The Pony Express

Voted 21st safest school in the metro area

Voted 21st safest school in the metro area

Joseph Devins, Field Reporter

December 7, 2018


Filed under News, Podcasts

Stillwater Area High School has been awarded with the 21st safest school in the Twin cities Metro Area. Assistant Principal Shelly Phernetton and Police Liaison Officer Lindsey Paradise have been taking necessary precautions to keep students safe. After countless tragedies, SAHS has decided to add mor...

Unbreakable second grade friendship still holding strong after nine years

Unbreakable second grade friendship still holding strong after nine years

Haley Nelson, Online Editor

December 7, 2018


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Juniors Trey Kruse and Adam Potter have been best friends since second grade at Stonebridge elementary school. A friendship unlike most, Trey is an honor student and captain of the wrestling team, and Adam is a student with autism, but "special" is just one word that Trey would use to describe the...

Winter Coffeehouse returns in December

Winter Coffeehouse returns in December

Elsa Persson, Online Editor

November 26, 2018


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A classic tradition returns to the stage this year with the annual National Honor Society (NHS) Coffeehouse concert. Student musicians look forward to this opportunity to showcase their talent, while anticipating audience members await the laid-back environment of this popular event. A favorite amon...

Idea Quest hopes inspires change within district

Idea Quest hopes inspires change within district

Emma Sneden, Business Editor

November 15, 2018


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Idea Quest is a way for the district staff to submit ideas about solving problems or adding to the district. During the end of Oct. and beginning of Nov., staff are able to submit their solutions through a website and then vote on them. Idea Quest began in 2017 with five ideas being accepted, one...

Brookview Elementary expansion uncertain with new school board candidates

Brookview Elementary expansion uncertain with new school board candidates

Elli Swanson, Photographer

November 14, 2018


Filed under News, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase

Brookview Elementary, District 834's newest elementary school is hoping to expand very soon due to the developing neighborhoods near by. Brookview Elementary school located in Woodbury has almost met its capacity of students and continues to increase in size. Because of the increase in students...

School board discusses $2.4 million deficit

School board discusses $2.4 million deficit

Julia Bennett, Business Editor

November 8, 2018


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There will be new budget cuts in the district this year. The district is looking to address a $2.4 million deficit. The first school board meeting took place on Oct. 10 to begin conversations for new changes within our schools. The school board is reviewing possible areas to consider for reductions...

Ricky Michel named to St. Croix Valley Hall of Fame

Ricky Michel named to St. Croix Valley Hall of Fame

Sadie Heieren, Photography Editor

November 7, 2018


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A new name was added to the St. Croix Valley Hall of Fame this fall: Athletic Director Ricky Michel. He now has a place with the other coaches and athletes that have many great accomplishments at Stillwater. Long awaited, he and a few others happily received their claims to fame. Their dedication and hard...

Mindful Movement helps elementary classroom calm and recharge

Mindful Movement helps elementary classroom calm and recharge

Megan Baxter, Photography Editor

November 6, 2018


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At Lake Elmo Elementary, classrooms are safe, welcoming and stress free because of the Mindful Movement that made its way into elementary school classrooms across the district. The Mindful Movement gives the opportunity for students to take a break, and recharge their minds and bodies throughout th...

Hannah Sween and Madi Weispfenning win national journalism awards

Hannah Sween and Madi Weispfenning win national journalism awards

Carina Block, Copy Editor

November 5, 2018


Filed under News, Photo Slide Shows

Two newspaper students during the 2017-2018 school year have been nationally recognized for the opinionated pieces they completed last year. Seniors Hannah Sween and Madi Weispfenning were named Honorable Mentions and in the top 10 in their categories by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). ...

Michael Wilhelmi energizes Young Democrats group

Michael Wilhelmi energizes Young Democrats group

Martin Kurle, Podcast Reporter

November 4, 2018


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With the election for governor of Minnesota right around the corner, it is important that each candidate gets all the votes he can. Michael Wilhelmi came to speak to the Young Democrats on the morning of Oct. 10 to influence the Young Democrats to get involved and help out the Tim Walz Campaign. ...

Dodds, Maxwell and Kaul lead new Peer Helper program

Dodds, Maxwell and Kaul lead new Peer Helper program

Carina Block, Copy Editor

November 2, 2018


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Adolescents often turn to their peers rather than adults with their problems. The new peer helper program begins this fall is a support system for the students that are most often relied on by others to help solve dilemmas. Oftentimes those heavily relied on students are either stressed out or...

E-cigarettes and vaping discussion raises awareness

E-cigarettes and vaping discussion raises awareness

Aidan Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

November 1, 2018


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A community meeting was held on Oct. 10 in the auditorium to address the issue of e-cigarette use (also called e-cigs, and vapes) amongst students. The purpose of this meeting was to help parents and students become more aware of this ongoing problem, share how the school staff and local law enforceme...