The Pony Express

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...

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...

21 may be the new 18

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter February 16, 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....

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...

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 14, 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...

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...

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...

Falzones passion results in her dream

Former Pony Express member Chelsey Falzone talks to the first hour newspaper class. Falzone was a former newspaper EIC and now works for the Minnesota Twins as their Coordinator of Community Relations.
Ella Nelson, Copy Editor January 20, 2020

A home run, the cheering crowd as the player races to home base, the statistics of every game holds. Every aspect of baseball Chelsey Falzone fell in love with at a young age and became determined to share...

Former police officer David Kisch impacts many by doing what he loves

Former high school resource officer David Kisch spoke to the second hour newspaper class for their final. Kisch talks about his experiences at the high school and what it is like working with law enforcement.
Ella Gag, Social Media Editor January 17, 2020

The traits devotion, loyalty, being trustworthy, dependable, and courageous make an inspiring leader. Officer David Kisch is a former Oak Park Heights police officer and former School Resource Officer...

Farm brings unexpected joy to Mike Weiss, family of six

Social studies teacher Mike Weiss and his family are now the owners of a farm on the Willow River. They live on the farm full-time and run it as a family.
Mairin Torgerson, Photographer January 9, 2020

Down the Willow River on the Wisconsin side, nestled up on a hill rests a 1920 farmhouse situated on 20 acres of land. Farmland takes up eight acres and fruit trees cover about seven more. Flowers adorn...

Becky Mazzara returns after updating her license

ASL teacher Becky Mazzara is back teaching after a license issue. She is very excited to be back doing what she loves, teaching ASL to students.
Brianne Johnson, Layout Editor December 18, 2019

ASL teacher Becky Mazzara has returned to teaching. In August, Mazzara found out she would not teach this year unless her license was up to state standards. Mazzara spent the last few months working on...

Dylan Stormoen begins teaching yoga at local studio

Senior Dylan Stormoen practices one of the many poses yoga has to offer. Dylan began teaching classes at Studio One Yoga in September.
Austin Fierro, Online Editor December 14, 2019

The art of yoga has been used as a relaxation exercise for many years. Led by one or more instructors, students will assume various poses in order to simultaneously stretch their muscles and relax. Senior...

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