The Pony Express

The fight through a fire

The fight through a fire

Sierra Hippel, Distribution Reporter

January 3, 2019


Filed under Feature, People

"I was Black Friday shopping and when I got back it was 3:30 a.m. I got out of the car, it smelt like bonfire, and then I went inside, not thinking much of it because it was Thanksgiving. So I went inside to the mudroom, I pet my dog, and he wagged his tail. Nothing even smelt in the inside, and everythin...

Facing death twice hasn’t stopped me from living

Facing death twice hasn’t stopped me from living

Megan Baxter, Photography Editor

January 2, 2019


Filed under In-Depth, Student Life

Three weeks before sophomore Sophia Nelson was diagnosed with diabetes, she kept getting overly thirsty, wetting the bed and losing massive amounts of weight. One afternoon in the summer adventure camp, Sophia had trouble breathing and her legs were in a lot of pain. After a phone call to mom, and a...

Bev Petrie inspires and leads Partnership Plan

Bev Petrie inspires and leads Partnership Plan

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

December 30, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People, Podcasts

When the school does not have the funding to support the activities that the student body spends their time with after school throughout the year, grants from the Partnership Plan provide funds to allow students to have these opportunities. Activities and fundraisers are also hosted by the Partners...

Boyd Huppert surprises Steil, teaches journalism

Boyd Huppert surprises Steil, teaches journalism

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth, Photo Slide Shows

“Oh my god! You are my favorite journalist ever,” newspaper advisor Rachel Steil exclaimed upon seeing Kare 11’s Boyd Huppert enter her classroom. What started as a typical third hour newspaper class took an exciting turn when Steil was surprised with a visit from her favorite journalist, a...

Nicole Schroepfer, special education teacher, makes an impact

Nicole Schroepfer, special education teacher, makes an impact

Sadie Heieren, Photographer

December 10, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

Special Education teacher Nicole Schroepfer has been pushing disabled students to do their best in school at Stillwater for 11 years. Her experience in teaching has allowed her to connect with students and help them to grow their understanding of life. Schroepfer earned an B.S. in Vocational Rehabil...

Leader behind ALC, Mary Ticiu, impacts students

Leader behind ALC, Mary Ticiu, impacts students

Soren Danelius, Layout Editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

As most students listen to their teacher's lecture or take notes, a small hallway in the back of the school learns in a different and interesting way. The ALC or  St. Croix Valley Alternative Learning Center is a school designed for students who are at risk for graduation or need a different school setting. Th...

Volleyball player, Maddie Whittington points toward success in her career

Volleyball player, Maddie Whittington points toward success in her career

Paige Sanders, Photographer

December 5, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

Junior Maddie Whittington, committed D1 to University of Illinois her freshman year and continues to thrive as a player. Throughout her junior year, she became determined to be the best player she can while accomplishing her goal of improving. Playing sports is something that can bring joy to...

Podolske finishes 38th season coaching cross country

Podolske finishes 38th season coaching cross country

Derek Berg, Video Editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

For 38 years, the girls cross country team has been lead by coach Dawn Podolske. In this last season, the Ponies captured the conference title for the first time since 2000 along with a State tournament berth for the second consecutive year. In light of their recent successes, the Ponies look to be back on the rise. Th...

Alternative way for students to learn creates relationships

Alternative way for students to learn creates relationships

Gavan Townsend, Camera Editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

Having a strong education is very important when it comes to the real world. When a student does not get the proper education that they need, it can harm their futures in immeasurable ways. The Alternative Learning Center offers a different way of learning for students who are struggling in a common...

Superintendent shares glimpse into her role

Superintendent shares glimpse into her role

Claire Anderson, Field Reporter Editor

December 3, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

Many people wonder what the job of being a superintendent is like. "The only reason I do this is to try and make it a better experience for kids," Superintendent Denise Pontrelli said. Denise Pontrelli is the Superintendent of Stillwater Area Public Schools. Pontrelli has been the Superintendent for three years. ...

Brine’s Market and Deli celebrates 60th anniversary

Brine’s Market and Deli celebrates 60th anniversary

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 30, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase, Spotlight

Brine’s Market and Deli recently celebrated their 60th year in business. Brine’s was originally opened in 1958 by Bud Brine in downtown Stillwater. It has been a staple of the St. Croix Valley ever since. Now, Brine’s is co-owned by siblings Polly Hoy, Matt Brine, and Mark Brine. Brine’s cele...

Grading policies should reflect growth and learning

Grading policies should reflect growth and learning

Grace Roeske, Social Media Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Focus, In-Depth

The Stillwater Grade Reporting Policy is focused on reflecting student’s achievements and it explains what grading includes. It is also the link between teachers, parents/guardians and students when it comes to communicating academic progress. Although the policy covers many things like student standards,...