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Peer Helper Group retreat builds student-to-student companionship

Peer Helper Group retreat builds student-to-student companionship

AJ Gunderson, Podcast Reporter

January 4, 2019


Filed under Student Life

With the recent creation of the Peer Helper Group, a program designed to prepare a group of students to effectively help their peers, the program advisors decided to organize a retreat. This retreat was held at Camp Icaghowan on an island in Amery, Wis., over the weekend of Nov. 2, where the group parti...

Facing death twice hasn’t stopped me from living

Facing death twice hasn’t stopped me from living

Megan Baxter, Photography Editor

January 2, 2019


Filed under In-Depth, Student Life

Three weeks before sophomore Sophia Nelson was diagnosed with diabetes, she kept getting overly thirsty, wetting the bed and losing massive amounts of weight. One afternoon in the summer adventure camp, Sophia had trouble breathing and her legs were in a lot of pain. After a phone call to mom, and a...

Exploring new outdoor activities locally through DIRO

Exploring new outdoor activities locally through DIRO

Marlee McGuire, Social Media Editor

December 21, 2018


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Living in the St Croix Valley, outdoor experiences are waiting for people to enjoy. Outdoor adventure stores exist, but coordinating the equipment and experience often create a barrier to making it all happen. DIRO Outdoors, a locally based recreational tourism company, provides the perfect solution to enhancing outdoo...

Students prepare for Scholastic Art Competition

Students prepare for Scholastic Art Competition

Marie Lecuyer, Copy Editor

December 14, 2018


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The Scholastic Art Competition is a national event that gives students in grades 7-12 a chance to express themselves through 29 different forms of art and writing. With a deadline of Dec. 7, motivated students are working hard to get their artwork recognized by a panel of judges. Students can recei...

Jockeys of Comedy prepare for winter performance

Jockeys of Comedy prepare for winter performance

Grant Erickson, Podcast Reporter

November 30, 2018


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The improv troupe known as the Jockeys of Comedy are working hard to prepare for their holiday season performances. Improvisational comedy comes in two main forms: short form and long form. Short form typically consists of actors performing short skits based on a certain theme, as well as suggesti...

Mock Trial defamation case underway

Mock Trial defamation case underway

Dylan Stormoen, Copy Editor

November 29, 2018


Filed under Student Life

The Minnesota State Bar Association brings to life another case for the 2018-2019 Mock Trial teams across the state. While working with the case of Hayden Brooks vs. Cahill Monitor, Stillwater's Mock Trial team has a chance of competing for a state championship title once again. Mock Trial is a high school law education pro...

Remembering Keaton and the effects of Mental Illness

Remembering Keaton and the effects of Mental Illness

Ben Wrightsman, Video Editor

November 28, 2018


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It was a cold, hollowing, dark early in the morning the day before Thanksgiving. A call had gone out to 911 with the report of a young man in Stillwater armed with a knife. Sirens blared throughout the streets of Stillwater as police officers converged at the home of Keaton Larson. Keaton, a young ...

Deaf event fosters appreciation for deaf culture

Deaf event fosters appreciation for deaf culture

Taylor Lee, Distribution Reporter

November 26, 2018


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 On Nov. 10, a select number of ASL teacher Amy Caslow’s American Sign Language level two students went to St. Paul Metro Deaf School to complete their first of two Deaf culture events. They were instructed to interview a Deaf individual and write an essay on their experience. However, it was not on...

National Honor Society food drive gives back to community

National Honor Society food drive gives back to community

AnnaMarie Born, Buisness Editor

November 20, 2018


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The National Honor Society has teamed up with Valley Outreach during the Thanksgiving, the season for giving back. Starting Nov. 12, students are bringing in food to their first hour. All of the food is being brought to the Valley Outreach food shelf Nov. 21 and is being given to families that cannot...

Debate team strives for winning season

Debate team strives for winning season

Issy Boegel, Copy Editor

November 15, 2018


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Since the start of the school year, the debate team has competed in tournaments across the Twin Cities. They have become tough competition against other schools who take debate as a class. On Oct. 13, the novice team, with less experience, received first place while the JV team was awarded second place....

T.R.U.S.T buddies unifies students

T.R.U.S.T buddies unifies students

Maggie Dalager-Ericsson, Online Editor

November 10, 2018


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T.R.U.S.T buddies is an acronym that stands for True Respect Unifies People Together. This what the club is trying to accomplish, unifying students in general education with special education students, by building relationships and experiences together through games and social interactions. PE and DAP...

Theatre department premiers ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’

Theatre department premiers ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’

Taylor Lee, Distrubtion Reporter

November 8, 2018


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This year's fall play is “The Man Who Came to Dinner”, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. It is a hilarious, light-hearted, romantic comedy starring some talented theatre students. Seniors Frank Madsen and Aurora Hiveley are the leads in the play. The show’s director, theatrical coord...