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Agribusinesses contribute to local water pollution

Agribusinesses contribute to local water pollution

Haley Nelson, Online Editor

November 3, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

Pollution from agribusinesses is responsible for most of the pollution in over 100,000 streams in the U.S. With an increase in the population, larger farms and agribusinesses need to produce more crops, turning to chemicals to help them. These chemicals get drained into water streams that are now unu...

Pollution impacts drinking water in Washington County

Pollution impacts drinking water in Washington County

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

November 1, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

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...

School board candidates discuss key issues

School board candidates discuss key issues

Matt Moore, Podcast Reporter

October 23, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

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...

Community supports schools across district

Community supports schools across district

Kaitlyn Kirby, Business Editor

May 15, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth, People

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...

Local resident’s death serves as a reminder to avoid distracted driving

Local resident’s death serves as a reminder to avoid distracted driving

Arieanna Junghans, Social Media Editor

May 5, 2018


Filed under Focus

On Feb. 27, Rob Bursik was waiting patiently at a red light when a semi truck rammed into him, causing the car to completely morph into a ball. The driver of the semi was on his phone, for what was recorded as more than 8 seconds, and hit Bursik’s car at 63 miles per hour. “My Uncle Rob was always the life of our family. He was designated QB at every family event and made sure ...

Hear him Kaul: teaching beyond blackboards

Hear him Kaul: teaching beyond blackboards

Mira LaNasa, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth, People

Among the monotonous halls that thousands of students shove through daily, some students stay nestled in a photo covered room, eating, socializing, or doing homework. The room always has someone in it, not because of the relaxing recliners or the ever-present snacks, but because social studies tea...

What would you do if you witnessed bullying?

What would you do if you witnessed bullying?

Hannah Boardman, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 19, 2018


Filed under Focus, Showcase

Bullying is a common word heard around schools across the country. From kindergarten through senior year, students are taught signs of bullying and what to do in bullying situations. They are taught through programs, videos and instructional tasks in many classes. Kids are taught that if you see bullying,...

…Someone had lipstick on their teeth?

Linnea Phillips, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 15, 2018


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People would rather try to subtly and politely tell a person that they have something in or on their teeth than tell them outright. If someone were to point out something in a person's teeth they could be considered rude, and risk embarrassing the person with stuff in their teeth. When someone has something...

What would you do if…

What would you do if…

February 14, 2018


Filed under Focus, People

…Someone offered to sell you answers to a test?

…Someone offered to sell you answers to a test?

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 13, 2018


Filed under Focus

*DISCLAIMER - I accepted no money in this test, and all names will remain confidential. Teens are seen today as teens have been seen throughout history - lazy, ungrateful, and generally awful. The baby boomers' war on millennials sees the teens of our generation avoiding the brunt of the ageism, bu...

17 events that characterized 2017

17 events that characterized 2017

Malaina Fragnito, Student Playlist Reporter

December 28, 2017


Filed under Focus, People

2017 has been a year of change, devastation followed by hope and success. From events that impact the whole world to things that impact the community of Stillwater, many things have happened this year. This year has been filled with everything, from tragedies due to natural disasters, to controversy over the president to...

District influences shift as community notices internal politics

District influences shift as community notices internal politics

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 9, 2017


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

"I'm never going to vote yes on any future school district [levy]. That bond referendum was such a slap in the face," Denise Knoll, parent of three fourth-generation Stillwater graduates and member of the Superintendent Advisory Committee, said. The $97.5 million bond referendum and the BOLD 5...