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Senior Ian Hanlon waits patiently for the next play against Centennial in the section championship.

Stillwater student earns academic all state and other accomplishments

Jayden Leach, Playlist Reporter January 20, 2021

Senior Ian Hanlon earned academic all-state honors on December 9 after the 2020 football season. The award is granted to students who have excelled in the classroom, as well as in athletic competition....

Senior Joelle Carpenter on the court in an away match versus Park High school, down and ready for a pass in one of the last games on the season.

Senior Joelle Carpenter receives the Jennifer Houle scholarship for 2020

Josie Crombie, Field Reporter January 19, 2021

Senior Joelle Carpenter, like many seniors, is applying for scholarships before she heads off to college, but one of the scholarships she has received already is much different than most. Carpenter is...

Downtown Stillwater has become decorated with lights. This scene is on Chestnut street looking towards the river.

Stillwater businesses light up the city

January 18, 2021

 It may have only been one year since the city was last dressed in lights, but for many it felt like an eternity. It is no controversial statement to say 2020 has been a rough year, and even the holiday...

Superintendent Malinda Lansfeldt speaks during the Dec. 17 from prepared speech.

School board approves Lansfeldt’s one-year contract

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief December 23, 2020

After two weeks of political and volatile reactions from the community, the School Board approved a motion on Dec. 17 to offer a one-year contract to hire Interim Superintendent Malinda Lansfeldt beyond...

The school board, as well as student council leaders, met via zoom on Nov. 5. to make the distance learning decision. After a long discussion, the board decided that distance learning will take effect starting Nov. 16.

School Board prioritizes safety in new learning model decision

Olivia Bystrom, Broadcast Editor-in-Chief December 14, 2020

Much like last year, the in-person learning model must come to an end. With Washington County’s rapidly rising cases of Covid-19, and over 6,000 confirmed cases in total and climbing, the safety of schools...

Emily Carrillo  scrolls through TikTok last night, coming across a Harry Potter related video due to it trending on social media platforms.

Harry Potter trends on TikTok because of J.K Rowling’s transphobic tweets

Danna Carrillo, Playlist Reporter December 4, 2020

Harry Potter has recently been trending again all over social media, but not for a good reason. Author and creator of Harry Potter, J.K Rowling, wrote a few inappropriate and transphobic tweets, which...

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds reopens with the Glow Light Festival

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds reopens with the Glow Light Festival

Parker Gilchrist, Online Editor December 3, 2020

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds has reopened and includes a new event called the Glow Light Festival, a mile-long drive-thru for anyone to admire Christmas lights, ice sculptures, and more. The Minnesota...

Top: With board-member Mike Ptacek on the left, Super-Intendant Malinda Landsfelt speaks at the November 19 School Board Meeting.
Bottom: Principal Rob Bach gives a video update last spring to students before jumping into distance learning.

Leadership in a time of pandemic

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief December 1, 2020

“Depending on what’s going on with school board meetings and decisions being made, sometimes I’ll get 100 to 300 plus emails [a day] from families and community members and staff,” Interim-Superintendent...

Cars and people bustle into Downtown Stillwater’s food scene. Historical buildings are filled with restaurants, boutiques and vintage shops. Downtown Stillwater is the core of the food scene announced by ‘USA Today’.

Stillwater named one of the Top 10 food scenes by ‘USA Today’

Jay Lohr, Food Blog Reporter November 30, 2020

Stillwater Minnesota was announced to be one of the top ten small town food scenes by ‘USA Today’ on June 1. Ranked at number five, Stillwater is a historic staple that showcases local flavors by chef-driven...

Owner Mike Duncan working in his bakery. The Muddy Paw Cafe is introducing new items to their menu like savory puff pastry turnovers.

Chilkoot renamed Muddy Paw Cafe

Abby Thibodeau and John Piekarski November 25, 2020

Owners Kat and Mike Duncan bought the Chilkoot Cafe on the corner of Churchill and 4th Street in June of 2019. Since the change in ownership, they have needed to modify parts of the cafe in response to...

Employees Victoria Amundson and Makena Kath are hard at work in the Daily Grind. The Daily grind is serving up coffee and on their 215th day of pay it forward gifts.

The Daily Grind’s pay it forward act creates positivity in community

Ella Hamilton, Social Media Editor November 25, 2020

The Coronavirus has had a major impact on a lot of small businesses, The Daily Grind is just one of them. However, despite the challenges of COVID-19, some people have still been inspired to help out....

Stillwater Cultural Liaison, Cornelius Rish is new to the school this year. His role is to create and supervise initiatives that help reduce racial disparities, and help improve the cultural climate throughout the district and community.

District takes important steps with Achievement and Integration Program

Charles Calderone, Business Editor November 25, 2020

In response to recent events and students’ push for racial justice, the district has released a new Achievement and Integration Plan for 2020-2023, revolving around five main topics of focus. The second...

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