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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 chee...

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...

Superintendent Pontrelli addresses concerns of trust among board members

Superintendent Pontrelli addresses concerns of trust among board members

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2019

"I’m well aware that three of you did go and talk to our lawyers, and I don’t believe that all of you are aware of that," Superintendent Denise Pontrelli said at the school board retreat Feb. 11. The new school board took office in January. With the newest school board having only been in offic...

Board meeting red-out: students stand in support of Student Council President representation

Board meeting red-out: students stand in support of Student Council President representation

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2019

Inspired by senior Isabella Portelli, Student Council Senior Officer, many students showed up in red to the Stillwater School Board meeting Feb. 21 to support student leader representation at board meetings. A brainstorming suggestion to rotate the Student Council Presidents from their current seats...

Brine’s Market and Deli celebrates 60th anniversary

Brine’s Market and Deli celebrates 60th anniversary

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 30, 2018

Brine’s Market and Deli recently celebrated their 60th year in business. Brine’s was originally opened in 1958 by Bud Brine in downtown Stillwater. It has been a staple of the St. Croix Valley ever since. Now, Brine’s is co-owned by siblings Polly Hoy, Matt Brine, and Mark Brine. Brine’s cele...

Brookview Elementary expansion uncertain with new school board candidates

Brookview Elementary expansion uncertain with new school board candidates

Elli Swanson, Photographer

November 14, 2018

Brookview Elementary, District 834's newest elementary school is hoping to expand very soon due to the developing neighborhoods near by. Brookview Elementary school located in Woodbury has almost met its capacity of students and continues to increase in size. Because of the increase in students...

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