The Pony Express

Nordic’s newest captain, Shad Kraftson

Every day after school, Shad drives his Subaru wagon full of teammates to the Lake Elmo park reserve where Nordic practice takes place. Shad has perfect attendance when it comes to practice. He is arguably the hardest working on the team, putting in more hours than anyone during the off season. Shad doesn't talk loudly or direct the team, instead he leads silently, and he has earned the respect from his team so that they follow his lead.
Craig Sanislo, Online Editor December 14, 2015

  Junior Shad Kraftson is possibly one of the most dedicated athletes that Stillwater has seen in a while. This season, Kraftson made captain of the Nordic team, a rare feat for a junior....

St. Croix Cleaners collects coats for charity

Kathleen Billingsley, Copy Editor December 11, 2015

Holiday cheer was spread early this year by Stillwater's St. Croix Cleaners. For the first two weeks in the month of November, St. Croix Cleaners collected used and unwanted coats and business jackets...

Class of 2016 plans senior party

A few seniors including Sophia Portelli, Emily Weigand, Ashlyn Jelinek and Anna Corman enjoy some of the great food the senior class party has to offer. Local restaurants such as Chipotle, Acapulco and Buffalo Wild Wings donate food for the new graduates at their senior party.
Hannah Anderson, Social Media Managing Editor December 10, 2015

  The celebration of the senior class continues at the senior class party following the graduation ceremony. Seniors are looking forward to spending an all-nighter with their classmates, participating...

Stillwater named most picturesque small town by USA Today

Stillwater named most picturesque small town by USA Today
Sydney Slusher, Layout Editor December 10, 2015

Recently Stillwater was named the most picturesque small town by USA Today, as their selection for the state of Minnesota. "Stillwater is all around just a beautiful town, it's not really a surprise...

Senior selected to represent Minnesota at Boston conference

Senior selected to represent Minnesota at Boston conference
Emalyn Brandt, Copy Editor December 8, 2015

Senior Colleen Jordan knew since her 8th grade year of school that she wanted to lead a career in the medical field when her teacher blew up raccoon lungs with a straw. She has worked to earn her nomination...

Nike power-lacing shoes revealed

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The Nike Air Mags show off their innovative design while still keeping the true-to-film 80's aesthetic to them. Sophomore Matt Crowell said,
Lily Marchan, Online Editor December 6, 2015

In the 1985 classic, Back to the Future, protagonist Marty McFly and companion Doctor Brown must travel 30 years into the future to save McFly's future children. The date McFly had traveled to in the...

Key Club raises money for Guatemalan students

Giving a helping hand is always a heartwarming thing to do and,
Karisma Vang, Social Media Editor December 6, 2015

 Key Club allows students to help out around the world, giving help to someone, one step at a time. The club is organized to assist students with community service hours and lend a hand to organizations.  This...

Winter intramurals bring competition

Senior Robbie Dunham is playing in his first match on Nov. 23. Dunham explained his favorite aspect of badminton,
Austin Dowdall, Social Media Editor December 6, 2015

The winter intramural sports are very anticipated, and began in November. Intramural basketball is the most popular of the winter intramural teams offered to students and teams are being put together...

New expectations for Alpine team

The Alpine team takes practices very seriously. Right now practices are indoors while they prepare for the upcoming season.
Lucas Braun, Social Media Editor December 5, 2015

The alpine team is looking to improve off of last year's accomplishments, including the title of conference champions for boys and girls as well as having four individuals go to state. They have an...

St. Croix Ballet prepares 15th annual Nutcracker performance

Senior Ava Wichser rehearses her “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” with Joseph Roesler as one of the Sugar Plum Cavaliers. “I love to dance because there is always room to improve and push yourself more and more,” Wichser says.
Mary Burchill, Fashion Blog Editor December 5, 2015

The St. Croix Ballet has made performing the Nutcracker an annual event since 1990, every year dancers work tirelessly to put on an unforgettable performance for Thanksgiving weekend. These dancers...

High expectations for boys hockey season

At practice on Nov. 20 at Lily Lake, the players wait to take the ice.
Dylan Andres, Social Media Editor December 5, 2015

  Stillwater boys varsity hockey hasn't even played their first game yet, but have already managed to hold high expectations headed into the season. On Nov. 2 and 11, "Follow The Puck",...

Stillwater athletes on Pony Power

Junior Aidan Steeves going to the max by not only doing push ups with his own weight but with heavy chains on his back. Preparing him to put the team on his back in times of need for the upcoming football season. “The goal is to build strength in the off-season for any athlete through the use of free weights, speed drills, and core endurance,
Matt Johnson, Social Media Editor December 4, 2015

When people think of high school, they usually think first of academic rigor--the challenges of classes and the daily grind.  While that usually is how the high school day begins, it often ends, for...

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