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Pollution impacts drinking water in Washington County

Junior Max Vogel after testing water from Brown's Creek for the amount of various chemicals in the water. This natural stream is a prime example of where animals could be harmed if the water were to become dense in pollutants.

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

November 1, 2018

The Stillwater community is affected by water pollution, as is any populated area. Large corporations such as 3M have had effects on the local environment and contributed to the pollution of water sources around Stillwater. Chemicals were dumped by 3M legally in the 1970s and since then have s...

Universities switch to test-optional administration

A list of Universities. The University of Chicago is the clear choice because that was the only college that offered test optional admission.

AnnaMarie Born, Business Editor

November 1, 2018

The University of Chicago and other top colleges are beginning to make the switch to test optional admission. On June 14, the University of Chicago announced that they were going to have a test optional process. Colleges are making the switch to encourage a more diverse campus and to equal th...

Military recruiters seek out students

The Minnesota Army National Guard Stillwater Readiness Center. This is a local army where as recruiters and national guard members work and students may also visit or train during recruitment or after.

Dylan Stormoen, Copy Editor

October 31, 2018

Army recruitment is making its way through public schools all over Minnesota. Local army recruitment teams are taking many approaches to get students interested and involved. Sergeant Seth Allia is a recruiter working at the Roseville office. Allia along with others, personally come to schools to...

Media center renovations implemented by administrators

Boxes being unpacked with books and other new supplies for the media center.

Ben Kazmerski, Information Graphics Editor

October 30, 2018

This year, the media center has received the attention of administrators who allocated funds for a full renovation of the spacious room. According to staff, the new tables and computers are going to be arriving soon. The media center is one of the last spaces in the school to be updated following...

Swanson family changes lives of Namibian children

Esther and Godlieb Swanson enjoy a meal out with their family.

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 27, 2018

From the outside, the Swanson family home looks just like any of the others lined up the block. Not many people know of the great gift that God has given them that lies inside. Two children from Namibia, Godlieb and Esther Swanson, now live here together in this new country. Godlieb is 17 years ...

Salmi wins Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Salmi helping sophomores Sarah Hanselman and Ethan Vargas work out during physical education class.

Zach Johnson, Social Media Editor

October 23, 2018

Darrell Salmi won the award Secondary Teacher of the Year in the state of Minnesota. This award was given to him by MNSHAPE, an organization in Minnesota that gives professional services and resources to teachers. Salmi received the award to honor and recognize for his outstanding services and contributi...

School board candidates discuss key issues

Running school board candidates Mark Burns, Matthew Cooper, Jon Fila, Don Hovland, Shelley Pearson, Tina Riehle, and Liz Weisberg speak at a panel. They are campaigning for the four school board seats opening on December 31st, 2018.

Matt Moore, Podcast Reporter

October 23, 2018

Nov. 6 is election day across the country. Locally, seven candidates are running for the four open seats on the Stillwater School District School Board. Each candidate has the difficult task of addressing key issues Stillwater Schools is currently facing. Now that the calendar has flipped to Oct., that leaves approximately one month remaining until th...

Freshmen volleyball players take varsity by storm

Freshmen Lucy Zollar (left) and Olivia Foss (right) passing after a home game against Mounds View.

Dylan Stormoen, Copy Editor

September 11, 2018

The excitement and adrenaline controlled freshman Lucy Zollar as she sat patiently on the bench on her very first varsity volleyball game. She was focused on putting all of her feelings into each touch on the ball. " When I heard the words come out of Bob's mouth that I was in, I got really excited...

Drevlow hunts for microadventures

Assistant Principal Aaron Drevlow was biking at Brown County Mountain Bike Park in Indiana when he noticed an animal skull on a tree branch and took a selfie!

Taylor Lee, Distributive Reporter

September 10, 2018

Assistant Principal Aaron Drevlow packed his phone, credit cards, two Co2 canisters (just in case) and a half-full bottle of water. He mounted his impressive road bike that he loves to show off to students and headed off to another day at work, rain or shine. "Well, 1999, 1998, I started riding to ...

Super Fans show school spirit at Homecoming game

The Ponies student fans going wild at the jersey themed football game at Roseville on September 14.

Carina Block, Copy Editor

September 8, 2018

  The student section at the football game is on their toes as the ball gets snapped to quarterback junior Luke Cullen. The crowd goes wild after a gain of 15 yards. The students shout out a couple different cheers lead by the not often talked about, most energetic fans standing in the fron...

Community supports schools across district

Community supports schools across district

Kaitlyn Kirby, Business Editor

May 15, 2018

The local community plays a large role in supporting their local school district. Students believe that the success of Stillwater Schools is largely due to the support they receive from the community. According to students and staff, the school would be a completely different place without the suppo...

Math teacher Pam Bloom retires after 32 years

Photo by Andrew Phan

Mason Wylie, Read and Watch Editor

May 15, 2018

Stillwater Area High School will be saddened due to the loss of a valuable member at the end of the year. Math teacher, Pam Bloom will be leaving for retirement. She has been teaching at SAHS for 11 years and this year she decided to say goodbye to teaching. Bloom is a math teacher who will be ...

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