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Recreational marijuana will cause harm

Recreational marijuana will cause harm

Jack Degonda, Social Media Editor

April 5, 2017

In early Feb. of 2017, legislation was introduced to the Minnesota government aimed to allow the recreational use of marijuana in Minnesota. Other states in the U.S. have passed similar legislations to legalize the drug. The truth about the matter is marijuana is a gateway drug that introduces peo...

New weight room open for public use, possible revenue stream

New weight room open for public use, possible revenue stream

Hunter Hippel, Online Editor

April 4, 2017

Opening up the weight room to the public is a great way to generate some more revenue and to make up for the cost of the new facilities, which is an extremely hefty $48,025,031.  This will give the school a new revenue stream and give gym users in the community a new and possibly better option. "[The]...

Social media bears employment impact

Social media bears employment impact

McKenna Wohlers, Social Media Reporter

March 31, 2017

Social Media has had many positive impacts on our society, but it has also had negative impacts on people today. People have been able to learn about activities or events happening in other parts of the country or the world, which is a positive.  Another positive is in the schools, technology and...

New conference format provides parents with personalized communication

New conference format provides parents with personalized communication

McKenzie Bohlig, Copy Editor

March 31, 2017

"For the past several years, our secondary schools have held both fall and winter conferences. The traditional format of five minute conferences has been less than desirable for many families. In response to your feedback, we will be trying a new format to share student progress information with fami...

New conference schedule puts barrier between community and school

New conference schedule puts barrier between community and school

Megan Karnuth, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2017

Conferences have always been seen as an opportunity for parents to connect with their children’s teachers to hear about the progress they have made during the year. However, this spring the school has decided to change the way conferences are held for 7th through 12th graders and have every student receive a call o...

Schools should monitor social media in cases of bullying, dangerous behavior

Schools should monitor social media in cases of bullying, dangerous behavior

Ben Wicklund, Social Media Reporter

March 21, 2017

“Congress shall make no law to abridge the freedom of speech.” The First Amendment of the United States Constitution seems to be very clear about the guidelines surrounding the ability to voice your opinions, the government cannot abridge, or impose restrictions on, free speech. The problem of this amendment arises in its p...

Locker rooms inappropriate for interviews

Locker rooms inappropriate for interviews

Lauren Gella, Social Media Reporter

February 20, 2017

Athletes being interviewed in their locker room directly after their game is the last thing athletes want to happen. Whether it's celebrating a victory or mourning a loss, being interviewed is not on the athlete's list of things to do directly after a sports event. There are many reasons to believe...

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ raises questions about animal abuse in movies

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ raises questions about animal abuse in movies

Noah Johnson, Distribution Reporter

February 17, 2017

Over the years, many filmmakers have used, “No animals were harmed” disclaimer in their films. Little do people know what these filmmakers have gotten away with on film and behind the scenes. With animal abuse still happening behind the scenes, the films should not be able to use the “No animal...

Planned Parenthood, needed rather than removed

Planned Parenthood, needed rather than removed

Jack DeGonda, SNO Sports Editor

February 16, 2017

Planned Parenthood is a non-profit foundation that provides vital reproductive health care, sex education and basic information to millions of women and men worldwide. Recently, President Trump has decided to cut government funding for Planned Parenthood organizations worldwide. The reason why ...

Students should seek school, part-time job balance

Students should seek school, part-time job balance

Grace McDonough, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2017

While spending 12 to 15 hours a week making pizzas for minimum wage does not scream thrilling, junior Spencer Maas works to help him pay for gas and save for college. Although the number of high schoolers working part-time has recently dropped, jobs remain important for many students. Having a job during high school can take away from academic...

Staff Editorial: vandalism occurring in bathrooms increasing

Staff Editorial: vandalism occurring in bathrooms increasing

Pony Express Staff

February 14, 2017

One of the problems at school is vaping and vandalism in the school's bathrooms. This problem has raised concern for some of the staff. Not only is it an illegal activity, it is also negatively impacting students who do not vape, and need to use the bathrooms. Vaping, although similar to s...

Athlete interviews are useless

Athlete interviews are useless

Hunter Hippel, Online Editor

February 14, 2017

"That was horse (explicit).  He shouldn't even be able to work at Foot Locker," Chiefs' tight end Travis Kelce said after a holding call effectively ended the Chiefs' season against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Divisional Round in mid January.  The hold was on Eric Fisher, a lineman who has str...

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