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Stillwater moves to online graduation

Newspaper editors-in-chief John Franklin and Hazel Flock gather on a final Zoom call. They dressed up in their cap and gown to signify the virtual graduation.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2020

After weeks of planning, the Stillwater Graduation Committee finally came to an tentative agreement for hosting this year’s graduation at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Although the planning had yet to be sorted, the group agreed it was the best idea. Then on May 8, Governor Walz signed an exec...

Even though tough times are crushing performing arts, they still manage to spread good

The Minnesota Orchestra stands for applause after performing Gustav Mahler's

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2020

No one had prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, least of all performing arts venues. Because of social-distancing constraints, operatic and classical orchestras around the globe have stopped performances and ask for donations to help keep the music afloat. Even long-standing, world-class orchestras have...

Teens saving for college suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Taco Johns has had to move to drive through only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have had to lay off workers leaving them jobless because they do not have enough jobs with nobody able to come inside due to new rules set in place by the government.

Sam Elletson, Podcast Reporter

May 11, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many teens who were actively saving for college are now unemployed. The pandemic changed their financial plan greatly. Minnesota offers an unemployment benefit except it is only applicable to people who have held a job for a period over five years, which makes it especially...

Summer will change due to COVID-19

The Minnesota Fair is one of the highlights of the summer. About two million people go to the Fair every year. This year it is unknown if the State Fair will happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mia Lucido, Distribution Editor

May 10, 2020

This summer will not look the same because of COVID-19. Nobody knows when the pandemic will be over, but it is expected to go through the summer. For many people, especially students, summer is the time to go outside, travel and be with friends and family. As of now, a lot of summer activities like s...

New and interesting hobbies people are picking up during stay at home

Anton has been skateboarding during his time in quarantine. He has learned a lot of hard tricks.

Anthony Toscano, Social Media Editor

May 9, 2020

If you are one of the thousands of people who have been asked to quarantine during the Coronavirus outbreak, you have most likely just found yourself with a drastically new way of life. Most people are not going out as much as you used to. Unless you need something from the store, you are probably s...

Non essential businesses remain open despite public opposition

Cars line up down the street for Raising Cane's despite being encouraged to stay home. The restaurant has experienced a shortage of employees due to exposure to COVID-19.

Elle Guggenberger, Graphics Editor

May 5, 2020

COVID-19 has unfortunately impacted thousands of Minnesota families in just a few short weeks. Immediately following Governor Tim Walz’s state-wide stay-at-home order, non-essential businesses were temporarily shut down leaving parents forced out of work and left to file for unemployment. Some bus...

Youth group aims to aid struggling students through faith

Young Life posted a promotional for their zoom meetings. Young Life uses Instagram stories to connect with students.

William Raymond, Podcast Reporter

May 3, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the lives of religious followers. The nonprofit, Christian organization Young Life aims to assist their members. The program is working with their youth groups to give support to students by different forms of social distancing and distance worshipping. The goal of the group ...

Extraordinary staff and students make FFA plant sale happen

The SAHS greenhouse is full of plants that are ready to sell. You can purchase these plants at a social distancing sale on May 8 or 9.

Brianne Johnson, Layout Editor

May 2, 2020

Like many things the FFA Plant Sale has had some changes thanks to coronavirus (COVID-19) The annual FFA plant sale is still going to happen thanks to some extraordinary staff and students. This year, there are two options for the sale: an online order form with a pick up time or a small sale in the c...

Stimulus bill signed to help struggling economy

Around 80-85 percent of Americans qualify for federal stimulus checks. These checks hope to provide financial security for those struggling to stay afloat.

Joseph Devins, Business Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began many people are out of work or working from home. This has severely impacted the United States and world economy. Due to this, Congress has conducted a bill to provide stimulus checks for citizens who are severely affected by the pandemic. The stimulus bill was signed into law on March 27, it consists of $2.2 trill...

Global pandemic takes toll on nonprofit organizations

The Camp Odayin office remains quiet due to the stay at home order issued by Governor, Tim Walz. Staff will be working from home until further notice.

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

With unemployment rates through the roof, thousands hospitalized and businesses temporarily shut down, everyone, everywhere is being affected by COVID-19. Nonprofit organizations are highly affected from the pandemic as they are struggling to raise money, and overall trying to keep their organization runn...

Social distancing necessary for progress

When going to grocery stores, the CDC has advised staying six feet apart from others. Many stores have implemented systems to intentionally separate groups of people when shopping.

Julia Bennett, Social Media Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way many people live their day-to-day lives. While it may be difficult, the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to social distance as much as possible. Unnecessary contact with others will continue the spread of the virus and further alter the road to norma...

Possibilities to create prom alternative

Seniors Jenna Yingling, Annika Brown, and Catherine Monty before prom 2019. The girls were very excited for the big night.

Natalie Williams, Photography Editor

May 1, 2020

As COVID-19 rips throughout the world, the cancellation and delayment of events are an everyday occurance. However, the cancellation of one occasion is devastating teenagers around Minnesota. One of the most looked forward to events every year, prom, is cancelled. All year, juniors and seniors in hig...

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