The Pony Express

Bourne learns in nature

Bourne learns school in nature while also gaining important skills and making memories. The Conserve School is located on 1,200 acres of land so there is quite a bit to explore and learn about.

Rachel Duerr, Online Editor

April 23, 2020

Everyone learns differently. Some people learn best in the classroom, others learn better physically doing what they are learning. For junior Emma Bourne, she took the route not commonly taken by high school students. Bourne is spending the spring semester at an unusual kind of high school, she is cur...

Planning the future through the essay

Junior Ava Shelton stands with principal Rob Bach, marketing teacher Debbie Drummerhausen and Stephanie Musgrove as she accepts her award from the essay contest.

Haley Nelson, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 21, 2020

High school students get the question so many times about what’s next for them and what their future looks like. Money is one big thing that helps determine what the focus of your money is in the future. In a class of marketing and management, students are required to participate in the stock mark...

Society’s hypocritical and insecure trait: judgement and comparison

The constant usage of phones everyday impacts the mental health of an individual. Social media, a shareable platform, can create a sense of low self esteem and self consciousness when comparing oneself to others.

Aarya Yang, Layout Editor

April 2, 2020

Scroll. Like. Scroll. Like. Scroll… An eye-catching post appears. This post was not like the posts before. The elements of the post contain an emotional connection. It makes the conscience feel weaker. The observer analyzes every little detail from the background, to the person's clothes, wealth, e...

Pete Kelzenberg uplifts community spirit

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter

March 15, 2020

It takes a passionate person to make a difference in the world, and community member Pete Kelzenberg is a prime example of exactly the kind of person it takes. Afton resident and father of two, on the surface Kelzenberg seems like the ordinary family man. Beneath the surface however, the impact he ...

Chelsea Dodds returns after maternity leave

Dodds and Evalee spend quality time together helping one another in quarantine.

Jaynie Diaz, Graphics Editor

February 28, 2020

Chelsea Dodds is a freshman English teacher teaching both honors and regular. Dodds taught at the school since the first 9th grade class came to the school and is well known for her passion for teaching. “I still remember from freshman year that she was an amazing teacher to work with,” junior Tori Letourneau, ...

Chelsea Dodds makes her great return

Dodds and Evalee spend quality time together helping one another in quarantine.

Jaynie Diaz, Graphics Editor

February 28, 2020

Chelsea Dodds is a freshman English teacher teaching both honors and regular. Dodds taught at the school since the first 9th grade class came to the school and is well known for her passion for teaching. “I still remember from freshman year that she was an amazing teacher to work with,” junior To...

Kaul’s influence spread through Black History Month

Juniors Ayuna Lamb-Hickson and Olivia Lind view the diversity poster for BLAST week. The BLAST week presentations are featured during the Black History Month presentation.

Elaina Mankowski, Layout Editor

February 19, 2020

As a self proclaimed redneck kid growing up in South Dakota, Michael Kaul, U.S. history and psychology teacher, was always touched by Dr. Martin Luther King’s words. After ending up teaching in a school with little diversity, he wanted to teach about other cultures and celebrate them. “It never...

21 may be the new 18

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter

February 17, 2020

Turning 18 is a moment in life that many teenagers consider to be pivotal to their future. It is the beginning of adulthood, of new freedoms and possibilities and along with it, new responsibilities. It is the age that most young people part ways with childhood, and flock towards a new beginning; whe...

Manning takes charge of Pathways Program

College and Career Center secretary Amy Carr discusses different topics for the new Career Pathways Program with Bob Manning. Manning has been working to get the high school and community involved to benefit students.

Haley Nelson, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 15, 2020

  From the spotlight in the classroom to a desk in its own hall of the College and Career Center room, Bob Manning, the new coordinator for Career Pathways program, now takes charge in implementing the new program for the upcoming year. This change for Manning began after he finished his first semester 2020. After getting a BS in Psychology from St. John's University, ...

Puhrmann finds calling through campaign internship

Senior Megan Puhrmann smiles with District 39 senator candidate Josiah Hill during a campaign gathering. Puhrmann began volunteering on the campaign in the fall, and she really enjoys it.

Sandy Liu, Distribution Reporter

February 15, 2020

Essays. Research papers. Dry facts and statistics. These characteristics typical of most final projects were completely thrown out the window by one student, and in such a way that allowed for a fresh wind of inspiration to gust in. For her semester one final project in Matthew Bergquist’s AP Gove...

Sexual abuse attorney, Jeff Anderson, pioneers new field of law

On Dec. 30, 2019, Jeff Anderson, a Stillwater attorney, announced a lawsuit against the St. Michael diocese in California. Anderson and his team were able to file the lawsuit after they helped pass the California Child Victims Act, which removed the statute of limitations for childhood sexual assault or abuse.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2020

In 1982, Tom Krauel, a by-the-book lawyer, was faced with an insurmountable task by perspective clients, the Lymans: prosecute Thomas Anderson, the priest who molested their son, Greg. Krauel’s self-doubt of how to handle the case led to the transfer of the case to the one lawyer he thought could ...

Shanley drives for Gold Award

Juniors Emily Shanley and Johanna Teegarden smile big with other Girl Scouts for their leader. Teegarden and Shanley have been in Girl Scouts together since first grade.

Natalie Williams, Photography Editor

January 26, 2020

As citizens pass through the hospital, they may notice changes in the availability of media sources such as books and board games.  While it may seem like Girl Scouts is fun and games, hard work and determination is necessary. Junior Emily Shanley is a perfect example of this work ethic. From a y...

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