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Students deal with stress in new year of school

Shannon Pothen, Layout Editor January 11, 2022

Every student has felt that feeling, thinking about a test or project that is due tomorrow. Their hands get sweaty, their heartbeat quickens. Stress, the feeling that students are feeling more and more...

The sun shining through the trees early morning after the first snowfall of the 2021 winter season.

Seasonal Affective Depression affects people annually

Sumer Harrington, Photographer and Online Editor January 10, 2022

The bright Christmas lights strung on trees and in windows represent the season of cheer. During this time, many people see a decline in their mood. Around the same time every year more than 3 million...

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Students face mental health crisis post-pandemic

Evelyn Biederman, Photographer and Online Editor January 9, 2022

In wake of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and increased dependency on social media, teen mental health problems are at a higher rate than ever seen before. Key resources for students to improve mental health...

Anna Shore checks out groceries as Ella Walsh bags groceries at Kowalski’s Markets in Oak Park Heights on Oct. 31.

Supply chain issues create problems with holiday season

Mikai Tasch, Social Media Editor-in-Chief November 16, 2021

Supply chain issues have caused disruptions in many people's lives. With the holiday season approaching, people will not receive orders on time. For many, COVID-19 has affected their jobs inevitably either...

This is a photo of Panera Bread kitchens when there was only two staff employees working at the time.

Labor shortage affects businesses, employees

Charli Burdick-Kitchell, Graphic Editor and Copy Editor November 15, 2021

Minnesota has been experiencing a major labor worker shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic and businesses are scrambling to keep up. During COVID-19, many employees left their jobs for safety reasons and...

Senior Javier Rodriguez swears in at the Military Entrance Processing Station. This is just one of many big steps towards becoming a future Marine Rodriguez will take.

Seniors choose military as next step after high school

Jenna Maddux, Business Editor June 9, 2021

The class of 2021 school year is coming to an end and many have decided on their future after high school. For some their plans are going straight into the workforce or to college, but for others in this...

Patrons dining at Big Guys BBQ Roadhouse in Hudson, WI on Mar. 10.

During quarantine, people adapted, picked up new hobbies

Tucker Wyland, Podcast Reporter April 23, 2021

COVID-19 is a pandemic with far-reaching effects that have not been observed in nearly a century. But as vaccines begin to roll out and restrictions have begun to roll back, some people are feeling more...

Union Rooftop Bar and Grill in downtown Minneapolis on March 26. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are plexiglass barriers between tables, non-reusable paper menus, and masks are to be worn by all staff and customers when not actively eating or drinking.

COVID-19’s lasting affects

Mikai Tasch, Social Media Editor April 23, 2021

Throughout this year, many aspects of life have been different in regards to going out to eat, entertainment, and traveling for everyone across the country. Some want to travel around the country and others...

Students walk down one way directed hallways in SAHS to follow the safety precautions for Covid-19, examples of the precautions set in place are; wearing a mask and many more.

Precautions for Covid-19 for upcoming winter school season

Lindsey Crain November 12, 2020

As the school year continues, the hybrid model continues to follow the guidelines for safety precautions for Covid-19. With Covid- 19 cases rising first quarter, safety precautions will be more strict. With...

Senior Missa Lunzer watches the protests from a distance. She sits on the side of the street to recover from being tear gassed. The streets are full of smoke yet people stay out to chant.

George Floyd’s story erupts in protests through America

Emma Wagner, Copy Editor-in-Chief November 4, 2020

George Floyd is now a name familiar with nearly every American. Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officers. Protests erupted throughout the country after a video surfaced of the officer kneeling...

Ms. Yates B-day social studies class using part of their 84 minute class period as work time. This year, in addition to a quarter schedule, class times have also been adjusted in length from 55 minutes to 84 minutes.

Students reflect on what they took for granted in previous school years

Nissa Wilcox, Layout Editor October 15, 2020

Students have been given a choice of whether they would like to learn online or attend hybrid learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Neither option is anything like previous years, and looking back,...

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Peer helpers continue progression

Julia Bennett, Social Media Editor-In-Chief April 22, 2020

Social studies teacher Michael Kaul founded peer helpers last year. Since then, they have not only grown in members but in their work and outreach through the community. With added structure and leadership...

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