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Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

Weaver’s classes get hands-on experience with deer

AJ Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

December 11, 2018

On Dec. 4, science teacher Andrew Weaver’s Field Biology and AP Biology classes caught a deer in the ELC. Once the deer was anesthetized and unconscious, students proceeded to gather information on the two-year-old doe using blood samples. They also had to regulate the deer’s body temperature, as an...

SAHS voted 21st safest school in the metro area

SAHS voted 21st safest school in the metro area

Joseph Devins, Field Reporter

December 7, 2018

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

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...

Shelly Christensen wins Minnesota House of Representatives seat by narrow margin

Shelly Christensen wins Minnesota House of Representatives seat by narrow margin

Matt Moore, Podcast Reporter

December 7, 2018

Every vote counts. Voters hear that time and time again during the election seasons. Shelly Christensen, the new House of Representative for District 39B, knows this first hand. She defeated Republican Kathy Lohmer by 137 votes in the general election this past November. “I’m not sure if you are aware ...

Andersen Principal Anna Wilcek porkers up to pig

Andersen Principal Anna Wilcek porkers up to pig

John Franklin, Copy Editor

December 4, 2018

Most people only kiss other humans in their life, but then there a few people who can say they kissed a pig.  On Nov. 27, 2018, Andersen Elementary principal Anna Wilcek became a part of that small population. Wilcek kissed a pig named Bilbo Bacon as a celebration for her students on a remarkable Diggy's Dash fundraiser.  The fundraiser inc...

Winter Coffeehouse returns in December

Winter Coffeehouse returns in December

Elsa Persson, Online Editor

November 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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). ...

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