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Josiah Hill makes a run for State Senate, District 39

Josiah Hill makes a run for State Senate, District 39

John Franklin, Copy Editor

March 1, 2019

English teacher Josiah Hill started his campaign for State Senate Jan. 31.  Hill will run for the District 39 seat currently held by Karin Housley, who has held the position since 2012. Hill, who currently teaches English and serves at the St. Croix Education Association Union President, wants to improve t...

Horn gives wrestling team her all

Horn gives wrestling team her all

Emma Sneden, Business Editor

February 22, 2019

As junior Madi Horn walks into wrestling practice, she remembers to work hard and practice not just for herself, but for her team, for being the only girl on it is difficult. Horn knows that she needs to work harder than everyone else to help the team improve as a whole. After joining in junio...

Henry Kelzenberg raises sea slugs

Henry Kelzenberg raises sea slugs

Elle Sprenger, Social Media Editor

February 21, 2019

Junior Henry Kelzenberg took up a unique interest over the past summer. Kelzenberg decided to make a hobby in raising and selling sea slugs. Kelzenberg inhabits the sea slugs in 10 gallon salt water aquariums at his house that have specific conditions designed for the slugs. Over the summer, Kelzenber...

Retired educators hold first ever Sweetheart Ball for school safety

Retired educators hold first ever Sweetheart Ball for school safety

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 16, 2019

The jazzy richness of a saxophone filled The Grand as a brother and sister danced together in a giggly, bumbling embrace. Parents, the jazz band, and attending adults looked on with cameras and smiles as the pair stumbled about. The children were some of the youngest members in attendance at th...

Lysne expresses indescribable love for music

Lysne expresses indescribable love for music

Emma Urban, Photographer

February 15, 2019

Senior Mya Lysne practicing a piece for battle of the bands. In her free time, Lysne likes to create new music pieces she hasn't made before.

Living deaf, not different: Amy Caslow

Living deaf, not different: Amy Caslow

Sierra Hippel, Distribution Reporter

February 8, 2019

The natural noise of birds singing in the park and cars passing by on the road are silent. Out in public people may stare and ask awkward questions as they walk by or start conversation. Growing up is not the same for all children. Life throws surprises that many may not see coming, but even tho...

‘Animal Farm’ cast soon will take one act competition by storm

‘Animal Farm’ cast soon will take one act competition by storm

Taylor Lee, Distrubution Reporter

February 6, 2019

Last year’s One Act team performed “Scenes from Metamorphoses” and, for the first time in history, went to the Minnesota State High School League [MSHSL] State One Act competition. However, they did not Star at the competition, which is similar to receiving a trophy in sport competitions. The team ...

K-Pop Club celebrates Korean culture

K-Pop Club celebrates Korean culture

Derek Berg, Podcast Reporter

February 2, 2019

Every Wednesday after school they will only be doing one thing: dancing and singing and celebrating Korean culture. They are the K-Pop Club, created five years ago under the guidance of advisor and print room paraprofessional Shannon VerDuin they have been a light spot of culture in a mostly caucasia...

Minnesota winters change due to climate change

Minnesota winters change due to climate change

Elli Swanson, Photographer

January 25, 2019

Over the years, Minnesota winters have differentiated due to mild changes within our Earth's climate. "I certainly remember different winters when I was growing up," biology teacher Benjamin Straka said. "The winter's my kids are going through are different than the winters that I remember as a kid."...

Alumni, new Manger owners bring new flavor to Bayport

Alumni, new Manger owners bring new flavor to Bayport

Toby Weiss, Camera Editor

January 20, 2019

Two Stillwater alumni Mike and Nicole Willenbring have taken on the challenge of opening a restaurant. Manger will take over the space of the previous L'Etoile Du Nord, located in Bayport, mid-January. It will offer a variety of foods from oysters, to pizza cooked in a wood fire oven, along with a wine bar...

Downtown’s colorful light tunnel attracts locals

Downtown’s colorful light tunnel attracts locals

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

January 18, 2019

This winter, the ice castles that take shape in Lowell Park were missing. Construction took up the space and forced the ice castles to find a new location. To fix the lack of an attraction that Stillwater had, a tunnel of lights was made and put up for display for people to walk through and enjoy. The...

Stillwater speech team battles funding deficits

Stillwater speech team battles funding deficits

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

January 17, 2019

Confidence and a strong voice are not the first things associated with the Gen-Z teenagers struggling with higher rates of mental illness than any before them. Yet, in a nook of Stillwater Area High School, a speech team builds their skills to take on their 2019 season. The Speech team, revitalized...

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