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Apple’s newly released iPhone 11 captivates many

Apple’s newly released iPhone 11 captivates many

Tyrina McCombs, Distribution Editor

October 16, 2019

This year, Apple's new iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are jammed packed with great new capabilities, new designs and features that have captured the attention of many teens. According to Apple, the beautiful glass design on the exterior is the toughest created on any smartphone. Apple is one of ...

Correlation between body image, Instagram among students

Correlation between body image, Instagram among students

Natalie Williams, Photography Editor

September 30, 2019

All around the world, teens use social media. Validation and belonging are two feelings teenagers tend to strive for and apps, such as Instagram, give them those two things. In a world largely dominated by the internet, it is no wonder why Instagram gets so much attention. Instagram allows people to shar...

Hot girl summer comes to an end

Hot girl summer comes to an end

Annabel Lantz, Photography Editor

September 27, 2019

It is tragic that "hot girl summer" had to come to an end, but at least 'Hot Girl Summer' is a hit. The song caused a lot of talk on the internet and became super popular towards the end of summer when it was released. "Hot girl summer" means girls and guys going around and living their best life.  ...

Local business expands as others shut down

Local business expands as others shut down

Aarya Yang, Layout Editor

September 7, 2019

As local businesses shut down, local acupuncture, yoga and tai chi studio "Healing Within Acupuncture and Wellness Studio" is staying in business. It is expanding its horizon to a neighboring community, White Bear Lake. "It's always about removing barriers to care and some of those things are financia...

Owning pets benefits owners

Owning pets benefits owners

Megan Baxter, Photography Editor

April 8, 2019

Taking care of an animal teaches responsibility and stimulates feelings of trust, companionship and openness. Pets help people live mentally happier lives in many ways and are a great source of comfort and motivation for their owners. Research suggests that the hormonal changes which occur when humans...

New legislation proposes texting and driving limits

New legislation proposes texting and driving limits

Linda Hill, Podcast Reporter

April 6, 2019

There are one million deaths each year as a result of texting and driving. It is only becoming more of a problem as technology advances. Even though this affects drivers of every age, it seems to be affecting young teen drivers most often. Due to texting and driving becoming more common, laws have been getting stricter to try an...

The Momo Challenge: an urban legend for the digital age

The Momo Challenge: an urban legend for the digital age

Grant Erickson, Podcast Reporter

March 14, 2019

In the recent weeks, hysteria has spread over the following rumor. A child receives a message from one app or another (typically WhatsApp), from a mysterious user named Momo. These messages are typically accompanied by an image of a bizarre statue. The statue is of a woman with bulging eyes, a mi...

Students should think twice before drinking on vacation

Students should think twice before drinking on vacation

AnnaMarie Born, Buisness Editor

March 5, 2019

With spring break in one month, many students will be going somewhere for vacation. There are 190 countries with the legal drinking age of 18. There will be students going places out of the country, where the legal drinking age is under 21. Although it is legal for students to drink in that country, ...

Year-round school offers less time for relearning

Year-round school offers less time for relearning

Issy Boegel, Copy Editor

March 2, 2019

"I would hate year-round school. I like summer vacation and having a long time off to just relax," senior Shamus Boe said. Students are aware of the 10 month calendar that includes the much anticipated summer and winter break, only to arrive back at school with rolling eyes, as they take their first step into the dreadful hallways. This "s...

Numerous community resources available for homelessness

Numerous community resources available for homelessness

Jordyn Le Vasseur, Layout Editor

February 28, 2019

Homelessness is an issue that is faced today by thousands of people, including some students. Being homeless affects students’ education and how they learn. In Stillwater, there are shelters for individuals and for families who are struggling financially and those shelters offer food and cloth...

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."...

UK votes to break up Brexit

UK votes to break up Brexit

Gavan Townsend, Camera Editor

January 19, 2019

Rows of seats line the room from top to bottom. Hundreds of eyes are pointing towards a single figure in the front of the room. Short, grayed hair lines their face filled with looks of worry and deceit. Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, begins to speak and announces that Brexit will...

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