer and Nederloe shows love has no boundaries

Emily Ness, Anchor February 13, 2015

February has long been a time of romance. It is the month associated with Valentine's Day. While some would believe that this holiday honors only typical couples, the tides are turning as far as the...

Greeder and Blinkhorn recall milestones in their relationship

Greeder and Blinkhorn recall milestones in their relationship
Madie Woltman, Social Media Reporter February 11, 2015

“She means a lot to me. She’s a big part of my life, but she makes it so great and happy for me. I’m just glad we met and have stayed together," said junior Wyatt Blinkhorn, speaking of his girlfriend,...

Rand: role of sports reporting evolving image of athletes

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In the last few years sports reporting has changed drastically.  Social media is the main cause of this change. 
“What social media has done to reporters has sped us up,” Michael Rand said. “It’s made me think how we cover things now and what access we have to resources nonstop. Sure, it’s a lot more action filled but it is a lot more exciting.”
Emily Lodahl, Layout Editor February 1, 2015

The sports reporting world has taken a curve ball the past couple years according to Star Tribune’s digital sports editor, Michael Rand. The rise of social media has impacted how sports and athletes...

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