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School Board should listen to recommendations of community

School Board should listen to recommendations of community

John Franklin, Copy Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2019

As a student who lives between Lake Elmo and Woodbury, I can see that times are changing.  Almost every day of my life I have driven past the Lake Elmo Airport.  Across from the Lake Elmo Airport, there used to be a farmer's field.  I always thought it would stay there.  Then, during my junior high...

Families express concern about Trump’s proposal to reduce free school meals

Families express concern about Trump’s proposal to reduce free school meals

Julie Xiong, Graphics Editor

November 28, 2019

Education is key to a successful life and career. The future of our society depends on the younger generations to make a change, therefore, proper nutrition must be provided. President Trump’s administration is considering reducing the number of students able to receive free lunches at school. The support and privilege ...

Four day school week proven more beneficial

Four day school week proven more beneficial

Olivia Wavamunno, Podcast Reporter

November 22, 2019

Within the past couple of years, Colorado schools―district 27J, as well as many others, have implemented four day school weeks rather than five. While some have found the change to bring some inconveniences, many people have found the switch beneficial. Furthermore, students who currently have five day school weeks...

Political tribalism, violence, effects of having far-right news on social media

Political tribalism, violence, effects of having far-right news on social media

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2019

Breitbart News, during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign, was one of the most trafficked news sources on the internet, behind Fox News. It is one of the farthest right news sites in the conservative mainstream. It has been marketed as a news source on Facebook, but is not allowed on Wikipedia...

Instagram takes away likes, completely changes platform

Instagram takes away likes, completely changes platform

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-In-Chief

November 11, 2019

One billion people are active every month on the most popular social media app, Instagram. With updates and changes often made to this growing platform, Instagram recently made a significant change to the app, taking away likes on all posts. A few weeks ago, likes disappeared on Instagram. Many u...

Donald Trump continues to worsen situation with Iran, America silent

Donald Trump continues to worsen situation with Iran, America silent

Drew Jurek, Graphics Editor

October 30, 2019

President Donald Trump's bad policy towards Iran has increased tensions to such a point that we could be on the brink of one of the worst wars in decades. However, the U.S. political scene continues to neglect talking about it. Trump tweeted on June 2018, threatening the president of Iran Hassan Rou...

Superintendent Pontrelli deserves complete support from community

Superintendent Pontrelli deserves complete support from community

Julia Bennet, Social Media Editor-in-Chief

October 28, 2019

The school board began discussions this past summer regarding a separation agreement with the Superintendent Denise Pontrelli. Closing three elementary schools and changing the course of action for the district caused an enormous amount of frustration and distrust within in the community since the BOLD...

Global climate change strike attracts local protestors

Global climate change strike attracts local protestors

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-chief

October 13, 2019

A global climate change protest took place in major cities all across the globe, including St. Paul on Sept. 29. Protestors and young climate activists gathered at the state capitol to protest climate change in hopes for a green and clean future. A significant amount of students skipped school to protes...

Back to school PSA shows new reality of going to school

Back to school PSA shows new reality of going to school

Mia Lucido, Distribution Editor

October 1, 2019

Gun violence, especially in schools, is a prevalent topic in today’s society. The Sandy Hook Promise Organization put out a video PSA entitled “Back to School Essentials” urging viewers to know the signs to help end gun violence. The video shows students using school supplies to protect and save themselves in a scho...

Superfans seating policy upsets student spectators

Superfans seating policy upsets student spectators

Rosie Nichols, Layout Editor

September 12, 2019

Football games have not been the same since the drama regarding seating began. The "Friday night lights" used to have more excitement, but the energy has turned in a negative direction. Fingers are being pointed, but nothing is being done. Who would have known where student spectators stand is worth...

Myth Live unfit for prom

Myth Live unfit for prom

Michael O'Gorman, Business Editor

May 5, 2019

Prom takes place at The Myth this year, a venue for mostly rap and rock concerts.  The Myth has a bar for adults and hosts many concerts.  The venue is clearly meant for adults, and not for students. In the last two years, there have been 262 calls to police, which on average would be a call every...

ACT budget cuts should not impact student’s educational opportunities

ACT budget cuts should not impact student’s educational opportunities

Carina Block, Copy Editor

April 11, 2019

This year's junior class took the ACT April 2 with no cost to the students, but a large price tag of $41 thousand to the school. Next year, there will no longer be a free, school-funded ACT exam. In recent years, the state has not provided school districts with money for them to provide tests like the A...

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