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Families express concern about Trump’s proposal to reduce free school meals

Families express concern about Trump’s proposal to reduce free school meals

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 ...

Creating opportunities for girls in local community

Creating opportunities for girls in local community

Aarya Yang, Layout Editor

November 27, 2019

This season, wrestling is going to be available for girls. St. Croix Valley Athletics Association created a new program that is exclusive for girls wrestling, which is offered for girls from pre-k to sixth grade. The program is meant to empower young girls to be confident and strong. With this exclusive p...

English teacher Kim Thompson announces retirement

English teacher Kim Thompson announces retirement

Mia Lucido, Distribution Editor

November 26, 2019

“I like how much I grew because I was constantly being challenged, my thinking and my maturity was always being tested and I was always growing. And it was really fun to master different ways of teaching and different books to teach,” English teacher Kim Thompson said. Thompson has been teachin...

School Board accused of breaking Open Meeting Law

School Board accused of breaking Open Meeting Law

Drew Jurek, Graphics Editor

November 21, 2019

The School Board has received a letter from the Minnesota Department of Administration declaring the school board had defied the state’s Open Meeting Law during a meeting of the Finance and Operation Working Group on Aug. 29. The incident in question involved a member of the School Board who attended a me...

Cheerleaders make sport more meaningful

Cheerleaders make sport more meaningful

Fiona Stahl, Photography Editor

October 7, 2019

“The girls have helped support her and make her feel like a bigger part of something and she’s truly embraced that,” coach Julie Ligday said. Junior Madi Hayden makes this year extra special because she has down syndrome.  Hayden joined the cheerleading team this year, after having cheered when she ...

New ASL teacher joins World Language Department

New ASL teacher joins World Language Department

Sandy Liu, Distribution Reporter

October 2, 2019

The walls of the classroom are bare, the cabinet behind the teacher’s desk void of personal photos, art, or mementos. The walls may be empty, but the chairs are not. No more than 20 students sit in rows, facing the front, all without desks. Despite the plain appearance of the classroom and the early ...

Trade War negatively effects consumers

Trade War negatively effects consumers

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2019

You are losing money. I’m losing money. Your parents are losing money. People are losing jobs. We have yet to see the full impact of what this will mean for us. President Donald J. Trump engulfed the United States into a full-on trade dispute with China in June 2018, and it hurt the average consume...

Volleyball hopes to gain experience with younger girls

Volleyball hopes to gain experience with younger girls

Ally Benning, Podcast Reporter

September 30, 2019

This year’s varsity volleyball team is a little different from last year’s state fourth place team, with many new faces that were not seen on the court last year.   Eight girls graduated last year. All eight were an integral part of the team's very successful season last year. Five of t...

BIZAA club helps children thousands of miles away

BIZAA club helps children thousands of miles away

Ava Hoelzel, Photographer Editor

September 29, 2019

 “And I think that it’s a great cause. And something we all should be trying to help,” junior Brynn Wurgler said.   BIZAA club raises money for kids in Nigeria, who are in need of an education. Spanish teacher Kirsten Carter runs the club with help from students. These people look forw...

Warner Nature Center closure showcases importance of nature education

Warner Nature Center closure showcases importance of nature education

Kathleen Pothen, Copy Editor

September 28, 2019

The Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center announced they will close at the end of the year after 50 years of service. This is due to a decision by the financier and owner of the property, the Manitou Fund, not to renew their partnership agreement with the Science Museum of Minnesota who administers the p...

Ward reflects on horse’s rare condition

Ward reflects on horse’s rare condition

Ben Wrightsman, Video Editor

April 6, 2019

Many of us have grown up with superheroes - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Iron Man. All of these superheroes have both strengths and weaknesses, which are played out in the arenas of their battles. Such is the case with a special superhero horse named Wondergirl. Wondergirl is a 17-year-old horse...

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...

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