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The Young Democrats Club poses during one of their masked debate parties in October. Both COVID restrictions and the election are making 2020 an engaging year for both them and the Young Republicans Club. Photo submitted by Olivia Hovland.

Young Democrats and Young Republicans experience excitement and challenges in 2020

Henry Jansen November 23, 2020

The Young Democrats and Young Republicans clubs are student-lead organizations that meet weekly to bring together like-minded students for discussion skill-building, and community improvement. Given that...

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Precautions for Covid-19 for upcoming winter school season

Lindsey Crain November 12, 2020

As the school year continues, the hybrid model continues to follow the guidelines for safety precautions for Covid-19. With Covid- 19 cases rising first quarter, safety precautions will be more strict. With...

Link Leader Sadyia Farah showing freshman Safiyo Farah where to go for her class. They are keeping their distances apart from each other and wearing masks.

Link Leaders smooth transition to high school during pandemic

Michelle De Jesus Cruz November 9, 2020

Transitioning from middle to high school is a challenge, but this school year has started while still facing the pandemic: wearing masks, social distancing and one way hallways. Link Leaders and staff...

Senior Ava Nyberg works on her college application. Nyberg is working ahead on the parts of the application that she can complete before her ACT is submitted.

Covid restrictions create setbacks for seniors’ college plans

Ella Gag, Social Media Editor in Chief November 6, 2020

Due to COVID-19, seniors are behind on important steps on the college application process like touring colleges and taking the ACT. Seniors have deadlines to meet, and with these setbacks, it is harder...

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COVID-19 results in changes to National Honors Society

Charles Calderone, Business Editor November 6, 2020

The National Honors Society is a club dedicated to community service. Members of the NHS participate in many events that make the high school a better place. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a...

 Seniors Ben Abbott, Allison Blatter, Esther Steinke, juniors Claire Abbott, Addie Foote and freshmen Ethan Foote are all a part of the Environmental conservation club. On Oct. 12, they went out and gathered wildflower seeds for prairie restoration.

New club helps enviornment

Kady Peltier, Layout Editor November 3, 2020

This year, students came together to form a new club to help improve the environment. This club was formed because these students want to save and preserve the environment locally and around the world. Juniors...

Sophie Lundgren turns to at home haircuts in this time of quarantine. Not able to get access from the salons lead her and many other individuals to turn to other at home alternatives.

New experiences arise from Covid-19

Calli Dierkhising, Food Blog Reporter October 29, 2020

The decreasing number of people allowed to participate in sporting and extra-curricular activities due to social distancing has led to a change in everyone's lives. Specifically for teenagers with fewer...

Ms. Yates B-day social studies class using part of their 84 minute class period as work time. This year, in addition to a quarter schedule, class times have also been adjusted in length from 55 minutes to 84 minutes.

Students reflect on what they took for granted in previous school years

Nissa Wilcox, Layout Editor October 15, 2020

Students have been given a choice of whether they would like to learn online or attend hybrid learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Neither option is anything like previous years, and looking back,...

Eighth grader Melanie Johnson shoots at the Alexandria State Championship in 2019, held by MSHSL. This year's championship is currently scheduled for June 8 through 16.

Trap team works towards nationals in new season

Meg Skaret, Layout Editor April 10, 2020

The trap team promotes the tradition of clay target shooting and trains its members to respect and conserve the outdoors. Practices for the team started earlier this month at the Oakdale Gun Club. The...

The 9/10 formal offers a fun night to spend with peers. Juniors Tucker Farver and Celia Gear took advantage of the 2019 spring formal to spend time with friends.

9/10 formal takes a turn

Alexis Brainard , Online Editor April 3, 2020

Junior and senior prom is around the corner. This means the 9/10 formal is coming up too. The dance, however, might not happen because of the COVID-19 outbreak. "As far as I know I do not think we are...

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ actors find new passion in theatre

Anastasia Bertsch, Video Editor March 14, 2020

Every spring the theater department puts on a musical. This year they are performing “Beauty and the Beast". The play is a classic story of loving someone because of their personality not their appearance....

Week old Trout swim in Weaver's trout tank marking the beginning of the breeding season. Many precautions need to be taken to make sure the trout grow healthy and strong for release in the spring.

Fish and Wildlife students recieve hands-on experience

Adam Guinee, Podcast Reporter March 10, 2020

Passion for animals is so common that the school has an entire Fish and Wildlife class dedicated to them. Fish and Wildlife has been a staple of elective sciences for several years and is dedicated...

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