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Protection for election security cannot come soon enough

Secretary of State Steve Simon and Senator Tina Smith are both elected officials striving to secure United States’ elections. Simon created the position of Election Security Cyber Navigator, held by Bill Ekblad.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2020

For the world’s oldest democracy, voting would seem to be the act most unilaterally protected by the government. In the United States, however, that does not seem to be the case. Although states and the federal government are providing basic funding measures for Secretary of States’ offices and...

Pros and cons of distance leaning vs. traditional school

Schoology holds all  assignments and attendance for the school day. Students are required to log in and complete assignments for each class as they would on a normal day. Teachers are doing their best to make everything seem familiar for the students.

Libby Shepperd, Online Editor

April 25, 2020

Towards the end of this year, schools had no choice but to shut down due to the global pandemic known as the COVID-19; this leaves students to responsibly complete their work online on a day to day basis. There are many benefits and drawbacks to doing online school, and it is definitely is not easy ...

Senior electives provide many benefits

Senior Jenna Yingling uses her sixth hour senior elective to work on schoolwork. She is getting help from math teacher Amanda Banick during her prep hour.

Allison Benning, Podcast Reporter

March 27, 2020

With the many aspects of a high school student's daily life: homework, studying and extracurricular activities; a majority of students find it difficult to balance it all and still find some time for themselves and their mental health. According to a Student Life Survey done by The Princeton Review, 2...

School should require financial literacy

Freshman Jaden Petersen spends his free time learning about finances. He finds them both interesting and vital to success later in life. Finances are seen in every aspect of adult life.

Dorothy Chislett, Graphics Editor

February 27, 2020

Financial literacy classes should be required if students are expected to lead an educated, financially independent life.  Students statistically show a lack of knowledge in important subjects such as taxes, investing and debt. Personal finance classes are offered widely, but not required in more than half of states, including Minnesota. But students seem ...

Technology access necessary for education equality

Juniors Elliana Linn and Trisha Jacobson collaborate on an online assignment. With the growth of technology, this type of assignment is becoming more popular.

Natalie Williams, Photography Editor

February 26, 2020

Around the globe, technology is becoming more and more heavily relied on. Jobs, classes and homework have turned from paper to virtual in an instant. While creating online assignments assists teachers in faster grade returns, it creates challenges for students who are unable to access technology at their homes...

ACT testing adds unneeded stress and provides an unfair advantage

Junior Tyler Olson studies an ACT Prep Class textbook. Many students take time out of their classes to study for the ACT, which interferes with their focus and learning experience during class time.

Lucas Polucha, Video Editor

February 18, 2020

For many college-bound students, the ACT or SAT tests present the largest hurdle in high school. What is intended to be a test of one's ability too often becomes a stressful, inaccurate and even unfair. Colleges should find less stressful and more balanced ways to determine a student's eligibility for...

School Board should listen to recommendations of community

School Board directors Tina Riehle, Sarah Stivland and Mike Ptacek are three of the four board members who voted not to expand Brookview Elementary, despite a growing community support surrounding the elementary school.

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

The lunch room supplies students with nutritious lunches, free or paid. Everyday, thousands of kids rush to eat their lunches and receive a break from learning all day, but with Trump's reduction of free meals, students could lose this opportunity.

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

Freshmen Kendall Bajda, Eva Stafne, and Amelia Venzke hang out before the bell on a Friday morning. Rather than utilizing the Friday as a help day, they are waiting for the first bell to start their  seven hour school day.

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

Senior Michael Finch views Breitbart News’ Facebook page. In 2018, Wikipedia said Breitbart could only be allowed for opinion supports in their informative articles because of the reporting slant.

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

The most popular social media app, Instagram, recently took away the ability to see the amount of likes on a post. Likes are no longer visible on the 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

Junior Sam Hickey reads about the Iran situation on his phone. While American news has a strong focus on foreign policy, these issues do not seem to have a strong influence on voters.

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...

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